Paraprofessional-Support Specialist: DSST Public Schools (#1238932)

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Special Education Paraprofessional (Support Specialist)

DSST Public Schools (DSST) seeks Special Education Paraprofessionals to join one of the leading charter school organizations in the nation. We serve 6-12th grade students across Denver and Aurora. Our mission is to transform urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century.

Overview of Position:

DSST Public Schools seeks teachers with a track-record of raising student achievement to join a team of educators dedicated to providing a rigorous college preparatory program to a diverse population. Our teachers are leaders who play an integral role in ensuring student success through supporting our school culture, developing and instructing a rigorous core curriculum, and using data to drive their daily practice. Our Special Education Paraprofessionals see and grow the potential of all students by providing differentiated support and by building inclusive spaces and strong relationships with each student and family.

The Special Education paraprofessional supports the educational, behavioral, social-emotional, physical and daily living needs of middle and high school level students with disabilities in integrated, resource, self-contained and community settings. Assists in conducting testing and assessment, multi-media activities, record-keeping, computer operation, discipline, and other activities.

We will inquire about your grade level and campus specific preference at the time of interview.

Essential Functions:

Classroom Teaching

Assist with the implementation IEP Goals, accommodations and modifications for all students Assist with the implementation of behavior intervention plans and positive behavior supports to support the behavioral needs within the classroom environment. Assist teacher in developing lesson plans, material preparation and taking data for IEP and behavior data collections systems. Maintain a learning environment that is structured, organized, routine-oriented with a variety of instructional formats. Assist the general education teacher with students that might need extra support with learning skills within the classroom environment. Exhibit clear communication skills to provide support and strategies to center program team, and school community by modeling and accepting on-going feedback Strive to implement and master researched based core instructional practices. Communicating daily with families Maintaining confidentiality with student records and ensuring that information regarding students is shared at appropriate times Facilitating interactions between students and staff and students and their peers

Curriculum and Assessment

Assist with a variety of targeted assessments that measure progress towards learning outcomes and behaviors that are needed to be successful in the general education environment. Reading tests to students Providing extended time to students for assessments To observe and reflect the use of current strategies and interventions for students and support specific areas of need to allow students to remain in the least-restrictive educational setting Assist in the implementation of skill replacement curriculum that is focused on successful steps to inclusion, behavior skill development, social-communication strategies to facilitate engagement in the general education classroom and other extra-curricular activities

Professional Development

To reflect and seek to improve learning and development. To be open to innovative approaches to teaching, feedback from colleagues and school administration. To actively participate in the school’s professional development programs including principles and procedures in Applied Behavior Analysis, development of Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention plans, Social cognition and executive function skills, leading and participating in best practice sessions, peer coaching, and attending conferences.