Teacher Aide, Parkland School

REPORTING TO: Teacher, Parkland School

STAFF SUPERVISED: None

MISSION STATEMENT: The Parkland Community Living and Supports Society exists to improve the quality of life of the disabled through individual choice, dignity and rights.

PARKLAND SCHOOL OBJECTIVE: To meet the educational, social, recreational and life skills needs of disabled students through the use of individualized programming stressing choices, dignity and rights.

  1. PURPOSE OF POSITION:
    Under the general direction of the Teacher, the Teacher Aide: supports the Teacher in student management; assists in the provision of targeted instruction to each assigned student; provides an environment where the student(s) learning potential can be maximized; provides administrative support to the Teacher; and contributes to the overall effectiveness of the team.
  2. TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
    Under the general direction of the Teacher, the incumbent in this position will be required to:
    1. Support the Teacher in student management by:
      • assisting the student(s) in their work placement programs
      • evaluating the students� progress in their work placement assignments
      • providing the student(s) with assistance in their personal hygiene and physical activities
      • arranging appointments for the student(s) with therapists, or other professional staff
      • listening to and interpreting the students� oral and other forms of communication
      • endeavouring to meet the students� requests for assistance
      • initiating and/or participating with the teacher in the organizing and supervising programs, trips, and off-school activities
      • initiating activities for the student(s) in one-on-one, non-academic settings (walks, hot tub, gym activities, Snoezelen Room)
      • supervising the students� free play periods, recesses, lunch breaks, and classroom activities
      • assisting the Teacher in special areas like physical education, snack program, work experience, language classes, life skills, music, or any other special areas that are teacher-directed/supervised
    2. Assist in the provision of targeted instruction to each assigned student by:
      • tutoring the student(s) in the completion of work assigned by the Teacher
      • assisting the Teacher with daily program delivery
      • assisting the student(s) by carrying out programs outlined by professionals (PT/OT/Speech/Behaviour/Vision/Hearing)
      • initiating and/or assisting in the preparation of instructional materials
      • developing and updating the Individual Educational Plan(s) for the student(s) with Teacher�s approval
      • developing programs to provide the opportunity for the student(s) to learn specific skills and/or acceptable behaviours
      • assessing, monitoring and reporting verbally, and as required in writing, on the student(s)
      • monitoring progress on behaviour/learning difficulties, and on strategies and professional programs
      • assisting the student(s) with any supplementary assignments
      • assisting the student(s) in any self-help activities and/or skills
    3. Provide an environment where the student(s) learning potential can be maximized by:
      • offering assistance, being compassionate and sensitive to the student(s) feelings
      • assisting the student(s) in communicating wants and needs in various ways
      • providing security, guidance and support to the student(s)
      • providing physical care such as bathing, eating, and dressing to the student(s) as required
      • providing physical therapy to the student(s) under the direction of a qualified professional
      • building self-esteem and self-confidence in the student(s)
      • providing a broad variety of opportunities for the student(s) to be successful
      • practising positive reinforcement
      • inspiring the student(s) to seek knowledge and master skills
      • being available to the student(s) and treating them fairly and objectively
      • respecting the student(s) and being tolerant of their ideas and opinions
      • maintaining a current knowledge of the student(s) growth and development
      • accommodating the diversified abilities of the student(s) by providing extra curricula challenges and activities
      • responding appropriately to verbal and non-verbal cues presented by the student(s)
      • stimulating the student(s) through displays of personal enthusiasm, humour and positive attitudes
      • encouraging the student(s) to achieve the greatest level of independence as possible
      • maintaining a Communication Book as required
    4. Provide administrative support to the teacher by:
      • gathering data on the student(s) activities, progress, and mastery of skills on a daily or monthly basis conducting approved student assessments and evaluations
      • preparing and maintaining timetables, checklists, schedules, sub plans, and criterion tests
      • conducting student evaluations
      • liaising with parents/guardians and other professionals as requested by the Teacher or Director
      • assisting the Teacher with program activities
      • responding to emergency situations as required
      • assisting the Teachers by covering other positions when needed
      • attending professional development activities for personal growth
    5. Contribute to the overall effectiveness of the team by:
      • ensuring that appropriate behaviours and skills are modelled to the student(s)
      • offering assistance to other workers when appropriate
      • assuming additional duties outside of the classroom
      • attending meetings, at least monthly, with the other members of the team
      • supporting other employees in the performance of their duties
      • acting as a resource person to Teacher/Director regarding the student(s)
      • conducting him/herself in an ethical manner
      • adhering to the societal �Code of Ethics�
      • following Standard and Emergency Handling Procedures as dictated by written policies
  3. JOB SPECIFICATIONS:
    To be effective in the performance of the position described above, an individual would require the following:

    KNOWLEDGE:
    • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the values of citizenship, choice, support, and equality of opportunity, as defined and adhered to by the Parkland Community Living and Support Society.
    • Working knowledge of provincial statutes including the School Act, Child Welfare Act, individual rights protection legislation, and Abuse Protocol
    • Detailed knowledge of policies and procedures of Parkland C.L.A.S.S.
    • Working knowledge of curriculum content and appropriate instructional techniques
    • Demonstrated knowledge of Individual Education Plan development, and short and long range goal setting
    • Working knowledge of instructional planning, customizing, monitoring and evaluating
    • Working knowledge of learning environment design and development
    • Working knowledge of assessment techniques and tools like Brigance, Carolina, AIM etc.
    • Detailed knowledge of First Aid and CPR as demonstrated by valid certification
    • Working knowledge of Basic Skills as demonstrated by satisfactory completion of Parkland C.L.A.S.S. training courss
    • Detailed knowledge of the material in the Food Handling and Health Guidelines
    • Detailed knowledge of the material in the Canada Food Guide
    • Detailed knowledge of Abuse Protocol
    • Working knowledge of medication administration, restrictive procedures and professional assault response
    SKILLS:
    • Demonstrated ability to work with the students of Parkland School
    • Demonstrated skill in maintaining learning and development partnerships with parents, guardians, other professionals, and
    • he community
    • Demonstrated skill in behaviour management and modification
    • Demonstrated skill in crisis intervention and management
    • Demonstrated ability in teaching children
    • Ability to be an effective team player
    • Ability to work independently when required
    EDUCATION:
    To adequately perform the duties of this position the incumbent will have completed Grade 12. Additional training in rehabilitation, early childhood teacher�s assistant, and/or special education is highly desirable.

    EXPERIENCE:
    The skills and knowledge listed above will likely have been gained through a minimum of six (6) months of directly related experience.

    Note: Some equivalency of experience and/or education may be accepted.

    SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
    • Good physical condition with no back problems as confirmed by a medical examination
    • Clean criminal record or one that is acceptable to the Executive Director
    • Clean Child Welfare Check or one that is acceptable to the Executive Director
    • Valid Class 5 Driver�s Licence if required to transport students with adequate insurance ($1 million liability)
    • Valid Professional Assault Response Training Certificate
    • Valid First Aid Certificate
    • Valid CPR Certificate