Under the direction of an assigned administrator, perform a variety of instructional support duties involved in providing instructional assistance to individuals and small groups of special education students with moderate to severe disabilities; assist in providing learning activities and meeting the special needs of assigned students in areas related to feeding, toileting, positioning, hygiene, motor skill, sensory and physical therapy functions; monitor health conditions; perform a variety of clerical duties as assigned.
Assist with the development, preparation, and reinforcement of learning materials and in the performance of other instructional activities for assigned physically/severely handicapped special education program; assist assigned teacher with the implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs); provide input into the development of individual educational goals and objectives as assigned.
Assist students with independent living skills and personal hygiene, brushing teeth and grooming as required; assist students with eating activities; toilet students and change diapers and soiled clothing as required.
Monitor and assist students with activities to develop small muscle and eye-hand coordination; assist children in learning gross motor skills; assist children in learning fine motor skills such as reaching, grabbing, folding and cutting.
Assist children in the use of various orthopedic devices, classroom computers, adaptive equipment, and electronic communication devices.
Confer with teachers and specialists concerning programs and materials to meet student needs; notify teacher of any special problems or information concerning students; adapt and modify lessons or materials to meet the individual needs of the students.
Assist staff with the preparation of instructional and testing materials; administer and score tests; assist in the preparation of graphic and written teaching materials.
Assist individual or small groups of students with academic, social skills and the achievement of IEP goals; reinforce instruction to individuals or small groups in a variety of subjects; develop creative methods and techniques for working with students within the suggested framework of the teacher; review plans with the teacher to ensure correct teaching techniques are being utilized for each student.
Assist in evaluating student progress in a wide variety of skills; correct papers; report progress regarding student performance and behavior to the teacher; assist staff in administering assessment tests as assigned by the position.
Observe and manage behavior and safety of students according to approved procedures; assist in maintaining order among the students in the classroom and on the school grounds and field/community trips; accompany students going from one location to another; accompany students to and from the bus.
Record information, compile data and maintain records, files, and assemble packets and materials for students.
Provide support to the teacher by setting up work areas, displays, and exhibits, operating audiovisual equipment and educational training equipment, distributing and collecting papers and supplies, preparing bulletin board materials, and decorating the classroom; assist in main-taining a neat, orderly, and attractive learning environment.
Assist in assessing programs and materials to meet the needs of the children; collect, assemble, and distribute learning materials, supplies, equipment, and other resource materials; order instructional material and aids as necessary.
Operate a variety of standard office equipment including a telephone, copier, computer and assigned software.
Perform feeding and positioning techniques as prescribed and under the direction of teacher, nurse, specialist or doctor; provide routine first aid to injured students according to established procedures as needed; monitor students for seizures and other health conditions as assigned.
Perform related duties as assigned.
May provide specialized medical services in accordance with Collective Bargaining Agreement.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Problems and concerns of students with special education needs.
Child guidance principles and practices related to children with special education needs.
Basic subjects taught in schools.
Correct English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Modern instructional equipment, practices and techniques.
Basic record keeping procedures.
General methods of education and tutoring.
General needs, learning styles, and behavior of students.
Child development theory and principles.
Techniques to motivate students and manage student behavior.
Safe work practices.
Basic first aid and CPR techniques.
Reinforce instruction to individual or small groups of orthopedically and severely handicapped special education students as directed by the teacher.
Assist in the preparation of instructional materials and implementation of individual education plans.
Assist with the instructional and related activities of the assigned learning environment.
Support the assigned teacher's style of classroom management.
Supervise students according to approved policies and procedures.
Operate modern instructional equipment including computer equipment.
Learn the procedures and functions necessary to perform assigned duties.
Learn instructional terminology, program philosophies, concepts, materials, methods, and procedures.
Learn child guidance principles and practices.
Interact effectively and sensitively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Perform clerical duties including filing and duplicating.
Maintain accurate records.
Maintain confidentiality of student and school information.
Demonstrate an understanding, patient, and receptive attitude toward children.
Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Administer basic first aid and CPR as needed.
Education & Experience Requirements:
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Any combination of education and/or experience equivalent to: High school diploma or equivalent and one year experience working with children with special education needs in an educational environment.
LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Valid First Aid and CPR certificates issued by an authorized agency.
Must meet requirements specified under the Federal Accountability mandates.
Classroom environment. Indoor/outdoor
Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate standard office and classroom equipment.
Sitting or standing for extended periods of time.
Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching to assist students.
The examination process for this recruitment may be comprised of one or any combination of the following: screening of the applicant's training, background, and experience; scored evaluation of responses on a supplemental application; written examination(s); qualifications appraisal oral examination; performance examination; or technical oral examination, scored on a job-related basis. Only the most highly qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the examination process. Successful candidates who pass all parts of the examination process will be placed on the eligibility list in order of their relative merit as determined by these competitive examinations.
A background check will be conducted to all candidates that will be considered. There is a $70 fingerprint fee that the candidate is responsible for and a clearance of Tuberculosis is also required prior to employment.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION : Hours, schedules, and locations for the Paraeducator- Physical Handicapped/Severely Handicapped - Substitute position vary.
San Lorenzo, California