Special Education Paraprofessional
Do you believe that all students can achieve academic success? Are you passionate about working with students and supporting them as they reach new heights in learning? Teachers at Alpha have the opportunity to create and safeguard opportunities for students in under-resourced communities while collaborating with a joyful team of educators committed to sending our scholars to college.As a Special Education Paraprofessional you will join a team that upholds high expectations, fosters social development, and facilitates intellectual growth of our scholars. We are seeking enthusiastic educators to provide targeted academic and behavioral support for scholars receiving special education services. You will work with education specialists to ensure that scholars receive consistent, well-planned, and individualized interventions in order to meet their IEP goals. Alpha is fiercely entrepreneurial and we are focused on supporting our scholars as they grow into self-reliant leaders who will achieve success in their school, college, and career.We are seeking passionate individuals who embody Alpha’s mission, vision and core beliefs: leaders who believe that all students can learn, that our scholars belong in college, and that student growth is a reflection of the teacher’s practice. We are looking for leaders who are reflective in their practice and are willing to engage in conversations around educational equity and inclusivity. We're committed to finding leaders who value and amplify the diverse experiences of our staff and scholars and their families, and who care deeply about addressing the inequities that exist in education.What you’ll do…Provide scholars with special needs instructional supports to close achievement gap(s) Plan and deliver lessons to individuals and small groups of scholars (with special needs and without) that target remedial skill needs, IEP goals, and general education content Schedule and provide small group instructional support in the general education classroom Provide in the moment behavior support and coaching, and respond to crisis behavior as necessary Analyze data and conduct assessments to track student progress on IEP goals and assist Education specialist(s) in the completion of quarterly progress reports Support establishing and maintaining standards of student behavior for a productive learning environment during class sessions Collaborate with special education and general education teachers to optimize push-in services for scholars with special needs Support school leadership teams in varied capacities as needed Build Relationships by collaborating with special education teachers, Director of Special Education, general education teachers, school leadership team, and families regarding student needs and progress Work to maintain a positive culture on campus by building strong relationships with scholars and adults alike Successfully strike a balance of nurturing and firm in your communication with scholars Establish and maintain standards of student behavior for a productive learning environment during class sessions Grow Professionally Engage in professional development opportunities provided by Alpha Receive and implement feedback from experienced educational coaches You possess...AA Degree required (BA preferred) OR completion of two years of college, not a degree but 72 quarter hours or 48 semester hours of college credit OR a passing score on the Praxis Paraprofessopmal Assessment Test A strong commitment not only to our students, but also to your own continuous professional development. You possess the ability to receive and implement feedback quickly. You stand out by being...Committed: You are committed to working with students in traditionally underserved communities. Approximately 80% of Alpha’s students are from under-resourced communities and will be the first in their families to go to college. The majority of our students are Latinx and/or Vietnamese. Collaborative: You are team-oriented and are able to implement school-wide systems effectively and consistently. Organized: You are self-motivated and reliable, with the ability to plan and execute tasks. Experienced: You have taught in an under-resourced community, and/or you have a background of shared experience with our scholars. Patient: You believe in the long-term growth of scholars with disabilities, and are patient, compassionate, and flexible as you help them achieve their potential. Bilingual: Conversational Spanish or Vietnamese preferred Join our team…To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter online.Alpha Public Schools is a network of four high-performing public charter schools founded by a group of East San José mothers dedicated to helping transform their community. We have a strong growth mindset – as individuals, as an organization, and on behalf of our students and families. We want to be better tomorrow than we are today.As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.Salary is competitive and compensation includes a comprehensive benefits package.