SpEd Strategies Teacher Full-time Standard (#271770)
Planning and Preparation •Administer appropriate district curriculum which is aligned with Common Core State Standards and is consistent with IEP instructions as needed. •Designs and implements the components of an effective lesson for instruction and student assessments aligned with Common Core State Standards. •Designs coherent, differentiated, instruction and student assessments aligned with Common Core State Standards at the appropriate instructional level for the student. •Provide appropriate instructions, modifications, adaptations, and implements Individual Education Plans (IEP) in an organized, systematic, and meaningful manner. •Analyze student progress and ensure assessment regulations and guidelines are followed at all times. •Demonstrates mastery of content and pedagogy, knowledge of students and resources, typical developmental patterns of student, and characteristics of students with disabilities. •Sets instructional outcomes for diverse learners.
Classroom Environment •Creates an environment of respect and rapport while developing a climate that promotes positive learning conditions. •Maintains a positive, orderly, safe, accessible and academically focused learning, resource-rich environment. •Manages classroom procedures and student behavior. •Demonstrates cultural competency. •
Instruction •Communicates learning expectations to students. •Engages students in learning. •Utilizes discussion and questioning techniques. •Embeds assessment in instruction. •Demonstrates flexibility and responsiveness. •Demonstrates familiarity with Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. •Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and accommodations to assist students with disabilities to access curriculum. •coordinates effectively with other service staff in providing student instruction.
Professional Responsibilities •Maintains accurate records and IEP’s as mandated by state and federal guidelines, within established timelines. •Demonstrates professionalism, integrity and ethical conduct. •Supports, communicates and works professionally with administrators, staff and community and follows all protocols consistent with the WCSD’s procedures. •Makes a focused effort to promote meaningful participation of parents in the IEP process. •Reflects on teaching. •Participates in a professional community. •Participates in other job-related duties and activities related to the position as assigned. •Works as part of an education/assessment team responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating individual objectives for assigned students.
Special Education teachers can be assigned as Resource Special Education teachers or can be assigned to specific specialized programs that are broken down from the Special Education umbrella in order to provide adequate supports for all students requiring special needs. In the case where a teacher is assigned to a specialized program, all of the above-mentioned job duties/responsibilities apply, as does the information tied to the specific program. Specialized programs within the Special Education umbrella at WCSD are described below.
When assigned to:
SOCIAL RESOURCE: Program provides special designed social skills curriculum emphasizing development of social thinking and social coping skills through systematic, coordinated, methods including visual supports, modeling, role-playing, and a considerate environment for sensory needs. In addition, instruction specifically addresses individual student behavioral targets that interfere with participation in general education settings. Program components include: language/communication development, school-wide success skills, structured social interaction, focus on transition to general education environment, organizational skills, bullying prevention, positive behavioral supports, and related services as determined by the IEP.
Education/Experience: Any combination of education and experience in teaching would provide the required knowledge and skills are qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
Education: Bachelor's Degree from and accredited college or university with student teaching experience and the ability to obtain a valid Nevada teaching license.
Knowledge of: Child development; behavior and characteristics of students; subject area and/or credential area of teaching. (e.g. special education, math, science, etc.); effective teaching skills; planning and organizing; supervision and control; assessment and diagnosis; interpersonal relations.
Skill at: Creating an effective environment for learning, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with teachers, administrators, counselors, and other staff members. The ability to establish and maintain standard of pupil behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom. Effective utilization of technology in instruction, planning, data-based decision making and monitoring of student achievement.
License/Certificates: Possession of, or the ability to obtain a valid Nevada teaching license in the relevant subject area/and or grade level.
Special Considerations: When selected for Department chair of a high school, additional pay will be provided based on number of teachers supervised.