Special Education Paraeducator

$18.08 - $22.94 hourly
  • Evergreen Public Schools
  • Vancouver, WA, USA
  • Mar 30, 2021
Part time Education

Job Description

Multiple Positions Available - Various Locations

Hours per day vary by position / 190 days per year (180 student days + 10 holidays)

Program Options:

  1. Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
  2. Transition Program
  3. Learning Support
  4. Academic Learning Classroom (ALC)
  5. Life Skills Classroom (LSC)
  6. Developmental Skills Classroom (DSC)
  7. Social Communication and Integration Program (SCIP)
  8. Structured Learning Classroom (SLC)
  9. Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program (DHOH)
  10. Day Treatment Program (DT)
  11. Day Treatment Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities (DT/DD)

STANCE STATEMENT:

Evergreen Public Schools are committed to eliminating the predictability of outcomes by demographic group and we strive to be a diverse community of schools that provides each member with the opportunities, access, resources, and support they need to be successful. With this in mind, our goal is to recruit, hire and retain employees of all racial/ethnic backgrounds who will bring their unique talents and skills into our educational institution to encourage students to thrive academically. Our district aims to provide an equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for all students and staff to succeed in a racially and culturally diverse local, national and global community.

SUMMARY STATEMENT:

Under the supervision of the Special Education classroom instructor and the building Principal, the Special Education Paraeducator will assist in the supervision of instructional activities, working closely with students on an individual as well as a small group basis.

 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Assist the Special Education classroom instructor in supervising and working with elementary and/or secondary students as follows:

  • Communicate effectively with students, staff, and parents.
  • Assist in providing one-to-one and group instruction to students so as to meet his/her individualized education program (IEP).
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining a learning environment as specified by course goals and curriculum outcomes.
  • Assist in evaluating and specifying direction of instruction so as to maximize each student's potential.
  • Maintain accurate data on student progress.
  • Assist in administering and scoring formal and informal tests. 
  • Implement behavioral management strategies using the emphasis and techniques that have been outlined by the teacher. 
  • Assist in organizing and preparing a variety of instructional materials. 
  • Diaper students as necessary.
  • Feed students as necessary.
  • Handle body fluids as necessary.
  • Lift and/or position students as necessary.
  • Attend various training sessions as necessary so as to maintain an up-to-date understanding of the Special Education student(s).

 OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Perform other related duties as assigned

Qualifications

Must meet Paraeducator Employment Requirements as follows:

  1. Be at least eighteen (18) years of age and hold a high school diploma or its equivalent; AND
  2. Must meet one or more of the following:
  • Have received a passing score of 461 or higher on the Education Testing Service ParaPro Assessment (ETS test/PRAXIS); or
  • Hold an Associate Degree or higher from an accredited college or university; or
  • Have earned 72 quarter credits or 48 semester credits at 100 level or higher at an accredited college or university; or
  • Have completed a Paraeducator Apprenticeship Program (program must be registered with the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Basic typing/keyboarding.
  2. Previous experience working with students in academic areas and/or professional course work in Special Education. 
  3. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with students, staff, and parents.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work with and supervise students.
  5. Must possess personal characteristics of flexibility, initiative, and cooperativeness.
  6. Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information. 
  7. Demonstrated ability or willingness to learn computer skills and assistive technology. 
  8. Demonstrated ability or willingness to learn to operate the office equipment as listed above. 
  9. Demonstrated ability to perform under conditions of constant interruption.
  10. Must possess physical strength and ability to deal with potentially aggressive behavior of students.
  11. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with others as part of a team. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES RELATED TO CULTURAL COMPETENCE AND EQUITY:

  1. Knowledge/awareness of own cultural identity and desire to learn about the cultural identity of others.
  2. Supports a positive school environment that celebrates, respects and values diversity, where learning is made relevant and meaningful to students of various cultures.
  3. Participates in activities and discussions that lead to increased cultural competence.
  4. Demonstrates a commitment to equitable outcomes for all students.
  5. Ability to recognize each person as a unique individual even as we celebrate their group cultural heritage.
  6. The ability and desire to establish positive relationships with persons regardless of race, gender, physical limitation, sexual orientation or religious belief, with an active commitment to equal opportunity for all persons.

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