SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASSROOM ASSISTANT / 1:1

School District of Philadelphia

Philadelphia , PA

Job Details

Job Description

 









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Salary


$19,344 (10 month employment) 


Job Summary


Assists special education classroom teacher or a student assigned to programs for students with disabilities, including: autism, severe mental retardation, multiple handicaps and/or physical handicaps.  Assists teachers of autistic support, blind/visually impaired support, deaf/hard of hearing support, emotional support, learning support, life skills support, multiple disabilities support and physical support in the implementation of instructional activities in school and community settings.


 


Essential Functions


  • Assists students in using instructional materials and equipment.
  • Provides verbal and/or written feedback of observations to the teacher for the purpose of evaluating students’ progress and/or implementing IEP goals and objectives.
  • Works with students individually and in groups to reinforce instructional objectives and implement IEP goals and objectives.
  • Records and reports appropriate data regarding academic, behavioral, and/or health information and services provided to the student using the appropriate service log.
  • Attends IEP meetings at the request of the principal, teacher and/or parent.
  • Adapts activities, assignments and/or materials as directed by the teacher to allow students performing at different levels and/or disabilities to participate in the instructional program.
  • Assists the teacher with the preparation and maintenance of instructional materials and classroom displays.
  • Guides and assists students in small group instruction setting with class routines and in transitioning form one activity to the next.
  • Guides students in developing positive, appropriate interpersonal relationships with peers and adults.
  • Supports students with emotional or behavior concerns and assist them in developing appropriate social skills.
  • Assists in the management and shaping of student behavioral techniques and/or positive reinforcement strategies.
  • Monitors and assists students in educational and community settings.
  • Assists students with ambulation, positioning, turning, and/or mobility within the school premises, class trips, and in the community.
  • Assists students with the use of mobility and/or weight bearing equipment, such as leg braces, walkers, standers, and tricycles.
  • Assists students in accessing communication devices such as switches, pointers, feeders, picture boards, and voice output devices, including ensuring that the equipment is hooked up and functioning properly.
  • Assists students with daily living skills, including feeding, grooming and dressing.
  • Assists students with all aspects of toileting, which may include lifting on and off the toilet, diapering and the use of changing tables and mats.
  • Assists with student’s tube feeding needs when required as instructed by the teacher and/or school nurse.
  • Administers First Aid and/or CPR whenever needed and/or required.
  • Serves as a source of information and help to any substitute teacher assigned in the absence of the regularly-assigned teacher.

 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Demonstrated knowledge of:
  • the growth, development and potential educational challenges of students with disabilities.
  • the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) on a basic level
  • the types of educational disabilities and special education programs as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) on a basic level.
  • Demonstrated ability to:
  • illustrate an understanding, patient, and receptive attitude towards students of varied age groups, temperaments and abilities.
  • behave and speak in a professional manner at all times.
  • maintain a cooperative staff relationship with all personnel in the education setting.
  • Read, write, and speak English.
  • operate standard office equipment (e.g. computer, printer, fax machine, copier) including relevant software applications.
  • maintain student confidentiality and handle information and materials with complete security.
  • learn and apply behavior modification or management strategies, techniques and reinforcement methods.
  • learn and utilize teaching aids, assistive technology and/or communication devices used by students with disabilities.
  • maintain accurate, complete and correct service logs for all students.
  • move rapidly forward, backward and laterally.
  • lift, move and position a student up to age twenty-two who may weigh 150 pounds or more with the assistance from properly trained personnel and/or a mechanical lift.
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Disclaimer


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.


 


Minimum Acceptable Training and Experience


  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Pass the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Highly Qualified test.
  • Two years of full-time, paid experience working with school-age children with disabilities and/or medical needs, or three years of volunteer experience working with school-age children with disabilities and/or medical needs in an institutional, educational or childcare setting.

OR


  • Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • One year of full-time, paid experience working with school-age children with disabilities and/or medical needs, or two years of volunteer experience working with school-age children with disabilities and/or medical needs in an institutional, educational or childcare setting.

OR


  • Completion of 60 credit hours as a matriculated students at an accredited college or university.
  • One year of full-time, paid experience working with school-age children with disabilities and/or medical needs, or two years of volunteer experience working with school-age children with disabilities and/or medical needs in an institutional, educational or childcare setting.

OR


  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Possession of the Credential of Competency for Special Education Paraprofessionals issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • One year of full-time, paid experience working with school-age children with disabilities and/or medical needs, or two years of volunteer experience working with school-age children with disabilities and/or medical needs in an institutional, educational or childcare setting.

Certificates//Licenses


  • Possession of valid certificates documenting the completion of approved courses in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) upon appointment and during tenure of appointment.

We do not accept credentials and certificates from online courses. You must attend an in-person training course


  •  Physical Demand


    • Involves climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, talking and hearing, reaching and dexterity.

    Salary: 19,344 (10 month employment)



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