Teacher Aide, Parkland School

REPORTING TO: Teacher, Parkland School


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.

    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.
    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
    To be effective in the performance of the position described above, an individual would require the following:

    • 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
    • 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
    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.

    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.

    • 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

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