Special Education Assistant - Resource Intervention
Minneapolis Public Schools - Minneapolis, MN

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Under general supervision/direction from certified staff, the SEA – Resource Intervention provides services to assist students with special needs in a learning environment; assists MPS staff to develop and implement appropriate individualization lessons and activities for students with disabilities; helps students to meet their special education goals.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following : · Establishes positive professional relationships and uses effective communication with students and staff within a short period of time.
· Provides direct instructional support and practice of skills previously taught by certified staff to individual and/or groups of students as outlined in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) - including, social-emotional-behavioral, adaptive and communication skills development and academics.
· Assists students in learning processes; reinforces positive behavior, provides individual instruction, encourages socialization and good communications.
· Provides services to children with disabilities as scheduled and assigned by special education department; schedule, students assigned and site/building may change based on student need in district.
· Performs duties within scope of authority and training, and in compliance with MPS policies, quality standards, and the Standards of Effective Instructional Support for Educational Assistants; duties may vary according to job assignment.
· Collects data frequently as directed by case manager in accordance with the students’ IEP goals and objectives, behavior intervention plan and/or health plan.
· Monitors student activities, promotes respect, explains social norms and disciplinary consequences, de-escalates personal confrontations, and enforces District policies and rules of conduct.
· Collaborates and works cooperatively and flexibly as a team member with colleagues, staff and community representatives.
· Follows written and oral instructions, and independently follows through on teacher directed programming and instructional strategies.
· Assists MPS staff to facilitate educational functions and other services to maintain a safe and productive learning environment that is sensitive to the needs and legal rights of Special Education students; works with students to improve personal skills and reinforce classroom learning.
· Attends to and provides for students’ daily hygiene, personal and health related cares, as directed by licensed staff.
· Assists students in community, recreational, school and leisure activities, and vocational training.
· Reports learning problems, behavioral issues, and other concerns to supervisor or Principal.
· Prepares the classroom environment and materiel to be used by students; provides assistance with students in classrooms, special projects.
· Provides customer service to parents and guardians with support/consultation from teachers, answers questions, and explains school rules.
· Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment
· Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
· Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.
· Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis
· At times may be required to work outside normal business hours and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.

Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Associates Degree: AND two years’ experience working with children. Associate’s Degree in Education or Child Development is preferred OR Completed 90 quarter or 60 semester college credits.

Knowledge of: · Classroom policies, procedures and processes
· Methods and techniques to assist students in social-emotional-behavioral skills development and adaptive and communication skills, and academic content.
· Methods and techniques for working with students with disabilities and special needs
· Local community resources and regional community services programs
· Basic principles of data collection, record keeping and records management
· Personal computers utilizing standard and specialized software
· Safety rules and regulations
· Confidentiality and data privacy
Skill in: · Monitoring and improving student social, emotional and behavior skills
· Assisting children and special needs students, and assessing educational needs
· Maintaining composure, and working effectively under classroom conditions
· Remain calm and respond quickly to situations that could create personal stress and safety problems
· Communicating effectively with children
· Collaborating as a team member, with colleagues, staff and community representatives
· Following verbal and written instructions
· Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers
· Effective verbal and written communication

A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required. First Aid/CPR/AED, Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) training, and Special Education Core and Disability training required within one year.

SALARY: ESP $16.16/hr, 41 wks


Work is performed in a classroom environment, with moderate physical requirements; requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree, and working with special needs children. Assignment and schedule may change based on student need in district.

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