Schenectady City School District   SCHENECTADY, NY   Full-time     Education
Posted on July 2, 2024
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Paraprofessional Role

This position reports to the school principal in a midsize urban school district located in the Capital Region of Upstate New York. The Paraprofessional will play a critical role in assisting teachers in facilitating quality academic and enrichment activities for all students. The Paraprofessional will assist the Teacher in creating a learning environment that will enhance the academic character and social-emotional skills of all students. The Paraprofessional will implement and assist with all non-instructional duties as assigned by engagement team or supervisor. This position requires a high degree of flexibility, professionalism and culturally responsive disposition.

Paraprofessional Expectations

  • Clerical duties such as assisting building secretary, answering phones, copying, filing and attendance duties.  Contact parents as directed by supervisor;
  • Assist in library duties such as checking books in and out, restocking shelves, inventory, recordkeeping, maintenance of equipment and overdue notices.
  • Assist with student supervision;
  • Organizing, scheduling, and maintenance of computer labs as directed;
  • Intake recordkeeping, preparing testing materials, ordering of testing materials;
  • Breakfast and/or lunch monitor duties to include playground supervision;
  • Escorting students as directed by supervisor;
  • Monitor halls, bathrooms, cafeteria, playground, and all outside areas within the immediate vicinity of the building;
  • Morning and afternoon bus duty supervision;
  • All other non-instructional support needed by immediate engagement team or supervisor;
  • Assist teachers in implementing culturally responsive practices to assists students in improving their literacy skills;
  • Collaborates with teachers and leadership to promote a positive and rigorous learning environment

Paraprofessional Key Qualities

  • Reflects on practices and modify as necessary to meet the unique needs of all students;
  • Passionate about developing relationships with students;
  • Set high expectations for students;
  • Demonstrates for students the importance of being life-long learners;
  • Ability to motivate in a team-oriented, collaborative environment;
  • Designated champion for every child in your classroom;
  • Demonstrate perseverance and be proactive in supporting students in and outside of the classroom;
  • Establish daily practices that support students in enjoying the experience of learning making human connections;
  • Establish daily practices that remind every student they become the best they can possibly be;
  • Cares about students’ academic and social emotional needs;
  • Strives for 100% attendance;
  • Dedication to understanding the needs of our students;
  • Collaborate with teachers regarding daily and weekly plans and expectations
  • Lead a variety of small and large group activities daily;
  • Communicate in a proactive and positive manner with Principal and colleagues;
  • Supervise and engage students during meals and recess time;
  • Build student relationships and a sense of community;
  • Flexibility in thinking and acting; pitch in when and where needed, so as to ensure a safe and productive day for all students.