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Special Education Teacher Assistant

Title
Special Education Teacher Assistant
Location
Colegrove Park Elementary School
Description
Job Goal: To provide a well-organized, smoothly functioning class environment in which students can take full advantage of the instructional program and available resource materials.

Supervision: Reports to the Building Principal and Administrator of Special Education.

Performance Responsibilities:

1. Administers, scores, and records such achievement and diagnostic tests as the teacher recommends for individual students, such as discrete trials.
2. Works with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of material or skills initially introduced by the teacher.
3. Assists the teacher in devising special strategies for reinforcing material or skills based upon a sympathetic understanding of individual students, their needs, interests, and abilities.
4. Operates and cares for equipment used in the classroom for instructional purposes.
5. Helps students master equipment or instructional materials assigned by the teacher.
6. Distributes and collects workbooks, papers, and other materials for instruction.
7. Assists teacher with non-instructional classroom duties such as supervising classroom routines and preparing materials.
8. Assists with non-instructional activities such as supervision of lunchroom, assemblies, and field trips.
9. Guides independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work set up and assigned by the teacher.
10. Assists with the supervision of students during emergency drills, assemblies, play periods, and field trips.
11. Keeps bulletin board and other classroom learning displays up-to-date.
12. Assists with such large group activities as drill work, reading aloud, and storytelling.
13. Read to students, listens to students read, and participates in other forms of oral communication with students.
14. Assists students in the library or media center.
15. Checks notebooks, corrects papers, and supervises testing and make-up work, as assigned by the teacher.
16. Checks and records student attendance.
17. Collects and records collection of money.
18. Helps students with their clothing.
19. Assists with lunch, snack, and cleanup routines.
20. Assists with wash-up and toilet routines.
21. Alerts the regular teacher to any problems or special information about an individual student.
22. Serves as the chief source of information and help to any substitute teacher assigned in the absence of the regular teacher.
23. Maintains the same high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about students as is expected of fully licensed teachers.
24. Participates in in-service training programs, as assigned.
25. Provides direct physical care and instruction to designated children.
26. Implements behavior management program for designated children.
27. Provides, as necessary, physical restraint to designated children.
28. Provides inclusionary support in classroom.
29. Participates in training as needed.
30. Provides specialized services as requested by therapist and consultants.
31. Provides home-based services as requested by specialists (during school hours).
32. Performs other related duties as requested.

The Committee's policy of nondiscrimination will extend to students, staff, the general public, and individuals with whom it does business; No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town or in obtaining the advantages, privileges, and courses of study of such public school on account of age, race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness.
Requirements

Required: High School Diploma or its equivalent (i.e., G.E.D.). Associate’s Degree or one of the following: completing at least two years or 48 credit hours of study at an institution of higher education, or taking and passing a formal assessment measuring one’s knowledge of and ability to assist classroom teachers in reading, writing, and mathematics consistent with Federal Law.

Preferred: At least two years of work experience as a Special Education Assistant or in a related field. Current Massachusetts Department of Education certification as a teacher. Bachelors Degree in Education or related field. Knowledge/experience with applied behavioral analysis.

Physical Requirements: The position requires a moderate amount of walking, standing, sitting and climbing stairs and step stool whenever necessary. Activities also include moderate physical exertion in body movement such as reaching, bending, twisting, grasping, pushing, and pulling of objects. The position requires lifting objects of 20 pounds on a frequent basis, and over 20 pounds occasionally. There is a frequent requirement of fine manipulation associated with the required use of a computer, typewriter, keyboard, calculator, and other business machines.

Environmental Conditions: The occupant is required to work indoors. The regular chemical solvents are toners, inks, and cleaning fluids. The occupant may come into contact with bodily fluids.


Anticipated start date:upon appointment
Salary
$13.40 per hour
Contact Charlene Volff
Phone: 413-776-1458
Fax: 413-776-1685
cvolff@napsk12.org
10 Main Street, Second Floor, North Adams, MA 01247