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Teacher - Waits River Valley School

Orange East Supervisory Union East Corinth, VT

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: medical
Job Description: Position: Teacher School: Waits River Valley School Department: Special Education Job Purpose The Special Education Teacher is responsible for instructing students in basic skills using a variety of approaches and strategies including co-teaching. Consistent with state and federal law, the Special Education Teacher case manages, coordinates and provides an effective and efficient system of Special Education and Support Services designed to meet the needs of assigned students, and effectively integrate students into the least restrictive environment. Essential Job Functions Planning and PreparationIntegrates current best practices, research, and special education laws into the education of the disabled, to assure compliance with state and federal laws, and to provide the most effective educational program for assigned students.Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of assigned students including: intellectual, social, and emotional characteristics of age group; students' varied approaches to learning; student skills and knowledge; student interests and cultural heritage; economic and cultural influences; student's family, school and community context.Serves as liaison person to assure a successful transition of assigned students from school to school, or classroom to classroom.Uses assessment information to develop an effective standards-based Individual Educational Plan (IEP) for those students who qualify for such services.Researches, coordinates and effectively utilizes available school and community resources and outside agencies to ensure proper delivery of students' IEP (SLP, Social Worker, OT/PT, internal and external professionals and agencies, and the like).Plans, develops, and monitors and/or delivers extended school year programs for identified students to assure an effective educational program.Works with classroom teachers to select, design/modify classroom services (including learning activities, instructional groupings, lesson plans, educational materials, curricula, assessments, teaching strategies, and the like) for assigned students designed to promote the academic, vocational, physical and social development needs of students, adhering to accommodations as appropriate.Administers and/or coordinates a thorough assessment which may include language, behavior, visual motor, gross and fine motor, and cognitive skills using a variety of techniques including standardized tests, rubrics, checklists, curriculum based measures, developmental scales, observations, behavior objectives, and the like.Confers with parents, school counselors, classroom teachers, social workers, administrators, testing specialists and other professionals as needed to determine proper assessment tools and procedures, and to discuss evaluation results.Interprets both educational and clinical findings to accurately determine program eligibility and to assess student progress. Learning EnvironmentCreates and maintains an environment of respect and rapport.Effectively serves all children on general caseload and assists with the integration of assigned students into regular classroom settings using the concepts of normalization and least restrictive environment.Coordinates services and assures productive, effective, and efficient use of assigned para-educators.Monitors students for signs of disruptive behavior such as violence, verbal outbursts, and episodes of destructiveness in efforts to curtail such behavior.Develops, implements, and monitors behavior management plans and crisis prevention/intervention plans for assigned students as necessary.Determines appropriate affective and social behavior, identifies children's competencies in their daily living skills, and develops and implements effective student behavior support plan.Identifies and implements appropriate assistive technology devices and other adaptive or augmentative systems that will enhance student communication and accessibility to learning.Provides a safe learning environment for all students. Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities. InstructionEffectively provides academic instruction, social skills training and other direct services to assigned students individually, and in small/large groups (both outside and within the regular classroom) as decided by team members, using the recommendations of the most current written Evaluation Report.Implements appropriate classroom activities/educational materials to effectively engage students in learning and to maximize student comprehension of the lesson; including implementation of individual educational plans, instructional groupings, behavioral management techniques, peer support and the like.Teaches students on behavior plans socially acceptable behavior by employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement. Uses a variety of social skills curricula to teach pro-social behavior and de-escalation strategies.Assists the classroom teacher in providing effective, timely, and quality feedback on student progress to parents, students and other professionals as needed or required.Has a solid working knowledge of co-teaching practices and is able to implement these in a mainstream setting.Assists the classroom teacher in accurately assessing the effectiveness of classroom services (including learning activities, instructional groupings, lesson plans, educational materials, curricula, assessments, teaching strategies, and the like) to make sure instructional goals of assigned students are being met; and persistently seeks thoughtful alternative approaches/resources to improve student learning. Other Professional ResponsibilitiesRoutinely observes student interactions and learning environments in the classroom, school and community to assess instructional effectiveness.Identifies, coordinates, and implements training for teachers, para-educators and other school personnel as it relates to understanding disabilities, managing and implementing student programs, screening and assessment, behavior management techniques, developing IEPs, and evaluating student progress.Assists the OHS SPED Coordinator in planning and evaluating program effectiveness and identifying program needs.Prepares and maintains accurate, complete, timely, effective and confidential student records and related reports as required by law, district policy, and administrative regulations.Communicates/collaborates effectively with parents to keep families informed of the instructional programs and individual student progress; and effectively engages families to help meet the educational needs of the student.Works effectively, cooperatively and respectfully with supervisors, colleagues, and subordinates. Implements strategies such as collaborative teaming, conflict resolution, and mediation strategies to facilitate team decisions around student programs.Responsible for on-going professional growth activities consistent with district goals and school action/strategic plans, and as directed by the Director of Student Services/School Principal.Keeps abreast of current best practices, research, and special education laws.Acts as a general resource person for classroom teachers, para-educators, and administration.Shows professionalism and considers "What's best for students" in serving and advocating for students, and in decision making.Follows and assists in upholding and enforcing school rules, administrative regulations and procedures, policies of the OESU, and corresponding school district policies. Required Level of Education & ExperienceMaster’s Degree in EducationTwo to three years of special education experience is preferred, but not required Desired QualificationsAbility to read, analyze, and interpret common educational and technical journals, periodicals and procedures, and regulationsAbility to respond to common inquiries or complaints from parents, regulatory agencies, or members of the communityAbility to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals that conform to school standards or regulationsAbility to effectively present information to and respond to questions from administrators, parents, peers, board members and the general publicAbility to interpret and use test results by applying math concepts such as standard error of measurement, bands of confidence, standard scores, and percentilesAbility to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization existsAbility to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule formGood basic computer skills and experience with word processing programs requiredExperience with Microsoft Office helpful.Ability to effectively, efficiently and regularly communicate and work cooperatively with a variety of individuals, including students, peers, subordinates, supervisors, parents, and representatives of outside organizationsAbility to effectively resolve conflicts and handle stress Certifications and LicensesMust hold or be able to obtain a Vermont Educator’s License with Special Education teaching endorsement Tools/Technology RequirementsAbility to work with traditional and new media technologies, a variety of digital applications, and tools appropriate to the field that is being taught.Knowledge of applications, such as email, calendar/scheduling, and word processing.Ability to operate traditional office equipment. Physical and Mental Demands 1. Prolonged periods of standing and moving 2. Physical mobility to move throughout building 3. Speaking/Listening/Responding 4. Occasional reaching up, squatting down and extending across 5. Ability to lift and push fifty-pounds. 6. Visual perception requiring various acuities over numerous settings. 7. Comprehension of the English language 8. Rational reasoning and decision making 9. Presence at the workplace Working ConditionsWhile performing t

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