Instructional Assistant

About Aspire:
Aspire Public Schools operates 40 high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools serving 16,000 students in underserved communities across California and in Memphis, Tennessee. Founded in 1998, Aspire is one of the nation's largest open-enrollment public charter school systems serving predominantly low-income students, and delivering a rigorous College for Certain education to students in grades K-12.
Our promise at Aspire Public Schools is that every child receives a high-quality education to prepare them for success in college, career and life. Every day, our community of students, parents, teachers and staff come together to learn and grow so that every child's aspirations are within reach.
The Opportunity:
Behind every successful student is a passionate and dedicated team.Together, we will change the odds for underserved students, ensuring that every student is prepared to earn a college degree.
Instructional Assistants support classroom teacher(s) in providing a high quality, personalized education program for students during the school day and/or in the after school program.The Instructional Assistant position is an ideal position for individuals who have an interest in pursuing a career as an educator.
What You Will Do:
Support classroom systems/procedures and help manage student behavior to ensure all students are fully engaged in learning
Develop and implement lesson plans and classroom activities consistent with California State Standards and Aspire Instructional Guidelines
Assess students regularly in accordance and analyze assessment data
Collaborate with Aspire team members to improve own and others' instructional practices
Help classroom teacher(s) provide students and their families with regular and timely information on classroom activities and student progress
Help track critical student information and maintain accurate student records, including attendance
Identify unique student needs and collaborate with other team members and outside service providers to diagnoses and address learning challenges
Assist with planning and executing differentiated instruction for students with a variety of needs, including small group or one-on-one instruction
Teach students in the after school program, especially intervention and acceleration for students below grade level
Support a school-wide culture of high expectations that includes college preparation for all students; work with College and Academic Counselor to support students with academic progress and college application processes
Teach or co-teaches Advisory class with the objective of developing students' character and habits
Actively participate in professional development activities, including training sessions and working with lead teacher, principal, instructional coaches
Work towards career as an educator, which may include enrolling in teacher credential program
Demonstrate knowledge of, and support, Aspire Public Schools mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior
What You Will Bring:
Knowledge of child cognitive development and different learning styles
Basic computer skills (MS Word, Web Navigation, etc.)
Ability and willingness to implement Aspire Instructional Guidelines and Best Practices
Ability and willingness to reflect and improve
Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to collaborate with colleagues, parents and community
Computer and Internet search skills
Bachelor's degree
1+ year working with students as a teacher, teacher intern, or teaching assistant preferred
Aspire offers its employees a competitive salary and benefits, including paid time off, 100% core health benefits coverage, life insurance/long-term disability, participation in a CA or TN state retirement plan, tuition reimbursement plan, and adoption assistance program.
Aspire Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. Aspire promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.

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