About KIPP Bay Area Public Schools
KIPP is a non-profit network of 224 college-preparatory, public charter schools across the country educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are united by a common mission, a commitment to excellence, and a belief that if we help children develop the academic and character strengths they need for college and choice-filled lives, they will be able to build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, and for us all.
There are currently 15 KIPP schools across the Bay Area educating nearly 6,000 students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City and supporting over 3,000 alumni around the country.
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 the inclusion student. 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. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
- 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, 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.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Desired Characteristics:
- 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 by the end of their first year employed with KIPP Bay Area Public Schools
- Paid or volunteer experience working with or serving individuals with autism or behavioral deficits is preferred.
- Bilingual in Spanish or Vietnamese 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.
We are dedicated to you and your family's well-being! KIPP offers a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits.
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