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-  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, and to free certified professional employees from non-professional duties such as proctoring study halls to enable them to make a contribution to other aspects of the educational program, such as curriculum development. 

Essential Job Functions 

-  Assists and guides students to reinforce reading, language arts, mathematics, computer instruction, and other skills. 

-  Works with students individually and in small groups to reinforce basic learning and implement assigned programs.

-  Assists professional staff in the administration and correction of classroom exercises, tests and assessments. 

-  Assists in classroom preparations and strategies for reinforcing instructional materials and skills according to individual student needs.

-  Assists with record-keeping procedures to document student learning and performance.

-  Assists with classroom behavioral management to minimize disruptions, ensure a safe and orderly classroom, and ensure students are on task.

-  Assists students in non-instructional areas, such as supervising the student lunch programs, bus duty, playground duty, corridor, study hall, and other related non-instructional areas. 

-  Accompanies students on field trips for the purpose of assisting with supervision.

-  Constructs, copies and distribute and use educational materials as needed. 

-  Assists teacher with parent contact as requested to foster effective and participatory parent involvement in student education.

-  Assists students with special needs in all aspects of classroom instruction to maximize inclusion, learning, achievement if IEP objectives, etc.

-  Participates in IEP process and serves as resource for the student personnel evaluation team as needed. 

-  Assist students with physical or mental disabilities with activities of daily living for the purpose of maximizing their ability to participate in school or learning activities. 

-  Follows all applicable safety rules, procedures and regulations governing the proper manner of assistance for all students, including those with disabilities or other special needs. 

Additional Duties: 

-  Assist guidance, pupil services staff or building administration, as needed. 

-  Perform any other related duties as assigned. 

Note:   The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities.  It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility. 


-  Use standard office equipment, such as personal computers and copiers. 

Travel Requirements 

-  Travel between schools, or between schools and central offices, 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.

Note:   Also see the Summary of Physical, Sensory and Environmental Requirements Needed to Perform Essential Functions for this position. 


-  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 No Child Left Behind Act. 

-  Prior experience working with special needs children desirable.



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