Diverse Learners Classroom Assistant I
Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools. Our turnaround schools offer students and families the opportunity to be educated in a learning community with high expectations and resources for improved performance. AUSL currently manages 31 CPS neighborhood turnaround schools that are predominately located on the Westside and Southside of Chicago. All school staff at an AUSL turnaround schools are employees of CPS. The terms of the Board of Education/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 www.auslchicago.org.
Our turnaround schools are seeking experienced full-time Diverse Learner Classroom Assistants who are interested in becoming members of a special support team. This support team will work together as guardians of the public spaces of the school and assist with instruction and developing a positive school climate. Under the direction of the principal, these individuals will interact with children during the school day, explaining and clarifying the high expectations for positive student behavior, and helping each student to understand how our schools "work”. This important work will require collaborative persons who are dedicated to building an environment conducive to teaching and learning. This position will be opened for a 38.8 week school year (204 days including 10 paid vacation days). Salary and compensation will be paid according to the Service Employee International Unions Local 73 collective bargaining agreement.
- Assist Diverse Learner teacher in reinforcing efforts with children with various disabilities (includes physical, learning, behavior disorders, emotional and mental impairments) in accordance with each students Individual Education Program (IEP);
- Provide one-on-one tutoring services for students to present or reinforce leaning concepts
- Support teachers in organizing classroom, preparing educational materials, and maintaining written records of students’ behavior
- Greet and directs students and visitors to appropriate areas of the school
- Assist in developing a positive, orderly learning environment which engages students and maximizes on-task behavior
- Develop positive rapport with school staff and students to contribute to working conditions conducive to building a professional learning community.
- Stimulate reflection by guiding students to explore areas of risk, discomfort and opportunity.
- Participate in individual and group professional development activities.
- Great written and verbal communication skills, time management and organization skills, and exceptional customer service.
- Provide one-on-one personal hygiene services for students with severe disabilities (including toileting, changing soiled diapers, cleaning soiled children regardless of age)
- Assist students with orthopedic impairments
- Exercise good judgment when interacting with students, parents, and school staff.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Mail
- Participate in a mandatory summer professional development
- High school diploma (or G.E.D. equivalent)
- Valid NCLB paraprofessional license from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). May be applied for and obtained after the successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of college credit at a college or university.
- Reside within the city of Chicago
- Successfully complete pre-employment drug and alcohol screening with background check
- Able to lift up to 50 pounds, and walk/stand to a significant degree (medium work)
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, 125 S. Clark St., Chicago, Illinois 60603, 773-553-2688 (TTY-773-553-2699).