Job Description / Essential Elements:
Fremont Union High School District
Position: Para-Educator I
Work Year: 183; Months: 10
Department/Site: School Site
Reports to/Evaluated by: Assistant Principal
Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, provide tutoring and guidance to individual and small groups of students in a classroom, laboratory or other assigned learning environment; tutor students in assigned subject areas; perform clerical duties in support of classroom activities. Understands and works effectively with people of differing cultures.
-- Essential Duties and Responsibilities
*Incumbents may perform any combination of the essential functions shown below. This position description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, knowledge, or abilities associated with this classification, but is intended to accurately reflect the principal job elements.
*Assist teachers in the presentation of learning materials; tutor individuals or small groups of students, reinforcing instruction as directed by the classroom teacher.
*Assist with lessons as directed by the teacher; explain words and meanings; rephrase materials and explain instruction to assist students in the educational process.
*Provide support to the teacher by setting up work areas, displays and exhibits, operating computers and educational software packages and applications, and distribution and collecting materials and supplies.
*Under the direction of the classroom teacher, may grade and/or record homework and other assignments.
*Serves as a liaison between the student and teachers. Keeps teachers appraised of student progress. Confer as needed with teachers concerning programs and materials to meet student needs.
*Direct group activities of students as assigned; monitor tests and study periods; accompany students on field trips as assigned.
*Tutors individual students and small groups of peer-level students in a laboratory or classroom-type setting to develop and increase academic skills.
*Reinforces and reintroduces information and materials presented in class and introduces alternative or expanded information not presented in class to enhance student understanding.
*Under the direction of the classroom teacher, supports students in laboratory procedures and in the purpose and use of laboratory materials, including programmed instruction, reading machines, calculators, and laboratory libraries.
*Guides students in the use of computers, including computer basics and access of educational software packages/applications.
*Reviews tests with students, determines which concepts were misunderstood, and assigns additional work to help enhance understanding of course content under the guidance of the classroom teacher. May advise students on techniques for alleviating test anxiety. May proctor tests.
*Tutors students in test-taking strategies (e.g., flash cards, study guides, test-taking techniques, coping with stress, and otherwise alleviating test anxiety).
*Monitors and oversees behavior of students according to approved procedures; reports progress regarding student performance and behavior. Accompanies students going from one location to another.
*Assists students by providing proper examples, emotional support, a friendly attitude and general guidance.
*Assures the health and safety of students by following health and safety practices and regulations. May assist with loading and unloading of students onto buses.
*Participates in meeting and in-service training programs as assigned.
*Performs regular and recurring clerical functions. Organizes for easy access and use, and may rewrite learning materials. Maintains files of answer keys, answer sheets, laboratory instructions, modules, charts, and signs. Prepares instructional and classroom materials; score tests; records and averages grades; maintains student records and files.
*Reads and maintains up-to-date familiarity with materials used in multiple subjects.
*Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.
- Knowledge and Skills
*Requires acceptable knowledge of a range of high school courses including but not limited to math, science, English, history/civics, and writing.
*Requires knowledge of the range of materials that can be used to enhance or supplement learning.
*Requires knowledge of tutorial techniques.
*Requires knowledge of computer-aided techniques and general purpose and software applications that enhance learning.
*Requires knowledge of and skill in using proper English grammar, vocabulary, syntax, spelling and punctuation.
*Requires sufficient human relation skills to convey technical concepts to others and to facilitate a small group learning process.
*Requires a basic knowledge of standard and common office clerical practices.
*Requires the ability to carry out all the responsibilities of the job including providing tutoring for students of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and skill levels.
*Requires the ability to make informal presentations to small peer groups, for example study groups.
*Requires the ability to relate positively to students in a learning environment, develop and maintain effective working relationships, and recognize learning difficulties.
*Requires the ability to listen actively and effectively, identify and solve problems, facilitate learning for students, and build student confidence in general learning ability.
*Requires the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, speak in a clear and concise manner, and follow oral and/or written instructions.
*Requires the ability to administer tests and perform general clerical tasks.
*Requires the ability to operate computer hardware and use common software applications that are dedicated to the subject matter.
- Physical Abilities
*Requires the ability to perform indoors in an office and/or classroom/laboratory environment engaged in work of primarily a sedentary to a moderately active nature.
*Requires near visual acuity to read and write printed materials and computer screens.
*Requires hearing and speech ability for ordinary and telephonic conversation, to speak to groups, and to hear sound prompts from equipment.
*Requires ambulatory ability to move about office, classroom/laboratory, and school grounds, to tutor, assist with presentations, and reach work materials.
*Requires sufficient manual and finger dexterity to demonstrate teaching aids, to point out important words/figures to students, and to operate personal computers.
*Requires the ability to lift, carry, push, and move supplies, fixtures, wheelchairs, etc., of light to medium weight (under 40 pounds).
-- Education and Experience
*Requires the equivalent of a high school diploma and 45 hours of college transfer courses, plus one year of experience working with students in a classroom environment. Successful completion of a rigorous competency exam and certification may substitute for college transfer courses.
-- Licenses and Certificates
*May require a valid driver’s license. Compliance with No Child Left Behind provisions. Requires fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice.
-- Working Conditions
*Work is performed in an indoor setting with some, yet infrequent exposure to health and safety considerations.