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Kentwood, MI
Kentwood Public Schools

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    • Position Type:
      Support Staff/ParaProfessional - Special Education
    • Date Posted:
    • Location:
      Townline Elementary School
    • Closing Date:

    Position: ParaProfessional - Special Education
    Postion Purpose:
    Under the direct supervision of a certified staff member, to assist certified professional staff with students in the special education classroom to meet instructional goals and objectives, and to free certified professional employees from non-professional duties such as proctoring study halls to enable them to make a contribution to other aspects of the educational program, such as curriculum development.
    Schedule: 5.75 hours/day, 5 days/week, 38 weeks/year
    Essential Job Functions:

    • Assists and guides students to reinforce reading, language arts, mathematics, computer instruction, and other skills.
    • Works with students individually and in small groups to reinforce basic learning and implement assigned programs.
    • Assists professional staff in the administration and correction of classroom exercises, tests and assessments.
    • Assists in classroom preparations and strategies for reinforcing instructional materials and skills according to individual student needs.
    • Assists with record-keeping procedures to document student learning and performance.
    • Assists with classroom behavioral management to minimize disruptions, ensure a safe and orderly classroom, and ensure students are on task.
    • Assists students in non-instructional areas, such as supervising the student lunch programs, bus duty, playground duty, corridor, study hall, and other related non-instructional areas.
    • Accompanies students on field trips for the purpose of assisting with supervision.
    • Constructs, copies and distribute and use educational materials as needed.
    • Assists teacher with parent contact as requested to foster effective and participatory parent involvement in student education.
    • Assists students with special needs in all aspects of classroom instruction to maximize inclusion, learning, achievement if IEP objectives, etc.
    • Participates in IEP process and serves as resource for the student personnel evaluation team as needed.
    • Assist students with physical or mental disabilities with activities of daily living for the purpose of maximizing their ability to participate in school or learning activities.
    • Follows all applicable safety rules, procedures and regulations governing the proper manner of assistance for all students, including those with disabilities or other special needs.

    Additional Duties:
    • Assist guidance, pupil services staff or building administration, as needed.
    • Perform any other related duties as assigned.
    Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility
    Equipment: Use standard office equipment, such as personal computers and copiers.
    Travel Requirements: Travel between schools, or between schools and central offices, may be required for certain positions.
    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
    • Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form.
    • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide, and perform arithmetic operations as needed to assist students.
    • Ability to understand, apply and use personal computers and software applications (e.g., Word, Excel).
    • Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information regarding students, employees and others.
    • Ability to establish a supportive and compassionate relationship with students with special needs.
    • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, staff and others contacted in the course of work.
    • Ability to report work orally or in writing to supervisor as required.
    • Effective writing and verbal communication skills.

    Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards:
    • Works in standard office and school building environments.
    • Ability to work outdoors during outdoor student activities.

    • Any combination of education and experience providing the required skill and knowledge for successful performance would be qualifying. Typical qualifications would be equivalent to:
    • High School diploma or equivalent.
    • Successful completion of college level coursework or passing of a state approved assessment.
    • Prior experience working with special needs children desirable.

    FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt

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