Teacher for Students with Severe and Profound Disabilities

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POSITION TITLE: Teacher-Special Education 

DEPARTMENT: Schools

REPORTS TO: Principal 

FLSA STATUS: Exempt

WORK SCHEDULE: 190 days

DATE REVIEWED: 09/2022

 

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Maintains an up-to-date, in-field and content area certificates issued by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission; salary and length of contract to be established by the Board of Education. 

PRIMARY FUNCTION: Provides instruction for students with disabilities that supports learning and results in decreased behavior and increased student achievement. Plan for and- provide appropriate culturally-responsive learning experiences, specially designed instruction, and educational opportunities for each student assigned to the classroom based on Georgia Standards and the CSD Framework for Equitable Student Outcomes and provide a classroom environment that  aligns with City Schools of Dectur’s commitment to equity ensuring that all students are safe, seen, and successful.  


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Other duties may be assigned. 

  • Develops, implements, monitors, and reviews the all special education required documents including, but not limited to Individualized Education Program (IEP), Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs), Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs), Reevaluation Data Review (RDR), and Re-Eligibility Reports for each student on the caseload

  • As appropriate for assigned caseload, addresses the unique needs students in caseload, i.e., lifting and positioning moderately intellectually disabled,orthopedically impaired, severely and profoundly disabled students or signing for deaf/hard of hearing students

  • Follows due process procedures for all referred and eligible students with disabilities

  • Performs such classroom teaching and other duties related to the school and special education program as may be assigned from time to time by the Principal or designee.

  • Keeps current on educational research, trends, and practices through continued professional development.

  • Sets long-term and short-term goals for student growth and achievement based on the standards for assigned courses, monitors progress towards meeting goals.

  • Communicates, collaborates, and cooperates with colleagues, supervisors, and students 

  • Demonstrates command of school subject(s) being taught. 

  • Develops and annually updates a course syllabus for parents and students that includes: list of Georgia Standards being taught in the course, a course calendar with instructional units, assessments, and major projects, grading protocol, tutoring hours, and list of all curriculum resources being used in the class.    

  • Develops culturally-responsive lesson plans that are aligned to the Georgia Standards and ensures instructional materials are aligned to the Georgia Standards and makes lesson plans available to administrator.

  • Provides small group and specially designed instruction to adapt or modify the curriculum to meet the needs of each student. 

  • Plans and implements developmentally appropriate interactive culturally-responsive learning experiences.

  • Communicates regularly with parents/caretakers to report on student progress on the Georgia Standards, IEP goals, and special education processes, including but not limited to outside the normal classroom day by means of class newsletters, notes, telephone calls, conferences, emails, websites, progress reports, etc. 

  • Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior to achieve an effective learning atmosphere in alignment with the local school PBIS protocol, student’s IEP or BIP. 

  • Monitors students’ progress in learning through a variety of culturally-responsive techniques on a regular basis and maintains records for report cards, IEP progress reports, IEP meetings, and / or parent conferences.

  • Provides lesson appropriate lesson plans for daily substitute teachers and long-term substitute teachers as well as all paraprofessionals assigned to work the teacher. 

  • Is available to students and parents/caretakers for education-related purposes outside the instructional day including PTA events, family engagement events.

  • Participates in professional learning to increase skills and proficiency related to job responsibilities and serves on committees when needed.

  • Provides culturally-responsive assessments that measure student achievement of objectives.

  • Utilizes technology and/or assistive technology effectively to plan, teach, and assess.

  • Evaluates, selects, and modifies culturally-responsive resources and activities to match learners’ needs and meet the curriculum standards.

  • Prepares adequately for responsibilities to be assumed when absent

  • Participates in daily duties and responsibilities within the school including extracurricular responsibilities.

  • Supports the district and local school vision, mission, and goals in words, actions, and behaviors.  

  • Complies with the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators.

  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:   

Supervises classroom, students, paraprofessional (if applicable), and volunteers. 

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: 

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 

ABILITY TO:

  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing. 

  • Maintain effective working relationships with other people. 

  • Operate a variety of modern office equipment including microcomputers and related software. 

  • Be reflective on practice and invest in yourself for improvement.

  • Provide instructional leadership 

  • Organize and set priorities 

  • Work independently with minimal supervision. 

  • Exercise good judgment and maintain confidentiality. 

  • Adapt and modify instructional materials and strategies to accommodate the wide range of skills which exist in a classroom. 

  • Apply current trends and practices in education 

  • Teach in a multi-cultural and mainstream setting 

  • Use technology and assistive technology to enhance or individualize instruction 

  • Be fair and consistent with all students 

  • Provide guidance and assistance to students 

  • Meet responsibilities in a punctual and reliable manner 

  • Comply with school board policies and follow administrative procedures.

  • Knowledge of IDEA and due process requirements

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Knowledge of basic first aid methods, techniques for positioning and moving physically challenged students

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: 

Bachelor’s degree in applicable field of education from a Professional Standards Commission (PSC)-approved college or university required. Must have a valid in-field and content teaching certificate. Previous teaching experience preferred. 

EVALUATION: 

Performance of this job shall be evaluated annually in accordance with provisions of the board's policy on evaluation of certified personnel. 
 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

To perform the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, or hear. Lifting, pushing, or pulling up to 30 pounds may be required on an occasional basis. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Specific vision abilities required of this job include close vision and distance vision. As appropriate for the assigned caseload, may have to diaper, catheterize, lift, position, tube feed, and assist with eating and toileting.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Note:  Compensation is based on the published Teacher Salary scale, Certificate level, and COMPLETED years of service.

Posted By

Decatur City School District

125 Electric Avenue , Decatur, GA 30030
 

At the following locations

Decatur High School

310 N. McDonough Street , Decatur, GA 30030