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Special Education Paraprofessional

Who we are:
Alpha Public Schools is a public charter school network of four schools educating approximately 1,900 scholars in east San Jose. Guided by the belief that our students belong in college, we ensure safe, inclusive, and student-centered learning environments to help our students thrive. What sets us apart is the very thing that makes us who we are– our community. Alpha was founded by a group of mothers on the eastside of San Jose who sought better educational opportunities for their students. We maintain a strong connection to our community and engage families in a collaborative approach to offer a holistic education to our students. 
A successful Alpha Special Education Team Member: 
The successful Alpha Special Education team member believes that ALL students are capable of success. They uphold high expectations for students, ensuring that our scholars are achieving growth. The successful Alpha team member is excited to receive coaching and feedback, understanding that their growth as an educator is an ever-evolving process. We seek educators who are committed to amplifying and celebrating the diverse experiences and cultures of our scholars and their families; educators who are excited to be a member of a vibrant school community; and, educators who provide access to instruction for all students by responding to socio-emotional needs, supporting literacy development across all classes and content areas, using culturally responsive instructional strategies, and accommodating individual learning differences.
Alpha Special Education Paraprofessionals are expected to:
  • Plan and deliver lessons to individuals and small groups of scholars (with special needs and without) that target remedial skill needs, IEP goals, and general education content
  • Provide in the moment behavior support and coaching, and respond to crisis behavior as necessary
  • Analyze data and conduct assessments to track student progress on IEP goals and assist Education specialist(s) in the completion of quarterly progress reports
  • Build Relationships by collaborating with special education teachers, Managing Director of Special Education, general education teachers, school leadership team, and families regarding student needs and progress 
What we offer:
At Alpha we care deeply about our scholars and staff. To support our team (and hopefully you!) we offer: 
  • The hourly rate for this role starts at $23.09 and goes up based on years of experience
  • Health benefits plans for medical, vision, and dental insurance coverage for staff and their families
  • Retirement matching options
  • Paid time off for holidays and Winter break between the end of December and New Year's (2 weeks)
  • Generous paternity/maternity leave benefits including 4 weeks of paid parental leave in addition to the state and federal leave allowances
  • APS Tuition Assistance Program provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance towards attaining bachelor degrees and teacher credentials
  • Employee Assistance Program that provides access to professional services for workplace, life, and wellbeing support and services 
You Possess…
  • AA Degree required (BA preferred)
  • OR completion of two years of college, not a degree but 72 quarter hours or 48 semester hours of college credit
  • OR a passing score on the Praxis Paraprofessional Assessment Test
  • High behavioral expectations and academic expectations for all students
  • Excellent knowledge of child development and educational practices
  • Experience working with students and classroom management
  • Willingness to be flexible with your schedule
  • A commitment to working with students in traditionally underserved communities. Approximately 80% of Alpha’s students are from under-resourced communities and will be the first in their families to go to college. The majority of our students are Latinx and/or Vietnamese.