Special Education Generalist-Learning Lab
ADAMS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 14
Special Education Generalist
EFFECTIVE: 2020-2021 school year
The special education generalist will work with a wide range of learning, mental, emotional and physical disabilities by adapting and/or modifying general education lessons and teaching various subjects such to students on the mild to severe range of needs as identified on the Individual Education Plan. The special education generalist is responsible for planning, developing, delivering and evaluating appropriate individualized educational services, learning programs and instruction for qualifying students with a disability. The special education generalist also supports the buildings efforts in multi-tiered systems of supports. The special education generalist will develop and promote positive community relations among stakeholders. The special education generalist may assist with translation and/or communication using second language skills when possible.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Identify the needs of assigned students through formal and informal assessment
Review referral data, history and assessment data to develop appropriate goals and objectives for each student
Confer with general education teachers regarding the educational, social, emotional and physical needs and objectives of each student
Plan, develop and implement individualized learning plans for each student
Design appropriate teaching strategies
Prepare instructional materials and lesson plans according to Individual Educational Plans (IEPs)
Review IEPs with parents, school administrators and general education teachers
Utilize appropriate methods of learning delivery and instruction to meet the needs of each student in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
Monitor, evaluate and document each student's progress utilizing appropriate measurements and assessment devices
Prepare timely progress reports for each student
Develop and implement necessary interventions and strategies to promote achievement of student objectives
Collaborate and consult with general school personnel regarding the implementation of the IEPs and special educational services
Modify and adapt conventional educational programs and curriculum to meet the requirements of special needs student
Maintain regular communication with parents by means of email, phone calls, conferences and progress reports
Assist parents with understanding and supporting educational objectives, learning expectations and behavioral standards
Ensure adherence to reasonable rules of classroom discipline and order to maintain a secure and effective learning environment
Manage student behavior through monitoring, supervising and assessing behavioral patterns
Utilize appropriate corrective methods to modify behavior
Develop and implement Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs) where necessary
Instruct students on socially acceptable behaviors and personal development skills
Prepare special needs students for inclusion and transition to mainstream
Maintain accurate and complete records in compliance with school district regulations and legal requirements
Maintain a current knowledge of special education best practices and trends
Perform other related duties as assigned or requested.
Supervision of support personnel.
Conduct supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to interview participation, training/development, assign and direct work, performance feedback, address complaints and resolve problems.
BUDGET AND/OR RESOURCE RESPONSIBILITIES:
Prioritize and schedule work tasks independently.
Create and implement effective and efficient process management strategies (e.g., procedures, instructional groups, transition materials and supplies).
Accurately projects need for budget planning.
Maintain accurate records in accordance with professional standards, state guidelines, and school system policy.
Review processes for improvement opportunities and make changes as needed to ensure quality of instruction.
The education/training/experience, license/certification, general expectations, physical demands, and work environment factors described below 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.
Master’s degree (preferred).
English fluency will be determined through the interview process and licensure.
LICENSES OR CERTIFICATIONS:
Valid Colorado Driver’s License.
Valid Colorado Teaching License with a Special Education Generalist endorsement.
PLACE or CO PRAXIS, or CDE approved out of state content exam.
Has advanced computer/technology skills.
Has the ability to work with students with diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Has the ability to work cooperatively with supervisors and co-workers.
Has the ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.
Has the ability to perform responsibilities without the necessity of close supervision.
Has the ability to effectively communicate with the School District community.
Has the ability to analyze, instruct, negotiate, coordinate, communicate, problem solve and use interpersonal skills.
Has the ability to compare, compute, synthesize and evaluate.
Has the ability to meet attendance standards and work the hours necessary to perform the essential functions.
Maintain a generally positive attitude.
Observe all District policies and procedures.
Adhere to federal and state legislation, regulation, and policies.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Frequent lifting 5 (five) to 10 (ten) pounds.
Lifting of up to one hundred fifty (150) pounds with support.
Frequent sitting, bending, walking, standing, stooping, kneeling, squatting, crawling, and reaching.
Ability to run, jog, swim and/or expel physical exertion in order to appropriately respond to needs of students.
Mostly clean and comfortable.
The work environment is high energy and may often appear chaotic.
Possible diapering, and feeding via feeding tube.
Physical restraint may be necessary to provide safety for student and others.
May encounter noise, odors or bodily fluids.
Principal or designee.
Dependent upon education, experience and Master Agreement.
All new hires will be probationary status.
This job description is not intended to create any express or implied contract of employment or expectancy of continued employment for any definite term.
In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Colorado law, Adams County School District 14 does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment, or employment in educational programs or activities which it operates. Inquiries or complaints may be referred to Linda Shamlin, Director of Human Resources, 5291 East 60th Avenue, Commerce City, CO 80022, or to the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Region VIII, Federal Office Building, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204.