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Fall River School Department Paraprofessionals in Fall River, Massachusetts

The classroom teacher provides instruction of the curriculum; the paraprofessional collaborates on modifying the curriculum with the general education and the special education teachers. ? The paraprofessional\'s role will vary depending on the unique needs of the students in the classroom and what is on their IEP\'s. ? The paraprofessional may be responsible for behavior management, re-teaching or reinforcing skills, working with students in small groups, and reinforcing self-help skills. Role of the Paraprofessional in a Vocational Setting: Education and/or Experience: ? Paraprofessionals in a vocational setting must have experience with the equipment and tools of the specific program assigned Duties and Responsibilities: ? Assist the primary vocational instructor with teaching activities and production activities ? Demonstrate proper operation of shop tools and equipment in accordance with the shop program ? Demonstrate safety practices and procedures in accordance with the shop program ? Monitor students when operating tools and equipment ? Monitor safety practices and procedures ? Support and assist in the enforcement of school and district rules ? Conduct individual and/or small group instructional activities when directed to do so by the instructor ? Be familiar with appropriate instructional materials as they pertain to shop placement What the Paraprofessional is NOT responsible for in any setting - academic or vocational: ? The paraprofessional cannot represent himself or herself as a qualified teacher/service provider or be used as a substitute for a qualified teacher/service provider unless he/she possesses the appropriate certification/licensure to function as a substitute and is hired as a substitute ? The paraprofessional cannot re-write curriculums ? The paraprofessional cannot create new, alternative instruction without the direction of a teacher or other certified personnel ? The paraprofessional cannot implement behavior ideas without the direction of the teacher or other certified personnel ? The paraprofessional cannot take complete responsibility for any students ? The paraprofessional does not provide direct instruction, does not introduce a student to new skills, concepts or academic content. ? The paraprofessional cannot perform or interpret standardized or non-standardized assessments, formal or informal, unless specifically trained to provide such tests and evaluations and supervised by the qualified teacher/service provider. ? The paraprofessional cannot participate in parent conferences, student conferences, or any interdisciplinary teams in place of the supervising teacher/service provider. ? The paraprofessional cannot communicate with the individual with learning disabilities, family, or others regarding any aspect of the student\'s status or service without the specific consent of the supervising teacher/service provider or provide student or family counseling. ? The paraprofessional cannot write, develop, or modify an individualized plan in any way or assist with instruction/intervention without following the individual plan prepared under the direction of the teacher/service provider or without access to supervision. ? The paraprofessional cannot sign any formal documents (e. g. , individual plans, service reimbursement forms, or reports) as a substitute for the qualified professional. Paraprofessionals should sign or initial informal progress notes for review and co-signature by the supervising teacher/service provider. ? The paraprofessional cannot select individuals for services, make referrals for additional services, assign grades, or discharge an individual from service. ? The paraprofessional cannot disclose educational, clinical, or confidential information either orally or in writing to anyone not designated by the supervising teacher/service provider. Requirements: Associate\'s degree or equivalent Excellent organizational ski ls Ability to problem solve, multi-task,