INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT

Central Massachusetts Special Education Collaborative

Worcester , Massachusetts

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Job Description

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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

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.
  • Job Categories: 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
  • 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.

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