Premier High School of Fort Smith, AR (learn more)

Responsive Education Solutions

Fort Smith, Arkansas (map)

Job Details

  • Job ID: 4174710
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted: March 9, 2023
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

Role Mission:


ResponsiveEd’s Special EducationInstructional Aide position is ideal for a candidate looking to gain valuable experience in Special Education teaching. Special EducationInstructional Aides support the Special Education teacher as they work with students who have a wide range of learning, cognitive, emotional, and physical disabilities to support their academic needs. 



What You’ll Do:

  • Assist in the educational and social development of students under the direction and guidance of the classroom teacher and campus administration.
  • Assist in the implementation of Individual Education Plans for the students and monitor their progress.
  • Provide support for individual students inside and outside of the classroom to enable them to fully participate in activities.
  • Work with other professionals, such as speech therapists, social workers, occupational and physical therapists.
  • Assist classroom teachers with maintaining student records.
  • Assist in scheduling Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) meetings and Individual Evaluations/Review of Existing Evaluation Data (REED) ensuring that all timeline requirements are met.
  • Assist in acquiring contracted service providers as needed.
  • Ensure that student progress is evaluated on a regular basis, and that the findings are used to make special education services more effective.
  • Update and send IEP Report Cards to parents at the same time that the general report cards are sent.
  • Plan the necessary time, resources, and materials to support general education teachers in accomplishing educational goals of students receiving special education services.
  • Ensure compliance with all state mandated assessments and alternative assessments, including their selection and administration.
  • Assist the campus administrator with the Response to Intervention process.
  • Seek assistance as needed from IDEA Coordination supervisor.
  • Demonstrate support for the campus's student management policies and assist with behavior management strategies as they relate to students with disabilities.
  • Establish and maintain open lines of communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, teachers, and administrators.
  • Implement ResponsiveEd’s Special Education school board policies, procedures, and operational guidelines.
  • Compile and maintain all reports, records, and other documents required by law and/or the Director of Special Education.
  • Perform special projects, during and after normal business hours, and other duties as assigned. NOTE: After normal business hours may include, but is not limited to, Saturday Mandatory State Tutorials.

What You’ll Bring: 

  • A passion for students, especially students with disabilities.
  • Ability and patience to work interactively with students, especially students with disabilities.
  • Working knowledge of and compliance with federal and state special education law.
  • Working knowledge of and compliance with individualized services for students with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of and compliance with the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee process.
  • Knowledge of the development and implementation of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process.
  • Knowledge of and compliance with Transition.
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong computer skills to implement multiple and diverse programs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Learn and implement teaching curriculum software programs and instruct students on utilization.
  • Communicate effectively with all levels of students with disabilities, parents, administrative staff, and Campus Directors.
  • Ability to effectively interpret policy, procedures, and student data such as diagnostic test results, state assessments scoring, transcripts, and grade point average.
  • Ability to transition with district, campus, and/or department changes.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with and receive guidance from supervisors
  • Manage multiple priorities effectively.


Education and Experience:


Prior to providing services, Special Education Instructional Aides must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a high school graduate or hold a General Educational Development (GED) certificate; 
  • Have experience working with students or parents as approved by the employing superintendent
  • Have satisfied ONE of the following requirements: 
    • Have three creditable years of experience as either an Educational Aide I or II
    • Have 30 semester hours of college credit with some emphasis on child growth and development or related subject areas
    • Completion of an Education Service CenterInstructional Aide certification course 

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories: Special Education > General Special Education
    Instructional Support > Individual Aide
    Instructional Support > Paraprofessional / IA
  • Employer Description

    The ResponsiveEd difference is achievement. Whether a student’s goal is college prep or drop-out recovery, getting a life back on track or being sure to get started on the right path to begin with, the people at ResponsiveEd are passionate about helping our students achieve their goals. Study after study and news story after news story tell us there is a pressing need for positive change in Texas education. At ResponsiveEd, we offer answers – and hope.

    To provide hope for students through an encouraging, innovative learning environment where they are academically successful and develop into lifetime learners.

    The ResponsiveEd community of schools are tuition-free, public charter schools dedicated to helping students of all ages achieve their full potential.
    At ResponsiveEd, we’re all about options in education. Strongly tied to the communities they serve, the mission of our schools is to provide hope for students through an encouraging, innovative environment where they are academically successful and develop into lifetime learners.

    At ResponsiveEd, we believe a proper education includes both personal development and academic achievement. Our goal is to educate the whole student. To this end, we:

    + develop and utilize innovative methodologies and reinforce individualized learning environments
    + practice the belief that every student can learn
    + expect student ownership of the learning process
    + put the student first Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    ResponsiveEd is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Additionally, ResponsiveEd prohibits retaliation against any employee who makes a claim alleging to have experienced discrimination, or any employee who, in good faith, makes a report, serves as a witness, or otherwise participates in an investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • No experience required

    Contact Information

    • Donna Cerra, Director of Recruiting
    • 1301 Waters Ridge
    • Lewisville, Texas 75057

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