2021-2022 Middle School SPED Aide...

Green Dot Public Schools, Southeast Texas

Apply online at https://careers.greendot.org/.

The Special Education Aide classification is designed to serve students whose instruction is identified and specified in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a Section 504 Service Plan (SP).  These students have learning, communication, physical and/or mild to moderate disabilities or other impairments such as emotional disturbances. Incumbents in this class perform a variety of instructional tasks in such areas as reading, writing, and mathematics. The incumbent will be assigned to work with a small group of special education students in a general education classroom.
The classification specification does not necessarily describe all the duties that might need to be performed.  The summary provides examples of typical tasks performed in this classification.

>Under immediate supervision, follow the lead of the teacher/specialist in providing instruction and specialized services to student(s) having an Individualized Education Program (IEP), or Section 504 Service Plan (SP). Specialized services may include: facilitation of communication via assistive technology and/or communication devices, assisting in the supervision, discipline and behavior modification of student(s), as well as performing related duties as assigned
>Discuss classroom learning activities with teacher/specialist to coordinate instructional efforts and to implement instructional programs
>Tutor or drill students, individually or in groups, following lesson plans and designated IEPs or SPs, in a variety of academic subjects to explain and/or reinforce learning concepts
>Provide assistance to students in operating assistive technology or communication devices, microcomputers and in learning activities associated with computer assisted instruction.
>Provide assistance to, participate with, or monitor students in activities such as physical exercises and/or classroom activities
>Correct such student work as printing, writing, spelling, punctuation, arithmetic exercises, etc., of classroom and/or homework assignments, computer, record scores and return to students
>Operate a variety of office machines and/or instructional equipment such as, copy machine, typewriter, computer, laminator, telephone, video cassette recorder, etc.
>Perform a variety of classroom associated clerical work, such as typing, sorting, filing, keeping accurate records, setting up and maintaining file folders, recording attendance, completing forms and applications, collecting monies, measuring, cutting and duplicating
>Prepare various teaching aids and materials such as charts, graphs, and other related items using such methods as typing, duplicating, collating, stapling and other laminating
>Assist in classroom organizing activities such as displaying educational materials, preparing bulletin boards, arranging furniture to facilitate instructional needs, creating an orderly and clean classroom environment
>Observe and report significant student behavior, behavioral patterns, and/or problems to the teacher/specialist. Implement behavior management programs for student(s) as designated by certificated staff
>Administer first aid or necessary physical assistance to ill or distressed students: may administer prescribed medication in accordance with established school procedure
>May call parents to arrange appointments, to provide approved information about school or student, may participate in parent conference or IEP meeting at the direction or concurrence of the teacher/specialist
>Understand and carry out oral and written instruction
>Learn to tutor students in various subject matters and to work with students with and/or without disabilities
>Adapt educational materials/manipulatives to promote the specialized learning process for students with disabilities
>Work with children/adolescents having mild to moderate learning and /or physical disabilities
>Motivate and encourage positive learning patterns and behavior to students with disabilities and special learning need
>Assist with discipline of students in accordance with school policy
>Keep accurate records
>Demonstrate understanding and patience toward students with disabilities
>Demonstrate confidence, tact and sound judgment
>Demonstrate adaptability to changing circumstances and priorities within the learning environment
>Demonstrate a willingness to work collaboratively as an educational team member 

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), that LEAs continue to ensure that paraprofessionals performing instructional duties on a Title I, Part A Schoolwide served campus, or those that have at least part of their salary paid for by Title I, Part A on a Targeted Assistance campus, meet the Paraprofessional Highly Qualified requirements

Highly Qualified paraprofessionals must have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent and meet one of the following requirements:
>Complete at least two years of study at an institution of higher education (defined as completion of 48 semester hours or equivalent trimester hours) of college coursework or an applicable number of semester hours as defined by the institution of higher education attended, whichever is less;
>Possess an associate’s (or higher) degree; or
>Meet a rigorous standard of quality and can demonstrate, through a formal state or local academic assessment–
*Knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics; or
*Knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics readiness, as appropriate.
>The paraprofessional must also meet the state’s paraprofessional certification exam and requirements.  Paraprofessionals whose duties consist solely of parent and family engagement activities or translation services are exempt from the qualification requirement

In addition:
>You have at least six months of experience working with adolescents/children in a structured environment
>Experience working with adolescents/children requiring a specialized learning environment is preferred. Verifiable supervised experience as a volunteer in a school or related organizational activity may be substituted on an equal basis
>Any other combination of training an experience that could likely provide the desired skills, knowledge or abilities may be considered, however, experience cannot substitute for the required minimum education and a willingness to work collaboratively as an educational team member
>You are dependable, humble, have a sense of humor and a rock-solid commitment to Green Dot’s mission and the communities we serve
>You will need to pass a background check at time of offer

The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to perform the job.

The starting hourly rate for this position is $17.00 - $24.00/per hour, based on education and experience. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan including (but not limited to) medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement options, and generous time off.