Position Summary: Ferst School is a Kindergarten through 12th grade school for students with disabilities whose IEP require them to be educated in a non-public school due to the severity of their disability. Under the supervision of Special Education Teachers, paraprofessionals provide direct support to students in the areas of academics, socialization, communication, independent living, and vocational skills. Duties include goal implementation and documentation in accordance with students' Individualized Education Plans, assistance with curriculum implementation, support for activities of daily living, and community integration.
Ferst School’s paraprofessionals are able to grow professionally through gaining valuable experience in the special education field in a supportive environment. Our paraprofessionals are a part of a great team of like-minded, socially conscious people that are committed to improving and enriching the lives of our students. All paraprofessionals will be provided with TCI (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention) training and required to pass the assessments associated with this training.
Provide support to the students and teachers in order to implement the IEPs. These supports will include, though not limited to behavioral, social emotional, communication and academics.
Provide intense monitoring of student academic work and behavior and collect data related to instruction and behavior to understand progress students are making on their individual goals.
Participate in daily planning with the teacher and therapists in order to be familiar with the current needs of all students and how to provide supports. Assist in the development of instructional materials based on the lesson planning, with guidance and input from teachers, clinicians, and/or administrators.
Engage, when necessary, in implementing crisis intervention physical management techniques and/or First Aide/CPR, calling paramedics, transporting students to health care facility and remaining with them until medical decision is rendered and transportation home is arranged, notifying supervisor and parents/guardians/residential facilities, and completing related paperwork as required.
Provide supervision and instruction during student lunch period and assist in lunch room set-up, clean-up, feeding, feeding training, use of adaptive equipment or adaptive methods of feeding.
Provide toileting/diapering assistance for students as required.
Supervise students on community-based learning activities.
Assist in transportation by aiding students on and off the bus, as well as driving school vans.
Complete all paperwork in a thorough and timely manner.
Provide supports to implement lesson plans for students during activities within the school or in the community with the direction of the classroom teacher. For those paraprofessionals who hold the appropriate credentials to be a substitute teacher, you may be asked to cover a classroom during teacher absence or vacancy. (Compensation for coverage during teacher vacancy outlined in letter of agreement dated 12/02.) Classroom assignment is at the discretion of the administration of the school. Supervision of the student body at large is the responsibility of the entire faculty.
Perform duties required to maintain a safe environment, including but not limited to:
adhering to all agency safety regulations
specific to each job or community setting
assisting in instructing students in safety practices and procedures
following agency procedures if students are injured
obtaining treatment for the injury and completing required paperwork
reporting any potential or actual safety hazards to supervisor
reporting any observed or suspected cases of abuse or neglect
Essential Skills and Experience:
Experience working with children with disabilities.
A commitment to the dignity and potential of all people.
60 college credits and ISBE approval or passing WorkKeys test and ISBE approval.
Comply with state requirements for tuberculosis testing.
HOURS: During the regular school year, generally 8:00 – 4:00 Monday through Friday. Times may vary slightly from school year to school year based on student bus schedules set by CPS and other districts that we serve. Due to student / programming needs, it may be necessary to vary those hours for evening or weekend events (per letter of agreement dated 12-02). Summer hours (during the 6 week summer session) --- staff are dismissed one hour earlier than during the regular school year.
Nonessential Skills and Experience:
Previous experience working in a school.
Valid IL Driver’s license.
Reporting to this Position:
Under the general direction of the school administrators; under the immediate supervision of Special Education Teacher
Classroom assignment is at the discretion of the administrative team, based on the needs of the individual students and level of coverage in each classroom.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Physical Demands: Medium Work: Exerting up to fifty (50) pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to twenty (20) pounds of force frequently, and/or to ten (10) pounds of force constantly to move objects. Physical demands include the ability to reach, handle, and finger objects; talk and hear; occasional use of near visual acuity and frequent use of far visual acuity
Work Environment: Willingness and ability to go outside in inclement weather to aide students to and from transportation, on community-based outings, and on the school playground.
ABOUT ANIXTER CENTER:
Anixter Center is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving people of all ages with disabilities and related challenges. Each year Anixter Center and its three divisions - CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society (CHS) and Lekotek - help more than 7,300 children, teens and adults by providing residential, educational, employment, socialization and health s...ervices.
What makes us truly unique are the array of services we offer plus our ability to help people at every stage of life—children, teens, young adults and older adults.
As the parent organization, Anixter Center itself provides a broad range of programs for those who have physical, developmental, cognitive, psychiatric or sensory disabilities. These Anixter Center programs include: a literacy program for adults with disabilities; 24-hour supervised residential homes; substance use disorder programs for those who are deaf; and employment programs to help people with disabilities find jobs.