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This position is accountable for providing assistance to the classroom teacher and/or other certified personnel, to support the instruction of students with moderate to intensive special needs and to facilitate educational access for students who may have significant cognitive, social/emotional, behavioral or daily living skills challenges. This position contributes to a warm and open atmosphere so that all students will have the opportunity to grow and develop to their fullest potential.
1. Assist the classroom teacher by reviewing, correcting and reinforcing lessons with individual and small groups of students, reading, assisting in math, reinforcing other activities associated with the curriculum. 2. Assist in preparation and inventory of instructional materials and the setting-up operating and maintenance of various learning aids, and equipment. 3. Assist lavatory routines. 4. Assist in the supervision of breakfast and/or lunch periods and assemblies, and cleaning up of work areas. 5. Assist the classroom teacher in clerical work which may include, but not limited to, recording daily attendance, detail history cards, cataloging and filing instructional materials. 6. Participate and contribute to weekly, monthly and long-range planning with the classroom teacher for instructional activities such as observing special days and events, field trips and visits and school wide activities such as health testing, etc. 7. Contribute to enrichment activities by sharing special talents and abilities which may include the areas of art, music, cooking, etc., consistent with policies of the CMSEC. 8. Assist the classroom teacher during the work day in fostering greater understanding within the school-community by means of open communications with school personnel, students, parents and other interested community residents. 9. Assist the classroom teacher in the supervision of children at work or play to provide the teacher an opportunity to work with small groups or individuals. 10. Serve as the chief source of information and assist any substitute teacher assigned in the absence of the regular teacher. 11. Perform duty work (lunch, recess, line, and bus) as assigned by program director. 12. Address and handle students with behavioral issues following directions from the teacher; perform de-escalation strategies and physical supports (as a last resort), with non-violent physical restraint strategies. 13. Performing duties associated within specialty areas of assignment. This may include those instructional assistants who are assigned to special projects, including grant programs that require specialized training and duties. 14. Lift and carry objects and/or classroom equipment, up to 50 pounds. 15. Able to reach, grasp and handle objects using upper extremities. 16. Capable of making sound judgments and decisions aligned with schools regulations and philosophy. 17. Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1
Special Education > Autism Special Education > Behavior Specialist / EBD Special Education > Emotionally Disabled Special Education > Mild/Moderate Disabilities Instructional Support > Individual Aide Instructional Support > Paraprofessional / IA
Welcome to Central Massachusetts Special Education Collaborative!
The Central Massachusetts Special Education Collaborative (CMSEC) proudly provides educational, clinical, and therapeutic services to children, grades kindergarten through twelve. Our staff of over 180 full time dedicated employees serve over 500 students from school districts surrounding Worcester County.
The CMSEC was founded in 1975 by our member districts, Webster Public Schools and Worcester Public Schools, under the Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40, Section E. Our mission is to provide cost effective solutions to public school districts that are seeking quality education for children in need of specialized services.
A member of the Massachusetts Organization of Educational Collaboratives (MOEC), the CMSEC strives to achieve excellence within the field of general and special education by creating school environments that are safe, nurturing, and therapeutic for the children we serve.
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Equal Opportunity Employer
Central Massachusetts Special Education Collaborative is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.
At least 3 years of relevant experience preferred
Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required
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