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Instructional Support Specialist, Special Education

Company: Oakland Unified School District
Location: Oakland
Posted on: November 17, 2021

Job Description:

BASIC FUNCTION: ?As part of the instructional team and under the direction of an assigned supervisor, perform a variety of specialized educational supports, including the implementation of behavioral interventions, increased access to the common core curriculum and, as needed, meet physical needs of students with disabilities.? Key distinctions in this role compared to other paraprofessional roles include specialization in instructional supports that can support students to moving to less restrictive environments, training and enhanced abilities in providing behavioral supports to all students, and providing a pathway to a certificated position for interested employees.? Although providing physical and health support services to students with disabilities may be directed on an as needed and case by case basis, it is not anticipated to be a daily task applying to all students supported by the Instructional Support Specialist.This position may be used to identify potential teacher and other educational professional candidates.? Collaborating with institutions of higher learning, educational development corporations, the business community, teacher preparation programs, human resources, special education, etc., the District will provide direct support to Instructional Support Specialists seeking to become teachers by assisting them in completing the educational and credentialing requirements.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Under the guidance of a certificated teacher provide core curriculum instruction and behavior intervention to students with disabilities (Pre-K through young adult) in an assigned classroom or program; support students with meeting goals and objectives including students with IEPs.
  • Participate in Individual Educational Plan (IEP) meetings; read IEP goals to support instruction to maximize student progress when trained by appropriate staff.? Support the implementation of the behavior intervention plans for all special education students; provide positive reinforcement supports to other special education students experiencing behavior difficulties; support with non-special education students experiencing behavior problems if it does not interfere with the special education responsibilities.
  • Follow the schedule of activities for implementing student instruction and behavior plans; participate in staff development programs to reinforce interventions for students needing instructional or behavioral support.
  • Help prepare for periodic inspections of classroom environments to assure established standards of plan implementation are maintained.
  • Confer with Behavior Specialist, school administrators, teachers and site staff concerning individual student progress toward behavior plan goals.
  • Help manage behavior of students; intervene in crisis/emergency situations involving aggressive or uncontrolled behavior of identified students; restrain disruptive or dangerous students, when certified, in situations only when student is a danger to him/herself and/or others.
  • Work cooperatively with classroom teachers, interpreting the abilities and disabilities of students, assisting in classroom intervention strategies, modifying general education curricular as necessary and assisting students with class assignments.
  • Assure compliance with governmental regulations, codes and reporting requirements concerning those Special Education students affected by his/her services.? Notify immediately appropriate personnel and agencies, and follow established procedures when there is reasonable suspicion of substance abuse, child neglect, severe medical or social conditions or potential suicide.
  • Provide data to teachers and other staff that will inform student progress reports provided to parents.
  • Support teachers and administrators in the coordination and monitoring of student behavior contracts; verify completion of appropriate student interventions and behavior consequences.
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of detailed records, files and data logs.
  • Monitor response to behavior intervention and instruction for students who receive special education services.
  • Perform a variety of clerical duties such as duplicating instructional materials, scoring papers and recording grades; assist in keeping attendance; prepare and maintain files and reports regarding student discipline, interventions and consequences as assigned.
  • Provide support to the teacher by setting up work areas and displays, operating audio-visual equipment, and distributing and collecting papers, supplies and materials; confer with teachers concerning programs and materials to meet student needs.
  • Administer, monitor and score a variety of tests and assignments to comply with established test criteria and provide a reliable testing environment; rephrase materials and explain instructions and words.
  • Maintain confidentiality of student records and information both written and verbal.
  • Communicate expectations, provide guidance and show an active interest in student progress.
  • Facilitate self-reliance, problem-solving, critical-thinking, creativity and performance skills.
  • Actively supervise in non-academic settings, including monitoring lunchroom activities and mealtime procedures, including feeding and cleaning as needed.
  • Strive to develop rapport and serves as a positive role model for others.
  • Maintain basic knowledge of computers including Microsoft Office.
  • Attend a variety of meetings, workshops and professional development.
  • Adhere to site and department codes of conduct; promote a professional image of the school district.
  • Respond to emergency situations to ensure immediate resolution and appropriate documentation of safety concerns by appropriate personnel.
  • May assist with the transportation of students; position and reposition students requiring the use of medical equipment, wheelchairs, braces, and other orthopedic equipment; make minor adjustments on lifting and other equipment as necessary; assure the safe use and operation of wheelchairs, prosthetic devices and other equipment as needed or directed.
  • May assist students with washing, toileting (may include lifting on and off toilet), diapering, dressing, grooming and other activities necessary for maintaining personal hygiene and neatness as needed or directed.
  • Provide basic first aid and specialized health care as needed or directed.
  • May volunteer, on an annual basis, to be trained to administer Diastat and will administer Diastat as needed.? May also volunteer to perform medical procedures when trained and supervised by appropriate staff.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.PREREQUISITES: ?Bachelor?s Degree in Education, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work or one of the related behavioral sciences.? For employees who are employed as OUSD Intervention Specialists as of April 22, 2015, their education and OUSD work experience satisfies the degree prerequisite for the position.40 hours of training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) requiredCurrently have, or willing to obtain certification in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)At least one year of experience working in an educational setting with students who present behavioral challenges and may be eligible for special education under the following categories: Emotional Disturbance, Autism and/or Intellectual Disability requiredExperience implementing intensive behavioral intervention programs requiredPossess and maintain a valid First Aid Certificate and CPR CertificateValid California Driver?s License, if applicable

Keywords: Oakland Unified School District, Oakland , Instructional Support Specialist, Special Education, Education / Teaching , Oakland, California

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