Position Objective and Summary:
The Teacher's Aide works with the Teacher in the preparation and implementation of classroom activities. Facilitates healing through Trauma Informed services and Positive Youth Development by utilizing UCAN’s Clinical Philosophy and Positive Youth Development.
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.
Outreach and Client Engagement
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.
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
Quality and Accountability
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.
High School Diploma or equivalent required
BSW or BS/BA in Education preferred
Type 39 Certification preferred
Three (3) to five (5) years of classroom experience preferred
Special Knowledge and Qualifications:
Is open and respectful of cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of clients and is willing and competent to work with a diverse client population.
Has an understanding of trauma-informed practice
Has an understanding of Positive Youth Development.
Effective verbal and written communication skills.
Working knowledge of the child welfare system.
Ability to work both independently and a part of a high functioning team.
Experience and ability to use computers for data entry, communication and report writing
Car and valid Illinois driver’s license and insurance required.
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