Special Education - Educational Assistant
The Lincoln Academy is a free K4-12 public charter school located in Beloit, Wisconsin, and will serve over 700 scholars during the 2024-2025 school year.
The Lincoln Academy has three pillars - Academic Rigor, Character Development and Career Exploration.
Academic Rigor: We will ensure all scholars are prepared with foundational skills. This will be accomplished through specifically designed curriculum, longer instructional day, interventions/enrichment, blended learning opportunities, strong professional development, coaching and a growth mindset expectation.
Character Development: A strong emphasis on character development and citizenship will build our school culture. Civic responsibility, service learning and community outreach will play an important role in developing character in our scholars. Restorative Practices and the Jubilee framework for character education will guide The Lincoln Academy in a joyous, collaborative and healthy school environment where all scholars thrive.
Career Exploration: Career exploration will begin in K4 and scholars will develop an Individualized Learning Plan by 8th grade to help guide them in their course selections in high school. Scholars will set career goals and be fully prepared to graduate high school. They will be able to have choices to enroll in a 2 or 4 year college or technical school, enlist in the armed forces or be employed in a living-wage job.
Vision: The Lincoln Academy will be the premier K4-12 school in the state of WI providing college and career pathways for scholars to lead happy, choice-filled lives. We are committed to an equitable environment with rigorous instruction, joyous interactions, and strong community partnerships.
Children First - Every decision we make is in the best interest of the scholars we serve. We are completely focused on their education and their well-being and we always act accordingly.
Trusting Community - We model and expect transparency, honesty, open communication and respect to collaborate with one another and push each other to always be our best.
Get it Done - We are fiercely determined to do whatever it takes to ensure scholars reach their goals. Innovation and productivity will drive our quest.
Find the Joy - The work is challenging. And in the face of those challenges, we choose joy. We choose positivity. We choose to find the wins. We choose to lift each other up.
Community Focus -We work alongside our families and community partners to build alliances that afford our scholars unique learning opportunities. Shared voices will be honored and help us grow.
The Special Education - Educational Assistant is the person responsible for providing support services to scholars and teachers, providing special education scholars with learning activities and experiences designed to help them fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth. It is the expectation that this individual will work with the colleagues, parents, and scholars to create a school environment that is focused on scholar achievement, character, and success beyond high school. The Lincoln Academy is a school where scholars and families are supported while maintaining high expectations for all. The Special Education - Educational Assistant is expected to fully embrace the school’s methodology and uphold the high expectations of The Lincoln Academy. The Special Education - Educational Assistant will support an equitable environment with rigorous instruction, joyous interactions, and strong community partnerships. Though it is impossible to list all roles the educational assistant will fill, specific job responsibilities include:
Reinforce lessons by reviewing material with scholars one-on-one or in small groups
Support teachers in establishing strong classroom culture, by following consistent routines and procedures
Help teachers with recordkeeping, such as taking attendance, correcting scholar work, and entering grades into Skyward
Get equipment or materials ready to help teachers prepare for lessons
Supervise scholars outside of the classroom, such as between classes, during lunch and recess, during specials, and on field trips
Be able to substitute in a classroom setting when required
Participate in all school trainings to support learning teacher content and expectations
Work with or under the guidance of a licensed teacher
Supervise personalized learning activities during intervention and enrichment class
Provide feedback to teachers for monitoring scholar progress
In primary grade learning centers, work with a lead teacher to provide individualized attention to young children
Supervise scholars working in personalized learning and provide assistance as needed
Utilize technology to support scholar success
Provide RTI interventions as necessary
Supervision duties as specified
Other duties as requested
Alignment with The Lincoln Academy’s vision and values
Strong people skills and leadership ability to develop a team environment
Belief in maintaining the bar for educational equity for learners at every ability level
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced setting with high expectations
Demonstrated professionalism and integrity
Strong critical thinking skills and strategic problem solving skills
An ability and passion to work with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds
A joyous attitude and drive for personal excellence
Strong organizational skills and ability to adapt to change quickly and efficiently
Interpersonal skills that encompass strong relationship building and communication
Ability to use technology and data to drive toward exceptional outcomes for scholars
Demonstrated strong work ethic
Adaptability in working with various age groups ranging from Kindergarten to high school
Commitment to professional growth and personal development
Associate’s Degree or higher OR 48 credit hours from an accredited college/university
Experience teaching in an urban setting preferred
Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Certification required annually before first day with scholars
Physical Demands/Working Conditions: The majority of this job involves walking, sitting or standing necessary to observe classroom and school activities, mostly indoors. The ability to physically perform the duties and work in the school setting is required. Some conditions include:
Must be able to stand up to 2 hours instructing staff or instructing a classroom of learners
Must be able to sit and look at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing for up to 2 hours at a time
Must be able to lift up to 25lbs on a frequent basis
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.