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Elementary School Teaching Assistant job in Houston

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Texas (TX), Houston
Employer:  DIVERSITY in Ed
City:  Houston
State:  Texas (TX)
Zip Code:  77024

Under the direction of the classroom teacher, special education teacher, or school administrative team, teaching assistants support students with special needs both in and outside of the mainstream classroom environment. 

More than a helper, an elementary teaching assistant is an accredited individual who has been briefed on a student's educational needs as they pertain to his or her diagnosis, behaviour, and academic goals and works to carry out programming goals with the student from day to day. Elementary teaching assistants:

Work with students who have Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), autism, or Asperger's syndrome

Work with students who are blind, low-vision, deaf, Deaf, or hard-of-hearing, or who have Central Auditory Processing Delays (CAP-D)

Work with students who have physical disabilities, cognitive impairments, or developmental delays

Work with students who have documented behavioral issues that affect learning in the mainstream classroom

Work with students who may have a combination of any of these additional learning needs

Carry out measures to address student need in the classroom on a focused basis

Participate or provide data and input on the Individual Education Plan each year in order to ensure best outcomes for teaching

Document observations about student behaviour or activity

Act as a point of contact for internal stakeholders, classroom teachers, and other students

Deploy accommodation and/or modification and/or alternate programming to classroom tasks to ensure that tasks are achievable by the student

Meet with parents/guardians and internal and external stakeholders for an annual review of IEP particulars and program goals, known as Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC) meetings

Manage integration in the classroom environment where teachers have deemed integration is a good fit

Become proficient in the use, support and troubleshooting of special materials and resources like braille readers and writers, sign language (ASL), scribing, configuring computer hardware and software, troubleshooting print enlargers, FM systems and other AV materials as appropriate and as situations arise

Suggest additional support for the student in order to foster safe attachment while protecting the vulnerability of a person with special needs

Advocate for people with disabilities and use every opportunity to ensure that classroom interactions function in a way that promotes the dignity of all persons

Understand theories of child and adolescent development and their concrete manifestations in the classroom

Support teachers' programming goals, and teaching strategies while reinforcing students' learning strategies in the classroom

Do not breach confidentiality about medical conditions, diagnoses, or other information

Assist classroom teachers in documenting appropriate assessment data that results in fair, though not equal, assessment

Engage in professional development on a continual basis

Understand the medical, physical, behavioural, emotional and social implications of a particular diagnosis on an as-needed basis

Advocate on behalf of the student's needs to classroom teachers and administration

Dialogue with and provide perspectives for mainstream to focus on inclusion in classroom

Network in a professional manner with other support staff as the need arises

Help ensure that instructional accommodations or modifications are present during assessment time as well

Stay apprised of the student's transition plan from year to year

Engage in active listening with students, parents and other stakeholders

Promote and advocate for the school and district mission and vision statements

Support academic and developmental goals that have been set for students - ensure that data collection is accurate and timely so that every success is measureable

Communicate proactively and professionally about students with teaching and non-teaching staff bearing in mind the impact of confidentiality regarding vulnerable persons

Support the school's culture and practices for inclusion

Conduct all work activities in a professional manner

Demonstrate commitment to working in a diverse school community and/or work environment

Job Category:  Early Education/Preschool
Middle School
High School
Position type:  Full-Time
School Type:  Independent Schools
Rural Schools
Suburban Schools
Charter Schools
Urban Schools
Subject:  Classroom Teacher
Additional information:  DIVERSITY RECRUITMENT PARTNERS is committed to helping school employers who are fostering a learning environment where diversity is encouraged in recruiting and retaining a workforce that reflects the diversity of their students and surrounding population and to hiring the best employees of all backgrounds who will bring their unique talents and skills into their school system. Bilingual, multicultural and diverse teacher candidates are encouraged to apply.
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