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PARAPROFESSIONAL - SPED

West Ada School District (learn more)

Meridian, Idaho (map)

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3138170
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted: September 11, 2019
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

PURPOSE
Assists special education teacher with students in the Resource Room, Extended Resource Room, Positive Behavior Intervention Program, Early Childhood Special Education Program or Tuition Kindergarten program; performs related work as required. 
 
PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES
The primary function of an employee in this class is to provide assistance to special education teachers in the Resource Room (RR), Extended Resource Room (ERR), Positive Behavior Intervention Program (PBI), Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program or Tuition Kindergarten (T-K) program, assisting in the implementation of students’ Individual Education Plans (IEPs). The Paraprofessional works with students with a variety of mild to severe physical, emotional, and learning disabilities and may work with an individual student or groups of students, both in a separate classroom facility or facilitating inclusion into a regular classroom. The position is directly supervised by the assigned Special Education Teacher with overall supervision by the building Principal. The primary duties of the position are performed in a classroom environment and may include exposure to body fluids and some personal injury risk from student behaviors.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES
  • Provides assistance to special education teachers in the special education program;
  • Assists teachers in implementing students’ Individual Education Plans (IEPs);
  • Assists teachers by preparing lesson plans and preparing, modifying, and adapting materials and presentations used in the classroom;
  • Assists teachers in administering diagnostic, skills, and level testing;
  • Assists students with classroom and homework assignments, tutoring, or other supplemental instruction;
  • Assists students with socialization, personal hygiene, medications and physical therapy, nutritional, and related personal tasks as needed; 
  • Assists students individually and/or in a group situation, both in a separate classroom learning facility or by facilitating inclusion into regular classrooms;
  • Assists regular classroom teachers by preparing, modifying, and adapting classroom presentations and materials to assigned students;
  • Assists teachers with classroom activities, classroom management, lesson plans, grading papers, clerical and record-keeping duties, creating and updating reports and files, and other documentation, as directed;
  • Performs substitute teacher duties in the absence of the teacher;
  • Assists teachers with clerical duties including, but not limited to, copying, inputting records and data into a computer, faxing, text and document preparation, and related duties;
  • Assists in maintaining the classroom in a clean, neat, and orderly status, prepares bulletin boards and displays, and maintains classroom supply levels;
  • Assists with student supervision on field trips and related extracurricular activities;
  • Performs school grounds, bus, noon, and other monitoring and safety duties, as assigned
  • Participates in appropriate training, workshop, and in-service programs;
  • Performs other related duties as required;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with District policies, procedures and safety practices.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:
  • Basic educational procedures and objectives, including classroom instruction and presentation, preparation of teaching materials and aids, behavior management and modification, testing and grading, tutoring, and student-teacher relations and interactions;
  • Basic special education methods and procedures for dealing with students with mild to severe physical, emotional, and/or learning disabilities;
  • Operation of classroom instructional equipment;
  • Operation of standard office equipment;
  • Operation of a personal computer and job-related software.
Ability to:
  • Follow written and oral instructions and observe District policies and procedures;
  • Interpret and modify classroom instructions, materials, and presentations to the appropriate learning level of the assigned student;
  • Prepare and provide basic classroom services for special needs students, including but not limited to, instruction, tutoring, student evaluation, lesson plans, curriculum implementation, materials preparation, and classroom management;
  • Maintain a calm personal demeanor and remain focused in situations of high stress;
  • Perform multiple tasks simultaneously, including handling interruptions, and return to and complete tasks in a timely manner;
  • Prepare and maintain required records, files, reports, logs, statistics, and documentation;
  • Operate classroom instructional equipment;
  • Perform basic office tasks including keyboarding, copying, and filing;
  • Perform time management and scheduling functions, meet deadlines, and set task priorities;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, teachers and staff members, and other District personnel;
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Maintain student, school, and parental confidentiality;
  • Demonstrate integrity, ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent required; college or other advanced education or training is preferred; and
  • Classroom or other instructional experience is preferred; and
  • Experience with special needs children is preferred; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training providing knowledge and abilities to perform the work.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL ABILITIES
  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions, communicate effectively in person, and to hear sounds within the normal range of conversation;
  • Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions and comprehend, prepare, and review a variety of written and text documents and materials;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to physically interact with secondary-level students with a variety of disabilities and operate classroom instruction equipment and office equipment, including a personal computer;
  • Sufficient personal mobility, agility, strength, and reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to bend, stoop, kneel, stand, or sit for long periods of time, lift a minimum of 25 pounds, and physically interact with and control students, including applying prescribed restraint techniques, in a special education classroom environment.
EVALUATION
Yearly by supervisor
 
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
To be determined by calendar year.
Regular attendance is an essential function of this job.
  • If you are chosen for this position your employment with the District would be "at will". Employment at Will means that the employee or the District may terminate the employment relationship with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time.
  • As per Idaho Code 65-5-1/65-503: "Eligible veterans are provided advantages in public employment in Idaho…"
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 25
  • Job Category: Instructional Support > Paraprofessional / IA
  • Job Requirements

    • ParaProfessionals must meet one of the following qualifications:
      Have 32 college credits or
      Have a college degree or
      Pass the ParaPro Assessment with a score of 460 or higher.
       
      The cost of the exam is $55.00 (subject to change).

      Free Test Preparation can be found here: 
      https://www.ets.org/praxis
      Click on “ParaPro Assessment” in the middle column
      Click on “Prepare for the Test” in the middle column
       
      About the ParaPro Assessment:
      https://parapro.ets.org/parapro/candidate/tutorial_welcome.jsp

      Please upload transcript and/or PRAXIS scores.
    • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

    Contact Information

    • Wanda Dazey, HR Clerk
    • 1303 E Central
    • Meridian, Idaho 83642

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