Job Title: INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE
Salary Level: Classified Salary Schedule
Division: School Sites
Reports to: Site Administrator
Approved Date: February 28, 2020
Updated: February 17, 2023
DEFINITION OF POSITION
The instructional aide’s primary responsibility is to assist students in becoming academically proficient in the California Standards and assists teachers in classroom activities. The instructional aide tutors, supervises works with individual or groups of students to provide safety, or help implement the curriculum under the direction of teacher(s) or administrator. Performs related duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Presents/reviews educational lessons, materials or programs to students in a one-to-one or group setting.
• Assists individual children in need of special assistance.
• Demonstrates caring and respect for all students.
• Assists classroom teacher(s) in monitoring and supervising pupils in and out of the classroom.
• Assists students in preparing materials for instruction by setting up and using computers, audiovisual equipment and materials.
• Prepares and/or displays instructional materials accurately, neatly, and in a visually pleasing manner.
• Makes quick, responsible decisions regarding student welfare and safety, including counseling students regarding conduct and self-discipline.
• Encourages students to develop and use critical thinking skills.
• Maintains positive attitude and positive school climate.
• Fosters independence of the students through learning and self-help activities.
• Assists students in organizing and utilizing reference and resource materials, and in developing individual instructional materials.
• Brings personal and educational needs of students to the classroom teacher’s attention.
• Operate devices, such as, but not limited to copy machines, laminators, computers/tablets, printers/scanners or assistive devices for students.
• Assists students in assessing student work.
• May provide English Language Development (ELD) direct instruction in State approved research-based curriculum to EL students.
• May monitor and document EL/Intervention students’ progress toward individualized goals and reports that progress to the Coordinator.
• Administers and scores a variety of tests.
• Maintains confidentiality of student information, both orally and in writing.
• Attends meetings when necessary.
• Helps maintain student records.
• May monitor students and maintain order in the cafeteria during meals, wash tables when students are done, pick up trash and instruct students to pick-up and toss trash from their table area, empty garbage cans.
• Serves as a floater to various learning areas to work with students.
• May accompany and assist students on and off the bus to or from the learning environment. Assists students physically transferring from wheelchairs or other postural equipment.
• Assists students with eating, toileting, grooming, and personal hygiene.
• Assists/Administers suppository medication, anti-seizure medication, oversees diabetics, other health/allergy protocols when trained by school nurse.
• Work with students in small groups or on a 1: 1 basis, to reinforce behavior and/or social skills or to supplement classroom or playroom work.
• Assist in the implementation of adaptive technology, adaptive PE and speech programs.
• Assist in the implementation of a behavior intervention plan.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.
Must have a minimum of a high school diploma or general education degree (GED). Must possess Instructional Aide Proficiency Exam Certificate (Paraprofessionals must possess the Shasta County Professional Proficiency Exam). Paraprofessionals must have one of the following: 1) Obtained an associate’s or higher degree from an institution of higher education; or 2) successfully completed 48 units at an institution of higher education; or 3) passed the Shasta County Office of Education Paraprofessional Exam.
First Aid/CPR Certification is required.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of students, parents and employees. Ability to utilize e-mail.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving a few known variables in routine situations.
Ability to interact with staff, students, parents and others in an open, friendly, businesslike manner.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and to or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
The employee is exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is reflective of active and noisy children.