21-22 Virtual Special Education Paraprofessional (DC)- Temp to Possible Hire
Remote or Washington, DC
At Rocketship Public Schools, we believe in the infinite possibility of human potential. We believe that every student deserves the right to dream, to discover, and to develop their unique potential. And it is our responsibility and our privilege to unleash the potential inside every Rocketeer we serve. Our non-profit network of public elementary charter schools propels student achievement, develops exceptional educators, and partners with parents who enable high-quality public schools to thrive in their community. We are a collective of parents, teachers, leaders, and students working together to transform the future for underserved communities across our country. At Rocketship Public Schools, we are unleashing potential.
Our elementary virtual academy paraprofessionals directly support our instruction in the areas of Humanities, STEM, and Socio-Emotional Learning. Our Virtual Academy is supported by our Regional Success Team and School Leaders who will provide professional development and real-time coaching for teachers in their virtual classroom every single week. Just as our paraprofessionals invest their time and energy in the progress of their students, we invest our time and energy in the progress of our paraprofessionals.
Rocketship's collaborative learning environment reaches well beyond the virtual classroom. We are deeply committed to parent engagement. Staff new to our network are always impressed by how deeply our Rocketeer parents are engaged in their school's community. Annual teacher home visits, monthly parent community meetings, and a vibrant parent volunteer network create solid relationships, a rich school culture, and a devoted community that propels student achievement. Reports to the Washington D.C. the Associate Director of ISE . This is a temporary remote/virtual position (October 2021 Janurary 2022 with the potential for the role to be extended if there is appropriate student demand) If our virtual learning program does not operate during the 2nd semester of this school year, this role will transition to a daily in-person paraprofessional role.
* Support virtual teachers in building a virtual classroom culture of excellence and deliver rigorous virtual instruction by building content expertise in humanities and STEM that is captured in units of study and daily plans
* Collaborate with general education staff so students identified as needing extra support are meaningfully included
* Implement individual and small group instruction for students special education needs under the direction of the special education case manager
* Collaborate with students' case managers to assess student progress towards goals on a consistent basis; communicate student progress with case managers and general education teachers
* Collaborate with all staff members to ensure that all students have consistent and well-coordinated support and communicate effectively with colleagues and contribute to positive staff culture
* Partner with families on the academic and social progress and needs of a student
* Provide accommodations and/or modifications to learners with disabilities to provide access to grade level content and demonstrate her or his true understanding of assessments as determined by the IEP team in collaboration with general educators
* Ensure that all students realize rigorous academic goals outlined in their IEP along with our core content. Our goal is that each Rocketeer grows at least 1.5 years
* Implement behavior management strategies during small group and individual instruction in order to support student engagement
* Manage student behavior for the purpose of providing a safe and optimal learning environment
* Collect and provide feedback for the development of Behavior Support Plans (BSPs) or Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) as needed
* Assist in the implementation of BIPs, which may involve positive reinforcement strategies, behavior modification, or other skills to maintain appropriate behaviors
* Record data for individualized instructional programs and positive behavior support plans
* Support a spectrum of needs for life skills, including but not limited to: toileting and diapering, assist with hygiene, feeding, and other daily life skills
* Provide appropriate crisis intervention as necessary using the least restrictive method by anticipating and responding quickly and appropriately to escalating behaviors.
Student and Parent Partnership
* Partner with all students and families through frequent communication, building trusting relationships, and embracing the knowledge parents have as their child's first teacher.
* Build authentic relationships with families beginning with home visits that form the foundation for frequent ongoing communications to support student success.
* Engage with families on academic and behavioral goals and transparently share student progress so that both parents and teachers own each child's successes and challenges.
Rocketship Professional Culture
* Commit to doing and being their best, and to growing their skills as professionals and as individuals
* Attend all professional development meetings and opportunities that may exceed the regular school day hours of 7:30a-4:30p
* Urgently and courageously takes actions in the best interest of students, even if they are new or unfamiliar
* Meet all professional obligations and proactively communicate when changes come up
* Exhibit a high level of honest and humble self-reflection owning good and bad outcomes
* Effectively respond to and implement constructive feedback
* Communicate effectively with colleagues and contribute to positive staff culture
* Collaborate with all staff members to ensure that all students have consistent and well-coordinated support
* A team player who is detail-oriented, resourceful and able to manage his/her responsibility with confidence and discretion
* Comfort in a start-up environment with flexibility Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy
* Passion for working with young children
* At least 2 years of college or passing score on Rocketship's Paraprofessional Assessment required Experience working with students with disabilities preferred
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally climb ladders. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
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$29k-45k yearly est.