Special Education Inclusion Assistant 22/23

Cold Spring School


Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is a student-focused, innovative educational organization

committed to academic excellence. Our mission is to empower and educate all students to think critically, creatively, and responsibly, to embrace diversity, and to pursue their dreams with a purpose. We are a family of excellent public schools in which every student has the opportunity to succeed and the power to create their own future.

Led by forward-thinking leadership and our commitment to prioritizing students, racial equity, and authentic engagement with our families, team members, and communities, our staff have diverse opportunities to develop their careers in a challenging but rewarding environment. We are an organization for people who are passionate about education and who are committed to the Indianapolis community.


We are looking for a Special Education Instructional Assistant who will positively impact student success by planning, carrying out, evaluating, and supervising instructional activities. Our Special Education Instructional Assistant plays a key role in ensuring that students receive access to rigorous math curriculum and instruction through authentic engagement. As a member of the Unified Student Supports Team, you will receive excellent benefits, opportunities to grow within your role and the organization, and collaborative and supportive colleagues who put students first.


The following outlines what your core duties and responsibilities will be for this position and provides a sample overview of what your day-to-day may look like.

Core Duties and Responsibilities

● Commit to implement differentiated instruction, including Three Tier Instruction, whole group and flexible small grouping of students under a teacher’s supervision

● Maintain control that is conducive to student, classroom and campus safety

● Complete and maintain non-violent crisis intervention certification and regularly practice non-violent intervention strategies with students

● Collaborate with classroom teachers to coordinate instructional support responsibilities.

● Under a teacher's supervision, plans, prepares and develops various teaching aids, such as study guides, charts and visual/auditory supports.

● May support activities of daily living including, toileting, feeding and diapering.

● Monitors students in the classroom, cafeteria, on the playground and in the community. (May need to guide play and intervene with behavior.)

● Provide support for students as planned by professional staff (teachers, therapists, social workers, etc.).

● Follow team prescribed procedures for academic, social, communication and behavioral intervention plans.

● Maintain confidentiality of records of students served and their progress

● Assist in the collection and compilation of student, parent, teacher and community data

● Attend professional meetings

● Discuss pupils' academic and behavioral attitudes and achievements with teacher

● Administer frequent assessments to evaluate students' continuous progress.

● Analyze data – evaluate student work and assessment data to make instructional adjustments (error pattern analysis)

● Other duties as assigned

“Day In the Life” Overview

On a regular day, as the Special Education Instructional Assistant you might:

● Provide instructional interventions under the direction of a licensed teacher that reinforces reading, language arts and /or mathematics instruction of the classroom teacher

● Help prepare students for formal and informal assessments

● Administer achievement tests and evaluates test results to discover the level of language and math skills

● Carry out supervisory responsibilities related to monitoring students' behavior and activities in the classroom, on the campus, and during school events

● Keep attendance and grade records as required by the school

● Work collaboratively with other staff


As an ideal candidate for this role, you will be able to achieve the following:

● Broad knowledge of Indiana and IPS special education policies, practices and programs

● Highly-developed communications skills (written/verbal) and interpersonal savvy

● Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong strategic analytical and writing capabilities, and interpersonal savvy

● Proactive nature; able to anticipate conflicts before they rise, results/action-orientation; project management skills

● Racial equity mindset and other critical indicators related to DEI

● Organizational agility; developed negotiation skills

● Unquestionable personal code of ethics, integrity, diversity and trust

● Ability to successfully navigate within varying degrees of ambiguity in a fast-paced environment. Ability to be creative in developing alternatives to meet IPS Instructional needs

● Track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with and among a diverse group of actors. Ability to work well independently as well as collaboratively.

● Close attention to detail coupled with the ability to exercise good judgment

● Ability to execute meetings, calls, and emails with professionalism, courtesy, and accuracy. Ability to effectively allocate and prioritize time to several tasks to ensure completion of all


● Minimum 60 semester hours from an accredited university or a passing score on the Para Pro Praxis Test

● Experience in working with children (preferred)




Not eligible


The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Indianapolis Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, will not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, homelessness or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations, or ordinances. Indianapolis Public Schools does not tolerate any form of retaliation or bias-based intimidation, threat, or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.


Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the above representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This job description is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive list of all essential functions and duties performed by the occupant of this position. Factors such as regular and punctual attendance are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function.

Job Type
Grade Level
Elementary (K-6), Middle School (6-8)
Grade Categories
Classroom Teacher
Job Subjects
Instructional Assistant/Para-Professional, Special Education