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Para-Educator – Learning Assistance Program

Job Description


This position carries out remediation activities for students in the Learning Assistance Program (LAP) under the direction of a certificated teacher. Responsibilities include tutoring students individually or in small groups, maintaining program records, and preparing classroom materials.

Reports to LAP Program Specialist and school Principal; receives work assignments from supervisors and classroom teacher.


  1. Tutors students individually or in small groups in a variety of subject areas. Determines methods that will best serve individual students; ensures student understanding of materials presented. Promotes a positive attitude toward learning. Reinforces and reviews concepts and skills.
  2. Pulls students out of regular classroom for remediation as directed. Monitors student behavior during remediation sessions; encourages students to stay on task and complete assignments.
  3. Communicates with classroom teacher concerning individual student needs and progress; develops schedules for tutoring; assists in planning process. Assists with data collection and record-keeping for behavioral intervention; monitors and reinforces student performance.
  4. Documents progress of assigned students; maintains records and assists teacher in preparing student progress reports. Files a variety of program materials. Ensures that student records are maintained in a confidential manner.
  5. Assists in administering program-related achievement and diagnostic tests; corrects tests and records scores. Compiles listings of students eligible for LAP as assigned. May carry out informal assessment of students. Checks and scores student assignments.
  6. May operate a computer using educational software programs for students instruction; demonstrates proper use of equipment to students.
  7. Constructs learning tools such as flashcards, number games, and other learning materials; provides assistance to classroom teacher in designing lesson plans; compiles materials for student assignments.
  8. Previews and sets up computer software as needed.
  9. Communicates regularly with LAP program specialist; forwards summary of student progress reports; acts as liaison between teacher and LAP program specialist concerning student attitudes, emotional needs, and progress.
  10. Attends program-related staff meetings and in-service training sessions to update knowledge.
  11. Performs related duties as assigned.

Classroom environment. Experiences interruptions; requires flexibility due to frequent shifts in focus between assignments. Exposed to infectious diseases carried by students.

AFFILIATION:      PSE – Clerical

FLSA:                      Covered


Education & Experience
High school graduation or equivalent and one year of experience in working with school-aged individuals. Experience in a tutorial program preferred.  Passing scores on the District Skills Test.  Must have passing scores on the Para Pro Test or Associates degree and or Bachelor’s degree.

Allowable Substitution

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of assigned subject areas.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Keyboarding skill.
  • Ability to learn effective instructional methods for special needs students.
  • Ability to deal with students in a warm and confident manner.
  • Ability to follow instructions.
  • Ability to learn the operation of general office machines, microcomputers and software.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff.

Licenses/Special Requirements

Updated: 08/2015