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Special Education Paraprofessional - Founders Classical Academy of Carrollton (22-23)

Role Mission:
ResponsiveEd’s Special Education paraprofessional position is ideal for a candidate looking to gain valuable experience in Special Education teaching. Special Education Paraprofessionals support the Special Education teacher as they work with students who have a wide range of learning, cognitive, emotional, and physical disabilities to support their academic needs. 
What You’ll Do:
  • Assist in the educational and social development of students under the direction and guidance of the classroom teacher and campus administration.
  • Assist in the implementation of Individual Education Plans for the students and monitor their progress.
  • Provide support for individual students inside and outside of the classroom to enable them to fully participate in activities.
  • Work with other professionals, such as speech therapists, social workers, occupational and physical therapists.
  • Assist classroom teachers with maintaining student records.
  • Assist in scheduling Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) meetings and Individual Evaluations/Review of Existing Evaluation Data (REED) ensuring that all timeline requirements are met.
  • Assist in acquiring contracted service providers as needed.
  • Ensure that student progress is evaluated on a regular basis, and that the findings are used to make special education services more effective.
  • Update and send IEP Report Cards to parents at the same time that the general report cards are sent.
  • Plan the necessary time, resources, and materials to support general education teachers in accomplishing educational goals of students receiving special education services.
  • Ensure compliance with all state mandated assessments and alternative assessments, including their selection and administration.
  • Assist the campus administrator with the Response to Intervention process.
  • Seek assistance as needed from IDEA Coordination supervisor.
  • Demonstrate support for the campus's student management policies and assist with behavior management strategies as they relate to students with disabilities.
  • Establish and maintain open lines of communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, teachers, and administrators.
  • Implement ResponsiveEd’s Special Education school board policies, procedures, and operational guidelines.
  • Compile and maintain all reports, records, and other documents required by law and/or the Director of Special Education.
  • Perform special projects, during and after normal business hours, and other duties as assigned. NOTE: After normal business hours may include, but is not limited to, Saturday Mandatory State Tutorials.
What You’ll Bring: 
  • A passion for students, especially students with disabilities.
  • Ability and patience to work interactively with students, especially students with disabilities.
  • Working knowledge of and compliance with federal and state special education law.
  • Working knowledge of and compliance with individualized services for students with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of and compliance with the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee process.
  • Knowledge of the development and implementation of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process.
  • Knowledge of and compliance with Transition.
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong computer skills to implement multiple and diverse programs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Learn and implement teaching curriculum software programs and instruct students on utilization.
  • Communicate effectively with all levels of students with disabilities, parents, administrative staff, and Campus Directors.
  • Ability to effectively interpret policy, procedures, and student data such as diagnostic test results, state assessments scoring, transcripts, and grade point average.
  • Ability to transition with district, campus, and/or department changes.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with and receive guidance from supervisors
  • Manage multiple priorities effectively.
Education and Experience:
  • Educational Aide certification required (must be able to obtain soon after employment)
  • Teacher Certification  (preferred)
  • Meet one of the following minimum requirements:
  • 48 hours of college credit
  • Pass all sections of the THEA
  • Associate’s academic degree or equivalent from an accredited College
  • Bachelor’s degree from a University (preferred)