Instructional Assistant Head Start/Early Head Start

Updated: 4/23/08
Approved: 5/27/08
Class Code: 7320
Job Description for Head Start Instructional Assistant
QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination equivalent to: high school diploma a G.E.D. Certificate and classes must begin to attain a CDA within one year.
REPORTS TO: Teacher & Program Coordinator
JOB GOAL: The teacher's assistant will assist the teacher in classroom activities, assume teacher's responsibility in the absence of the teacher, monitor on the preschool buses, and promote productive relationships with parents.
Monitor on Head Start buses as assigned or as needed.
Participate as member of an instructional team including remediation teams.
Assist in administering diagnostic and other tests; score and record test information.
Perform routine clerical duties such as preparation of instructional and classroom materials; operate copy machines; maintain classroom records; maintain attendance records.
Assist students by providing proper examples, emotional support, a friendly attitude and general guidance.
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 breakfast, lunch and playground activities as assigned; assist in emergency drills, assemblies, play periods and field trips.
Supervise children with personal hygiene such as: brushing teeth, hand washing, and bathroom.
Report Lunch count and absentees to family advocate.
Prepare and serve snack.
Assist with naptime.
Assist in preparation and clean-up after all activities; snack, art, etc.
Assumes responsibility for putting children on buses and act as a bus monitor.
Assist in preparation of materials and space for classroom activities.
Accompanies teacher on home visits.
Attends workshops and meetings for staff development.
Assist with special needs instruction such as: speech, occupational therapy and physical therapy.
Assist with any other duties or activities as assigned by supervisors.
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 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 student behavior according to approved policies and procedures.
Operate instructional and office equipment.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Salary and work year to be established by the Carroll County Board of Education policy.
EVALUATION: Performance of this position will be evaluated in accordance with the Carroll County Board of Education policy.

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