IAJ-325 - Education Assistant, Special Education - Emily Follensbee School - Area 6

IAJ-325 - Education Assistant, Special Education - Emily Follensbee School - Area 6

09 Sep
Calgary Board of Education

09 Sep

Calgary Board of Education



Each student, in keeping with their individual abilities and gifts, will complete high school with a foundation of learning necessary to thrive in life, work and continued learning.


Students come first. Learning is our central purpose. Public education serves the common good.


The CBE strives to create a dynamic, diverse, and collaborative culture. We value diversity and welcome applications from all qualified individuals.

Competition Info

Competition Close Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 11:59 pm

Calendar: 10 Month Traditional

Salary: $23.62 to $30.96 per hour

FTE: 0.8571, 30 hours per week

Additional Information

Emily Follensbee School is a unique setting providing programming for students in kindergarten to grade 8 who have been diagnosed with moderate to severe cognitive developmental disabilities. Students at Emily Follensbee School have complex learning, medical, and emotional needs. Students may require medical support from a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The curriculum is modified to support the personalization of learning according to the unique strengths and needs of each student. Program emphasis is on functional communication and social interaction skills, self-help skills, play, and leisure skills, awareness of the environment, motor skill development, sensory integration, music, and recreation therapy. Learner supports and accommodations may include the use of assistive technology, augmentative communication systems, work-systems, and sensory activities. Class size and staffing are carefully evaluated on an ongoing basis based on unique learner needs and class complexity.

Learner Profile:

Students have complex needs in the severe to the profound range with moderate to severe cognitive disability.

Diagnosed with multiple disabilities and/or medical conditions.

Often requires specialized medical procedures and/or medication administration during the day that requires monitoring and cannot be met in a community school.

Often has severe to profound delays in expressive and/or receptive language.

Often has severe to profound delays in fine and/or gross motor skills.

Often requires assistance and/or supervision in all areas of functioning including daily living skills (i.e., toileting, feeding).

May require assistive technology, such as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

The successful candidate will:

Have a strong background supporting students with multiple and complex disabilities.

Be well versed in AAC communication systems including Eye Gaze.

Be passionate about students and learning.

Have strong interpersonal skills with a strong desire to work collaboratively with a variety of colleagues including teachers, educational assistants, SLP, OT, PT etc.

Have the physical ability to support safely lifting students.

Position Description


Under the direction of the Teacher:

Provides educational instruction for students.

Supports students in accessing technology.

Provides input into planning the student’s Individual Program Plan. Participates, as required, as a member of the student’s learning team in periodic meetings with the students, parents/guardians to review goals and develop revisions. Collects data to support student growth and the IPP development.

Maintains an effective professional working relationship within the student’s learning team by providing suggestions to the Teacher based on experience and knowledge of the students, with respect to ways to help the students reach their goals, including recognition of the support a student needs to reach their unique goals.

Communicates with parents and the student’s learning team members, to provide information of interest and receive information that may impact the child’s progress.

Facilitates and encourages the development of the student’s self-esteem and independence through established programs and techniques deemed appropriate for the individual student.

Encourages students to develop and maintain positive interaction.

As required, provides personal care including toileting, diapering, feeding, dressing, grooming, etc. ensuring that student dignity is maintained. Attends to physical needs including lifting, positioning and range of motion programs as identified by appropriate personnel.

Ensures the safety of students in the school and community, which includes maintaining close supervision of students, ensuring student equipment is sanitized and put away, retrieving students who attempt to leave their learning environment; calming and/or restraining students engaged in challenging behaviours; supervising and assisting students who utilize a variety of life skills tools (i.e. scissors, cooking utensils, etc).

Maintains confidentiality, and a patient, supportive and enthusiastic commitment to students.

Maintains collegial relationships with the student’s learning team.

Works with students in a variety of settings in the school and community, including assisting in the supervision of students at breaks or on field trips as required.

Assists with and sanitizing educational tools and clean up in the classroom resulting from spills and other accidents.

Performs other related duties as required.


Education and Experience

Completion of a recognized post-secondary certificate or recognized vocational certificate in child care/development or behaviour management with demonstrated successful practicum experience working with students with special needs

The completion of at least one full year (ten courses) of course work towards an undergraduate degree in education is also acceptable

Other equivalent combinations of directly related education and directly related experience may also be considered

Current Standard First Aid and CPR certificates (Child CPR Certificate is a strong asset)

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies

Ability to successfully complete a Therapeutic Crisis Intervention course or an equivalent course

Reliability and dependability

Personal integrity and trustworthiness

Success in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships

Ability to work effectively as an active team member in cooperation with other school personnel, parents/guardians, therapists, instructional resource personnel, and students

Ability to establish trust and rapport with students

Comfort and competency working with personal computers and other technologies to support student learning

Commitment to lifelong learning and willingness to regularly enhance skills and knowledge for professional development

Ability to respect and value all individuals with sensitivity to diversity

Ability to manage situations of conflict, frustration and unpleasantness effectively

Ability to respond appropriately to challenging behaviours of students

Ability to effectively utilize crisis intervention strategies

Good organizational skills, time management skills and pacing skills to support student scheduling

Strong oral and listening communication skills

Strong interpersonal skills combined with tact and diplomacy skills

Ability to gather, analyze and synthesize information

Ability to make straightforward decisions and apply straightforward reasoning in problem solving

Ability to demonstrate flexibility in work assignments

Ability to multi-task and work effectively in situations with frequent distractions and interruptions

Ability to be alert and respond to situations of risk

Personal suitability.

NOTE: This position requires lifting and carrying demands that require the ability to bend at the waist, stoop, and twist frequently, the ability to lift between 10 to 50 lbs, the ability to carry, push and pull between 10 to 50 lbs, and the ability to stand, walk and sit frequently. The incumbent may be subject to challenging behaviours of students.

Conditions of Employment

In order to ensure and maintain a safe and secure working and learning environment, applicants new to the Calgary Board of Education WHO ARE OFFERED EMPLOYMENT must complete and pass a police security clearance before employment is confirmed.

Be Part of Our Success

Are you looking for an opportunity to join a team where your contribution makes a positive impact on the lives and learning of more than 125,000 CBE students? The Calgary Board of Education is looking for exceptional professionals to join our team. Our employees are highly valued and recognized, a career with the CBE offers incredible opportunities, rewards and supports.

We thank all candidates for their interest in this position however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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