Instructional Support Specialist, Special Education
Company: Oakland Unified School District
Posted on: November 17, 2021
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Maintain basic knowledge of computers including Microsoft
- Attend a variety of meetings, workshops and professional
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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