Under the direction of an assigned administrator, assist certificated staff in reinforcing instruction to individual or small groups of special education students with mild to moderate disabilities in a classroom setting; assist students with developing behavioral skills; perform a variety of instructional support activities to assist students in learning curriculum.
The Instructional Assistant-Special Education classification can be differentiated from the other classifications in the Instructional Assistant-Special Education series in that the Instructional Assistant-Special Education classification is responsible for providing grade-level academic support to students with mild to moderate disabilities, whereas the Instructional Assistant-Special Education/Moderate-Severe Disability classification is responsible for providing academic support to students with severe cognitive and/or physical disabilities and the Instructional Assistant-Special Education/Behavioral Intervention classification is responsible for providing academic support to students with significant aggressive and/or other behavioral difficulties.
Assist certificated staff by providing benchmark (grade-level) and strategic academic instruction to support individuals or small groups of special education students in a classroom; confer with certificated staff concerning lesson plans and site materials to meet student needs; assist with the implementation of lesson plans and instructional activities; observe and track academic progress and behavior of students and provide updates to assigned teacher.
Monitor and assist students at varying levels of ability with completing assignments and educational activities; explain and ensure student understanding of classroom assignments and homework instructions; administer and monitor students during tests.
Observe and control behavior of students in the classroom according to approved procedures; enforce appropriate student behavior and ensure student understanding of classroom rules; monitor students during outdoor activities, recess, eating, field trips, job site visits and various other activities as assigned; plan and facilitate structured playground activities; assist students by answering questions and by providing proper examples and behavioral guidance.
Assist certificated staff in the implementation of Individualized Education Plans (I.E.P.) and related goals and objectives, providing support to students with meeting IEP goals and objectives, monitoring student progress, and adapting, accommodating, and modifying classroom and homework assignments to meet individual student needs and reinforce learning activities.
Accompany and assist students in mainstreamed classes as assigned without disrupting classroom activities; take notes for students as needed; escort students to and from buses and classes; push student wheelchairs and assist with walkers; lift students in and out of wheelchairs; assist students on and off of buses.
Assist students with reading activities and observe their reading abilities; assist students with letter and word pronunciation and recognition; assist students with spelling and writing exercises and assignments.
Assist students with operating computers and utilizing software and internet applications.
Perform a variety of clerical duties in support of classroom activities such as preparing, typing, duplicating and filing instructional materials, scoring student tests and assignments, recording grades and taking and recording attendance, and maintaining various records related to student progress reports, IEP goals, and behavioral tracking; assist with scheduling meetings, appointments and services as assigned.
Provide classroom support by setting up work areas and displays and distributing and collecting paper, supplies and materials.
Ensure the health and safety of students by following health and safety practices and procedures; maintain classroom and other assigned areas in a safe, orderly and clean manner.
Administer first aid and CPR according to established procedures as needed.
Attend and participate in various meetings, conferences and in-services as assigned.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Grade-level mathematics, language arts, and other academic subjects
Guidance principles and practices related to students with special education needs.
Problems and concerns of students with special needs.
Safe practices in classroom activities.
Subjects taught in District elementary and secondary schools.
Basic instructional methods and techniques.
Classroom procedures and appropriate student conduct.
Operation of standard office and classroom equipment including a computer and assigned
Oral and written communication skills.
Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
Record-keeping and filing techniques.
First aid and CPR procedures.
Take initiative in beginning tasks and following them through to completion
Use critical thinking and innovation to solve problems
Handle stressful situations with tact and professionalism
Work interactively as a team member
Adapt to a variety of situations and environments
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Understand and relate to students/adults with special needs.
Demonstrate an understanding, patient and receptive attitude toward special education students.
Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Demonstrate ability to be dependable
Operate standard office and classroom equipment including a computer and assigned software.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Special Qualifications upon hire for positions at a school site that is supported by Title I funds pursuant to the "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001":Complete at least 48 semester units of study at an institution of higher education (college level) OR obtained an associate's (or higher) degree OR met (passed) an assessment that demonstrates knowledge of and the ability to assist in teaching reading, writing, and mathematics OR reading, writing, and mathematics readiness.
LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Valid First Aid and CPR Certificate issued by an authorized agency.
Classroom and outdoor school environment.
Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate standard office and classroom equipment.
Sitting or standing for extended periods of time.
Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching to assist students.
Seeing to read a variety of materials and monitor student activities.
Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
Lifting and carrying students as assigned by the position.
Reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally.
Exposure to bodily fluids, bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases.
Contact with dissatisfied or abusive individuals.