Envision Education is hiring for 2018/19 school year
Special Education Instructional Assistant
Who We Are
Our mission is to transform the lives of students – especially those who will be the first in their family to attend college – by preparing them for success in college, career, and life.
At Envision Education, we believe the current achievement gap reflects a systemic failure to understand how kids learn, what motivates them to learn, and what they need in order to learn well. We know that vibrant learning communities apply compassion and high expectations to inspire and empower students. With a population that is 75% first-generation college-bound, our approach is specifically designed to increase student engagement, deepen integration and understanding, promote active learning, and ensure college success.
Envision Education is a national model for using Performance Assessment to prepare students for success in college and in life. Envision Education operates three small high schools and one middle school. Graduates go on to succeed in college at significantly higher rates than their peers: 99% attend college and 90% persist once they get there.
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Locations: City Arts and Technology High School, San Francisco – Envision Academy High School, Oakland – Impact Academy High School, Hayward – Impact Academy Middle School, Hayward
Envision educators create project-based assignments and leverage technology in order to challenge students to think critically, solve problems resourcefully, and collaborate productively. Students have an opportunity to use these skills and show what they know through portfolio defenses. Envision students graduate by presenting a comprehensive defense of their high school education, demonstrating their readiness for college and career. Similar to a master’s thesis defense, these presentations are required to graduate and are invaluable in preparing for life after high school. They practice for these defenses through regular exhibitions and in-class presentations. Read about our approach here: http://www.envisionschools.org/our-approach/
The Instructional Assistant will provide support for students with learning or behavioral needs, as well as support the Learning Specialists and general education staff to provide special education services in order to meet students’ Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. The Instructional Assistant may work with a specific student, or with small groups of students within the general education classroom or Learning Center to support academic progress. The Instructional Assistant works as part of the school intervention team.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assists Learning Specialist and general education teachers to support students with learning or behavioral needs
- Provide support to students in general education area as assigned
- Follows and implements intervention plans or processes to provide service and support to students to meet IEP goals or intervention plan goals
- Assists with collecting and recording observational data related to academic progress or behavior management
- Organization of special education files, student learning records, data entry related to maintaining on-line IEPs, assists with record keeping
- Under supervision of Learning Specialists, and without analysis, assists with screenings or assessments, including formal documentation, preparing materials and performing clerical support
- Documents student progress towards meeting established objectives
- Assists Learning Specialist with communication-related to implementing intervention strategies, IEP services or compliance
- Learns and utilizes basic methods and procedures in instructional settings
- Understands and communicates the mission, goals, standards, policies procedures, confidentiality standards, operating instructions, values of Envision Schools and the Special Education program
- Performs other related duties as required and assigned
Reports to: Learning Specialist and Principal
Required knowledge, skills & abilities:
Knowledge of adolescent growth, development and behavior characteristics; concepts of cognitive development and different learning styles
- Ability and willingness to support every student with learning needs and to implement students’ IEPs or behavior support plans
- Ability to assist students in various subject areas
- Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing conditions; ability and good judgment to take initiative to modify activities
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to collaborate with general education and special education colleagues, parents and community
- Solid technology skills including proficiency in Word, Excel, or other database programs, and Internet search
- Desire to work and learn as part of an innovative special education and school team
- Ability and willingness to reflect and improve
Bachelor’s Degree preferred
Prior experience working with secondary students with learning needs and a diverse student body
Competitive with benefits pay commensurate with education and experience range $18 – $22/hour. This is a non-exempt, 40 hours per week position.
As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply.