Special Education Assistant (SEA) for a child in our Grade Two classroom with a level 2 physical disability. The SEA will work to support the student under the general direction of the Grade 2 teacher, with specific responsibility for assisting in the supervision and instruction of the student, observing and documenting student progress, and implementing plans for instruction developed by the teacher. This support may include behaviour management, curriculum implementation, social skills development, personal care and physical assistance.
The teacher responsible for a student with special needs is responsible for designing, supervising and assessing the educational program for that student. It is the SEA’s role to assist the teacher in this responsibility. Under the direction of the teacher, the SEA assists in implementing the program while performing functions which range from personal care to assisting with instructional programs. While SEAs may assist in the collection of data for the purpose of evaluating student progress, the teacher is responsible for evaluating and reporting on the progress of the student to parents.
- Adapts classroom activities, assignments and/or materials under the direction of the supervising teacher for the purpose of supporting and reinforcing classroom objectives.
- Assists the supervising teacher in the modification of curriculum, assignments and tests to accommodate students with special needs.
- Provides instruction, under the supervision of the teacher, in a variety of individual and group activities (e.g. academic subjects, social skills, daily living skills, etc.) for the purpose of reinforcing instructional objectives, implementing Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and ensuring students’ success in school.
- Communicates with the supervising teacher and professional support personnel for the purpose of assisting in evaluating progress and/or implementing IEP objectives.
- Participates in the implementation of IEP goals for the purpose of meeting IEP objectives and/or progress benchmarks.
- Monitors students during assigned periods within a variety of school environments (e.g. classroom, lunch, playground, restroom, field trips, assemblies, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining a safe and positive learning environment.
- Participates in the implementation of student behavior plans for the purpose of ensuring effective and safe student learning.
- May be required to administer first aid or medical assistance; apply and remove physical therapy appliances; assist in ensuring that support equipment is hooked up and functioning properly; etc. as necessary for the special needs student’s physical needs.
- Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective management of the instructional program.
- A certificate in a Special Education Assistant Program from an accredited college or institute.
- One year minimum experience supporting students in an education setting.
- Knowledge of or experience with Waldorf education an asset.
- SEAs are not required to hold BC teacher certification.
Pay rate: $20 per hour. Approximately 20 hours per week.