Case Management/Social Services, Education/Teaching/Training
Position Summary The Teacher's Assistant works with the Teacher in the preparation and implementation of classroom activities.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Works in conjunction with the teacher in the care and education of a group of students. Implements specific educational activities for students as directed by the teacher. Establishes learning objectives and uses preplanning and classroom teaching to accomplish those objectives. Involves all students by utilizing a variety of educational methods to meet students’ individual learning styles. Explains directions and models desired student performance. Monitors student progress and adjusts instruction based on that progress. Establishes closure by summarizing content and fits into context what has been taught. Supervises and monitors educational activities both inside and outside the classroom. Supervises students in the absence of teacher and performs specific activities pre-determined by the teacher. Assists teacher in observing and evaluating the student’s educational progress.
Promotes Orderly Behavior Promotes orderly behavior throughout the school and clearly defines expected student behavior by encouraging positive behavior and controlling negative behavior. Uses appropriate therapeutic methods to promote the social and emotional growth of the students. Remains calm at all times and uses appropriate language with students and coworkers. Maintains orderly behavior during class. Maintains orderly behavior during class transitions and meal breaks. Is able to contain children using Therapeutic Crisis Intervention. Utilizes Crisis Intervention staff appropriately. Assists in maintaining an environment for students that is safe, pleasant and directed towards enhancing the students/ growth and educational development.
Building Relationships and Networks Establishes rapport with students and parents. Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with coworkers and agency personnel. Works effectively with all members of the staff. Actively listens to others and their points of view. Makes a minimum of one phone call per month to each parent. Keeps parents informed about their child’s progress and areas for improvement. Builds the relationship between the school and parents.
Documentation Maintains records and reports and performs other routine administrative duties as required. Prepares a documented lesson plan and emergency lesson plan for each school day. Keeps appropriate individual records, attendance records, and student assessments as designated. Produces an IEP annual report for each student in a timely manner and in a format consistent with school requirements. Maintains a parent log and in a format consistent with school requirements. Completes student report cards in a timely manner and in a format consistent with school requirements.
Minimum of 1 year teaching assistant, child care, or related experience required.
High School Diploma or equivalent required.
Associate’s degree in Special Education, Child Development, Early Childhood, or equivalent preferred.
Paraprofessional Certificate and State Letter of Approval required.
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention certified or obtains within 30 days of employment.
UCAN builds strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education, and empowerment. Since the Civil War, UCAN has served the most vulnerable children, youth, and families, and has grown over 145 years into a premier social service agency serving over 10,000 individuals annually. UCAN programs address the impact of trauma: with a consistent presence, meaningful programs, and unrivaled ...organizational diversity and cultural competence. These trauma-informed programs include clinical and counseling services, support for pregnant or parenting teens, foster care placement, a therapeutic youth home, a therapeutic day school, transitional living programs, workforce development, youth leadership development, and violence prevention. At the heart of it all, UCAN’s vision is that youth who have suffered trauma can become our future leaders. UCAN is a consistent and compassionate presence in the lives of those who are most at risk. We start with the premise that communities with challenges possess strengths upon which they can build. From this premise evolves an approach to community support that fosters collaboration with existing neighborhood resources to strengthen communities, one youth at a time. UCAN’s community efforts provide leadership development, supportive jobs for youth, individual healing, and mentoring. UCAN's founding is rooted in spirituality. In 1869, UCAN was founded by members of St. Pauls United Church of Christ (UCC) to provide a home for orphaned children of Civil War soldiers. The UCC and its predecessors have long advocated for social justice, including the struggle for the abolition of slavery and being the first to ordain African-Americans, women, and openly gay persons as clergy. Diversity is a core UCAN value, reflected in our staff, our minority-led Board of Directors, and our clients. It is vitally important that UCAN counteract the influence of discrimination on our communities, families and youth.