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Teaching Assistant - Special Education - YES Prep Brays Oaks (IMMEDIATE OPENING)

Department: Special Education
Location: Houston, TX

POSITION: Teaching Assistant, Special Education - YES Prep Brays Oaks (IMMEDIATE OPENING)

REPORTS TO: Campus School Director, Lead Special Education Teacher

START DATE: Immediately

LOCATION: YES Prep Brays Oaks

 

THE CHALLENGE & OPPORTUNITY

Across the nation, only half of all students from low-income communities graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. Even though 84% of their students are economically disadvantaged, YES Prep provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Ninety-seven (97%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata are earning their college degrees at four times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do they do this? Each of YES Prep’s 18 campuses serves 6th-12th graders like Monique Bowie. Students typically enter YES Prep one or more grade levels behind but quickly find themselves on a different life trajectory as a result of transformative relationships with teachers and leaders and access to excellent educational opportunities.

As the first minority-majority city, Houston’s schools cannot keep up with demand from students like Eddie and Monique. Houston is the 4th largest city (on track to become the 3rd), and this booming population translates into 7,000 families on YES Prep’s waitlist. YES Prep’s student enrollment is estimated to grow from 12,600 to 17,000, between now and 2023.

YES Prep needs a dynamic and diverse Teaching Assistant to make our mission a reality. As a YES Prep employee, you will achieve jaw-dropping results, create pathways to opportunity for our students, build transformative relationships, and eliminate educational inequities to advance social justice. To put it simply, you will work under the supervision of the Special

Education Teacher(s) to provide instructional and behavioral support for students with special needs. The Teaching Assistant will work one-on-one with a student with significant needs, including medical needs.

 

THE PERSON

We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas to meet the needs of our growing body of students. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility.

When you join the YES Prep team, some of the exciting work will include:

  • Assist Special Education Teacher(s) with the supervision of students in all instructional settings;
  • Assist Special Education Teacher(s) with behavior management techniques by demonstrating, modeling, and positively reinforcing desired behaviors;
  • Maintain data as identified by teacher(s) and/or Behavior Intervention Plan;
  • Assist in tailoring lessons to an individual student’s needs;
  • Support Special Education teacher(s) with lesson plans by practicing and reinforcing learning concepts and assisting students in reaching goals;
  • Assist students in performing self-help and academic skills;
  • Assist with administration and scoring of tests and work assignments;
  • Assist Special Education Teacher(s) with implementation of accommodations and/or modifications;
  • Adapt classroom activities, assignments and/or materials to support and reinforce classroom objectives;
  • Monitor students during transition times throughout the school day, inside and outside of the classroom; and
  • Additional duties as assigned.

THE MUST HAVES

  • High School diploma
  • Current Educational Aide certification or must obtain certification within one year
  • Interest in working one-on-one with a student with significant needs, including medical needs
  • Ability to physically assist students with self-help, mobility, academic and behavioral skills
  • Belief in and commitment to the mission and core value of YES Prep Public Schools
  • Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once
  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress
  • Frequent prolonged and irregular hours of duty, including evenings and weekends
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English, preferred.

THE TEAM

As the Teaching Assistant, you will join a warm and welcoming Special Education team.

YES Prep teams understand they are setting the example for how their students experience their YES Prep education and want to make sure it feels like a second home to them. Teams are obsessed with improving themselves because they know that living the core values translates directly into stronger results and college access for all students.

THE TANGIBLE GOOD

YES Prep offers a competitive salary as well as a full benefit plan. We value longevity and performance over time through our Commit to Five program and opportunities provided for performance increases. YES Prep invests in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing professional development. The strong culture of our campuses are just one of many reasons we were among Houston’s Best Place to work. We won the 2012 Broad Prize for Excellence in Urban Education and were a 2016 finalist as well. Travel + Leisure recently named Houston the best city for foodies and, with an affordable cost of living Houstonians enjoy life and all the city has to offer.

For more detail about this opportunity, see our FAQ’s here.

WE ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO EQUITY & DIVERSITY

YES Prep strives to recruit a diverse team of leaders. We believe there is a transformative academic and social benefit for students when their teachers and leaders reflect a diversity of backgrounds. 97% of staff members agree that the organization provides a welcoming environment given their background and identity according to our latest system survey.

YES Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.

THE NEXT STEPS

If this sounds like your just right job, please apply now. If you are not sure this opportunity is for you, are simply curious, or know someone who would be perfect, please reach out to our Talent team to be connected to a recruiter at talent@yesprep.org.

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