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Special Education Paraprofessional

KIPP Austin Public Schools
Job Description
KIPP Austin Public Schools Position: Special Education Paraprofessional (Part-Time) KIPP Austin Vista middle school ABOUT KIPP AUSTIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS: KIPP Austin Public Schools is a network of free, public, open enrollment schools for low‐income and historically underserved students in Austin, Texas. Since 2002, KIPP Austin has empowered underserved students to strengthen the academic skills, intellectual habits, and character traits necessary to thrive in, and graduate from, four‐year colleges and universities, giving them the freedom to shape their futures and positively affect their communities. There are currently seven schools in the KIPP Austin network: two elementary schools, four middle schools and one high school. By 2017 we will expand our network to include ten schools serving students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. When fully enrolled, KIPP Austin will serve over 5,000 students ? more than doubling the number of college-ready low-income, minority students in Austin. KIPP Austin Public Schools is part of the national network of charter schools, KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program ( KIPP Austin Vista Middle School (KAV) opened in July 2012 with 114 founding 5th grade students. At KIPP Austin Vista, we work to individualize all of our students? experiences in the classroom, through reading and writing workshop and the use of technology, as well as outside of the classroom by offering clubs and extracurricular activities that invest students in school and build their character traits and intellectual habits. Each student?s path will be different, but all students will leave KAV on the path to college and a life of choice. KAV is located on KIPP Austin?s South Campus at 5107 I-35 South, Suite A Austin TX 78744. POSITION OVERVIEW: - This position is an excellent opportunity to ultimately join the KIPP Austin team in a full-time role; proven success in this part-time role may result in a future full-time position - This is an ideal opportunity for part-time graduate students with previous teaching experience All KIPP Austin staff have a responsibility for ensuring that every KIPP Austin student achieves the academic skills, intellectual habits and character traits necessary to succeed in the nation?s top colleges and universities. The Special Education Paraprofessional (Part-Time) will help support the physical and instructional needs of individual students inside and outside the classroom. QUALIFICATIONS: KIPP Austin Vista Special Education Paraprofessional candidates will have the following: - At least one year of relevant experience working as an aide or paraprofessional - Physical and emotional endurance to deal with challenging students; Maintain emotional control under stress - Applicants will possess a Satori Alternatives to Managing Aggression (SAMA) Certificate (can be obtained after hire) - Ability to engage in restraints such as hug containment, elbow to hip containment, and two-person containment with middle school students on a regular basis - Ability to work with students with physical, emotional, and/or intellectual disabilities - Knowledge of CPR and other basic first aid techniques - Be physically able to lift and manipulate students if needed - Knowledge of classroom management and child development techniques and principles - Knowledge of all applicable federal, state, and local laws, guidelines, and procedures - Qualified applicants will have High School Diploma or GED - This position requires at least 60 hours or an Associate?s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university OR successful completion of ParaEducator course and passing assessment test offered by Austin Community College or the Education Service Center, Region 13. - Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus All KIPP Austin teachers will demonstrate the following: - Strong record of helping students achieve academic success, primarily with minority and low-income students - Strong desire to teach an academically intense curriculum and commit to an extended school day, week, and year - A clear, authentic and transparent sense of your strengths and weaknesses as an educator - Desire to continue to develop and hone instructional techniques in order to create enriching learning atmospheres - Ability to break down complex information into comprehensive parts, ask questions, synthesize and analyze - Willingness to be flexible and to go above and beyond to meet the needs of KIPP Austin students RESPONSIBILITIES: - Work with students in instructional and classroom activities at the direction of the teacher - Assist with direct academic, functional and/or specifically designed instructional or physical activities - Tutor individual students and help them prepare assignments or explain material they do not understand - Supervise and accompany special education students to the office, bus, classroom, cafeteria, etc. - Communicate regularly with classroom teacher and parents regarding student?s needs and progress - Some positions may require the employee to be able to stay with excessively disruptive or aggressive students during which time the employee may need to restrain, hold, lift, apply physical management techniques, and crisis intervention techniques on the student - Perform other duties as assigned TO APPLY: Please visit and click on CAREERS to complete an online application. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.
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