Public Schools of Brookline  


Public Schools of Brookline
Brookline Public Schools
Brookline, MA

Job Details
Job ID: 3138394 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: July 16, 2019 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

The Public Schools of Brookline seek paraprofessionals to work in an inclusive and special education preschool/prekindergarten classrooms sponsored by the Brookline Early Education Program (BEEP). There are part time (5 mornings per week) and full time (5 full school days) opportunities. Primary job responsibilities include planning and assisting with daily learning activities, and supporting special education students to successfully access/participate in all classroom activities. The ideal candidate will be reliable, positive, flexible, and motivated to work with young children. In addition, the candidate should demonstrate a collaborative team spirit/attitude with BEEP staff while working under the direction of the classroom teacher.  


Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Support curriculum and instruction under the direction of the teacher.
  • Prepare and coordinate materials for learning activities at the request of the teacher
  • Support students’ ability to follow the classroom routine and assist with student engagement during large and small group instruction.
  • Manage and instruct small and large groups, and support of the classroom teacher throughout the school day.
  • Support young children’s social problem solving skills and behavior regulation throughout the school day.
  • Greet students each morning and support smooth transition into classroom and between classroom learning activities throughout the school day.
  • Scaffold learning for students during instruction times under the supervision of teacher or specialist.
  • Attend therapy sessions at discretion of the teacher, with children receiving speech and language, OT or PT during the day to review with students throughout the week.
  • Follow through on IEP goals as directed by the teacher.
  • Support students’ access to the bathroom and bathroom procedures.
  • Maintain a safe environment on the playground, observing students and scaffolding playground skills.
  • Document student language and learning samples, and issues of concern to share with teaching team.
  • Review classroom environment at the close of the day to ensure all supplies and materials are successfully replaced in preparation for the morning.
  • Maintain classroom displays and project work at the request of the teacher. Participate in the IEP process as required.
  • Knowledge and implementation of student educational programs and behavior management guidelines.
  • Provide positive and supportive learning experience for the students; and set and maintain consistent and constructive limits.
  • Support in the development and implementation of behavior intervention plans, as well as positive classroom management and reinforcement systems.
  • Participate in data collection and data analysis as requested including IEP goals/objectives data, behavior and other daily data.
  • If requested, maintaining student’s program book (including accurate completion of item lists)
  • Other duties as assigned by the classroom teacher


Requirements Qualifications:

  • Arrive promptly and assist with the set up of the classroom
  • Refer parent concerns directly to the teacher
  • Attend all meetings that are scheduled for paraprofessional training to the greatest extent possible
  • Applicants must be physically, mentally and emotionally prepared for a challenging career experience.
  • Applicants must have positive academic and employment references.
  • Applicants must be bright, energetic individuals with a strong desire to work with young children; some positions require experience in, or an interest in being trained in, the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Diligent implementation of all medical, safety, and emergency procedures.
  • Communicate effectively-both in written and oral form
  • Positive interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior and confidentiality of student information
  • Provide a safe learning environment for students.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the paraprofessional is continually required to stand, walk, sit, run, squat, kneel, crawl, climb, balance, crouch, talk, hear, smell and see. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50+ pounds.
  • Staff members who works with students with behavioral and social-emotional needs and disabilities may be subjected to student behaviors that include, but are not limited to, hitting, biting, kicking, scratching, hair pulling


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Relevant work experience (1 year) with young children preferred
  • Bachelor degree preferred
  • College level course in Child Growth and Development (grant requirement)


The Public Schools of Brookline is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their teaching or practice to the diversity and excellence of the PSB community.

The Public Schools of Brookline is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Members of underrepresented groups and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Type: Full-time

Welcome to Public Schools of Brookline!

The Public Schools of Brookline provide education to PreK through Grade 12 students in eight elementary schools , one comprehensive high school, and three Early Childhood Education sites with vision that guides education in all our schools. Brookline provides an extraordinary education for every child. Each child’s unique path to achievement is supported in academically exciting and programmatically rich environments. A dynamic, diverse community of teaching professionals works collaboratively, innovating and inspiring each other and their students. Staff gets to know students intellectually, developmentally and culturally. Students are encouraged to question and challenge ideas and participate as active citizens. Schools use a variety of assessments to get the fullest picture of student learning and growth over time. These data are shared regularly with the community, and they form the basis of how we understand and improve student, teacher and administrator performance. Parents are partners with the schools in supporting their children’s education, and schools communicate effectively so that parents are confident of the response to their child’s circumstances and needs. The community, well informed and involved in the schools, supports these efforts that continue a tradition of challenging ourselves to do better, efforts that ensure the enduring value of a Brookline education.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Brookline Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Contact Information
Jill Lawrence, Human Resources Manager
333 Washington Street
Brookline, Massachusetts 02445
Phone: 617-730-2406

Public Schools of Brookline

Brookline Town Hall, 5th Floor  � 333 Washington Street  � Brookline MA � 02445
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