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Instructional Aide, Special Education

  • Classified

Salary range: 23

Reports to: Principal/Classroom Teacher

Aides in this class are expected to have an understanding of and sensitivity to learning difficulties encountered by Special Education students. Where appropriate, employees in this classification will receive training and indirect supervision by District Nurse and/or other professional in the performance of specific Medical and/or Behavior Management procedures.

OVERVIEW

Under supervision, perform a variety of instructional and clerical activities as directed by Classroom Teacher in a community classroom comprised of students with physical, emotional, educational or behavioral problems. Assist Classroom Teachers in Learning, Communication, Physically, and Severely Handicapped programs.

Provide responsible support and follow-through activities as specified in the students' Individual Educational Plans (IEPs); perform all related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATION
  • A.A. degree or equivalent required; courses in Psychology, Child Growth and Development, or a closely related field preferred
  • Satisfactory work history
  • Successful experience tutoring or assisting with instruction, elementary or secondary school preferred
  • Successful experience demonstrating tact, courtesy, positive attitude and maintaining cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work
  • Prior experience working with disabled children is highly desirable
RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES
  • Assist the teacher with the development and presentation of learning materials and instructional exercises
  • Tutor students individually or in small groups to reinforce and follow up learning activity
  • Assist in the management and shaping of student behavior through the use of positive reinforcement strategies
  • Auditory and visual monitoring of students both inside the classroom and during outside activities
  • May perform clerical duties such as filing or duplicating materials
  • Use computer to maintain student records, attendance and files
  • Score tests and compute and record grades
  • Operate audio visual/video equipment
  • Maintain student discipline in the absence of the Classroom Teacher
  • Assist in maintaining a neat, orderly, and attractive learning environment
  • May use bilingual abilities in dealing with assigned duties related to students, public, and staff
  • May work with Special Education Students out in the community, assisting them with their work assignments
  • Learn and utilize basic methods and procedures to be followed in instructional settings
  • Communicate satisfactorily in oral and written form
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions
  • Operate modern office equipment and computers
  • Perform related duties as assigned
  • With appropriate training, may be required to provide First Aid/CPR.
  • Maintain cooperative working relationships with students, staff and others contacted during the course of work.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
  • An understanding, patient, warm and receptive attitude toward children;
  • Flexibility with time schedules;
  • Ability and willingnes to assume responsibility for supervising students;
  • General concepts of child growth and development and child behavior characteristics;
  • Correct English usage, punctuation, spelling, and grammar;
  • Simple record keeping ability;
  • Basic arithmetical concepts;
  • Microsoft Word and other usual computer applications;
  • Ability to handle challenging situations.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, turn, talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to write, finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and taste or smell.

Employee must be able to push and maneuver students in wheelchairs, safely lift and support student's weight for transferring from wheelchairs, toileting etc. Lifting and supporting students with weight up to 70 lbs. and frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing a minimum of 20 lbs.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Classroom environment; employee works directly with children or teenagers. May be exposed to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Work Year: 10

Revision Date: 02/09/2011

Initial date: 03/01/1974

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.