Secondary School Special Education Para Professional
HOURS/DAYS TO WORK: Monday-Friday, 7:15 am-2:45 pm (7 hours paid)
JOB DESCRIPTION: The Paraprofessional assists in creating and sustaining a community of learners through the development of a positive classroom and school culture, by holding rigorous and high expectations for students, and by utilizing quality instructional practices matched to student learning needs. The Special Education Paraprofessional assists professional staff in implementing individualized student programs for students with specific academic, medical, physical and/or other needs. The General Education Paraprofessional assists professional staff in implementing the goals of the classroom and/or program. The Paraprofessional collaborates and maintains high levels of communication with professional staff regarding student(s) progress and well-being.
- Understands how exceptional conditions can interact with the domains of human development and uses this knowledge to respond to the varying abilities and behaviors of individuals with exceptional learning needs.
- Creates a positive, engaging classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriately responds to the maturity level and interest of the students.
- Works as a team member to solve problems, develop and implement quality programming.
- Participates in special instructional activities to meet program and student goals
- Assists teachers and support staff in preparing materials, keeping records, recording student progress and other data collection measures in an objective manner.
- Assists general education colleagues with the integration of individuals with exceptional learning needs in general education environments and engages them in meaningful learning activities and interactions.
- Assists in creating and defining learning targets and communicates them effectively to students.
- Assists in implementing and monitoring IEP through group and individual instruction; including demonstrable skills in following IEP goals to specific related service areas (PT, OT, Speech, augmentative devices, etc.).
- Integrates support service activities into the program's curriculum and the school day.
- Manages and instructs students on appropriate behavior, using positive behavior support strategies consistent with Board policy and the student's behavior plan, if applicable.
- Uses appropriate technologies to support instructional planning and individualized instruction.
- Monitors health needs and implements specialized care programs under the direction of professional staff, if needed.
- Assists with self-care, eating/feeding, dressing, toileting, as well as medical intervention if necessary.
- 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.
- Acts as a public relations agent for the success and image of the district.
- Communicates effectively and objectively with students, parents, and administration in advocacy of student growth.
- Provides assistance to the operation of the total school program.
- Integrates cultural consciousness in instruction, classroom culture and classroom artifacts.
- Collects and integrates information about community heritage in instruction.
- Adheres to district and school rules and procedures.
- Conducts behavior to demonstrate collegiality and professionalism.
- Regular, predictable attendance
- Highly Qualified status required (Possess one of the following: Associates degree, 60 hours of college credits, WorkKeys, MTTC Basic Skills, or ETS).
- Must be able to implement strategies for student independence.
- Must be able to follow data collection information to support functional behavioral assessment.
- Must have exceptional knowledge and skills in working with student behavior management.
- Must have demonstrable skills and prior experience in following a health care plan, if needed.
- Must have demonstrable skills and prior experience in using two person lifting procedures, training students with the use of a power wheelchair, transfers in and out of a wheelchair and personal care procedures, if needed.
- Must be able to use "Non-Violent Crisis Intervention" techniques and other behavior strategies.
- Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable.
DEADLINE: Until filled
START DATE: August 31, 2020
Whitmore Lake Public Schools, 8845 Main Street, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189 does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, physical handicap, height, weight, marital status, veteran status, political belief or age in admission, treatment or participation in its programs, services and activities or in employment. For further information about this policy, contact the High School Principal, 7430 Whitmore Lake Road, Whitmore Lake, MI 734-449-4461