Diverse Learner's Classroom Assistant

Posted 4 years ago
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The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) is a nonprofit school management organization operating in partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS).  AUSL currently manages 31 turnaround and teacher training schools.  When a school is turned around, students return to renovated facilities, a new curriculum, new leadership and staff and an entirely new culture of success by leveraging AUSL's turnaround school framework and specialized teacher training and residency program. All school staff at AUSL turnaround schools are employees of CPS. The terms of the Board of Education/ the Chicago Teachers Union collective bargaining agreement shall apply unless waived in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement or in accordance with State law.  For more information about our schools, visit auslchicago.org.   


Our turnaround schools are seeking experienced full-time Diverse Learner Classroom Assistants who are professional and poised in their work and use sound judgment in evaluating situations. Under the general direction of the school principal, and under the immediate supervision of a teacher holding a valid state certificate directly engaged in teaching subject matter or conducting activities, the DLCA primarily provides supplementary instruction to students with special needs; and performs related duties as required.    

Responsibilities:  * Assists Special Education teachers in elementary and high schools in reinforcing efforts with children with various disabilities, including physical disabilities, visual and hearing impairments, learning disabilities, behavior disorders, emotional impairments, and mental impairments in accordance with each students’ Individual Education Program (IEP) * Lifts and positions non-ambulatory students during the school day as instructed by the teacher and in adherence to written instruction from students’ personal physicians * Provides one-on-one tutoring services for students to present or reinforce learning concepts, provides one-on-one personal hygiene services for students with severe disabilities, including toileting, changing soiled diapers, and cleaning soiled children regardless of age * Assists students with orthopedic impairments by arranging and adjusting tools, work aids, and equipment used by students in classrooms, including but not limited to specially equipped worktables, positioning equipment, wheelchairs, tape recorders, computers, communication devices, and mechanized page turners * Assists teacher in instructing students in daily living skills required for independent maintenance and economic self-sufficiency * Accompanies students to swimming pools and medical clinics to assist in removing clothing and performing other personal services which students are unable to perform themselves; assists in feeding students unable to do so themselves * Takes notes in classrooms for students unable to do so themselves and corrects homework assignments and examination materials * Assists teachers in maintaining written records of students’ behavior; accompanies students and teachers on class field trips * Consults with teachers regarding concerns of individual students * Operates audio-visual equipment such as iPads, projectors, laptops, DVD players, SmartBoards and other technology * Actively participate in professional development training to ensure ongoing growth and to advance skills * Build positive and professional relationships with students and leverage those relationships to establish and maintain productive and safe learning environments and common areas of the building * Exercise dignity and respect when interacting with students at all times * Lead efforts to de-escalate inappropriate student behaviors and assist students with maximizing their time on task in classrooms


* Completion of an Associate’s degree from a college or university accredited by the North Central Association, or the successful completion of at least sixty (60) semester hours of college credit at a college or university accredited by the North Central Association, or successful completion of a Teacher Aide training program approved by the State of Illinois. * Good knowledge of proper English grammar and spelling, basic knowledge of mathematics, knowledge of Chicago Public Schools rules and regulations. * Medium Work: Exerting up to fifty (50) pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to twenty (20) pounds of force frequently, and/or to ten (10) pounds of force constantly to move objects. Physical demands include the ability to reach, handle, and finger objects; talk and hear; occasional use of near visual acuity and frequent use of far visual acuity * Ability to work with and for children age Pre-K through 21, ability to follow written and oral instructions, ability to operate basic office equipment, ability to communicate effectively with the public, ability to work with children and adolescents in maintaining a positive and safe school culture * Proficient with teamwork and collaborating with colleagues and administration * Exhibit passion and the ability to thrive amidst change and challenging conditions while maintaining a positive outlook and forward looking perspective * Possess an attuned appreciation for cultural awareness and competency and a staunch commitment to continuously develop insight and proficiencies related to such matters * Takes personal responsibility for mistakes and learns from them, while consistently following up with analysis and corrective action * Demonstrated ability to keep up with fast paced environments and to multi-task * Sound judgment and ethical practice, commitment to social justice and restorative justice practices * Strong oral communication skills, human relations and interpersonal skills * Impeccable attendance and punctuality * Reside within the city of Chicago * May not be in debt to the city of Chicago * Successfully pass pre-employment drug and alcohol screening and background check * Mastery in the skill of multi-tasking several high priorities simultaneously


In order to be considered for a position or an interview, applicants must:

•         Permit one or more interviews by a school leaders/selection committee


Legal Statement (Title IX): It is the policy of the Board of Education of the City of Chicago not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability or sex. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the regulations promulgated thereunder concerning sex discrimination should be referred to the Title IX Officer, Chicago Public Schools, 42 W. Madison., Chicago, Illinois 60603, 773-553-2688 (TTY-773-553-2699).

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Academy for Urban School Leadership

3400 N Austin Ave , Chicago, IL 60634

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Academy for Urban School Leadership

3400 N Austin Ave , Chicago, IL 60634