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ELL Instructional Assistant

Posted 10/10/2023 10:51AM



Specialised Instructional Assistant


Early Years, Primary, Secondary


Varied depending on assignment

Reports to


Works collaboratively with

Teachers and students, programme coordinators

Assigns task to / supervises


KEY ACCOUNTABILITY (Main purpose of this job):

The Specialised Instructional Assistant, is part of a team of educators working together to provide instructional support for students. As such, the Specialised Instructional Assistant:

  • Supports multiple teachers and students within a grade or across multiple grades
  • Maintains open lines of communication with teachers, administrators, operational staff and other instructional assistants
  • Confidentiality and privacy of information related to students and the workplace
  • Flexibility – on occasion the IA may be called upon to perform duties outside the specific scope of this job description
  • A willingness to get involved in school activities such as staff meetings, social functions and other school activities
  • Must not spend more than 20% of their time involved in administrative work.

RESPONSIBILITIES (Key areas of responsibility):

General Responsibilities

  • Supports multiple teachers and students within a grade or across multiple grades using specialized skill sets.
  • Assist and guides students by demonstrating appropriate support, patience, kindness and caring
  • Develop students’ self-esteem and positive self-concept.
  • Supervise, observe and encourage positive student behavior in a developmentally appropriate way, and in keeping with the values of our school
  • Model the CIS values of Excellence, Respect, Collaboration, Creativity, Curiosity, and Generosity
  • Abide by the dress code of the school
  • Attend professional learning and training sessions when required by the school

Specific Classroom Responsibilities

Instructional Support

  • Provide specific individual supports for students (e.g maths, literacy, and ELL interventions, PE, Arts)
  • Plan and facilitate small group instruction
  • Participate in training to support interventions and strategies for small group learning and intervention
  • Design and implement intervention schedule to support students’ diverse learning needs in the grade level(s) or classroom(s) assigned to
  • Assist in monitoring student progress towards set learning goals and provide feedback, guidance and reinforce taught concepts where necessary
  • Help students compile portfolios in either digital or other formats

Teacher Support

  • Help set up classroom spaces for learning
  • Dialogue with the teacher regarding student academic progress and behaviour
  • Confer with the teacher when necessary regarding student needs
  • Alert the teacher to any specific student concerns as they arise
  • Assist the teacher in tracking student progress over time

Student Support

  • Safeguard the health, safety and well-being of students at all times
  • Participate in supervision as required
  • Assist with lunch duties as needed
  • Attend meetings as required
  • Other duties assigned by the classroom teacher, school administrators or the school

Confidentially Requirements

  • All CIS staff are required to maintain confidentiality regarding students’ progress and needs and personal information.
  • Instructional assistants are not permitted to discuss a child’s academic/social development with parents directly. Any direct communication with parents must be carried out by the teacher.


  • Post secondary education and or certification in an education-related field
  • Prior experience working in an educational setting preferred


  • Culturally competent and able to work with culturally diverse staff and students in a bilingual and multilingual setting.
  • An effective communicator
  • Motivated, and energetic
  • Results oriented and has a strong sense of accountability for student success
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