Teacher - Secondary - LTS Special Education Teacher/Reading Specialist through the First Semester of 2022-2023

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Position: Teacher - Secondary - Special Education/Reading Specialist (Job ID 4570)
Location: Downingtown Middle School
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Effective Date: May 19, 2022 until January 23, 2023

Are you passionate about helping ALL students learn in a collaborative environment? If so, we may have the career for you! Downingtown Area School District is excited to announce an opening for a Long Term Substitute Special Education/Reading Specialist. 

At DASD, we are committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence in education. As a diverse district, we continually seek ways to strengthen our educational environment. We believe that we can best promote excellence by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of staff who bring various backgrounds and perspectives. Our ability to create and maintain a climate of respect is critical to attaining the best teaching and learning environment.

At Downingtown Area School District we value our employees. We seek to hire new staff who:

  • Communicate openly to build relationships and trust  
  • Partner with team members to see the TEAM succeed
  • Demonstrate a growth mindset and seek ongoing opportunities for growth
  • Embrace and support a safe and inclusive environment
  • Eagerly and enthusiastically support student learning
  • Strive to be kind and reflective
  • Focus on the solution and put people first
  • Lead by example!

If you want to be part of our “Downingtown Proud” team - please apply! Help us with our mission to educate all students to meet the rigorous challenges of a global society.

Job SummaryPrimary functions include the classroom instruction of students following district curriculum and procedures.


  • Candidate must be a graduate of an accredited college or university and hold a proper Pennsylvania certification for the position
    • PA Special Education certification - 7-12 or PK-12
    • PA Reading Specialist certification - PK -12
    • Wilson Reading certification preferred 
  • The employee in this position could be required as part of his or her duties to engage in activities that can be charged to a Medical Assistance or other state or federal healthcare program. Clearance as provider under such programs by both the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the federal government is therefore an essential qualification for this position
  • Possesses a positive attitude toward the teaching profession, service to the district, and importance and purpose of the education program
  • Proficiency in use of technology for individual or group demonstration or communication
  • Must be able to flex and vary hours to accommodate needs of students, parents, and other teachers
  • Possesses effective interpersonal skills with the ability to interface diplomatically with teachers, administrators, parents, students, and outside organizations
  • Exhibits excellent classroom management skills
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills to provide accurate information to others and to obtain, give, and follow directions
  • Demonstrates ability to provide good judgment, planning, and human relations skills, as well as be required to work under periods of stress due to the level of the position responsibility
  • Must successfully complete and maintain compliance with all federal and state background and criminal record check requirements
    • Click here for more information about required clearances
  • Candidate must adhere to all local, state, federal, and school code requirements for employment

Duties & Responsibilities(Abbreviated - Please review the attached Job Description for more details on this specific opportunity)

  • Provides instruction and support to special education students in accordance with their individualized education program (IEP).
  • Develops lesson plans and instructional materials to address students’ individual needs.
  • Works cooperatively with district staff, including regular education teachers, pupil services staff, and related service staff, and when appropriate, outside agencies to coordinate student’s program and provide appropriate level of support.
  • Coordinates services for students on caseload by being the case manager and preparing all essential documents and other documents, adhering to timelines. Essential documents include but are not limited to permissions for evaluations, evaluation and reevaluation reports, Invitations to Participate, Individualized Education Programs (IEP), Notice of Recommended Educational Placement (NOREP), progress reports and more.
  • Collects and effectively communicates data and provides ongoing progress monitoring for students on their caseload.
  • Collects and documents ESY-Extended School Year data to determine eligibility. Provides this information to the Supervisor of Special Education.
  • Participates actively as part of the Multidisciplinary team and facilitates IEP meetings.
  • Provides staff development to professional staff and support staff on particular needs of students on caseload in regards to characteristics of a disability, interventions, strategies, teaching methodologies, and modifications as needed.
  • Prepares Functional Behavior Assessments and Positive Behavior Support Plans when necessary.
  • Participates in Interagency meetings when necessary.
  • Attends scheduled Special Education Department meetings and professional development.  
  • Adheres to district policies and procedures.
  • Adheres to professional, ethical, and legal standards.

Salary 2022-2023 School Year:
Full salary matrix is available in the appendix of the following collective bargaining agreement, which can be accessed by clicking here.
*Placement upon salary scale is dependent upon education.

Summary of Benefits:
  • Medical, including Telemedicine
  • Prescription
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Paid Sick and Personal Days
  • Employee Assistance and Advocacy Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings
  • State Pension System (PSERS)
  • Wellness incentives, including fitness club reimbursement
  • Administrator and peer support mentorship programs
  • Induction program and Professional Development
  • District-provided technology
  • ...and much more! 

7.5 hours per day based upon district-approved calendar
Up to 191 days per year, plus up to 3 days of orientation for professional employees. 

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Downingtown Area School District

540 Trestle Place , Downingtown, PA 19335

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540 Trestle Place , Downingtown, PA 19335