Responsible for providing support and assistance to a specific special education student(s) in attainment of IEP goals and objectives. The paraeducator works with and at the direction of special education, regular education teachers and related service professionals. Develops and promotes good community relations among various community and school clientele.
Paraeducator permit required:
Completed at least two years of study at an institution or higher learning; OR
Obtained an associate's (or higher) degree; OR
Demonstrated, through a state or local academic assessment, knowledge of and the ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing and mathematics.
Cooperative attitude and superior work ethic for performing a team-oriented workplace.
Positive experience in working with children.
High level of computer knowledge may be required (computer test may be administered).
The Department of Education defines "two years of study" as the successful completion of 60 semester hours of college coursework at an accredited institution of higher learning, ideally in the general and educational studies, including reading, writing and mathematics, content and pedagogy.
Assists in a variety of instructional and related activities with an individual or group of students as assigned by the teacher.
Assists the teacher in establishing and maintaining a classroom environment conducive to learning.
Assists in the supervision, monitoring and personal support of students through assigned duties, i.e. hallways, lunchroom and bus duty; ensures appropriate conduct during these periods.
Participates in staff and aide meetings.
Assists student(s) with disabilities in meeting their physical needs in order to benefit from the educational program. Responsibilities will include lifting, toileting, positioning, transferring and feeding.
Monitors activities and behavior of children to ensure their physical and environmental safe keeping, as well as adherence to appropriate conduct and disciplinary controls.
Assists teachers in checking and objectively evaluating progress; teaches children individually and in small groups reinforcing skills based upon instructional guidelines.
Acts as a positive role model for students through appropriate action and dress.
Performs related duties as directed.