Passages Charter School serves students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Focused specifically on the needs of immigrant and refugee students. Passages offers a tailored educational program focused on high academic standards and instruction based on students' individual needs.
Basic Job Function:
Special education aides work under the overall supervision of their building principal with direct supervision provided by special education teachers. They are employed when required to implement special education or related services for a class and/or to provide direct assistance to students.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Assist the Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher with instructing and supervising children in classroom activities, especially those children identified as having a moderate to severe disability.
Work with individual children or small groups of children to reinforce new skills initially introduced by the teacher.
Assist the Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher in devising and implementing special strategies for reinforcing skills based on the special needs and abilities of each child.
Assist with critical daily activities such as classroom transition times, mealtimes and toileting.
Utilize appropriate language, interactions, positive discipline and model positive behavior.
Assist with field trips or day trips such as neighborhood walks under the supervision of the Lead Teacher.
Continuously monitor children to ensure safety at all times, and report child abuse and neglect.
Assist the Lead Teacher in administering and scoring appropriate screenings and assessments required by the program according to designated timelines.
Maintain anecdotal notes, written observations, and other approved forms of documentation for each child for documentation of services
Maintain open communication with parents by scheduling and conducting parent/teacher conferences
As a parent advocate, help resolve issues or concerns that are raised by parents and staff.
Inform parents about daily classroom routine, expectations, policies, field trips and volunteer opportunities.
Communicate with parents about incidents that have been observed and/or recorded on site.
Obtain all required classroom parental signatures such as on all incident reports and field trip permission slips.
Work closely with classroom teaching team, Team leader, Special Education Teacher, administrators and other content area specialists.
Actively participate in meetings which may include management, teaching team, center, committee, parent, parent policy, family reviews, city/state, agency, and board meetings.
Attend and actively participate in all IEP meetings with teaching staff and parents.
Participate in team meetings. Communicate and share ideas and concerns with Lead Teacher and other management team members.
Assist in the educational and social development of students under the direction and guidance of the facilitator and classroom teachers.
Assist in the implementation of Individual Education Plans for the students and monitor their progress.
Provide support for individual students inside and outside the classroom to enable them to fully participate in activities.
Work with other professionals, such as speech therapist, social worker, occupational and physical therapists.
Assist classroom teachers with maintaining student records and in the preparation and display of student work.
Support students with emotional or behavior concerns and assist them in developing appropriate social skills. Administrative Duties
Be at least 18 years of age
Have a high school diploma
Be capable of physically assisting students with specials needs as required (positioning, lifting, transferring, restraining, etc.)
Have demonstrated ability to work effectively under the direction of others
Cooperates successfully as a member of a team.
Communicates effectively with others, including giving and receiving feedback on the quality of services.
Meet any specific content area requirements.
Participate in paraprofessional trainings provided by CPS and any other trainings deemed necessary by the agency. It is also important to bring back and share information presented at such meetings.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Have demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others
Have willingness to assume any responsibilities appropriate for the position
Support the Mission Statement of the school.
Behave and speak in a professional manner at all times.
Set a good example in terms of dress, punctuality, and attendance.
Attend staff and team meetings.
Be proactive in matters relating to health and safety.
All other duties as assigned.
Physical Requirements and Working Environment:
Regularly required to: sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, operate a computer, hand-held learning devices and other office equipment, reach with hands and arms, and must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
Asian Human Services Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer dedicated to the fair and equal treatment of all of its employees without regard to age, gender, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, political or union affiliation, maternity status, parental status, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law
About Asian Human Services Inc
Established in 1978, Asian Human Services is the largest multi-cultural and multi-lingual health and social services organization in the Metropolitan Chicago areas. Its mission is to provide client -centered, quality, and compassionate services to Asian immigrants and other underserved communities so that they can fully participated in society, prosper and thrive. Specialized in healthcare, education, and employment, its professional staff is fluent in more than 28 languages and serves more than 28,000 clients throughout Illinois each year.