- San Antonio, TX, USA
- Department: School-based Support
- Grade Level: High
- Subject: Special Education
- Start Date: Immediate opening
Founded in Houston in 1994, KIPP has become a national leader in partnering with families and communities, to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose — college, career, and beyond — so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
In 2018, KIPP schools in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio joined forces to become KIPP Texas Public Schools, a nonprofit public charter school network, accelerating student academic outcomes and impacting more students across Texas. As a unified, statewide organization, KIPP Texas can more effectively leverage the talent, resources, instructional expertise, financial strength, and advocacy in the public charter school movement, in order to have an even larger impact with educationally underserved communities across the state.
In the 2020-2021 school year, KIPP Texas Public Schools will educate more than 31,100 students in 59 schools, placing the district among the top 50 largest in the state. KIPP Texas will continue to prove what is possible for its students, communities, and state, with a goal of growing to educate 100,000 students and achieving a 75% college graduation rate for alumni.
The mission and vision of KIPP Texas is grounded in five Core Values as its cultural North Star:
As a Team & Family, we:
- Champion Equity
- Chase Excellence
- Persist with Purpose
- Bring Joy
- Rise Together
KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income families.
Every member of the Team & Family at KIPP Texas Public Schools plays a critical role in ensuring our students have the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose - college, career and beyond. The Special Education Paraprofessional will help support the physical and instructional needs of individual students inside and outside the general education classroom.
As a KIPP Texas Public Schools Paraprofessional, your core responsibilities include:
- Work with students in instructional and classroom activities at the direction of the special education and/or general education teacher
- Assist with direct academic, functional and/or specifically designed instructional or physical activities
- Tutor individual students and help them prepare assignments or explain material they do not understand
- Supervise and accompany special education students to the office, bus, classroom, cafeteria, etc.
- Communicate regularly with classroom teacher and parents regarding student’s needs and progress
- Some positions may require the employee to be able to stay with excessively disruptive or aggressive students during which time the employee may need to restrain, hold, lift, apply physical management techniques, and crisis intervention techniques for the student
- Provide clerical support to teachers which may include, but is not limited to, creating photocopies, preparing materials, etc.
- Perform other duties as assigned
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), that LEAs continue to ensure that paraprofessionals performing instructional duties on a Title I, Part A Schoolwide served campus, or those that have at least part of their salary paid for by Title I, Part A on a Targeted Assistance campus, meet the Paraprofessional Highly Qualified requirements.
Highly Qualified paraprofessionals must have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent and meet one of the following requirements:
Complete at least two years of study at an institution of higher education (defined as completion of 48 semester hours or equivalent trimester hours) of college coursework or an applicable number of semester hours as defined by the institution of higher education attended, whichever is less;
Possess an associate’s (or higher) degree; or
Meet a rigorous standard of quality and can demonstrate, through a formal state or local academic assessment–
- Knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics; or
- Knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics readiness, as appropriate.
The paraprofessional must also meet the state’s paraprofessional certification exam and requirements. Paraprofessionals whose duties consist solely of parent and family engagement activities or translation services are exempt from the qualification requirement.
- Prior experience working in inclusion, life skills and/or behavioral support setting (preferred)
- Experience working with students or parents as approved by the employing superintendent
- Physical and emotional endurance to deal with challenging students; maintain emotional control under stress
- Ability to work with students with physical, emotional, and/or intellectual disabilities
- Ability to engage in restraints such as hug containment, elbow to hip containment, and two-person containment with middle school students on a regular basis
- Ability to lift and position students with physical disabilities or assist students with personal hygiene routines such as toileting, hand washing, feeding, etc.
- Knowledge of classroom management and child development techniques and principles
- Knowledge of all applicable federal, state, and local laws, guidelines, and procedures
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus
- Unwavering commitment to KIPP Texas mission, students, families, and community
- Strong record of helping students achieve academic success, primarily with students living in educationally underserved communities
- Strong desire to teach an academically intense curriculum and commit to an extended school day, week, and year
- Desire to continuously learn and increase effectiveness as a teacher and professional; offer and receive constructive feedback
- Willingness to be flexible and to go above and beyond to meet the needs of KIPP Texas students
In addition to a competitive salary scale, a part of KIPP Texas’ competitive benefits options, KIPP offers all employees an $0 HMO plan for the employee only. In addition to our $0 plan, KIPP provides a $600 employer contribution towards a Health Savings Account and a variety of other supplemental benefits such as Dental, Vision, Short and Long-Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc.