Applications are being accepted for an eligibility list for possible future openings for Paraeducators in programs serving students with severe handicaps, ages 3-22, operated in Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and Moorpark.
Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, assist a certificated teacher in providing academic and social instruction and assistance to individuals or small groups of students with special education needs; monitor and report student progress regarding behavior and performance; assist students in developing various self help skill, including hygiene, eating, social, community, vocational and leisure/recreationa skills.
Proof of authorization to work in the United States is required upon employment.
„h Provide academic and social instructional assistance to individuals or small groups of special education students with severe disabilities. E
„h Assist students during classroom activities, lunch, physical education periods and various other activities as directed; model and assist in instructing students in appropriate social and academic behavior and provide emotional support; assist in integrating special education students into the general education population. E
„h Reinforce instruction as directed by the instructor and assist with the presentation of learning materials and instructional exercises. E
„h Provide individual instructional assistance to students experiencing learning difficulty; use instructional activities to reinforce lesson plans; explain errors and answer questions. E
„h Assist students in their understanding and comprehension of reading, writing, language arts, math, social studies and other basic subject¡¦s areas; perform remedial exercises and other basic instruction as required. E
„h Assist students in developing food purchasing and preparation skills; prepare lunch to meet student's individual eating needs as necessary; feed students unable to self-feed; dispense medications as required; wash and clean eating areas, plates and utensils. E
„h Prepare the classroom and assist in preparing lessons and instructional materials as directed by the teacher; prepare materials to assist student learning comprehension.E
„h Assist in administering, correcting and recording tests, papers, essays and homework assignments as directed; prepare homework packets as assigned. E
„h Assist students in community vocational training; ride with students on public buses; train and assist students at job sites with duties and a variety of activities as necessary according to individual needs; escort students to libraries, parks, shopping malls and restaurants to enhance student community awareness and to develop maximum independence and self-esteem. E
„h Assist students in developing independent travel skills such as walking safely to destination, using public transportation and complying with traffic signals; assist in the development of proper money handling and coin recognition. E
„h Assist students with personal hygiene and in developing self-help grooming skills as appropriate such as dressing and undressing, eating, washing, oral care and toileting; assist in changing diapers as needed. E
„h Assist students with medications according to established guidelines, procedures, and training; perform specialized physical health care procedures as trained and assigned and in accordance with specialized training provided by a health specialist. E
„h Assist instructor in assessing student ability and progress; provide information and discuss student daily activities, progress, academic needs and needed course of instruction; discuss student needs with group and foster care homes. E
„h ƒnƒnƒnƒnLift, move and adjust students, especially non-ambulatory students; assist students onto tables or adapted toilets; assist in loading and unloading students from buses; place students in standers, wheelchairs and other apparatus; assist in positioning students in braces, adapted PE equipment and other equipment as necessary. E
„h Observe and control group activities and behavior of students according to established procedures; report progress regarding student performance and behavior; escort students to various locations on school campus; provide patient and sensitive care and assistance to emotionally and physically fragile students. E
„h Assist in maintaining health and safety of assigned students by being aware of the learning environment and the potential hazards of student actions. E
„h Perform a variety of general clerical duties as assigned; operate equipment, including computers, copier, tape recorder, TV, VCR and typewriter. E
„h Provide instructions, information and assistance to substitute teachers; participate in meetings and in-service training programs as assigned; provide input to IEP meetings and to parents as requested. E
„h Assist in locating on-going community employment for assigned students; provide coaching and assistance to students for completing applications and interviewing; drive a vehicle to transport students to job sites, hospitals and homes as authorized and assigned.
„h ƒnƒnƒnƒnPerform related duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Any combination equivalent to: graduation from high school and one year experience in working with school-age children in an organized setting.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
Child guidance principles and practices, especially as they relate to school-age children with special learning challenges; basic subjects taught in District schools, including arithmetic, grammar, spelling, language and reading; basic principles and techniques of discipline and behavior modification; district regulations, policies and objectives applicable to assigned programs; safe practices in classroom and playground activities; interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy; record-keeping techniques; basic health and safety guidelines and procedures; assaultive behavior protection and basic self-defense methods.
Learn about and provide for the special educational needs, problems and requirements of students with special education needs; assist certificated staff or specialists with instruction and related activities of the assigned learning environment; assist students in developing independence and self-help skills, including hygiene, eating, social, community, vocational and leisure/recreational skills; maintain confidentiality of pupil and school information; learn and apply the policies, procedures, and objectives of the VCSSO Special Education program; communicate effectively with students, faculty, specialists, parents and other adults; read, apply, follow and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures; establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others; place students in apparatus as directed; lift, restrain and discipline students according to approved policies and procedures; operate instructional and office equipment.
LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Some positions in this classification require a valid California driver's license.
Classroom, office, and community work environment.
Vision to monitor students during classroom activities, hearing and speaking to exchange information and provide assistance to students, kneeling or crouching, bending at the waist, standing for extended periods of time, walking over rough or uneven surfaces, and lifting bodies and objects weighing up to 40 pounds. Should an applicant require reasonable accommodation, the Ventura County Superintendent of Schools will consider that upon request.
Exposure to students who may become hostile, disorderly, or exhibit physically aggressive behavior.