Paraeducator – Special Education, High Incidence (.94 Fte/37.5 Hrs per week) job – Wichita Public Schools – Wichita, KS

Position Function:
Under the supervision of an administrator and direction of a certificated/licensed staff, assist the teacher in the education of students including instructional assistance, organization, record keeping, and management of student behavior, classroom safety, and communication with students, support staff and parents. Students may have cognitive disabilities, communication disabilities and social, behavioral and/or emotional disabilities. Students served are in need of academic and/or adaptive behavior skills instruction.

Essential Performance Responsibilities:
The Classroom Environment:
Supervise students in class setting as directed by the teacher

Assist in managing classroom routines and procedures

Assist in the interventions to redirect behavior, assesses crisis situations and intervenes to defuse situations, documents any occurrences, provides feedback to develop positive self-esteem of student

Assist the teacher by supervising school activities on or off campus during the course of the instructional day

Assist in the implementing of student behavior plan

Assist students to and from assigned areas within the building and community to facilitate integration efforts

Assist the teacher in the physical setup of the classroom for group instruction, projects, and activities

Assist in the integration of technology into the classroom and community work setting

Participate in effective teaming skills, collaboration, conflict resolution and communication

Provide feedback to students and teachers

Assist students through the use of questioning and discussion techniques

Assist with student engagement with the curriculum

Assist students with self-advocacy

Assist students in using technology

Exhibit oral and written communication that is clear and expressive

Planning and Preparation:
Assist the teacher with the designing of instruction and follow through

Assist the teacher in the development and implementation of the Individual Education Plan (IEP)

Demonstrate knowledge of district and community resources

Assist the teacher with planning and implementation of any type of community based instruction

Professional Responsibilities:
Maintain high level of confidentiality of information regarding students and staff information and issues

Model appropriate behavior for students

Develop and maintain a professional rapport with classroom teacher and other staff, including community staff

Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of students, staff, and parents

Communicate with students, parents, instructional and support staff by letter, phone, e-mail, fax or personal contact as directed by the administrator or classroom teacher

Observe and chart student behavior and assist in discipline of student as instructed by the teacher.

Demonstrate the ability to prioritize and organize

Demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness

Attend and participate in staff meetings, PLCs and parent conferences as required

Acquire a minimum of 20 hours of in-service annually. After 3 years a minimum of 10 in-service hours is required. (Paras are encouraged to take advantage of in-services provided by the building or district.)

Assist students to and from buses and assisting the drivers until departure time

Assist in the transportation of students

Accept the responsibility for travel between buildings and assignments when necessary

Assist in caring for student’s medical needs when under the direct supervision of the school nurse or other appropriate professional

Assist students with basic needs including but not limited to self-care, hygiene, feeding, (may include tube feeding), toileting, dressing and physical transfers

Perform other duties as assigned

Additional Duties:
Assists with additional duties as assigned by supervisor.

This position may require the ability to use SMART boards and iPads in addition to basic office equipment such as computers, copiers, scanners, and fax machine. Must always comply with USD 259’s guidelines for equipment use.

Daily in-district travel may be required

Out of district travel may be needed on occasion

Physical and Mental Demands:
Be able to work in various weather conditions

Be able to react immediately to an emergency situation for the safety and welfare of the students and staff, which may include the use of physical restraint technique

Be able to stand and walk for long periods/distances, bend, twist, balance, stoop, climb steps and reach overhead

Possess the manual dexterity, physical ability and stamina for a full day of physical activity

Be able to see and hear well

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Proven use of effective collaboration skills

Proficient oral and written communication skills required

Proficient personal relationship skills

Extensive knowledge and experience working with students who demonstrate the need for intensive services in one or more of the categorical areas listed above

Demonstrated proficiency in developing and delivering training to meet the targeted needs of the identified audience

Proficient problem solving skills

Demonstrated acumen in completing tasks and dealing with situations related to the essential functions of the position

Extensive knowledge and practice setting up structured environments

Some positions may require knowledge of various sign language modalities, Braille, NCI (Nonviolent Crisis Intervention) or other special skills

Displays a significant degree of professionalism and confidentiality

Ability to conform to proper standards of professional dress and appearance

Knowledge of company’s mission, purpose, goals and the role of every employee in achieving each of them

Contact with personnel within the district and with customers and vendors

Will be working under the direct supervision of the department supervisor in order to complete day to day tasks

Will be working with a diverse population requiring the ability to handle all situations with tact and diplomacy

Must understand and respond appropriately to customer needs and maintain a positive attitude with all customers and colleagues

Expected to interact with all internal and external customers in a friendly, professional manner and provide quick, responsive customer service

Employee Punctuality and Appearance:
In order for schools to operate effectively, employees are expected to perform all assigned duties and work all scheduled hours during each designated workday, unless the employee has received approved leave

Any deviation from assigned hours must have prior approval from the employee’s supervisor or building administrator

All employees are required to report to work dressed in a manner that reflects a positive image of USD 259 and is appropriate for their position

Qualification Profile:
Must have 48 college credit hours, pass the ParaPro test, posess a WorkReady Certificate and Writing Assessment.

Must maintain current driver’s license and good driving record.

Some positions may require knowledge of various sign language modalities, Braille, NCI (Nonviolent Crisis Intervention) or other special skills

Some positions require in service, training or course work in first aide, symptoms of child abuse, and/or symptoms and signs of illness

FLSA Status:

Position Specifics:
Please Note: This position is based at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital; transporting students to other Via Christi locations may be required. Walking for extended periods/distances throughout the hospital may be required on a daily basis.

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