Our mission at Caliber Schools is to shift the experiences, expectations, and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. We provide students with a challenging and engaging education that equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college, career, and community.
Caliber's four graduate pillars--Heart, Smart, Think, Act--guide our work. Caliber graduates will be academically college ready; have emotional intelligence or 'EQ'; be critical thinkers, and have the skills and desire to be changemakers in their communities and the world. We are a community-based organization and celebrate the diversity of the communities we serve. Our parents are active partners; frequently engaging through school events, restorative practices, and academic support.
We are looking for educators and leaders who want to join a small but growing team of diverse community schools. Our first school, Beta Academy in Richmond, CA, opened in 2014 and is now a fully grown K-8 serving 800 students. ChangeMakers Academy in Vallejo, CA opened in fall 2016 and serves 700 students, TK-8th grade. Our long-term vision is to serve students K-12 in our immediate and surrounding communities.
We are in search of a Special Education Instructional Aide with broad knowledge of serving students with special needs, compassion and patience for the challenges these students face in the classroom, and creativity to find unique ways to make the curriculum accessible.
What We Look For
It takes a special type of aide to work at Caliber. We look for the following values & attributes in our teachers:
- Agents of change – you look to reimagine and disrupt the traditional teaching environment
- Flexible and adaptable – you thrive in a dynamic, ever-changing setting
- Strategic Thinker – you are motivated by constant review and evaluation of student progress
- Highly collaborative – you work best being interdependent with your colleagues and making decisions collectively as a team
- Personal Growth Enthusiast – you are self-aware, reflective and seek out ongoing feedback and coaching to continue to improve your craft
- Strong Commitment – you are resilient in the face of challenge, you are proactive and take initiative to seek out solutions Responsibilities
- Responsible for assisting the classroom teacher in the instruction of an individual student with disabilities including assistance in the laboratories, washrooms, playgrounds, gymnasiums, lunchrooms, libraries, field trips and all other educational settings as determined by the classroom teacher and IEP team
- Provides reinforcement to individual of direct material initially taught by the classroom and special education teachers
- Responsible for guiding any independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work set up by the classroom teacher
- Maintains or modifies a student's curriculum to the needs of the student as required per IEP
- Assists individual student in any testing and with special education computer programs
- Responsible for implementing and following behavior support plans
- Communicates daily with various groups of people outside the classroom including Adaptive PE, social worker, parents, technician team, vision itinerant, occupational therapist, speech therapist and physical therapist to assure smooth transition of student's services
- Maintains a daily student's activity log and student work samples
- Attends parent/teacher conferences and IEP meetings
- Performs other duties as may be necessary and assigned by the classroom teacher and/or administrator Values
- are committed to a culture of feedback, development and continuous improvement.
- validate and affirm the identities, strengths and passions of each person.
- know that It is everyone's collective responsibility to work in service of and alongside our school communities.
- approach situations and people with empathy and kindness Qualifications
- Three (3) years of recent experience in a special education setting preferred. Skills
- Comfort with technology: basic skills in navigating computer hardware and software
- Organizational skills: ability to manage multiple work streams simultaneously
- Analytical and problem solving ability:
- Use data to drive instruction and results
- Ability to deeply understand each student's needs and help them achieve their goals
- Communicates effectively with others: shares ideas directly and respectfully & advocates for needs
- Bilingual in Spanish preferred Education:
- High school diploma
- Bachelor's degree with major in Psychology, Education or Human Development preferred