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Paraprofessional Job Description

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A Paraprofessional, often referred to as a “teacher’s aide” or “educational assistant,” plays a crucial role in supporting teachers and students in educational settings. This role involves providing assistance and support to enhance the learning experience and facilitate the inclusion of students with diverse needs.

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  1. Classroom Assistance:
    • Work under the guidance of classroom teachers to provide support to students during lessons and activities.
    • Assist with classroom organization, including setting up materials and resources.
  2. Individualized Student Support:
    • Provide one-on-one or small group assistance to students with special needs, adapting instruction as necessary.
    • Help students with tasks such as assignments, reading, and test preparation.
  3. Behavior and Classroom Management:
    • Assist in maintaining classroom discipline and managing student behavior.
    • Implement behavior management strategies and de-escalation techniques.
  4. Special Education Support:
    • Collaborate with special education teachers to support students with disabilities, including implementing individualized education plans (IEPs).
    • Assist students with physical, sensory, or communication challenges.
  5. Language and Communication:
    • Support students in developing language and communication skills.
    • Facilitate verbal and non-verbal communication, especially for students with language barriers.
  6. Technology and Instructional Support:
    • Assist with the use of educational technology and software.
    • Help with computer-based activities and projects.
  7. Data Collection and Reporting:
    • Maintain records of student progress and behavior.
    • Prepare reports and share information with teachers, specialists, and parents.
  8. Health and Safety:
    • Ensure the safety and well-being of students, including monitoring health and hygiene.
    • Administer basic first aid when necessary.


  • High school diploma or equivalent (Associate’s degree or relevant coursework is a plus).
  • Certification or training as a paraprofessional or teacher’s aide, as required by state regulations.
  • Previous experience working with students, preferably in an educational setting.
  • Strong understanding of classroom management and behavior intervention techniques.
  • Patience, empathy, and the ability to connect with and support students with diverse needs.
  • Adaptability and a willingness to follow teacher instructions.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Basic computer skills for data entry and using educational technology.
  • Knowledge of special education principles and individualized education plans (IEPs).
  • Familiarity with cultural diversity and inclusion practices.

Note: This job description is intended to provide a general overview of the position and is not exhaustive. Duties and responsibilities may be adjusted to meet the specific needs of the educational institution.

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