Special Education Teacher
Provides research-based specialized instruction to address the instructional goals and objectives contained within each student's IEP. Assesses student progress and determines the need for additional reinforcement or adjustments to instructional techniques. Employs various teaching techniques, methods and principles of learning to enable students to meet their IEP goals. Develops and implements annual Individualized Educational Program (IEP) plans for students to include: present levels of educational performance, special education needs, instructional goals & objectives, and the special education and related services required to meet those goals. Adheres to procedural requirements, including due process timelines. Coordinates the delivery of special education services in each student's IEP. Serves as primary contact for the parent. Schedules team meetings. Conducts special education evaluations and reevaluations. Establishes 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. Provides instructional direction to paraprofessional support staff: assigns activities, provides guidance and instructional oversight. Collaborates 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. Performs other comparable duties of a like or similar nature or other duties as assigned. Provides professional expertise and assistance to individuals, other district staff and the community concerning areas of instructional expertise/knowledge. Attends training sessions, conferences, seminars, district and departmental meetings. Keeps abreast of changing developments, trends, instructional and educational technologies. 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. Demonstrates knowledge of teaching principles, practices, techniques and approaches. Demonstrates knowledge of child development theories and development stages and needs. Demonstrates knowledge of current trends, theories and technologies pertaining to learning and instruction. Demonstrates knowledge of assessment procedures and techniques, test construction and evaluation methods. Demonstrates knowledge of instructional strategies, techniques and interventions related to job assignment. Demonstrates understanding of basic office equipment and software used by the district in maintaining records and files (i.e. word processing software, student record databases). Demonstrates 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. Demonstrates the skill and ability to communicate - both orally and in writing.