Special Education Teacher
JOB: SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER
Principal and Director of Special Education
Under the direction of the school principal, the special education teacher plans and provides for appropriate learning experiences for students with disabilities in a variety of educational settings. The SPED is responsible for creating a flexible program and learning environment that provides specialized instruction for students with disabilities, such that the students benefit from the general education curriculum to the greatest extent possible when supported with supplemental aides, accommodations, and other needed supports.
- Provide direct and indirect instructional support to students in a positive environment.
- Employ special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory of students.
- Instruct students in academic subjects using a variety of techniques such as phonetics, multi-sensory learning, and repetition to reinforce learning and to meet students' varying needs and interests.
- Teach socially acceptable behavior, as determined by the students’ individualized education programs (IEPs) by employing techniques in an overall positive behavioral support system.
- Modify the general education curriculum for students with disabilities based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies.
- Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
- Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining an environment conducive to learning for all students – Good Classroom management.
- Meet with parents to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their individualized educational needs.
- Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and other professionals to develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) designed to promote students' educational, physical, and social/emotional development.
- Maintain accurate and complete student records and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
- Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
- Develop plans for effective communication, monitoring, and follow-up of students in inclusive classroom settings.
- Provide crisis intervention, as needed, for students and those in inclusive classrooms when an emergency arrives.
- Assist in collection of data for providing appropriate classroom interventions.
- Serve as a member of a multidisciplinary team as appropriate.
- Assist in preparation of data for local, state, and federal reports.
- Maintain professional competence by participating in staff development activities, curriculum development meetings, and other professional opportunities.
- Perform related work as required.
OTHER ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITITES
Teaches district approved curriculum and utilizes the district’s instructional delivery model.
Prepares for classes assigned and provides instruction which meets the needs of students based on the Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS).
Develops lesson plans and utilizes the district’s lesson plan template, and provides individualized and small group instruction.
Guides the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals --and in harmony with the goals—establishes clear objectives for all lesson units, projects, and the like to communicate these objectives to students.
Translates lesson plans into developmentally appropriate learning experiences, and utilizes a variety of instructional techniques, materials, and media.
Assists the administration in implementing all policies and rules governing student life and conduct, and develops reasonable rules of classroom behavior and procedures, and maintains order in the classroom in a fair and just manner, in order to, achieve an effective learning atmosphere.
Evaluates pupil’s academic and social growth, keeps appropriate records and prepares progress reports and report cards as scheduled by the school district.
Identifies pupil needs and makes appropriate referrals and develops strategies for individual education plans.
Plans and coordinates the work of an assistant teacher if assigned.
Closely supervises pupils on playground.
Supervises pupils to and from cafeteria, auditorium, and in the hallways during the changing of classes.
Is knowledgeable of the district’s evaluation instrument and utilizes the descriptions and indicators to become a district master teacher.
Attends staff development sessions as scheduled by the district’s central office staff.
ADDITIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS
LENGTH OF SCHOOL DAY: Teachers are expected to clock in at their respective schools on or before 7:30 a.m. each school day including the days they are assigned early duty. Early duty reporting time is to be designated by the principal of each school in accordance with the need for student supervision. It is expected that all teachers remain at their respective schools Monday through Friday until 3:30 p.m. unless the teacher has late duty and there is a need for supervision after 3:30 p.m. Teachers are expected to attend all scheduled professional development sessions.
Punctuality is expected. Teachers will be held to the District’s Tardy Policy.
Teachers must clock in and out at the appropriate scheduled times.
Teachers must obtain administrative permission to leave the building during the work day.
Teachers will not leave the campus for lunch.
Shall participate in all state testing in their buildings and will adhere to all guidelines and regulations as mandated by the state and district.
Teachers must adhere to the Mississippi Code of Ethics.
Teachers are to perform all essential duties and responsibilities, as well as other duties which may be assigned.
Supervises classroom, students, volunteers, and assistant teachers.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor degree certified in teaching area.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Valid Mississippi Teaching certificate
220 Special Education
221 Mild/Moderate Disability (K-12)
223 Mild/Moderate Disability (K-8)
224 Mild/Moderate Disability (7-12)
Ability to read and comprehend instructions, correspondences, and memos. Ability to use grammatically correct speech, which is clear and concise, both in oral and written communication.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inferences, averages, fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions presented in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory in their respective field. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, staff, and school community. Ability to perform duties in alignment with the Board of Education and state policies.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and talk or hear and sometimes walk and sit. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally push or lift up to 50 lbs. such as boxes of books and AV/VCR carts. The employee is directly responsible for safety, well-being, and the work output of other people. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision such as to read handwritten or typed materials, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is moderate to loud. Duties are performed indoor and occasionally outdoors.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Teachers are contracted for 187 days. Salary and work year to be established by the Board.
EVALUATIONS: Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with the provisions of the Board’s policy on Evaluation of Certified Personnel.
Approved by: Board of Trustees, Greenwood Public Schools Date 04/15/1997
Print Name: _____________________________________________
Reviewed/Agreed to by:______________________________ Date _____________
Revised: May 1, 2005
Revised: September 8, 2016
The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not to exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.