Candidates for the dedicated aide position must have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent and must meet the Federal No Child Left Behind Standards for a highly qualified paraprofessional. Therefore, successful candidates will have either: (1) completed two years of study at an institution of higher education; (2) obtained an associate’s (or higher) degree; or (3) achieve a score of 461 on the Parapro, the state’s formal academic assessment, demonstrating knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics.
Candidates must be energetic, reliable, integrity driven and have strong communication skills to ensure effective, positive interactions with their teaching team, staff, parents and children.
Job Functions and Responsibilities
Curriculum and Instruction
- Follows safety guidelines and procedures as provided by the school and supervisors.
- Maintains ongoing knowledge and understanding of established levels of protective oversight and supervision requirements under the Individuals Education Plan.
- Implements Individual Education Plan through direct instruction and guidance from classroom teacher.
- Implements behavior programs and procedures for each student as directed and as part of the IEP.
- Guides classroom work assigned by the teacher for identified student.
- Assist individual students in performing activities initiated by the teachers.
- Reinforce learning in small groups or with individuals while the teacher works with other students.
- Provide assistance with individualized programmed materials.
- Assist the teacher with crisis problems and behavior management.
- Assist in preparation /production of instructional materials.
- Carries out instructional programs designed by the teacher.
- Assists the teacher in devising special strategies for reinforcing material or skills based on a sympathetic understanding of identified students, their needs, interests and abilities.
- Works directly with the student to reinforce academic lessons in the classroom setting.
- Works directly with the student to redirect inappropriate behaviors to positive behaviors addressing such behaviors in a respectful manner.
- Alerts the regular teacher to problems or special information about an individual student.
- Under supervision of the classroom teacher(s) works with the student to reinforce material initially introduced by the teacher.
- Goes into regular education classroom on an inclusion basis to enable student to take part in a less restrictive environment.
- Assist the teacher in observing, recording, and charting behavior.
- Logs pertinent information regarding student performance.
Student Support/School Culture
- Accompanies the student at all times including special area classes, lunch, and recess. Is only away from the student for his/her own employee lunch time of 30 minutes remaining at arms length of the student being served.
- Establishes as fully as possible a supportive and sympathetic relationship with the student without fostering or encouraging intense emotional involvement.
- Maintains the same level of ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about students as is expected of regular classroom teachers.
- Is in the classroom area and prepared to work with students during instructional hours assigned each individual aide.
- Perform such playground, recess, cafeteria, and bus duties as assigned.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the supervising teacher and building administration.
- Attends and participates in staff meetings/trainings.
- Maintains confidentiality.