Special Education Teacher Assistant (OE)
COMPENSATION: $14.29/hour - $14.71/hour (depending on experience) plus benefits. *Please note that the hourly rate of pay is inclusive of the mandatory 4.5% retirement contribution to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF).
UNION MEMBERSHIP: This position is represented by the Oswego Support Professionals Association (OESPA).
- Valid Illinois Educator License with Stipulations - Paraprofessional or Professional Educator License or Substitute Teacher License.
- Skills required to perform multiple, non-technical tasks with a need to occasionally upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include; appropriate verbal and written language skills, ability to follow verbal and written instructions, good interpersonal skills.
- Knowledge to read, follow instructions and understand multi-step written and oral instructions. Specific knowledge-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job.
- Ability is required to schedule activities, collate data and use basic job-related equipment. Specific ability-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job may include being able to lift up to 30 lbs. individually or assist in lifting up to 50 lbs.
- Experience with working with students with special needs.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Special Education Teacher Assistant supports students with disabilities from ages 3-21 under the direction of a certificated special education teacher by modeling the necessary skills to perform assignments; following educational and specific behavioral plans; modeling appropriate behaviors and interactions with students and staff; and assisting student by providing for special health care needs. Employees in this classification will receive a variety of assignments including classroom support, lunchroom, playground, etc.
- Assists students with disabilities with academic, behavioral, social and functional growth and development.
- Adapts classroom activities, assignments and/or materials under the direction of the assigned teacher for the purpose of supporting students’ IEPs.
- Implements instructional programs and lesson plans (e.g. reading, math, language comprehension, writing, computer, etc.) provided by and under the supervision of the assigned teacher for the purpose of reinforcing learning concepts.
- Promotes self-determination of students with disabilities.
- Documents students’ daily activities (e.g. behavior, completed assignments, on/off task times, etc.) under the supervision of the special education teacher.
- Monitors individual and/or groups of students in a variety of settings (e.g. rest rooms, playgrounds, hallways, bus loading zones, cafeteria, assemblies, field trips, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining a safe and positive learning environment.
- Communicates with teachers and other district personnel for the purpose of assisting in evaluating student progress and/or implementing IEP objectives.
- Maintains classroom equipment and work area for the purpose of ensuring a safe learning environment or other mandated requirements.
- Demonstrates an understanding of students’ disabilities and applies it to the responsibilities of the position.
- Models conversation, manners, activities, and everyday interactions in order to demonstrate appropriate social behavior.
- Demonstrates cooperation, openness for growth, and a willingness to contribute in a team approach.
- Communicates, collaborates, and cooperates with colleagues, supervisors, and students.
- Maintains confidentiality regarding all aspects of work with students with disabilities and other staff.
- Participates in all meetings, training programs, and in service sessions as assigned by the building or district administrator
- Participates in activities that promote professional development.
- Supports and implement District policies and procedures, regulations, and administrative directives.
- Adheres to the ethical standards and codes of the profession and to the established rules, regulations, and laws governing special education.
- Under supervision, assist medically fragile students (e.g. toileting, diapering, etc) for the purpose of providing required care for assigned students.
- Performs other related duties that may be assigned after the discussion with the building or district administrator.