Under general supervision, to assist the Special Education Teacher in the preparation, monitoring, and delivery of instruction to individuals and small groups of students with special learning needs and/or with physical disabilities so that they may participate in appropriate educational programs at a school site or within the community; and to do related work as assigned.
Positions assigned to this class are distinguished from an Instructional Aide primarily by the relative independence of action and intensity of the instructional assignments. Following training in specific programs and techniques, the Special Education Instructional Aide typically works directly with students according to a highly structured plan. The behavioral and instructional components of the program are often individualized and require precise adherence. It is essential that individuals who occupy these positions are able to adapt to the particular educational and/or physical needs of the student(s).
1. Adapts classroom materials and activities for the purpose of providing a method to support and/or reinforce classroom activities, student interest and/or student attention.
2. Modify, augment and adapt curriculum instructional materials, and the learning environment in coordination with the General Education Teacher, Special Education Specialists and other consultants.
3. Administers tests for the purpose of assisting the teacher in evaluating students' progress.
4. Assists teachers (e.g. listens to and drills students in various subjects, works with individual students or small groups, etc.) for the purpose of implementing lesson plans and other classroom activities.
5. Record information in lesson plans, forms or charts
6. Confers with teachers as may be required for the purpose of providing input into the evaluation of students' progress and/or implementing students' objectives.
7. Implements instructional programs and lesson plans, under the supervision of the teacher, and provides and/or assists with delivery and direct instruction to students in each area of the students' program including academic subjects, communication skills, social skills, self-help skills, motor skills, recreation skills, speech, language and occupational therapy.
8. After training, assist physically disabled student(s) in the performance of bodily tasks, including toileting, diapering, cleaning, dressing and personal hygiene.
9. After training, life and move designated student(s) as necessary in the use of bathroom facilities, loading and unloading from vehicles, and other duties as assigned.
10. Implements behavior management plans as developed by teacher/ancillary staffs.
11. Assists in monitoring students' medical or behavioral problems.
12. Supervise and accompany student(s) on buses as they are being transported to and from school or on special activity trips and/or meets buses and escorts student(s) to and from classrooms.
13. Assist student(s) in taking classroom notes and recording pupils' responses to assignments, tests, etc.
14. Maintains classroom equipment, work area, students' files/records (e.g. clean up various class projects, entering grades, instructional materials, audiovisual equipment, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring availability of items and/or providing reliable information.
15. Supervises, monitors and/or physically assists in individual and/or groups of students in various situations (e.g. classroom, lunch area, playground activities, library, computer lab, restroom, on field trips, etc.) for the purpose of providing safe and positive learning environment.
16. Reward appropriate student behaviors according to a designated reinforcement strategy.
17. Respond in a prescribed manner to inappropriate behavior.
18. Model mutual respect and appropriate behavior in interacting with students.
19. Establish rapport with assigned students.
20. Adhere to requirements for confidentiality regarding student information.
21. Operate audio-visual, copying and instructional machines (document camera, computers).
22. Performs record keeping and clerical functions (e.g. scheduling, copying, instructional materials, correcting papers, etc.)
23. Responds to emergency situations (e.g. injured student, fights, student running away, animals on playgrounds, strangers, etc.) for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns and/or directing to appropriate personnel for resolution.
1. Assists other personnel and/or substitute teachers as may be required for the purpose of supporting them in the completion of their work activities.
2. Participate in in-service workshops and training for the purpose of receiving and/or conveying information related to job functions.
3. Performs related duties as required and/or assigned.
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilitites
1. Basic math including calculation of fractions, percent's, and/or ratios.
2. Understand complex multiple step instructions.
3. Correct English language usage, grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure, both orally and in writing.
4. Basic principals of sanitation.
5. Basic student motivation and management techniques.
6. Basic instructional methods and procedures.
7. General purposes and goals of education.
1. Accept training and guidance provided by the Special Education Teacher and modify performance accordingly.
2. Enjoy students and challenging situations.
3. Deal with students in a patient manner.
4. Follow oral and written instructions.
5. Establish and maintain friendly, cooperative and effective relationships with all persons contacted in the course of work.
6. Work independently in the absence of immediate supervisor.
1. Ability to see for the purposes of reading instructional materials, documents and other printed matter, for observing students and for the safe operation of equipment.
2. Ability to hear and understand speech at normal levels in person and/or on the telephone.
3. Ability to communicate so others will be able to clearly understand normal conversation in person and on the telephone.
4. Ability to operate computer, calculator, copy machine, telephone and other office equipment with dexterity and in a safe and efficient manner.
5. Ability to routinely lift/carry office supplies and printed materials weighing up to 25 pounds.
6. Good health, strength and sufficient energy to maintain a rigorous work schedule regarding on-going physical activity which may include the lifting of a student.
School working environment is subject to bending, crouching or kneeling to assist students, pushing/pulling and lifting of instructional equipment and supplies, sitting on chairs and/or floor and leaning over desks for prolonged periods of time reaching in all directions.
Job related experience is desired.
Education as required by No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: High School diploma or equivalent AND two years of higher education study (48 semester units) OR possession of an Associate's or higher degree.
CERTIFICATES & LICENSES
CPR certified, appropriate for the assigned age group, within two (2) months of employment and perform CPR when necessary.
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