Special Education Paraprofessional (Educational Aide III)
SPECIAL EDUCATION PARAPROFESSIONAL (EDUCATIONAL AIDE III)
POSITION OVERVIEW: All KIPP Austin staff have a responsibility for ensuring that every KIPP Austin student achieves the academic skills, intellectual habits and character traits necessary to succeed in the nation’s top colleges and universities. The Special Education Paraprofessional will help support the physical and instructional needs of individual students inside and outside the classroom.
- 48 semester hours of college credit with some emphasis on child growth and development or related subject areas; Associate’s degree preferred
- Experience working with students or parents as approved by the employing superintendent
- Physical and emotional endurance to deal with challenging students; maintain emotional control under stress
- Ability to engage in restraints such as hug containment, elbow to hip containment, and two-person containment with middle school students on a regular basis
- Ability to work with students with physical, emotional, and/or intellectual disabilities
- Knowledge of CPR and other basic first aid techniques
- Knowledge of classroom management and child development techniques and principles
- Knowledge of all applicable federal, state, and local laws, guidelines, and procedures
- Unwavering commitment to KIPP Austin’s mission, students, families, and community
- Strong record of helping students achieve academic success, primarily with minority and low-income students
- Strong desire to teach an academically intense curriculum and commit to an extended school day, week, and year
- Desire to continuously learn and increase effectiveness as a teacher and professional; offer and receive constructive feedback
- Willingness to be flexible and to go above and beyond to meet the needs of KIPP Austin students
- Work with students in instructional and classroom activities at the direction of the teacher
- Assist with direct academic, functional and/or specifically designed instructional or physical activities
- Tutor individual students and help them prepare assignments or explain material they do not understand
- Supervise and accompany special education students to the office, bus, classroom, cafeteria, etc.
- Communicate regularly with classroom teacher and parents regarding student’s needs and progress
- Some positions may require the employee to be able to stay with excessively disruptive or aggressive students during which time the employee may need to restrain, hold, lift, apply physical management techniques, and crisis intervention techniques for the student
- Provide clerical support to teachers which may include, but is not limited to, creating photocopies, preparing materials, etc.
- Perform other duties as assigned