1139 - Para-educator Job Decription

Job Summary: Para-educators are paid school employees whose positions are either instructional in nature or provide direct services to students under the supervision of a certified or licensed school professional to function at any assigned school throughout the district. Para-educators are subject to transfers, reassignments or assignments in any or all schools within the district based on student needs according to Policy 2063.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Must have one of the following: an associate’s degree from an accredited college or pass a para-educator praxis with a score of 460 or higher or have 42 college credit hours
  • Ability to communicate effectively and help others
  • Do not leave para-educator assigned students unattended
  • Maintain professionalism and confidentiality on all matters
  • Respect and follow director/principal/teacher directives
  • Be transparent and resolve conflict in a timely and professional manner
  • Avoid undermining and criticizing of colleagues and administration
  • Demonstrate support of all school personnel

Desirable:

  • Previous experience in a public school setting

Ability:

·     Support instructional opportunities using strategies to facilitate effective integration into various settings

·     Demonstrate professionalism and ethical practices and adhere to the distinctions in the roles and responsibilities of teachers, para-educators, administrators, families and other team members

·     Support a positive learning environment by using proactive management strategies to engage learners

·     Communicate effectively and participate in the team process by providing relevant feedback and make recommendations regarding learner performance and programing

Essential Functions: as the position evolves, the functions are, but not limited to the following:

·     Provide support to all student learners and/or students with special needs

·     Supervise on the playground or bus

·      Serve as a job coach in the school to students as needed

·     Conduct small group sessions in reading, math and writing

·     Work in early childhood programs

·     Assist non-English speaking students

·     Make copies, organize or do whatever the teacher/supervisor requests

·     Follow directives and schedules set by supervisor

·     Perform other duties as assigned by the directors or principals

·     Maintain data records for specific students

Physical requirements: not limited to the following:

·     The ability to perform the above listed essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation

·     To have or develop the physical, mental and emotional requirements needed for a specific position such as: being able to lift 50 lbs., stand or sit for long periods, deal with behaviors, toileting etc.

 

Adopted June 13, 2017

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