Because uncertified substitute paras are cheaper, and untenured. So, they will do whatever they are told to do by the principal. What they are told to do may have nothing to do with the health, safety, and welfare of any student.
This is serious stuff. If you, a tenured teacher, ask why the para is uncertified, or why you and/or the substitute don't have the Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) of the students, you will be charged with 3020-a.
What is the solution?
Speak up, document your speech (tape and email), and when charged, hire someone who will fight for your rights under 3020-a (2)(a) - probable cause -, Just Cause, New York State Special Education Law, 75-B, and all of the other laws and rules you can submit to defend your rights.
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Substitute Paraprofessional Renewal Requirements for 2015-2016.
Responsibilities of the Substitute Paraprofessional
• One-on-one or small group instruction as outlined by the teacher
• Reinforcing behavior through the use of positive behavior support
• Teaching daily living skills such as independent feeding, dressing, toileting
• Aiding occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists and adaptive physical education providers during instruction
• Guiding and assisting students in small group instruction settings with class routines and in transitioning from one activity to the next
• Teaching students, under direction of teacher in the following areas: recreation, motor, vocational, socialization and communication
• Assisting students with ambulation within the school premises and on class trips
• Lifting, feeding, toileting and diapering after receiving appropriate training
• Collecting data documenting student behavior for instructional purposes
• Writing anecdotal information concerning student behavior
• Providing language assistance for bilingual students
Pay Rate & Incentives
• After 30 days of service, Substitute Paraprofessionals who do not have any college credits become eligible to participate in the Career Training Program, which pays for tuition for up to 6 credits of undergraduate study at a participating college/university.
• Substitute Paraprofessionals are represented by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT).
• Online Nomination by a school Principal
• A high school diploma (or its recognized equivalent, e.g., GED)
• Proficiency in reading, writing and speaking the English language
• Authorization to work in the USA
The Hiring Process
Stage I: Nomination
• Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
• Be proficient in reading, writing and speaking the English language.
• Have authorization to work in the USA.
• Obtain nomination from a school principal and subsequently complete application
Stage II: Assessment
Candidates meeting the requirements listed in Stage I will be invited to advance to Stage II. Those invited must complete the requirements listed below, within a specified time period.
• Demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language.
• Demonstrate proficiency in written English by responding to an assigned topic.
Any candidate who does not demonstrate English language proficiency will not be permitted to reapply for the position for 12 months from the date of assessment.
Stage III: Pre-Processing
Candidates meeting the criteria listed in Stage II will be emailed detailed instructions for Stage III, which requires completing the requirements listed below, within a specified time period.
• Complete NYCDOE’s mandatory Employment Forms online
• Be fingerprinted and photographed by the NYCDOE. There is a fee of $130 for this service. Candidates who have already been fingerprinted by the NYCDOE or have sent their fingerprint results to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) need not be re-fingerprinted. However, they are required to be photographed and must submit the appropriate forms.
• Successfully complete a NYSED approved workshop on Child Abuse Identification.
• Successfully complete a NYSED approved workshop on School Violence Prevention.
• Successfully complete a NYSED approved workshop on the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA).
• Successfully complete the New York State Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (NYSATAS) test or provide proof of registration for the test.
• Successfully complete the NYCDOE supported and authorized online training program for Paraprofessionals. There is no additional fee for this online training program. Information on this online training program will be disseminated at a later stage.
• Create an online profile with the New York State Education Department, Office of Teaching Initiatives. There is no additional fee for the online profile.
• Use the NYCDOE’s online portal to schedule a date for the Processing Event
Stage IV: Processing Event
Candidates meeting the requirements listed in Stage III will be invited to a processing event where they will:
• Submit documentation confirming the fulfillment of the requirements listed earlier.
• Submit a $30.00 money order payable to the NYC Department of Education
• Receive information on handling Blood Borne Pathogens, and SubCentral, the NYCDOE’s automated absence management system.
Substitute Paraprofessional Renewal Requirement for 2015-2016
The renewal requirements include the following:
• Provide at least 20 days of service as a Substitute Paraprofessional during the school year.
• Maintain a positive record in the schools worked and be in good standing (as determined by the Office of Personnel Investigations)