Casual Education Assistants
COMPETITION NO. S 21 ISS 120 CAS
Under the general direction of the Principal, and with the supervision of the classroom teacher, the Education Assistant – Level 1 works in an integrated setting to aid and support special needs students in accomplishing their IEP (individual education plan) objectives by ensuring a safe learning environment, reinforcing social protocols, promoting personal health and hygiene as required and in accordance with established policies and procedures, and providing academic support as required. The needs of students include a range of learning and physical disabilities, mental illnesses, and/or complex disabilities.
The overall goal of the Education Assistant – Level 1 is to aid students in achieving their IEP goals and encourage their personal level of independence.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Successful candidates will have Grade 12 supplemented by graduation from an Education Assistant Program of one year and up to two years or equivalent from a recognized post-secondary program, with additional courses in Crisis Prevention, and one year of recent related work experience with special needs students.
- Ensuring a safe learning environment for all students by avoiding triggers that may escalate special needs students’ inappropriate behaviours and implementing recognized behaviour management techniques
- Providing positive behaviour support and utilizing communication skills to diffuse escalated behaviours (e.g.: defiance, emotional outbursts, disengagement, etc.), reporting any extreme or unusual incidents to the supervisor
- Providing academic support by working with special needs students one-on-one and/or in small groups, reinforcing the concepts of the lesson at hand, and adapting learning materials as required
- Monitoring student progress and providing daily or weekly updates to the teacher
- Participating in IEP meetings with teachers, parents, and other parties such as psychologists and/or therapists upon request. Providing general classroom support by collaborating with the teacher to oversee the progress of other students in the integrated setting
- Providing social guidance by reinforcing appropriate behaviours for social interaction; assisting with social integration in the classroom as well as during recess and lunch periods as appropriate; implementing and monitoring behaviour management programs which includes observation, data-keeping, and follow-up; and discussing student progress and adaption requirements with the teacher
- Promoting personal health and hygiene by: assisting with toileting, feeding, and general cleanliness; assisting with the administration of student medication as indicated on medical forms, under the teachers’ supervision, as required; ensuring students adhere to medical routines and/or special diets; and performing physiotherapy and/or speech therapy as instructed by Occupational Therapists (OT) and Speech Language Pathologists (SLP)
- Assisting in administering minor first aid to students – e.g.: applying bandages and dispensing ice packs
- Ensuring the safe and orderly storage of special equipment and supplies
- Participating in staff meetings as requested and performing all such other duties as may be assigned by the Principal or designate
The current rate of pay is dependent on the position worked and is $25.44 - $26.46, with an additional 8% of straight time pay in lieu of statutory and non-statutory benefits.
Interested applicants should submit a detailed resume outlining qualifications and experience by 4:30 pm on November 30, 2020 to: makeafuture.ca