Autism Education Assistant
Job DescriptionThe Education Assistant works with an instructional team consisting of the lead teacher, a special education teacher and/or paraprofessional. The dedicated aide - special education may work to support the program, ensuring consistency for identified students throughout the day. This individual provides individual instructional support for a student with Individualized Educational Plans (IEP) using intensive, research-based strategies under the direct supervision of the lead teacher. Working with students from ages 12-20. Responsibilities: Supports the creation of environments and instructional opportunities that meet the needs of diverse learners Provides individualized behavior and academic supports to improve students achievement of individual academic and behavioral goals in support of students IEP goals Consistently implements behavioral and academic strategies outlined in students IEPs Uses information and data from a variety of sources to understand students instructional needs and progress against IEP goals Maintains records and documentation Keeps other members of the classroom teaching team, appropriate service providers, and families informed of progress and challenges regarding the student Ensures a safe, clean, attractive and engaging centers-based classroom that encourages both exploration and complex play for students with special needs Fosters tolerance and a sense of community in classrooms, modeling and explicitly teaching acceptance and appreciation of others Works with the teaching team to ensure the classroom contains sufficient supplies and materials for individualized instructional supports Assist student with personal hygiene, meals and other daily activities Communicates the individual student's goals and progress to families and also ways in which the family can support the student at home Plans collaboratively and shares ideas and resources with instructional team Collaborates with the teaching team to evaluate instructional effectiveness and to modify instructional approaches based on feedback Actively participates in professional development opportunities provided and seeks out additional professional development Maintains confidentiality and treats all information about student and their families in strictest confidence Fulfills the standards of professionalism including appropriate dress, attendance and timeliness Qualifications: High school diploma or General Education Development Certificate (GED) required (Associates Degree preferred) Demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics. Must be energetic, reliable, flexible and integrity driven Effective communication skills to ensure effective, positive interactions with their teaching team, staff, parents and student. Solution focused and goal orientedStrong communication skills required in order to effectively engage with teachers, staff, parents, and student Ability to thrive in a highly collaborative work environment Ability to maintain a patient and supportive relationship with assigned students requiredCompany DescriptionAlignstaffing is a premier healthcare, education and social services staffing company serving the Washington, DC area, including and northern Virginia, Prince George County, Baltimore and Montgomery County.