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Special Education Paraprofessional (0721)

Company: Public Consulting Group
Location: Mercer Island
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:


University Instructors, LLC is recruiting for immediate placement of a dynamic behavior technician to support Mercer Island School District. You will partner with certificated special education teachers to provide instruction and other services for children with disabilities. You will directly impact students by implementing programs as designed and directed by special education teachers.


Role and Responsibilities

In this role, you'll support students who have behavior intervention plans. You may also perform the following assignments:

Work as part of a special-education support team under the direction of a special education teacher.
Follow the day-to-day schedule as directed by the special education teacher.
Take direction from the special education teacher regarding instructional materials, methods and prompts (e.g. visual, verbal, gestural, physical).
Provide individual and/or small group academic, adaptive, social/emotional, vocational, communication, life skills and other instruction to students as directed by the special education teacher.
Promote generalization of targeted skills.
Assist and instruct students with personal hygiene and toileting. (Toileting and diapering support may be required.)
Independently lift up to 50lbs.
Prompt and support student as needed in classes, during changes in schedule, school assemblies, on field trips, in vocational training settings in the community, and during other times as required.
Provide supervision, social scaffolding, and support during unstructured activities such as passing periods, recess or lunch.
Assist teacher with daily classroom operation and management, which may include, but is not limited to: preparing instructional materials, copying, proctoring tests, assisting with classroom discipline, grading student work, recording graded student work in grade program, taking notes.
Maintain accurate student records (data sheets, progress notes, etc.)
Follow through with prescribed behavior management programs. Monitor behavior and redirect students as needed. Intervene with appropriate behavior interventions using de-escalation techniques, redirection, removal of student from the classroom, etc., using physical techniques only if safety is threatened or serious disruption to the instruction of others.
Follow school and district guidelines including completing written record whenever any restraint, physical escort or other "hands on" technique, or isolation is used and give to special education teacher immediately.
Attend required staff meetings, training, school events and meetings (e.g., IEP meetings, parent/teacher conferences)
Collaborate and communicate regularly with special education teacher and general education teacher regarding student progress and needs.
Maintain a substitute folder as directed by principal.
Use assistive technology devices as directed (e.g., picture exchange system, electronic systems, etc.)
Administer assessment tools as designated by the special education teacher.
Assist with loading and unloading of students from busses.
Assist and instruct students with eating/feeding skills.
Lift or assist with lifting students to and from wheelchairs.
Provide additional health support after training by qualified medical staff including clean intermittent catheterization (CIC), tube feeding, oxygen management, oral suctioning, etc.
Assist with physical therapy and occupational therapy routines after training and as supervised by specialist, if applicable.
Transferring/lifting of student and use of adaptive equipment
Positioning and facilitation of movement and range of motion.
Splint or orthotic placement/removal.
Assist with activities of daily living (e.g., toileting, change diapers if needed, feeding).
Sanitize classrooms and equipment using approved materials.
Dispense medication to students after training by qualified medical staff.
Maintain confidentiality. Direct all communication to the special education teacher and general education teacher. Do not communicate directly with parents. Communication with the parents is the certificated teacher's responsibility.
For any complaints, follow the district "General Complaints" policy available on the district website.
Report any concerns regarding child safety to the special education teacher, principal, union representative and/or Child Protective Services as appropriate. Clarification of this responsibility should be directed to the principal.
Other duties as assigned by the principal.

Qualification Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

To be considered for this role, you must be at least 18 years of age, hold a high school diploma or equivalent; and meet ONE of the following four requirements:
Scored 461+ on Education Testing Service's ParaPro Assessment (more info available at OR
hold an Associate degree
have earned 72 quarter credits or 48-semester credits at an institution of higher education
hold a Bachelor's degree%794854%

Keywords: Public Consulting Group, Seattle , Special Education Paraprofessional (0721), Other , Mercer Island, Washington

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