The SPED Teacher’s Aide is responsible for assisting a SPED classroom teacher in the general supervision and management of the children. This allows SPED teachers more time to focus on the educational needs of students. The SPED Teacher’s Aide must be willing to fulfill responsibilities in accordance with the school's educational philosophy.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assist in the implementation of the daily program under the direction of the SPED teacher.
- Assist in planning and preparing the learning environment, setting up interest centers and preparing needed materials and supplies for students’ daily activities.
- Work individually or in small groups with students to review classroom instruction, listen to reading groups, or assist answering questions.
- Supervise outside playground activities.
- Help with general housekeeping tasks.
- Assist the SPED teacher in any other appropriate ways.
- Perform clerical tasks.
- Treat all children with dignity and respect.
- Attend all staff meetings and recommended training programs and conferences, including in-service training as may be required by the district.
- Operate and care for instructional equipment used in the classroom.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Principal.
- Follow directions given by head SPED teacher or immediate supervisor.
- Assist with the supervision of students outside the classroom such as: field trips to assist with student supervision and safety, during play period, lunchroom activities, dismissal, etc.
- Supervise the classroom when the SPED teacher is out of the room.
- Maintain confidentiality about children, their families, and other employees outside the school.
- Handle sensitive and confidential information, documents, communications, incidents, etc., with discretion and in a conscientious manner.
- Cooperate and share professionally with other members of the staff.
The SPED Teacher’s Aide will promote:
- High academic/achievement for all children;
- A greater focus on teaching and learning;
- Flexibility to stimulate local initiatives coupled with responsibility for student performance;
- Improved linkages among schools, parents and communities.
**MAY PERFORM OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED**
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
- Demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment toward the position and the mission of the company; support the company’s values in the strategic areas of academic excellence, operational performance, superior culture, and financial health and growth, as outlined in the Employee Handbook.
- Strong time management & organizational skills and the ability to prioritize effectively.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with teachers, students, parents, the community, and administrative staff. As unique situations present themselves, the employee must be sensitive to corporate needs, employee goodwill, and the public image.
- Establish excellent interpersonal skills between all stakeholders: being courteous, professional, and helpful; Oral (including presentations), Written, Interpersonal (active listening), Negotiating and Influencing.
- Ability to consistently be at work, be on time, follow instructions, respond to management direction and solicit feedback to improve performance.
- Proficient experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Student Information System (SIS) and email communications.
- Look for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
- Consistently strives to implement best practices and positive character education.
While performing the responsibilities of this position, the work environment characteristics listed below are representative of the environment the employee will encounter:
- Usual schools working conditions.
- May be noisy during high student traffic.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
- Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with CSUSA salary and benefit policy. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be those established by Charter Schools USA.
- This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.
FLSA OVERTIME CATEGORY
Job is non-exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Performance will be evaluated in accordance with Charter Schools USA’s Policy.
Human Resources retains the sole right and discretion to make changes to this job description. Any employee making changes unauthorized by the Human Resources Department will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.
- High School degree, GED, or equivalent experience.
- Speak, read, and write English fluently.
- Successful results of criminal and employment background check.
- Experience in working with children, preferably children with disabilities.
- Be in the process of becoming professionally prepared to supervise young children.
- Such alternatives to the above requirements as CSUSA may find appropriate and acceptable.
- Commitment to company values.
- Adherence to the requirements of the Code of Ethics for the Education Profession.
- Equivalent combinations of education and experience that provide the required knowledge, abilities and skills will be evaluated on an individual basis.