Student Services Paraprofessional

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Student Services Paraprofessional

Posted date
September 22, 2022

Employment Type
Full time / part time

Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County is seeking support staff to assist special education department faculty members in its K-12 campus in Lone Tree, Colorado.

At Ascent Classical Academies, teachers create their own lessons within the framework set by our content-rich curriculum, in collaboration with colleagues and in partnership with Hillsdale College's Barney Charter School Initiative. Support staff serve perform administrative or substitute functions so that teachers may focus on mastering the key elements of their instruction.

Paraprofessionals work closely with each teacher in his/her assigned grade level(s) and caseload. These positions require a highly organized, disciplined, and motivated individual to help support teachers in their routine administrative duties so teachers are able to focus on instruction. This position is responsible for a variety of duties throughout the day and week, including reinforcing instruction, preparing materials and equipment for classroom teachers, supporting the administrative and clerical needs of teachers, supervising students (including at recess and lunch as needed), substitute teaching, assisting with before- and after-school supervision and carline, and other duties as assigned.

Academic support staff are responsible for modeling, implementing, and continuously improving in the following areas, which may be modified at any time in the discretion of the school:
Support and supplement the educational program in the classroom, under a teacher’s direction
Research and gather resources and materials need for lessons
Contribute to the moral and intellectual environment of the school
Work effectively with faculty and other staff as a team to improve the teacher’s instruction
Understand and adhere to the principles of classical education
Develop the intellect and personal character of each student to the utmost of his or her ability
Communicate verbally and in writing clearly, precisely and grammatically
Speak of and model character in terms of the School’s core virtues
Require students to speak in turn
Prevent any student from disrupting the class by using the established disciplinary procedures
Assist the teacher in requiring students to be respectful, attentive and participatory
Tolerate no cruelty amongst or between students
Enforce the dress code
Be sensitive to problems as they are developing and intervene immediately
Interventionists or Student Services Paraprofessionals are responsible for:
Work with individual or small groups of students who are at-risk to provide educational interventions and progress monitoring.
Implement small group/individual intervention instruction, progress monitoring, and other activities related to reading support.
Maintain a high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality of information.
Attend team/parent meetings as required; provide input to teams regarding student academic strengths and weaknesses.
Maintain data-based documentation of continuous monitoring of student performance and progress during interventions.
Perform related duties and responsibilities as requested by the Headmaster or Student Services Coordinator.

About Ascent Classical Academies
Ascent Classical Academies partners with a network of classical charter schools based in Colorado delivering a content-rich curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences, with underlying principles in the Western tradition of the study of history, literature, philosophy, and fine arts. Our American Classical Education includes, among other things, the study of Latin; a rich examination of American literary, moral, philosophical, political, and historical tradition; and a school culture centered upon moral virtue, respect, discipline, and studiousness among students and faculty alike. Ascent Classical Academy charter schools currently serve approximately 1,700 students in K-12 campuses located in the Denver and Fort Collins areas of Colorado, with significant expansion planned throughout Colorado and beyond.

Desired Start Date: mid-August, 2022

Compensation Range and Particulars: Student Services Paraprofessionals $20.00-25.00 per hour, highly depending on skills and education

Schedule and Classification: Full-Time or Part-Time (minimum 20 hours), Hourly, Non-Exempt

Benefits Available (for Full-Time):
Employee-only coverage for group medical, dental, and vision plan; dependent coverage available*
Health savings account with employer contributions*
Short- and long-term disability and life insurance plans*
Retirement investment account
Employee Assistance Plan*
Free employee benefit and healthcare guidance through HealthJoy*
Paid leave for qualifying events under the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act
*These benefits apply only to full-time employees.

Qualified candidates will demonstrate high moral character and embrace the virtues of a democratic society. They will also foster professional friendships with faculty and staff, seek collaborative relationships with parents, and mentor students in the pursuit of their own flourishing. These positions also require:
High school diploma (Associates degree or higher is preferred)
Eligibility to work in the United States
After offer is accepted, satisfactory background check as required by state law and Colorado Department of Education
Conviction in the values of a rigorous liberal arts education
Loyalty to the school and ACA’s mission and vision
Commitment to model moral character in line with the school’s core virtues and the pursuit of the Good, True, and Beautiful
Dedication to enhance the school’s culture of excellence and seek the good of the entire team
Desire to deliver prompt, courteous, and superior customer service of the school’s faculty, staff, administration, students and families
Adherence to all ACA policies, including but not limited to the Employee Handbook, Family Handbook, and all applicable school policies
Punctuality and attendance
Initiative and effort
Professionalism in appearance and speech
Cheerful attendance to other duties as assigned by the teacher or administration
Student Services paraprofessionals are preferred who have passed a formal assessment measuring the knowledge of and ability to assist classroom teachers in reading, writing and mathematics, or be willing to pass such an assessment within 3 months of employment. See CDE Guidance for Paraprofessionals.

In addition, any paraprofessional or teaching assistant/substitute who teaches reading to students in K-3 is required to comply with the Colorado READ Act. Free training from the Colorado Department of Education is available. See CDE Guidance for READ Act compliance.