The Lead Inclusion Classroom Assistant is responsible for assisting in the supervision and support of the Inclusion Classroom Assistants as well as directly traveling to and assisting multiple sites as an inclusion Classroom Assistant. ICA’s implement program objectives as part of a teaching team in classrooms which have children with diagnosed disabilities, providing support to teachers with all classroom activities. This includes, but is not limited to, assisting with training, coaching and modeling, implementing curriculum, supervising children, communicating with parents, and providing a health and safe environment for children. The Lead Classroom Assistant supports classrooms which have children with diagnosed developmental disabilities and will travel to multiple sites each day.
Provide supervision and support to Inclusion Classroom Assistants/aides at sites on a regular basis, including assisting with building collaborative relationships with the Family and Health Services team, Early Learning team and site directors and staff, in order to provide integrated services to families.
Participate in the analysis of monitoring data with the expanded leadership team, provide recommendations and ensure that data is utilized to guide planning.
Perform Monthly supervision with each supervisee.
Perform bi-weekly observations in classrooms using Inclusive Classroom Profile ICAS and provide feedback back to ICA and teaching team.
Complete Monthly Inclusion Checklist for each supervisee’s classroom.
Complete a report detailing supervisees’ and classrooms progress monthly.
Facilitate trainings at sites to introduce the role of the Inclusion Classroom Assistant.
Assist in a classroom two days a week.
Assist in recruitment of children with disabilities.
Work as a classroom team to support the full inclusion of children with identified and suspected disabilities.
Work as a classroom team to prepare lesson plans, complete observations, and assess children.
Follow through with activities, materials, in alignment with the children’s IEP goals throughout the entire school day.
Read and demonstrate knowledge of children’s IEPs/IFSPs/behavior plans.
Individualize for children with identified and suspected disabilities every week as documented in lesson plans.
Collect behavior data as requested for children with identified concerns.
Follow through with teacher/clinical /administrative recommendations regarding all aspects of curriculum and programming.
In conjunction with classroom teacher, maintain consistent communication with the children’s families/guardians.
Participate in all scheduled team meetings pertaining to classroom.
Assist in plans and strategies to include all children on field trips.
Assume full responsibility for one group of children engaged in a specific activity.
Implement Active Supervision and participates with children during free play activities.
Share responsibility for cleaning up after all classroom activities.
Set up the room for activities both in the morning and after naptime.
Participate in monthly training, reflective groups and reflective supervision.
Participate in all scheduled in-house trainings throughout the school year.
Attend parent meetings.
Travel daily to multiple Easterseals sites or community partners to support the inclusion of children with special needs.
All other duties as assigned.
Associates degree Early Childhood Education/Child Development or related field.
Gateways Level 4 ECE credential required within one year of hire.
2 years of early childhood classroom experience. Must be related to supporting children with disabilities.
1 year’s minimum experience working as an Inclusion Classroom Assistant.
Experience working with children and with individuals with special needs.
Experience using the Creative Curriculum.
Experience using the CSEFEL model.
Valid driver’s license.
Ability to multi-task in a high stress environment.
Ability to interact with diverse personalities.
ADA: Easterseals will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. Unless exempted by the Americans with Disabilities Act, all persons hired for this position are required to possess the ability to perform the physical tasks necessary to treat clients, i.e., bending, floor-sitting, etc., as well as to have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently.
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