Functional Academics (FA) Teacher

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Start Date
08/01/2020

Description

Job Title:  Functional Academics (FA) Teacher
 
Reports to:  Campus Principal
           
Dept/School:  Memorial High School

Work Year:  184 Days

Base Salary:  Teacher Pay Scale

PRIMARY PURPOSE:  
Provide students with disabilities appropriate learning activities and experiences designed to help them achieve educational progress related to their intellectual, communication, emotional, social, physical, and self-help skills.  Develop modified curricula and other instructional materials to address each student’s ability level.
 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
Functional Academics (FA)
This instructional setting provides educational services primarily to students with cognitive impairments who access the general education curriculum through prerequisite skills.  An individually paced curriculum is developed for each student, focusing on reading, writing and math with a strong emphasis on pre-vocational skills.  Instruction meets the needs of students requiring alternate assessment.  Students are typically able to participate in some activities and classes with their non-disabled peers.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
Education/Certification:
Bachelor’s degree from accredited university
Valid Texas teaching certificate with required Special Education EC-12 certification and Generalist/Core 4-8, or EC – 6
 
Special Knowledge/Skills:
Ability to effectively instruct students and manage their behavior
Ability to work with students with severe and/or multiple impairments
 
Experience:
Minimum of three years of special education teaching experience is preferred
Knowledge and experience in working with students with emotional and behavioral challenges preferred
 
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITES AND DUTIES:
Instructional Strategies:
Collaborate with parents and other staff members to develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) through the ARD / IEP Committee process.
Develop and implement lesson plans that fulfill the requirements of the students’ IEPs and reflect the district's established curriculum; demonstrate written evidence of preparation as required.
Prepare lessons that reflect accommodations for differences in student learning styles / needs, including activities, materials and equipment.
Use technology (including assistive technology) to strengthen the teaching / learning process.
Participate in ARD/IEP committee meetings on a regular basis.
Plan and supervise assignments for teaching assistants and volunteers.
 
Student Growth & Development:
Conduct ongoing assessment of student achievement through formal and informal testing.
Provide or supervise personal care, medical care, and feeding of students as stated in IEP.
Be a positive role model for students, support mission of school district.
Help students analyze and improve study methods and habits.
Assume responsibility for extracurricular activities as assigned.
 
Classroom Management and Organization:
Create classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students.
Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities.
Provide positive behavioral supports to manage student behavior in accordance with Student Code of Conduct and student handbook.
Must be physically capable of implementing student restraint as a last resort for safety.
 
Communication:
Establish and maintain open communications by conducting conferences with parents, student, related service providers, principals and teachers.
Use effective verbal and written communication skills with students, parents & colleagues.
Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents and community members.
 
Other:
Compile, maintain and file all reports, records, and other documents required for District and TEA compliance.
Participate in professional development activities to improve job-related skills.
Keep informed of and comply with federal, state, district and school regulations and policies related to the delivery of special education services.
Attend and participate in faculty meetings and serve on staff committees as required.
 
Supervisory Responsibilities:
Supervise assigned teaching assistant(s).
 
WORKING CONDITIONS:
Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:
Maintain emotional control under stress.  Physical demands include:  frequent standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, pushing, pulling, lifting and transferring students to and from wheelchairs, and assisting with positioning students with physical disabilities. Exposure to biological hazards.


Application Deadline:  June 5, 2020 (4:00 PM CST)


The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.
 
 
Approved By:  Dr. Pamela Linton, Chief Human Resources Officer   Date: 5/21/2020


The Frisco Independent School District is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, national origin, gender, age, religion, or disability status of otherwise qualified individuals. FISD does not discriminate on the basis of membership or application for membership in the uniformed services.

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Frisco ISD

5515 OHIO DR, FRISCO, TX 75035
 
Insights
Compare with State

Amount per Student

$8,490 (USD)

State Average: $10,068 (USD)

% ELL Students

5%

State Average: 17%

Student Teacher Ratio

15.15

State Average: 15.26

% IEP Students

9%

State Average: 9%

FTE

6,231

State Average: 558