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Classroom Teaching Assistant (2021-2022)

Company: Newton Public Schools
Location: Newton
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Job Description:

Department: Elementary Education Job Title: Classroom Teaching Assistant - Elementary FLSA Status:

(Exempt/Non-exempt) Non-Exempt; Unit C Reports To:

Elementary School Principal

In compliance with state and federal laws, newton public schools is committed to equity, anti-racism and a nondiscrimination policy for students, employees and prospective applicants . All educational and employment determinations are based on an individual's qualifications and achievements without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, ancestry, homelessness, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state and/or federal statute.

Summary:

The classroom teaching assistant supports the classroom teacher in all aspects of the school day. The classroom teaching assistant provides a variety of generalized support services to students and schools. Under the guidance and alongside the classroom teacher and assists in the instruction and supervision of students, assisting the teacher in achieving educational objectives by working with individual students or small groups, assisting students by modeling the necessary skills to perform academic, social, and behavioral tasks, modeling appropriate behaviors and interactions with students and staff. The classroom teaching assistant supports the teacher in providing a well-organized, smoothly functioning class environment that is culturally proficient and responsive to each student's diverse needs

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications;

  • High School diploma and college level courses (60 credits preferred) in early child development, elementary education, or special education
  • Bachelor's degree strongly preferred
  • Teaching certificate preferred
  • Instructional experience in elementary public school setting preferred

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of effective teacher assistant principals, practices and trends
  • Ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships with supervising teacher, students, staff, families and school community
  • Ability to perform essential job duties at a high level
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks and prioritize appropriately
  • Ability to recognize areas of concern relating to student issues and propose or recommend appropriate solutions to problems
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to use online platforms and support remote/distance learning experiences

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities (Not Limited To):

  • Assist the classroom teacher in all aspects of the school day
  • Support instruction by working with students individually and in small groups
  • Prepare instructional materials
  • Assist in classroom set up and clean up
  • Manage individual and classroom climate and social emotional needs
  • Supervise students at recess, lunch, snack and mask breaks or other "duties"
  • Support students with self-care skills (toileting, dressing, etc.) as needed
  • Consistent and on-time attendance is required or supervision and instruction of the students
  • Executes instructional activities with individual students or small groups of students following teacher direction and demonstration
  • Provides assistance to students during special classes (art, music, etc.), as needed
  • Assists general education and special education students
  • Assists with and implements positive behavior support plans designed by teacher and/or other school personnel
  • Assists and monitors student use of instructional and other equipment
  • Serves as a source of information and help to any substitute teacher assigned in the absence of the regular teacher
  • Maintains the same high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about students as is expected of the classroom teachers
  • Assists students leaving and entering transportation vehicles, accompanies students to and from classrooms
  • Assists with supervision of students during emergency drills
  • Observes and intervenes to redirect inappropriate behavior
  • Assists, monitors, and guides the student to focus on learning, participate in activities, and complete tasks
  • Models conversation, manners, clean-up activities, listening, and everyday interactions for the purpose of demonstrating appropriate pro-social skills in a culturally responsive manner
  • Attends meetings and in-service presentations as assigned for the purpose of acquiring and/or conveying information relative to job functions
  • May be expected to provide substitute educator services
  • May be expected to attend trainings related to position
  • Consistent, reliable and punctual attendance is essential for supervision and instruction of the students
  • Responsible for implementing "other job related duties" as needed.

Work Environment & Physical Requirements:

Work Environment:

  • Majority of work is performed in a school/classroom environment. The noise level in the environment is usually moderate.

Physical Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, stand, sit, talk, and hear. The employee is regularly required to bend, stoop, crouch and/or kneel.
  • Regularly required to lift and/or move objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

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.

Keywords: Newton Public Schools, Newton , Classroom Teaching Assistant (2021-2022), Other , Newton, Massachusetts

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