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Arts Teacher (Special Education)

Laradon Denver, CO

  • Expired: June 16, 2021. Applications are no longer accepted.

Laradon has been a leader in advocacy, education, and support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are looking for talented and dedicated team members to carry our legacy forward. No matter what position you have at Laradon, you feel like part of the whole team. At Laradon, we want every employee to feel like a connected and valued member of our community, encouraged to reach out for the opportunities that inspire them and empowered to realize their greatest potential.

A Day in the Life of an Arts Teacher . . .

Our Arts Teacher will provide visual arts services/experiences to Laradon School Students (individual and/or group format depending on student needs) to address behavioral, social/emotional, psychological, communicative, physical, sensory-motor, and cognitive functioning.

How you will make a difference . . .

+ Create an optimum learning/therapeutic environment that supports creative expression for all students

+ Provide arts consultation and support to classroom staff

+ Participate in the case management process, as needed

+ Prepare lesson plans that correlate to the IEP goals and specific classroom learning

+ Develop appropriate curriculum and corresponding lesson plans with great flexibility and autonomy for students with significant cognitive and behavioral needs

+ Support stage design for student performances

+ Develop and facilitate student learning in art, including drawing, painting, sculpture, and crafts

+ Knowledge of behavior support plans, crisis intervention techniques, and proactive/preventative techniques including physical management and positive reinforcement

+ Plan and present art displays and exhibitions designed to celebrate student work for the school and community

+ Research and requisition instructional materials, tools, instructional aids, and maintain required arts inventory

What we offer you ...

+ Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance

+ 401(k) + 4% Match

+ 10 weeks paid break/holiday time plus paid personal leave per school year.

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+ Paid on-the-job training, including CPR, Safety Care, ABA Therapy, & Defensive Driving

+ Tuition and Certification Reimbursement

+ Development, job growth, and internal training opportunities

+ The opportunity to work in a dynamic, supportive, and rewarding environment alongside other Laradon staff - one where everyone is truly appreciated

+ CDC and CDPHE office protocols to ensure the safety and welfare of all employees

+ Mon - Fri Schedule

What you need to know ...

+ Environment : We have a total of 10 classrooms with no more than 8 students with most staff to student ratios of 1 to 1

+ Compensation: Starting salary at $50k for New Grad/One Year Exp); commensurate with education (Bachelor's or Master's) and experience (years teaching in the classroom). Salary is based on a scale relative to experience.

+ Safety Care: All school employees are required to provide physical behavior support which includes physical management (training provided upon hire); may be subject to extensive aggressive and non-compliant behavior from special needs students

+ Pre-Employment: Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical and Colorado and Federal Bureau of Investigation background check

+ 100% In Classroom Learning: As Laradon is a small employer and employees work in a collaborative and team environment, our school employees must be physically present in the office to perform different job functions. Additionally, as a service provider, our instructional methods under our services model require the work to be performed on campus.

+ Calendar: The Laradon School year is Aug - May and Extended School Year "ESY" June - Aug. There are 175 student contact days. Please see

+ Start Date : As a critical role for our community of students, we are always looking to connect with Art Teachers to explore future opportunities

What we're looking for from you ...

+ Superstar communicator - Able to communicate and listen well with students, staff, parents and the community

+ Passion - Experience working with students with developmental disabilities and/or emotional/behavioral disorders

+ Brains - Minimum of a BA/BS in Education, current Colorado Teaching Certification with Special Education Generalist and Elementary Education endorsement or ability to enter an Alternative License program or apply for a Special Education Temporary Authorization (SETA)

+ Influencer - Two years teaching experience preferred

+ Mindset - Positive, resilient and 'can do' attitude

+ Super strength - Able to exert/lift up to 50 pounds of force

Who we are ...

In order to provide culturally competent services to individuals, students, guests and staff/employees, it is of highest importance that our hiring practices reflect our values by offering an environment that celebrates diversity and embraces inclusion. All of our team members - regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, language, abilities/disabilities, veteran status, religion, citizenship, socioeconomic status, geographic region, or other defining characteristics - should feel a sense of belonging and valued. We applaud everyone.

Laradon Values ...

Integrity | Respect | Inclusion | Accountable | Empowerment

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Denver, CO
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