May 15, 2024

Elementary Special Education Para

  • Rocky Mountain Preparatory School
  • Denver, CO, USA

Job Description

About Rocky Mountain Prep

Rocky Mountain Prep is a growing network of innovative public charter schools, serving students and families in the Greater Denver Area. Rocky Mountain Prep (RMP) opened its first school in 2012 with 130 students and has grown to twelve schools, working with over 5,000 scholars in PreK through 12th grade across two districts. Grounded in our culture of rigor and love, our schools consistently outperform local districts academically, while also ensuring our scholars are developing in our PEAK values of perseverance, excellence, adventure, and kindness.

Who We Seek

If you are someone who is mission-driven, humble in your reflections about your practice, smart in the ways you approach data, and results-oriented, we'd love to see you apply.

During the 2023-2024 school year, RMP is driving after five big goals:

1. Going Green on the Colorado School Performance Framework

2. 90% Student Persistence

3. 95% Daily Attendance

4. Fully Enrolled by October Count

5. Academic Goals

- Elementary: Pre-K Students show 1 year of growth

- Elementary: Kinder through 2nd Grade Students Grow 1.25 years in ELA and Math

- Elementary: 40% of 3rd through 5th Grade students meet their Millionaire Goal (1 million words read)

- Middle School: 40% of 6th through 8th Grade Students meet their Millionaire Goal (2 million words read)

- High School: 100% College Acceptance

Each member of the organization plays a part in achieving these goals. School-based staff members will work towards 2 or 3 metrics that are aligned to both their individual roles AND the Big 5. These metrics vary by position and are subject to change.

In This Role, You Will...
As a Special Education Teaching Assistant, you will be held accountable for some of these goals. Learn more about how you'll drive these goals in the list below.

If you apply for this role, you will be considered for two program areas:

1. Mild/Moderate
As a Teaching Assistant for mild/moderate scholars, you will be supporting 1:1 with scholars who need support accessing the school environment. This will include supporting general education content classes and special education small groups. This includes but is not limited to accessing the curriculum, supporting student focus, and behavioral support. You will be responsible for knowing what interventions and supports are best practices as deemed appropriate by the IEP/BIP. You will work closely with a mild/moderate case manager who will support you in daily instruction and support.


2. Centers-Based (Autism Center)
As a teaching assistant in our center-based programming, you will be supporting scholars inside the special education classroom and general education environment as deemed appropriate by the IEP. You will be under the supervision of the Lead teacher of the center-based program. You will support scholars with daily instruction, health-related needs, recreational/play-based learning, behavioral, and other duties assigned by the Lead Teacher.

Role Mission
Special Education Teaching Assistants work to support data-driven instruction that will lead to outstanding academic results while fostering close and impactful relationships with each scholar in the classroom. Through consistent feedback and collaboration with a lead teacher, Special Education Teaching Assistants drive student goals by supporting them one-on-one, in groups, or by facilitating small-group activities that help students build their sensory skills, motor skills, life skills, and social-emotional skills. Special Education Teachers at RMP partner with their Teaching Assistants to ensure all students are on track to meet our Big 5 goals.

In this role, you will...
  • Be responsible for assisting students with severe needs in learning to be as independent as possible in everyday living.
  • Instruct small and large groups in academics, sensory skills, art, monetary skills, domestics, and recreation
  • Supervise and support in the classroom, physical education classes, the clinic, lunchroom, playground, and in transit to and from buses
  • Monitor and track required recordkeeping; monitor behavior; implement behavior plans
  • Feed and supervise eating including spoon-feeding and tube feeding (depends on the level and scholar need)
  • Carrying out occupational or physical therapy activities as directed; administering assigned medical tasks
  • Provide evidence of completing high school or a GED
  • Pass a background check
  • Demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States
  • Previous experience working with scholars with disabilities
  • Experience working with elementary school students and diverse populations
  • CPI/NCI trained
Our benefits package includes:
  • Health Insurance (medical, dental, vision)
  • Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement through PERA
  • Paid-Time-Off
$35,000 - $50,000 a year
This is a full-time, in-person, benefits-eligible position with a salary of $35,000 to $50,250 per year and access to comprehensive benefits.

Demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Rocky Mountain Prep does not sponsor visas at this time.

RMP is an equal opportunity employer. We seek applicants of diverse backgrounds and hire without regard to color, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you have any questions, please email our Talent Recruiter, Sean Spencer at [email protected].

We appreciate your interest in Rocky Mountain Prep and look forward to getting to know you!

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