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Special Education Assistant - Anne Sullivan (2018-2019)

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Job Title: Special Education Assistant - Anne Sullivan (2018-2019) and Requisition ID number: 56813

Close Date: 11:59 PM on

Organizational Unit: Anne Sullivan (10000186)

Site: Anne Sullivan (0193)

FTE: 30.25 hours a week/.76 FTE; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union: ESP(28)

Functional Area: Paraprofessional

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.


Following July 15th, current MPS Special Education Assistants are ineligible for voluntary transfers within their job title through the end of the school year. The SEA transfer process for the following school year will reopen in early spring. (MFT #59 Contract Article 20.3)

SUMMARYThis position is going to be located at Anne Sullivan Elementary School and will partner closely with the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Deaf & Hard of Hearing Department (D/HH). We are seeking a person to provide 1:1 support to a special needs student with emerging functional sign language skills.

Under general supervision, the incumbent will provide a variety of services to assist this student in a learning environment; assist MPS staff in developing and implementing appropriate individualization lessons and activities; help the student to meet their therapy and education goals. In addition to working with the student, the candidate will work with the classroom Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) teacher and staff to develop the use of functional sign to supplement other forms of augmentative communication in the classroom, and to work with the ASD teacher and D/HH staff to adapt instruction for the student.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Highly structured, individualized programming; intensive communication and language training; social skills training; use of natural environments for instruction; positive behavioral programming; and inclusion with mainstream peers and activities.


* Provide support services to children with moderate to severe disabilities and Assist MPS staff to facilitate educational functions and other services that maintains a safe and productive learning environment, sensitive to the needs and legal rights of Special Education students; work with students to improve personal skills and reinforce classroom learning.

* Assist students in learning processes through reinforcement of positive behavior, individual instruction, socialization and good communications.

* Monitor student activities, promote respect, explain social norms and disciplinary consequences, de-escalate personal confrontations.

* Maintain behavior documentation, written observations and anecdotal information files for Support and Advocacy for Independent Living Program (SAIL), Individualized Education Program (IEP), and Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA).

* Monitor work, correct papers and transition students for medications, meals, buses and classes.

* Attend to and provide for students' daily hygiene, personal and health related cares, as directed by licensed staff. Assist students in community, recreational, school and vocational training. Provide assistance to students in classrooms and after-school programs.


Intervention SEA: Provide support in the least restrictive environment so students are successful in resource settings; ensure behavior support plans are being implemented with fidelity for students in special education resource settings. Personal transportation is required as position may vary.


AA degree or completion of 90 quarter or 60 semester college credits in Education or related field OR

A passing score of 460 (or higher) on the ParaPro Assessessment AND either a high school diploma or a GED certificate (More information on the ParaPro Assessment and be found at


Two years of experience working with children.


  • Sign-fluent; Sign language skills at the level of a certified interpreter are not required, but candidate should have strong conversational skills and strong vocabulary
  • Strong aptitude to work with students with multiple needs


First Aid/CPR/AED, Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) training, and Special Education Orientation is required within one year.


A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree, and working with special needs children. Must be able to frequently lift up to 50 pounds. Eligibility for position is based on passing the required pre-placement exam.


Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Posting Notes: | 12:01 AM On | Anne Sullivan (10000186) | Anne Sullivan (0193) | Paraprofessional