Temporary/Duration of Need Contract
7 hours per day
177 days per year
Grade 35; $ 12.29-14.33 an hour
Edmond Public Schools
Title: Paraprofessional II/Special Education
Locations: Title I Sites
Department: Special Services (Support)
Immediate Supervisor: Special Education Teacher of Record
Job Objective: Assisting special education students as they receive the services mandated on their Individualized Education Programs (IEP). Paraprofessionals will provide instructional support and services under the direct supervision of a fully certified teacher. Paraprofessionals support students with needs such as safety, academics, social, behavioral, and physical, while always striving to allow for appropriate levels of student independence. Paraprofessionals assist the teacher with classroom preparation and management, such as organizing instructional materials and maintaining documentation.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Adhere to federal laws; state regulations; district policy; including maintaining confidentiality regarding students.
2. Adhere to all building site procedures; classroom management rules and routines; as well as safety practices and procedures in all work venues.
3. Responsible for following directives of certified school personnel and carrying through with all activities deemed appropriate by the teacher who has classroom instruction and management responsibilities.
4. Supervise designated student(s) in a variety of educational settings (e.g., classroom, playground, specials (P.E., Music, Art), arrival and departure from school, busses, hallways, media center, computer lab, transition program job sites, etc.).
5. Assist with implementation of accommodations and/or modifications in mainstream classroom.
6. Accompany students to related services therapy sessions when appropriate.
7. Implement behavior modification techniques.
8. Mediate interpersonal conflicts between students. Provide reinforcement and support according to IEPs and/or individual behavior plans.
9. Assist in preparation of classroom activities, materials, and subsequent follow-up/cleanup.
10. Collect data and documentation relative to student performance and behavior.
11. Demonstrate an understanding of prompt hierarchies (e.g., visual, verbal etc.).
12. Keep attendance; assist in calculations of data sheets.
13. Work with groups or individuals as instructed by the certified staff.
14. Supervise children during assemblies, rehearsals and performances of programs during the school day.
15. Supervise lunch and recess times.
16. Communicate with teacher all relevant observations and insights regarding the student’s program, behavior modifications, and progress of students.
17. If school site participates in Special Olympics, Paraprofessional will assist in teaching and conditioning of student preparation for Special Olympics; as well as accompany students to Special Olympics.
18. Assist students using the restroom, change diapers, clean-up after student accidents.
19. Assist with daily living activities (e.g., may include but not limited to, eating, brushing teeth, buttoning, zipping, shoe tying, combing hair, etc.).
20. Assist with pre-vocational skills (e.g., sorting, sequencing, job type task—sweeping, cleaning, etc.).
21. Attend in-service training sessions.
22. Maintain required certifications.
23. Other duties as assigned.
Length of Contract: One hundred seventy-seven (177) contract days.
Salary commensurate with experience on the negotiated agreement of the Support
Employees of Edmond (SEE).
Evaluation: Performance of this job will be evaluated by Immediate Supervisor(s) in collaboration with Site Administration in accordance with the provisions of the Board's policies, state law, and the negotiated agreement with the Support Employees of Edmond (SEE).
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED).
Schoolwide Title I sites require Paraprofessional’s have completed 48 semester hours of college coursework; or obtained an associate’s (or higher) degree; or pass the ParaPro Assessment or the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET).
Former experience with children, particularly special needs children is preferred.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
In addition to the above requirements, within 120 calendar days of employment a Special Education Paraprofessional must complete the following requirements: all Eight OSDE Paraprofessional Pepper Modules, maintain current CPR/First Aid certification, and Universal Precautions/Bloodborne Pathogens yearly training. As well as, six hours of district provided professional development each year.
Paraprofessionals must have the ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, and to write simple correspondence. The Paraprofessional will need to be able to effectively communicate in one-on-one and small group situations to students and other employees of the school district.
Paraprofessional must have the ability to perform basic math operations, including figuring percentages, fractions and possibly ratios. Maintain accurate data records, which provide documentation of students’ programs under the supervision of the special education teacher, administrator, and other professionals as needed.
Paraprofessional should have the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables. Have the ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished to them in written, oral, chart/diagram, or scheduled format.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Ability to use computer and computer related programs and other technologies needed to perform essential job functions. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students and staff. Dress in appropriate clothing. Demonstrate punctuality and good attendance, report absences as directed by administration. Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies.
Knowledge of confidentiality laws. Demonstrate caring and compassionate personality & patience. Ability to make responsible judgments for students’ safety.
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 individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds from a standing, kneeling or crawling position. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception.
Inside Edmond Public School District facilities, outdoors during all types of weather and in a variety of educational settings, playgrounds, and busses. Paraprofessional is in regular contact with students, the general public and other EPS personnel.
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.
The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individual currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.
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