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North Adams Public Schools

North Adams, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3707409
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : October 26, 2021
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

This position is for the school year only.

Job Goal: To provide a well-organized, smoothly functioning environment in which students can take full advantage of the speech and language program and available resource materials.

Supervision: Reports to the Speech and Language Pathologist and the Director of Student Support Services.

Performance Responsibilities:

1. Administers, scores, and records such achievement and diagnostic tests as the speech and language therapist recommends for individual students.
2. Works with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of material or skills initially introduced by the speech and language therapist.
3. Assists the speech and language therapist in devising special strategies for reinforcing material or skills based upon a sympathetic understanding of individual students, their needs, interests, and abilities.
4. Operates and cares for equipment used in the classroom for instructional purposes.
5. Helps students master equipment or instructional materials assigned by the speech and language therapist.
6. Distributes and collects workbooks, papers, and other materials for instruction.
7. Assists speech and language therapist with non-instructional classroom duties such as supervising classroom routines and preparing materials.
8. Assists with non-instructional activities such as supervision of lunchroom, assemblies, and field trips.
9. Guides independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work set up and assigned by the speech and language therapist.
10. Assists with the supervision of students during emergency drills, assemblies, play periods, and field trips.
11. Keeps bulletin board and other classroom learning displays up-to-date.
12. Assists with such large group activities as drill work, reading aloud, and storytelling.
13. Read to students, listens to students read, and participates in other forms of oral communication with students.
14. Assists students in the library or media center.
15. Checks notebooks, corrects papers, and supervises testing and make-up work, as assigned by the speech and language therapist.
16. Checks and records student attendance.
17. Collects and records collection of money.
18. Helps students with their clothing.
19. Assists with lunch, snack, and cleanup routines.
20. Assists with wash-up and toilet routines.
21. Alerts the speech and language therapist to any problems or special information about an individual student.
22. Serves as the chief source of information and help to any substitute speech and language therapist assigned in the absence of the regular speech and language therapist.
23. Maintains the same high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about students as is expected of fully licensed speech and language therapists.
24. Participates in in-service training programs, as assigned.
25. Provides direct physical care and instruction to designated children.
26. Implements behavior management program for designated children.
27. Provides, as necessary, physical restraint to designated children.
28. Provides inclusionary support in classroom.
29. Participates in training as needed.
30. Provides specialized services as requested by speech and language therapist and consultants.
31. Provides home-based services as requested by specialists (during school hours).
32. Performs other related duties as requested.

The Committee's policy of nondiscrimination will extend to students, staff, the general public, and individuals with whom it does business; No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town or in obtaining the advantages, privileges, and courses of study of such public school on account of age, race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : Instructional Support > Speech/Language Assistant
    Special Education > Speech/Language Assistant
    Student Services > Speech/Language Assistant
  • Location Description

    The mission of the North Adams Public Schools is to help every child learn every day in every classroom and empower all students to recognize and optimize their full potential. As part of a multi-year district improvement strategy, the district and school administration have identified four priority areas for implementation in 2016-2017, including:

    Curriculum and Instruction
    Assessment and Use of Data to Inform Instruction
    Family and Community Engagement
    Improving Communication and Professional Collaboration

    North Adams Public Schools consists of three elementary schools and a comprehensive high school.

    The newest remodeled school is Colegrove Park Elementary School, which opened in January of 2016. This school was remodeled to maintain its rich historical character while also creating educational spaces for student collaboration, independent work and study. The mission of Colegrove Park Elementary School is to promote high expectations for student achievement with instruction designed to meet the needs of all learners.

    Brayton Elementary School promotes student learning of values, knowledge and skills to meet 21st Century academic and behavioral expectations. This preparation for the future by students at Brayton occurs in partnership with families. Brayton staff, students and families support and are supported by the Golden Rule:
    "Treat others the way you want to be treated."

    Greylock Elementary School seeks to promote a love of learning that develops into a lifelong pursuit of new knowledge. Through deep understanding, students can apply their knowledge to solve complex problems for improving the community. At Greylock students are expected to “Give their best.” It is stressed that students come to school every day ready to learn.

    At Drury High School, the entire school community facilitates a student-centered learning environment characterized by equity, personalization, collaboration, and engagement. Drury High School is a comprehensive college preparatory school program including fine and performing arts, advanced Mathematics, Science, English language arts, Social Studies, early college credit opportunities at regional institutions of higher education, work based and service learning, a full competitive athletics program, and health and physical education programs to promote lifelong wellness.

    North Adams Public Schools offers a Prekindergarten Program located at Johnson School in North Adams. Our program is integrated with special education students as well as typical students. The Program includes arts and crafts projects, themed units, fine and gross motor skill development, whole group and small group academic activities, singing, dramatic play and social skill development.

    The educational opportunities in North Adams Public Schools afford all students a rigorous curriculum and innovative learning experience to prepare your child to achieve their future goals. Learn more about us...

    Job Requirements

    • • Required: Associates degree in an SLPA program.
      • Licensure as an SLPA from the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
      • Preferred: Two years of prior work experience as a Speech and Language Assistant or in related field. Current Massachusetts DESE certification as a teacher. Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Language Therapy or related field.

      Physical Requirements: The position requires a moderate amount of walking, standing, sitting and climbing stairs and step stool whenever necessary. Activities also include moderate physical exertion in body movement such as reaching, bending, twisting, grasping, pushing, and pulling of objects. The position requires lifting objects of 20 pounds on a frequent basis, and over 40 pounds occasionally. There is a frequent requirement of physical restraint of children with disabilities and frequent lifting of such children. There is a frequent requirement of fine manipulation associated with the required use of a computer, typewriter, keyboard, calculator, and other business machines.

      Environmental Conditions: The occupant is required to work indoors. The regular chemical solvents are toners and cleaning fluids. The occupant may come into contact with bodily fluids. High noise levels may be encountered.
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Application Questions

    There ARE NO application questions required FOR this job posting.

    Contact Information

    • Charlene Volff
    • 10 Main Street, Second Floor
    • North Adams, Massachusetts 01247
    • Phone: 4137761458
    • Fax: 413-776-1685
    • Email: click here

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