2020-2021 K-2nd Grade Cognitive Support Teacher

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                                               Special Education Cognitive Support Teacher
         The job of Special Education Cognitive Support Teacher is done for the purpose/s of providing support to the
         educational process with specific responsibilities for improving special education students' success in
         academic achievement; supervising students within the classroom and other assigned areas; developing
         lesson plans; delivering group and individual student instruction within established curriculum guidelines;
         collaborating with other teachers and other professional staff; providing leadership to implement intervention
         initiatives; and responding to a wide range of inquiries from students' parents or guardians regarding
         instructional program and student progress.
         This job reports to Assigned Administrator
  Essential Functions
        Administers developmental testing, subject specific assessments, etc. for the purpose of assessing student
        present level of performance and/or developing recommendations for individual learning plans.
        Administers, under supervision, first aid, and assistance to medically fragile children (e.g. tube feeding,
        toileting, diapering, etc.) for the purpose of providing appropriate care for children as assigned.
        Analyze grade, class and individual student academic data for the purpose of increasing student
        achievement and making informed decisions relative to instructional practices.
        Assesses student progress towards objectives, expectations, and/or goals (e.g. behavioral, communication
        skills, academic needs, etc.) for the purpose of providing feedback to students, parents and administration.
        Circulates throughout the classroom for the purpose of monitoring student progress/performance.
        Collaborate with other teachers for the purpose of increasing student achievement by ensuring core
        instructional best practices are implemented with fidelity and staff are differentiating instruction to meet the
        needs of students.
        Confers with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and other professionals for the
        purpose of developing individualized education programs (IEPs) designed to promote students' educational,
        physical, and social/emotional development.
        Demonstrates methods required to perform classroom and/or subject specific assignments for the purpose
        of providing an effective program that addressing individual student requirements.
        Directs student teachers, paraprofessionals, volunteers and/or student workers for the purpose of
        providing an effective classroom program and addressing the needs of individual students.
        Evaluates student achievement information for the purpose of placing students in appropriate academic
        intervention and support services.
        Instructs students for the purpose of improving their success in academics through a defined course of
        Manages student behavior (e.g. behavior plans, etc.) for the purpose of providing a safe and optimal
        learning environment.
        Modifies classroom work for the purpose of providing students with instructional materials that address
        individualized learning plans within established lesson plans.

        Monitors students in a variety of educational environments (e.g. classroom, playground, field trips, nap times,
         etc.) for the purpose of providing a safe and positive learning environment.
        Participates in a variety of meetings for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to
        perform functions.
        Prepares a variety of written materials (e.g. grades, attendance, anecdotal records, IEPs, etc.) for the
        purpose of documenting student progress and meeting mandated requirements.
        Provides specially designed instruction to meet emotional, behavioral, and academic needs of the individual
        student (e.g. evaluates needs of individual student, least restrictive environment, etc.) for the purpose of
        ensuring the student's academic success.
        Replies to inquiries from a variety of sources (e.g. other teachers, parents, administrators, etc.) for the
        purpose of resolving issues, providing information and/or direction.
        Reports incidents (e.g. fights, suspected child abuse, suspected substance abuse, etc.) for the purpose of
        maintaining personal safety of students, providing a positive learning environment and adhering to Education
        Code and school policies.
        Supports classroom teachers for the purpose of assisting them in the implementation of established
        curriculum and/or individual student plans.
  Other Functions
        Performs other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective
        functioning of the work unit.
  Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications
     Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
     SKILLS are required to perform multiple, highly complex, technical tasks with a need to occasionally upgrade skills in
     order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions
     of the job include: applying assessment instruments; operating standard office equipment including using pertinent
     software applications; and preparing and maintaining accurate records.
     KNOWLEDGE is required to perform algebra and/or geometry; read technical information, compose a variety of
     documents, and/or facilitate group discussions; and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions.  Specific
     knowledge based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: appropriate codes,
     policies, regulations and/or laws; age appropriate activities; lesson plan requirements; stages of child development; and
     behavioral management strategies.
     ABILITY is required to schedule a number of activities, meetings, and/or events; gather, collate, and/or classify data; and
     consider a number of factors when using equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work with others in a wide
     variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using
     standardized methods. Ability is also required to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with
     a variety of data; and utilize job-related equipment. Problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans.
     Problem solving with data frequently requires independent interpretation of guidelines; and problem solving with
     equipment is limited to moderate. Specific ability based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of
     the job include: establishing and maintaining constructive relationships; adapting to changing work priorities; maintaining
     confidentiality; exhibiting tact and patience; and working flexible hours.
     Responsibilities include: working under limited supervision using standardized practices and/or methods; directing other
     persons within a small work unit; tracking budget expenditures. Utilization of some resources from other work units is
     often required to perform the job's functions. There is some opportunity to significantly impact the organization’s services.
     Work Environment
     The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional
     lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling,  some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling and significant fine finger
     dexterity. Generally the job requires 45% sitting, 10% walking, and 45% standing.  The job is performed under conditions
     with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness and in a clean atmosphere.

     Experience:           Job related experience is required.
     Education:            Bachelors degree in job-related area.
     Required Testing:                                                              Certificates and Licenses
                                                                                               Appropriate Arizona Teaching Credentials
     Continuing Educ. / Training:                                              Clearances
     Maintains Certificates and/or Licenses                                  Criminal Background Clearance/Fingerprint Clearance

Posted By

Union Elementary School District (AZ)

3834 S. 91st Ave, Tolleson, AZ 85353
Compare with State

Amount per Student

$5,833 (USD)

State Average: $8,651 (USD)

% ELL Students


State Average: 6%

Student Teacher Ratio


State Average: 23.13

% IEP Students


State Average: 12%



State Average: 143