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Paraprofessional in Chicago, IL at Ada S McKinley

Date Posted: 1/10/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Basic Function: Under the supervision of the Health/Disability Coordination, provides instructional support services to the classroom teachers with a special focus on at-risk children; modifies and adapts classroom work as necessary to meet the individual student’s needs.


Principal Duties/Responsibilities:

  • As appropriate per the IEP assists with or provides health care to students under the direction of specialized nurse or teacher: i.e. bathroom, feeding, dressing, medical needs,
  • Reviews all IEP’s of assigned children
  • Assists with providing individual, behavioral and overall classroom management strategies.
  • Assists teacher with parent activities and classroom projects
  • Provides instructional assistance to facilitate the inclusion of students with special needs.
  • Attends and participates in training, workshops and meetings
  • Conducts parental involvement activities.
  • Provides support in a variety of classrooms and interest areas.
  • Assists with making accommodations for students who are in need of classroom modifications.
  • Provides assistance in the recruitment of all children for the program.
  • Provides specific instructional support services such as helping children practice readiness, writing readiness, and mathematic readiness skills taught by teachers.        
  • Assists with the coordination of documents for referrals.
  • Must visit all classrooms with children who have been identified with special needs.
  • Implements instructional procedures, observes, and maintain evaluative student performance data, in general education class.
  • Facilitates and supports social interactions and fosters the development of positive relationships between students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers.
  • Assists in the establishment of natural supports for each student: i.e. peer support groups, partners, circles of friend, general education teacher and other site personnel.
  • Utilizes positive strategies to manage student behaviors.
  • Assists other instructional team members; i.e. teachers and therapists with adapting general education curriculum.
  • Supports and supervises heterogeneous groups of students, including general education   
  • lessons to small groups of students with varying ability levels.
  • Works collaboratively with other team members; i.e. teachers, therapists, social services, parents, and administrators, to provide services and as a member of planning teams.
  • Supports students to be active participants on field trips, assemblies, or school events.
  • Assists all students by modeling appropriate behavior and attitudes as well as and providing emotional support and general guidance.
  • Attends meetings and participates as part of in-service trainings as assigned.
  • Performs to the maximum 8-hour work-day schedule as required.
  • May contact parents as directed by the teacher.
  • Performs other center duties as assigned by center director.

* Non-essential duties



Mental/Physical Demands: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving   several concrete variables in standardized situations. Work requires prolonged concentration using a computer in analyzing and manipulating data. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit, stand and walk. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and 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.

Job Requirements

Education: This position requires a minimum of a High School Diploma, an Associate degree is preferred.

Experience: This position requires a minimum of one year of experience working within a child care agency, Head Start or Early Head Start program.

Additional Qualifications:

The incumbent must demonstrate the attitude and awareness that indicate cultural sensitivity to the client population served.

Ability to coordinate effectively with other team members, other Agency resources and outside services in addressing client needs.

This position may require some travel between the Head Start locations; the incumbent must have reliable transportation.


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