2020-21 Paraeducator, Oakland
Reporting to the school leader & under the direction of the Education Specialist or other certificated employee, the Paraeducator will primarily assist by performing a variety of academic and behavior support duties to an individual or small groups of students within the special education classroom, regular classroom and other school settings. These duties shall be designed to complement the instructional program to maximize learning opportunities for students in a variety of educational settings. The Paraeducator will also assist in the establishment and implementation of appropriate classroom and school-wide behavior and assist students to access all aspects of the educational environment of the school and the community.
- Paid or volunteer experience working with or serving individuals with autism or behavioral deficits is preferred.
- Completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education - defined as completion of 48 semester hours (or equivalent trimester hours) of college coursework; or
- Obtained an associate (or higher) degree; or
- Pass the CBEST or a local assessment of knowledge and skills in assisting in instruction.
- Registered Behavior Technician certification is preferred. Paraeducators who are hired to work with KIPP Bay Area Public Schools who do not hold this certification will receive support in completing this certification.
- Bilingual in languages that reflects the populations that we serve preferred.
- A deep passion for social justice and equity for all children; believes that all students can achieve at the highest levels, regardless of demography.
- Experience working with a diverse staff and students.
- Excellent organizational, planning, and implementation skills.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Results-oriented team player who is dedicated to getting the job done.
- Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Bay Area Public Schools’ mission and values.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
- Under the direction of the Education Specialist, work with students in small groups or in one-to-one assignments to reinforce or follow up learning activities in core academic, language, and/or specialized subject areas.
- Assist in the implementation of behavior intervention plans which may involve the use of approved positive reinforcement strategies, behavior modification, and other skills or knowledge to establish and maintain appropriate behaviors.
- Facilitate and support social interactions and foster the development of positive relationships between students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers.
- Assist all students by modeling appropriate behavior and attitudes and providing emotional support and general guidance.
- Support students to be active participants on field trips and school assemblies or productions.
- Provide testing accommodations, including supervising students completing tests in a separate location or during an extended time.
- Provide Education Specialist with information on student progress through observation, daily contact, and maintenance of accurate data trackers, student progress records/logs.
- Assist in establishing and maintaining a clean, safe, and cooperative classroom and learning environment.
- Assist physically disabled students with personal hygiene and grooming functions, including toileting, diapering, eating, dressing, and other self-help skills.
- Report suspected health problems to the appropriate school personnel.
- Maintain confidentiality of student records and classroom information in accordance with legal requirements and KIPP policies.
- Maintain instructional program in case of temporary absence of Education Specialist.
- Attend and participate in IEP meetings, parent‐teacher conferences, and Student Study Meetings.
- Maintain professional standards and competence through participation in professional growth opportunities provided by KIPP Bay Area Public Schools and in self‐directed professional growth activities.
- Consistent & on-time attendance during school work hours.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands
Sitting, walking, reaching, bending, use of both legs; use of both hands, wrist/arm motion, grasping/holding, use of all fingers; lift, carry/push objects 1-20 lbs.; use of both eyes, color vision, near-vision; the sense of smell, normal hearing, distinguish sounds in transmission, speaking. Physical intervention & management of students may be required; training & certification verbal de-escalation and crisis prevention intervention (CPI) will be provided by KIPP Bay Area Public Schools prior to engaging in any physical management of students.
The stress of deadlines and normal work standards, ability to analyze problems and general alternatives, work with interruptions, concentrate for long periods of time, read, calculate, perform routine math problems, memorize and recall objects and people.
School environment subject to constant interruptions and distractions. Occasional travel to professional development throughout the Bay Area with its own transportation (mileage reimbursed).
Full-time, non-exempt position.
This is a school year calendar position, following the school year vacation calendar & leave policy.
About KIPP Bay Area Public Schools
We are a thriving nonprofit network of 15 free, public charter schools open to all students. At KIPP, we believe all children should grow up free to create the future they want for themselves and that schools can and should be a critical factor in making that vision a reality. Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
Our student community consists of over 6,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City. 79% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, 23% are English language learners, and 10% have special needs. We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity.
KIPP Bay Area Schools does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin or ancestry, cultural background, religious creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital/registered domestic partner status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, primary language, citizenship or immigration status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.
The mission of KIPP Bay Area Schools is to operate high-achieving public schools in educationally underserved communities, developing in our students the knowledge, skills, and character essential to thrive in college, shape their futures, and positively impact the world.