Dedicated Aide - Special Education (#1251239)

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The Foundation Schools is a special education day school which delivers innovative school programs and support services for children and adolescents with emotional disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and other learning challenges. For over 40 years, the combination of academic support and therapeutic services has given our students a chance to reach their full potential. The Foundation Schools has schools in Gaithersburg and Largo, Maryland that serve over 200 students in grades K-12. We are currently accepting resumes for Dedicated Aide candidates for our Largo and Landover locations. Please specify location preference. Landover location experience in an education setting working with students on the autism spectrum preferred.

The mission of The Foundation Schools is to provide a highly specialized educational and therapeutic program for students with emotional and other disabilities and social emotional and learning challenges, preparing them to be productive and successful in their future academic and career paths. The Foundation Schools employs special education strategies and techniques to provide quality instruction that results in the students’ mastery of approved curriculum and that promotes social, emotional and cognitive learning. We effectively manage student behavior through implementation of behavior management systems, school rules and policies.

Our Core Values’ provide a strong foundation for our programs, are integrated into our positive behavior intervention system, drive our actions and guide our staff and students daily to TWIRL (Teamwork, Work Ethic, Integrity, Respect, and Leadership). We offer a supportive working environment with small class sizes and excellent resources.

The Foundation Schools offers a comprehensive benefit package including tuition assistance and a generous retirement package. Visit our website at www.foundationschools.org for more information.

We are seeking qualified Dedicated Aides to provide our students with the tools and guidance they need to be successful. Dedicated Aides manage their assigned student’s behavior and ensure students’ safety through the implementation of the behavior modification system, school rules, and The Foundation Schools' policies and procedures, and help students decrease and avoid inappropriate behaviors. Dedicated Aides accompany their assigned student to all classes and activities to support them with their academic assignments and behavioral goals. Dedicated Aides maintain appropriate documentation of the students’ activities. They work under the direction of the classroom teacher to implement lesson plans and IEP goals. Dedicated Aides also provide staff assistance and program support through participation in meetings, committees, and special activities and assignments.

KEY JOB FUNCTIONS

Shadow assigned student throughout the school day, monitor activities, and document progress; maintain required electronic and paper documentation regarding student’s behaviors and academic progress

Help assigned student decrease and avoid inappropriate behaviors through use of effective behavior management techniques

Display awareness of student’s diagnoses and academic achievements; adapt behavior accordingly to help meet the requirements of the student’s IEP

Help assigned student with both individual and group classroom assignments; assist teacher with implementing lesson plans and actively encourage assigned student’s participation and interaction; assist with academic accommodations and modifications for their assigned student

Demonstrate basic knowledge of all academic subjects and the ability to assist students with classwork

Demonstrate clear and professional boundaries with all students

Reinforce the expectations for learning and standards for classroom participation and behavior; encourage students’ ownership and contribution to the classroom; adapt strategies to help students remain in the classroom

Provide feedback to teacher, school leaders, and other team members to help determine students’ needs, and adjust behaviors and practices to accommodate those needs

Help to promote a safe, appealing and engaging learning environment; assist with preparation of classroom materials, distribution of books and supplies, and other basic clerical duties

Assist with students’ transition between classrooms, during lunch periods and during students’ arrivals and departures

Demonstrate an understanding of how our students’ disabilities impact their behavior and ability to learn; display knowledge of students’ diagnoses and adapt intervention strategies accordingly to meet the requirements of the students’ IEPs and BIPs

Effectively manage student behavior through the implementation of the behavior management system, school rules, policies, and procedures; model appropriate behavior for the students during the school day