Paraprofessional Headstart - Suburbs
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South/West Suburbs, Illinois
The paraprofessional is responsible for implementing program objectives as part of a teaching team, providing support to the Master Teachers with all classroom activities. This includes, but is not limited to, implementing curriculum, supervising children, communicating with parents, and providing a health and safe environment for children. The paraprofessional supports at least three children with diagnosed developmental disabilities and may work with multiple classrooms and sites.
- Work as a classroom team to support the full inclusion of children with identified and suspected disabilities.
- Work as a classroom team to prepare lesson plans, complete observations, and assess children.
- Follow through with activities, materials, in alignment with the children’s IEP goals throughout the entire school day.
- Read and demonstrate knowledge of children’s IEP’s.
- Individualize for children with identified and suspected disabilities every week as documented in lesson plans.
- Collect behavior data as requested for children with identified concerns.
- Follow through with teacher/clinical/administrative recommendations regarding all aspects of curriculum and programming.
- In conjunction with classroom teacher, maintain consistent communication with the children’s families/guardians.
- Participate in all scheduled team meetings pertaining to classroom.
- Assist in planning field trips.
- Assume complete charge of classroom in absence of other teachers.
- Assume full responsibility for cleaning up after all classroom activities.
- Supervise and participates with children during free play activities.
- Share responsibility for cleaning up classroom after activities.
- Set up the room for activities both in the morning and after naptime.
- Participate in monthly paraprofessional training and monthly paraprofessional meetings.
- Participate in all scheduled in-house trainings throughout the school year.
- Attend parent meetings.
- May require daily travel to other Easterseals sites or community partners to support the inclusion of children with special needs.
- All other duties as assigned.
- Associates or higher in Child Development.
- Paraprofessional certification required within 6 months of employment.
- Experience working with children and with individuals with special needs.
- Valid driver’s license.
- Auto insurance.
- Reliable vehicle.
- Ability to perform all functions necessary to obtain certification in agency required crisis prevention and intervention training, and CPR.
- Ability to multi-task in a high stress environment.
- Ability to interact with diverse personalities.
- Adherence to all Easterseals policies.
ADA: Easterseals will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. Unless exempted by the Americans with Disabilities Act, all persons hired for this position are required to possess the ability to perform the physical tasks necessary to treat clients, i.e., bending, floor-sitting, etc., as well as to have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently.