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Tracy McCrystal



BASIC FUNCTION: Assist a certificated teacher in providing instruction to individual or small groups typically in programs with exceptional children or equivalent programs; monitor and report student progress.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Instructional Assistant II incumbents work within a complex program typically requiring additional skills and characterized by increased independence of action. Instructional Assistant I incumbents assist a certificated teacher by performing a variety of support functions in a regular classroom setting.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:  Tutor individuals or small groups of students typically with a disability or handicap, reinforcing and implementing instruction as directed by the teacher; maintain records of student progress.  Participate as member of an instructional team including remediation teams; develop appropriate relationships with parents and team members; serve as a resource person to the student personnel evaluation team.  Transport students to and from activities and assist in preparation for treatment as required.  Prepare and organize lessons as directed by the teacher; administer and score a variety of tests according to established guidelines; assist in determining English proficiency of identified students.  Assist in administering diagnostic and other tests; score and record test information; read, understand and assist in implementing, recording and monitoring student's IEP.  Monitor and report behavior of students according to approved procedures; report progress regarding student performance and behavior; check and assist students with lab work as necessary.  Perform routine clerical duties such as preparation of instructional and classroom materials; operate copy machines; maintain classroom records; maintain attendance records.  Provide support to the teacher by setting up work areas, displays and exhibits, operating audiovisual equipment, operating educational training equipment and distributing and collecting paper and supplies.  Assist in overseeing students while in labs or other activities; provide for supplies inventory as necessary.  Assist students in such physical tasks as putting on and taking off of outer wear, moving from room to room, using the lavatory and others; assist student in getting on and off the bus.  Assist students by providing proper examples, emotional support, a friendly attitude and general guidance.

Instructional Assistant II - Continued Page 2

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES - continued:  Confer, as needed, with teachers concerning programs and materials to meet student needs.  Contact parents of students who are absent; make home visits as necessary.  Assure the health and safety of students by following health and safety practices and regulations.  Direct group activities of students as assigned; assist in monitoring lunchroom and playground activities as assigned; assist in emergency drills, assemblies, play periods and field trips.  Participate in meetings and in-service training programs as assigned.  Perform related duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES: KNOWLEDGE OF:  Basic subjects taught in the District schools, including arithmetic, grammar, spelling, language and reading.  Safe practices in classroom and playground activities.  Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.  Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.  Basic record-keeping techniques.

ABILITY TO:  Learn child guidance principles and practices.  Communicate and maintain effective relationships with students, parents, staff and the public including members of ethnic communities.  Perform routine clerical duties in support of classroom activities.  Print and write legibly.  Add, subtract, multiply and divide quickly and accurately.  Understand and follow oral and written directions.  Learn procedures, functions and limitations of assigned duties.  Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  Learn to apply and explain policies and procedures related to school and program activities.  Work cooperatively with others.  Monitor, observe and report students behavior according to approved policies and procedures.  Operate instructional and office equipment.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Any combination equivalent to: high school diploma, G.E.D. Certificate or demonstrated progress toward obtaining a G.E.D. as required by Kentucky law and one year experience in working with children in an organized setting.

Instructional Assistant II at Somerset High School