East Chicago Lighthouse Charter School is seeking a special education paraprofessional for the upcoming school year.
Lighthouse Academy (LHA) special education teaching assistants are more than staff members and classroom managers. They help transform children’s lives by creating opportunities for a brighter future. We are seeking a special education teaching assistant who will make the commitment to teach with determination, integrity and purpose, embodying these essential qualities:
Past experiences and actions reflect a commitment to the LHA mission, vision, core values
A passion and ability to build and sustain the LHA K-12 model in a high need, urban environment
Work in schools that demonstrates a sense of urgency and the relentless pursuit of high academic student achievement
Reflective, self-aware and adaptable to communication and work styles of others
Critical thinker and problem solver who takes initiative
Belief in the power of collaboration and works to build a collaborative culture with LHA network, community, staff, families and students
A Lighthouse Academy special education teaching assistant provides direct service to students under the direction of the teacher. The direct instruction is delivered in a classroom, media center, laboratory, and other settings. Consultation with teachers, parents, other professionals, and agencies may take place outside of the school. The essential functions for our special education teaching assistants are as follows:
Implements the Lighthouse Academies, Inc. curriculum, which includes the incorporation of the arts in daily instruction.
Develops differentiated instruction techniques in core subjects and implements these in the classroom.
Modifies curriculum and instruction to induce differentiated instruction after consultation with teacher.
Plans and delivers instruction using approved methods for assigned students.
Provides corrective feedback to students and re-teaches as necessary to ensure that the students have mastered the objectives.
Utilizes the school’s behavior management approach with assigned students.
Conducts research, reads professional literature, reflects, in the subject area of the assignment.
Implements modifications in a student's education plan that is required by an IEP, 504 Plan, bilingual education program and/or federal, state, and municipal laws.
Participates in IEP meetings and provides necessary documentation, as requested.
Develops an Individual Professional Development Plan for approval by the school principal.
Completes written reports and assigned administrative tasks related to these functions.
Consults with other school staff as necessary to complete the functions of the position.
Examples of Work:
Teaches curriculum for assigned subjects.
Develops and teaches model lessons that exemplify differentiated instruction pedagogy.
Administers assessments, corrects student work, and conferences with students on the results.
Maintains student records as required by school policy.
Works collaboratively with other teachers, staff, students, and families.
EDUCATION: Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree
EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
Either a state approved certificate or a state license as a paraprofessional with State of Illinois.
Student teaching or equivalent experience required.
Mastery of content knowledge in assigned area (s) of instruction as demonstrated by passing state exam.
Oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; personal organization skills.
Knowledge of applicable federal and state regulations and statutes.
Understanding of the basic principles of explicit instruction and student engagement; knowledge of theory and practice of student learning styles.
Knowledge of the system and school committee policy; the school's mission and goals.
Computer skills including word processing, database, and spreadsheet.