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