JobID 865 : Teaching Assistant - Progress Park (#2028752)

Job | Posted a month ago
Job Type


2020/2021 School Year

The WISD's Mission
is to promote the continuous improvement of achievement for every student while providing high-quality service to our customers through leadership, innovation, and collaboration.
The WISD’s Vision is to be a leader in empowering, facilitating, and delivering high-quality, boundary-spanning, educational system that educates all children through an equitable, inclusive, and holistic approach.
The Teaching Assistant supports the professional staff in implementing individual student education plans and positive behavioral support services/programs for students with severe emotional and/or behavioral disorders.  The position involves assisting classroom teacher and teaching teams with any and all of the students in the classroom/program, under the teacher’s direction.

  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to equity, social justice, and inclusion in all practices and position responsibilities.
  • Demonstrates the ability to examine how his/her/their position (directly or indirectly) impacts educational inequities in student achievement outcomes.
  • Engages in reflection and ongoing learning and development on critical concepts and terms identified in the Washtenaw ISD Educational Equity Policy including concepts such as cultural proficiency, racial equity, and systemic and structural inequities
  • Supports WISD vision and mission to enhance achievement for all students.
  • Demonstrates excellent customer service.
  • An awareness of Trauma-Informed Care practices that will support students in the educational environment
  • Provides group or individualized academic instruction, remediation or guided practice using instructional objectives and lessons developed by the classroom teacher.
  • Implements program-wide and individual student behavior intervention programs, including monitoring behavior data collection, preparing incident reports, physical intervention and reward systems under the direction of classroom teachers and social workers.
  • Supervises and monitors students within non-structured settings (i.e. arrival, departure, lunch and recess).
  • Collects information on and summarizes student progress toward achievement of IEP goals/objectives under the direction of classroom teachers.
  • Assists in the development, maintenance and adaptation of instructional materials under the direction of classroom teachers.
  • Maintains records and performs other clerical tasks under the direction of classroom teachers.
  • Assists in the use of instructional technology under the direction of classroom teachers.
  • Participates in building level activities, staff meetings, student staff meetings, program meetings, in-service activities and other meetings as determined necessary for program and assigned students.
  • Supports WISD vision and mission to enhance achievement for all students.
  • Supports, participates in and is committed to continued learning related to a team-based approach to problem solving.
  • Provides assistance to the operation of the total school program.
  • Participates in professional development, maintains appropriate certification and qualifications and keeps current in changing pedagogy.
  • Participates in district and school initiatives, adheres to building and district school improvement plans.
  • Adheres to district and school rules and procedures.
  • Supports WISD vision and mission to enhance achievement for all students.
  • Supports a team-based approach to problem solving.
  • Conducts behavior to demonstrate appropriate role-modeling, collegiality and professionalism.
  • Performs such other tasks as may from time to time be assigned by the supervisor.
  • Regular predictable attendance.
  • N/A
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Alternative requirements that may be appropriate and acceptable to the Board of Education may be considered.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required 
  • Highly Qualified status preferred (possess one of the following: Associate’s degree, 60 hours of college credits, WorkKeys, MTTC Basic Skills, or ETS).
  • Two years successful experience as a paraprofessional in a program for students with emotional and/or behavior disorders or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated continuous learning as it relates to instructional, behavioral and therapeutic interventions for assigned students.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement behavior intervention strategies with fidelity.
  • Demonstrated ability to assist in interventions for students.
  • Experience/training in the use of “Non-Violent Crisis Intervention” techniques and other behavior strategies (which will be used frequently in this program).
  • Exceptional knowledge and skills in working with student behavior management required.
  • Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable.
  • N/A.
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence and memos.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of educators, students and the general public.
  • Ability to write clear, concise, objective notes regarding activities during the instructional day to third parties (families, outside agencies, others).
  • Ability to write simple correspondence.
  • Ability to express self clearly, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to integrate technology into the everyday work flow if necessary.
  • Ability to utilize District technology and work to maintain proficiency, as required skill sets change with technology and/or the needs of the District.
  • Ability to use a personal computer (PC) or MAC in a networked environment to utilize the Internet and other electronic communication mechanisms.
  • Knowledge of productivity applications such as Microsoft Office (word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software) is required.
  • Ability to follow data collection information to support functional behavioral assessment.
  • Ability to accurately use district-wide electronic reporting systems for attendance, Medicaid logging, lunch count, etc.
  • Ability to apply the concepts of basic math, algebra and geometry consistent with the duties of this position.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Exhibit high level of professionalism with the ability to handle confidential information, use good judgment, plan and handle complex projects and maintain a flexible attitude.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed written or oral instructions.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
  • Ability to use positive behavior support intervention techniques autonomously.
  • Ability to make reasonable student focused decisions autonomously.
  • Ability to implement various student plans simultaneously and report factually to the teacher.
  • Ability to build rapport with others and to serve diverse publics.
  • Ability to take initiative, work well with others as a collaborative team member and exhibit good communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with others in a team.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, walk and stand. The employee is occasionally required to bend and or twist at the trunk more than the average person. The employee is continuously repeating the same hand, arm or finger motion many times. The employee is frequently required to talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds such as books and teaching material or when assisting in student interventions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distant vision and the ability to adjust focus. The ability to travel to other buildings is required. The position requires the individual to sometimes work irregular or extended work hours and meet multiple demands from several people.
The position requires the individual to have the ability to manage the medical, physical and emotional needs of students in a positive, student-centered manner while communicating with several different people (parents, community members, professional staff, advocates, related service staff and outside service agencies) with consistency and objectivity.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
The noise level in the work environment is quiet to loud depending upon the activity in the particular part of the day. The employee is frequently required to interact with the public and other staff.  The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being and work out-put of students.  The employee is exposed to infections at a greater risk than the average person. Occasionally the employee may be required to be outdoors for a short period of time, and therefore subject to varying weather conditions, for purposes of accomplishing the essential functions of this job.
This position description has been prepared to define the general duties of the position, provide examples of work and to detail the required knowledge, skills and ability as well as the acceptable experience and training for the position.  The description is not intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the duties of employees under supervision.  The WISD retains and reserves any and all rights to change, modify, amend, add to or delete from any portion of this description in its sole judgment.
This position description is not a contract for employment.
The WISD is an equal opportunity employer, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The District will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
Position subject to terms, conditions, and calendar of the Master Agreement between the District and Unit I AFT Local 3760 Starting salary ranging (dependent upon experience) from $23,495 - $27,444
Washtenaw Intermediate School District is a drug-free workplace and District policy requires drug testing for all potential employees. 
It is the policy and commitment of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, familial status, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any legally protected characteristic, in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment policies in accordance with Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, executive order 11246 as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and all other pertinent state and Federal regulations.

Posted By

Washtenaw Intermediate School District

1819 SOUTH WAGNER RD, ANN ARBOR, MI 48103-9715
Compare with State

Amount per Student

$85,622 (USD)

State Average: $12,292 (USD)

% ELL Students

State Average: 6%

Student Teacher Ratio


State Average: 18.25

% IEP Students


State Average: 13%



State Average: 199