Special Education Assistant
The School District of Bayfield seeks only individuals of the highest caliber whose creativity, enthusiasm and energy are contagious. Applicants must be energetic, collaborative, patient, and highly competent in working with students served by IEP’s. Candidates must be able to demonstrate initiative and collaborate with teachers, related services providers, and administration.
Under the direct supervision of a certified staff member, to assist certified professional staff with students in the classroom to meet instructional goals and objectives.
Essential Job Functions
Assist special education students in class or hallway, during lunch/recess, bus loading, recess, field trips and/or leisure activities as needed.
- Maintain high level of confidentiality and do not divulge any personal information concerning any student except to the classroom teacher to whom assigned or administration, and refers parent questions/concerns to the regular education or special education teachers.
- Assist with processes and procedures, including but not limited to emergency procedures, building orientation, student vulnerability, data collection and classroom management.
- Assist students in academic areas such as reading, writing or math. This includes implementing curriculum, adapting instructional materials/strategies, and collecting data on academic progress under the direction of a licensed teacher.
- Support licensed teachers in the implementation of a variety of behavioral management techniques as needed and collect data regarding student progress in this area.
- Supporting students with functional needs (self-care, mobility etc) as needed.
- Maintain a high level of fairness, confidentiality, respect and equity for all students, staff, and families.
- Understand and maintain boundaries and confidentiality with students, families, and staff and refer parents’ questions to the teacher.
- Perform other duties as assigned by supervising teacher and administration.
- Use standard office equipment, such as personal computers and copiers.
- Travel between schools, or to student homes, may be required for certain positions.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form.
- Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide, and perform arithmetic operations as needed to assist students.
- Ability to understand, apply and use personal computers and software applications (e.g., Word, Excel).
- Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of information regarding students, employees and others.
- Ability to establish a supportive and compassionate relationship with students with special needs.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, staff and others contacted in the course of work.
- Ability to report work orally or in writing to supervisor as required.
- Effective writing and verbal communication skills
Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards
- Works in standard office and school building environments.
- Ability to work outdoors during outdoor student activities.
- Any combination of education and experience providing the required skill and knowledge for successful performance would be qualifying. Typical qualifications would be equivalent to:
- High School diploma or equivalent.
- Successful completion of college level coursework or passing of examination as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act.
- Prior experience working with special needs children desirable.
- Must hold or be eligible for a Special Education Program Aide License unless the individual holds any valid Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI) License.
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Job Type: Full-Time School Year
Salary: Start $17.37 / Or current step if on salary schedule
Benefits: Health/Dental Insurance, Long Term Disability, State of Wisconsin Retirement System, Paid Sick Leave, Paid Personal Days.