• Posted Date: Apr 17, 2019 Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
  • 69-01 34 Avenue, Queens, New York United States
    P.S. 398 Q

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We are seeking creative, compassionate, dedicated founding educators whom are committed to the new school initiative in the diverse community of Jackson Heights, Queens.

Mission Statement

The mission of P.S. 398 Queens is to partner with parents and the members in our community to prepare our diverse population of students to become lifelong learners in a nurturing, and safe environment with high expectations developing independent, responsible, confident, and compassionate citizens in today’s global society.


At P.S. 398, Queens our students learn in a nurturing environment to develop their own academic and artistic abilities. Our students respect diversity and understand that they each have strengths that empower them to strive in the real world and achieve life goals. Students take intellectual risks through a project-based approach to learning that encourages students to take leadership in their learning, think critically, develop creativity and collaborate daily. Students make connections between every day classroom experiences that prepare them to be successful in the ever-changing world of the twenty-first century.

We seek paraprofessionals who are passionate and committed in supporting the whole child. Candidates must have a strong commitment to equity in education, growth mindset principles, positive behavior intervention approach, knowledge of balanced literacy, project based learning, experience in implementing data driven student supports, and enthusiasm to engage in collaborative inquiry and on-going professional feedback. Maintaining a growth mind-set with a strong commitment for on-going learning is also crucial.

A five-day summer planning institute will offer an essential opportunity for staff to be involved in developing the school’s culture and instructional program.

Additionally, the school will offer opportunities for paraprofessionals to participate in:

  • Daytime professional development, coaching, inter-visitations, common planning
  • After school and/or Saturday tutoring, enrichment, sports, arts, and family programs
  • In-house school committees and/or special programs.
  • Inquiry work with teachers and staff members engaging in collaborative conversations among all staff members

Advance notice of dates will be supplied, and those who participate will be compensated according to the terms of the UFT contract. Staff participation in these activities is voluntary, although strongly encouraged, as they are very important to the development of the school.

Eligibility Requirements

  • UFT Paraprofessionals hired after 2004 must have a Level 1 NYSED Teaching Assistant Certificate
  • UFT Paraprofessionals hired before 2004 currently on DOE payroll are eligible for this position

Duties and Responsibilities

Because roles in small schools are varied and complex, serious consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate in their resume and cover letter experience and/or willingness to commit to the school’s mission and core beliefs and to become involved in these essential aspects:

  • Supporting students in the classroom.
  • Collaborating with individual teachers and teacher teams to provide targeted, small group and one on one instruction to support student’s needs
  • Working with teachers to support interdisciplinary planning and interdisciplinary curriculum that is student centered.
  • Supporting teachers in differentiated instructional groups that targets the needs of all students, including English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities
  • Supporting teachers in formative and summative standards-based grading to diagnose, assess, and track student mastery
  • Collaborating with teachers to ensure a safe and supportive learning environment with routines and structures that align to the school's core values

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Willingness to carry out the above duties and responsibilities
  • Ability and willingness to assist teachers in implementing project based instruction that supports reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to assist teachers in differentiating instruction and assessments for all students including students with special needs and English Language Learners.
  • Familiarity and willingness to work with teachers in a collaborative teaching setting
  • Ability to work with teachers to implement collaborative learning activities.
  • Commitment to continuous professional growth (i.e. professional development, formal education, outside reading
  • Evidence of strong classroom management skills
  • Ability to assist teachers in all independent, partner, group and whole class instruction
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with colleagues, parents, students
  • Excellent attendance, punctuality and organizational skills.

In addition to the cover letter, resume, and interview, teacher candidates must present three references, if possible, one from current supervisor or employer. References might include one from a peer with whom the applicant has collaborated, a teacher candidate supported and/or a professional organization representative. Candidate must also submit a writing sample.

Work Schedule and Salary

As per Collective Bargaining Agreement.

An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, unemployment status, caregiver status, consumer credit history, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. For more information, please refer to the DOE Non-Discrimination Policy.

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