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Paraprofessional (Full-Time)- Indianapolis Metropolitan High School - Teach Indy

Paraprofessional (Full-Time)- Indianapolis Metropolitan High School

Indianapolis Metropolitan High School

Job Summary

The Paraprofessional serves as a member of the instructional team at the Indianapolis Metropolitan High School and will be a member of a school community with an educational model that complements the acclaimed barrier removal work Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana does at The Excel Centers, Nurse-Family Partnership, and other award-winning programs.  The Paraprofessional assists as directed by certified staff in the effort to support all academic and/or behavioral support for students in classes ranging from grades 9-12 in a “best fit” environment for teenagers with significant barriers to education.  This position is a grant funded position through the school year.

With our core values of Professional, Unstoppable, Motivated, Accountable, and Supportive, the school priorities include:

  • High rigor, high support instruction to close academic gaps and prepare students for post-secondary opportunities.
  • Trauma-informed social-emotional learning. 
  • Student and family empowerment through coordination with a robust student services team of coaches, counselors, and more.

Example Duties and Activities

  • Works to deliver differentiated instruction through co-teaching models, including whole group instruction and small group to reinforce learning of materials or skills introduced and outlined in the course.
  • Assists students in completing make-up assignments and remediation from teacher-led classes using materials provided by teachers.
  •  Provides students the opportunity to excel in credit attainment; this includes communicating progress to students, guardians, and other adults, providing assistance in reading, note-taking, and study strategies, and creating remediation plans for students who are struggling. 
  • Fosters a structured and supportive classroom environment that is consistent with school agreements, is trauma-informed, and provides students with frequent feedback to support their social-emotional development. 
  • Tracks, maintains, and reports on relevant data to set improvement and/or achievement goals and to drive future evaluation and feedback.   Ensures student information system is accurate and up-to-date.  Collects, records, and sends student assignments to appropriate destinations.
  • Provides supervision of students in school-wide settings, including hallways, cafeteria, and arrival and dismissal.
  • Participates in student recruitment and outreach efforts for students looking for a best-fit school.
  • Performs clerical, supervision, and instructional duties as assigned.
  • Builds relationships with students and their webs of support.  Communicates strengths and areas for improvement frequently and uses restorative approaches to resolve conflict. 
  • Collaborates with colleagues to refer and connect students to wraparound services including Family Empowerment Coaching for internal and community resources, Social-Emotional Learning, Special Education, and more. 

Required Competencies

  • Degree and Credential Requirements – High school diploma required. 
  • Tutoring Expertise – Has a good grasp of a variety of subjects with an ability to explain concepts easily to assist,  ideally high school-age students in a high poverty, racially diverse setting, in achieving expected competencies in core academic skills.  Creates, adapts, and delivers instructional materials to break up learning into steps.
  • Technical Knowledge – Has working knowledge of G Suite and MS Office, as well as student information systems.
  • Student Engagement – Takes a strengths-based, student-centered approach to developing relationships at all levels while establishing appropriate boundaries. Adept at delivering feedback that is constructive and unbiased. Creates and maintains a safe environment for open discussions.
  • Results-Oriented – Is compelled to recognize what results are important and what steps need to be taken to achieve set goals or targets.  Adept at effectively prioritizing multiple priorities.
  • Communication Skills – Articulates thoughts and expresses ideas effectively using oral, written, visual, and non-verbal communication skills, as well as listening skills to comprehend customers’ needs. Delivers information in person, in writing, and in a digital world.
  • Teamwork – Works well with others and makes valued contributions to the outputs of others in order to assist the team or project to achieve the required outputs.

Preferred Competencies 

  • Diversity Awareness – Works with diverse populations including people who have experienced barriers to their education.
  • Information Monitoring/Reporting – Collects and reviews information to manage or improve the achievement of learning goals.  

Other Requirements

  • Background Screening – All candidates must pass a pre-employment background check.

Benefits: Full-time employees may participate in a comprehensive benefits program that includes:

  • Continuing education and leadership development as well as tuition reimbursement
  • Comprehensive health plan
  • Paid time off (PTO) and paid holidays
  • Continued pay during school breaks (spring, summer fall)
  • Life, dental and vision insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability plans
  • Nationally recognized preventive health and wellness program
  • Section 125 pre-tax health spending account, dependent care spending account, and premiums
  • Retirement plan with generous match or contribution into Teachers’ Retirement Fund for eligible employees

Goodwill Education Initiatives

Goodwill strongly believes it is essential to raise education attainment levels in Indiana. Not only are the lifetime earnings of high school graduates significantly higher than those of dropouts, children of high school graduates are 50% less likely to drop out of high school than the children of dropouts are. Goodwill provides opportunities for adults (The Excel Center) and youth (Indianapolis Metropolitan High School).

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Charter High School

Indianapolis Metropolitan High School is a free public school offering a high school education to students in grades 9-12. Indianapolis Met is a best-fit school for students experiencing circumstance that may present a barrier to education. Our school places an emphasis on ensuring students enroll in college or enter into a career that offers a living wage post-graduation.

Indianapolis Met is designed to serve students who are experiencing circumstances that may become barriers to their education.

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