Special Education Teacher (#254512)
Characteristics of the Successful Candidate: • Growth mindset • Reflective practitioner • Innovative • Creative problem solver • Willing to take risks • Highly organized • Effective at time management • Seeks out professional learning • Willing to continue to learn and try new strategies/ protocols • Willing to plan and work collaboratively with a team • Able to build relationships with students from a variety of backgrounds • Good communicator and active listener Job Description: Under the direction of the School Director, the Licensed Special Education Teacher develops and provides specializedon to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities; evaluates and assesses student progress against instructional objectives; and functions as IEP Manager to assigned students. • Provide research-based specialized instruction to address the instructional goals and objectives contained within each student's IEP.
• Assess student progress and determines the need for additional reinforcement or adjustments to instructional techniques. • Employ various teaching techniques, methods and principles of learning to enable students to meet theirIEP goals. • Develop and implements annual Individualized Educational Program (IEP) plans for students to include: present levels of educational performance, special education needs, instructional goals and objectives, and the special education and related services required to meet those goals. • Adhere to procedural requirements, including due process timelines. • Coordinate the delivery of special education services in each student's IEP. • Serve as primary contact for the parent. • Schedule team meetings. • Conduct special education evaluations and reevaluations. • Establish and maintains student control and discipline in the classroom, school premises or during school activities by communicating expectations of appropriate behavior. Employs and implements a classroom structure and consistency to encourage student responsibility, cooperation and mutual respect consistent with district policies and procedures. • Provide instructional direction to paraprofessional support staff: assigns activities, provides guidance and instructional oversight. • Collaborate and consults with educational professionals and community service providers (i.e., social services, public health, medical providers, etc.) regarding the needs of students. Provides consultation to classroom teachers regarding classroom adaptations, instructional modifications, adaptive equipment, behavior modification plans and other similar instructional interventions to meet the needs of students with disabilities. • Provide professional expertise and assistance to individuals, other district staff and the community concerning areas of instructional expertise/knowledge. • Attend training sessions, conferences, seminars, district and departmental meetings. • Keep abreast of changing developments, trends, instructional and educational technologies. • Perform other comparable duties of a like or similar nature or other duties as assigned. Essential knowledge and specialized subject knowledge required to perform the essential functions of the job:
• Current knowledge of special education laws, rules and regulations and District policies and procedures. The ability to apply these to help insure District compliance. • Skilled in administering, scoring and interpreting special education assessment tools and procedures. • Knowledge of teaching principles, practices, techniques and approaches. • Knowledge of child development theories and development stages and needs. • Knowledge of current trends, theories and technologies pertaining to learning and instruction. • Knowledge of assessment procedures and techniques, test construction and evaluation methods. • Knowledge of instructional strategies, techniques and interventions related to job assignment. • Understanding of basic office equipment and software used by the district in maintaining records and files (i.e. word processing software, student record databases). • Knowledge of instructional technologies and software, equipment, tools and devices used presenting instruction, documenting assessments, student progress or other classroom administrative requirements of the district. • The skill and ability to communicate - both orally and in writing.