The Special Education Classroom Instructional Assistant provides assistance and motivation to special education students. Works closely with students with disabilities/special needs throughout the school day to help the students learn and succeed in all classroom settings.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
Work effectively with children having disabilities and special needs within integrated and special education classrooms and in varied settings.
Communicate and work effectively with special education and classroom teachers, co-workers, parents, and other caregivers as an educational team.
Practice professional, legal, and ethical conduct toward students, parents, and co-workers.
Motivate and assist the student(s) to build self-esteem and independence, develop interpersonal and social skills, think independently, learn actively, and self-advocate.
Use assistive technology, computers, and adaptive equipment providing special care or physical assistance required for the student to function in school and learn effectively.
Use developmentally appropriate instructional interventions for curricular activities in the areas of cognitive, motor, self-help, social interaction, and language development for students.
Gather and maintain accurate data regarding the student, including academic, behavioral, and/or health information, as needed, and providing feedback to the teacher to improve instruction for the student.
Understand and appreciate diversity in children’s skills and abilities, cultural heritage, lifestyles, values systems, and human rights.
Maintain confidentiality with student information and student records.
Use developmentally appropriate instructional interventions for curriculum activities in the areas of cognitive, motor, self-help, social interaction, and language development for students.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, education, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Minimum education includes a high school graduate and previous experience working with children. A paraeducator certification is preferred.
For preschool classrooms, preference would be the individual has one of the following three criteria met: a paraeducator certification with an early childhood endorsement, CDA or a two-year degree or higher, or ability to obtain one of the criteria within one year of selection.
Must possess the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of individuals and groups from all levels of the organization. May communicate with parents or guardians of the student(s). The individual must have effective listening skills.
ANALYTICAL and REASONING SKILLS
Ability to gather, collate, and/or classify data. Ability to work with a variety of data. Problem-solving is required to identify issues and create action plans.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
May be required to lift up to 50 pounds frequently. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee may work inside or outside.
Must be able to use the computer, process electronic requests. Able to retrieve and print information from various computer programs when needed.
OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED
Will perform other duties as may be assigned by the superintendent or designee, necessary and appropriate to the achievement of the program and/or District goals and objectives.
The Sioux City Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas: Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Science, Health Science, and Industrial Arts, Technology, & PLTW.
The Sioux City Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (for employment), national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status (for employment) in its educational programs and its employment practices. The District is required by Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs, activities, or employment.
Inquiries or grievances under Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act may be directed to Dr. Dora Jung, Director of Student Services & Equity Education/Title IX Coordinator at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075, firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations to the District may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, or both. Please see District Board policies 103 and 504.4 for additional information on available grievance procedures.