The Primary School is expanding the boundaries of traditional education. Our holistic model weaves together education, health, and family support services to ensure underserved children have the system of care they need to lead meaningful and emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy lives. The Primary School was founded in 2015, and we received seed funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.
Our approach has three defining characteristics:
- We start early. We start working with parents and enroll children into our program as early as birth to reach them at their most critical stage in development.
- We work with - not around - families. We know that parents and caregivers are the most important people in a child’s life. We partner with them to enhance the education and health of their children.
- We integrate multiple systems to serve the whole child. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs.
In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four-year-olds. We have grown to serve nearly 300 children and their families via a 0-3 parent/child program, a preschool and elementary school.
Our ultimate goal is to create a game-changing system of care for children that can be replicated across the country. To that end, we are building a model that can be effectively implemented in diverse communities and sustained on public funding. In 2019, we plan to both expand our student and family population in East Palo Alto and pursue opening our next site in Hayward, California. It’s an exciting time to join the team!
ABOUT THE ROLE
The Paraprofessional reports to the Principal and is responsible for supporting lead teachers during the school day (7:45am - 4:30pm) and several times a week during early (7:30 - 8:30am) or late care (3:30 - 5:30pm). Paraprofessionals will have the opportunity to experience The Primary School model of coordinated care across school, parent coaching and health realms.
In the 2nd and 3rd grades, paraprofessionals will rotate between two classrooms in order to support student engagement, provide behavioral supports, and generally ensure that all students benefit from a team teaching model in which every student receives high quality instruction and attention.
- Provide both proactive and responsive support to our highest need students within classrooms and small group settings
- Work with the integrated supports/SPED team to assist in the implementation of student interventions through collaboration with the classroom teachers
- Assist Lead and Associate Teachers with needed tasks during the school day
- Help reinforce consistent, efficient, and safe practices and routines across all classrooms.
- Support daily preparation of early/late care materials along with supervision of students
- Support parent sign-in/-out process, transition to/from classroom, and/or other operational procedures
- Communicate information gathered from children or families to appropriate staff
- You have experience working with children in a school or similarly structured environment. Whether it’s from your time in a classroom, after-school group, summer camp, child care program or tutoring session, you know that a great environment for children doesn’t just “happen” - it’s built with great care, preparation, practice and love. With or without “teacher” in your job title, you have always been the “teacher” - at home, at your job, with your family, in your community - and caring for and engaging children has been a consistent theme and/or area of interest in your life.
- You love spending time with kids and kids love spending time with you. Your family and friends know you as the kid-magnet and you are famous for your impromptu cooking classes, dance parties, fort-building and reading circles. When kids are with you, they feel heard, connected and invested, because even in a group, you make every child feel like they are at the center.
- You have a heart for working with students who may need a little extra support and love. Behavior challenges don't scare you. You view misbehaviors as an opportunity to support a student in building a new skillset. You are incredibly patient and resilient.
- You have a parent- and family-centered mindset. You are a parent or empathize deeply with parents, and recognize that long before a child steps foot into a classroom, he or she has been learning at home with their parents. Throughout your life and/or career, parents look to you for guidance, camaraderie and support. You believe that parents are essential partners in the work of schools and know that strong parent relationships will improve your own practice.
- You are unafraid of diversity and engage confidently across differences. You believe that differences - in race, culture, gender, age, background, experiences - enrich our community and know how to bridge those differences with grace and humility.
- You are kind, humble, and collaborative. You bring a positive attitude to every interaction and always see the best in others. You have the courage to step out of your comfort zone, and when you fall, you get right back up, remember what tripped you up and unabashedly try it all over again. You have an open mind and a thirst to learn and improve, and you can’t help but wonder what it would be like to work in an environment where every door is open and feedback is second nature. Even during challenging times, you see the “small victories” and maintain constant confidence in the team’s ability to achieve with every child.
A Plus If
- You speak fluent Spanish.
- You have Early Childhood Education credits