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Special Education Teachers-Hiring for the 2022-2023 School Year

Solterra Academy
New Britain, CT
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Are you a certified special education teacher looking for a unique opportunity? Are you passionate and skillful with helping students who require a therapeutic school with a high staff to student ratio? Then come join the team at Solterra Academy where you can find life-long learning within highly collaborative teams of professionals. We are hiring for the 2021-2022 school year with positions starting in the Summer or Fall. Also ask about tuition reimbursements!

Solterra Academy provides comprehensive special education for students ages 5 to 21 who require intensive intervention due to severe emotional, behavioral, cognitive, developmental and/or learning challenges. At Solterra Academy, we believe that children can realize their potential, given an environment that is supportive, developmentally appropriate and geared to specific individual needs. We are dedicated to the development of a sense of cooperation, self-motivation, adjustment and academic accomplishment for each child.

Solterra Academy believes that our staff is our strength. Solterra Academy's approach to providing quality education programming for children with special needs rests on the interdisciplinary team model and a high staff to student ratio. Teams are comprised of Administrators, certified special education teachers, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Clinical Psychologist, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, pediatric school nurses, classroom support staff and more. Join the team and see how you can make a difference.

Special Education Teachers

Special Education Teachers are responsible for a self contained classroom, and development and implementation of Individualized Educational Program (IEP) for each student assigned to their class. They are responsible for planning and providing engaging, differentiated academic lessons for all subjects. Teachers work closely with primary therapists, related services, and administration to effectively address all aspects of the students' program for optimal success. It is the teachers' responsibility to provide a safe and structured school environment for all students through the effective implementation of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) practices. In collaboration with their assistant principal, teachers are responsible for direct supervision of their classroom's support staff.


IEP Responsibilities

o Prepare students' individual goals and objectives in SMART format.

o Implement the IEP as approved by the PPT.

o Submit report cards and IEP progress marks by due dates, proofing and editing as needed.

o Develop system to track student progress on IEP goals.

o Conduct academic assessments three times a year (i.e. Star 360) to track student progress and inform IEP goals and objectives.

o Prepare for and participate in PPT's.

o Prepare for and participate in Team Meetings.

Academic Instruction and Support

o Develop written lesson plans and implement engaging, differentiated academic lessons that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards during all subjects within the classroom.

o Develop and implement appropriate assessments of student learning to inform instruction and maintain grade book.

o Coordinate scheduling of classroom schedules and activities.

o Daily communication with parents/guardians via home notes, e-mails, or phone calls.

o Maintain an up-to-date substitute folder with at least three days of detailed lesson plans.

o Administer medications in the absence of the school nurse when on field trips, job placements, or any other off-site activity.

Behavior Management

o Implement PBIS practices with fidelity.

o Implement TCI strategies to support students emotionally and behaviorally.

o Implements students' BIPs throughout the school day.

o Demonstrate the ability to set limits and maintain personal boundaries.

o Demonstrate cultural sensitivity in all interactions with students/families.

o Effectively use patience and therapeutic tone in day-to-day interactions with students.

Data Tracking

o Complete and Review all necessary BIRs and Restraint/Seclusion Documentation in a timely fashion.

o Oversee the collection of data on student performance as specified by members of the primary team.

o Oversee the entry of all behavioral data into the database.

o Prepare and analyze behavioral data for Team Meetings and PPTs to accurately reflect students' current presentation and progress over time.


o Supervise and delegate responsibility to assistant teacher and other support staff assigned to the classroom as appropriate for specific program implementation with appropriate oversight.

o Regularly alert assistant principal to any issues or concerns with classroom support staff.

o May be required to serve as a TEAM mentor or cooperating teacher for a student teacher at the request of administration.

Regulatory Compliance

o Participate in and complete all requirements for the CT System for Educator Evaluation and Development (SEED) evaluation process.

o Maintain CT SDE Certification throughout employment.

o Maintain TCI certification throughout employment.

o Maintain CPR Certification throughout employment.


Bachelor's Level BA Degree in Special Education from an accredited college or university required.

Master's Level MA degree in Education from an accredited college or university.

DSAP Level All of the above job responsibilities will be conducted in close collaboration with a certified educational supervisor. BA degree from an accredited college or university with at least 12 credits in special education and current enrollment in SPED certification program.

All Levels - Minimum of one year of experience in a special education classroom preferred. Some experience with ED population required.


BA and MA Level Valid CT 165 certification from CT SDE.

CPR certification required within 90 days of hire (training provided by Solterra Academy).

Certification in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention required with the first training course provided after hire date (training provided by Solterra Academy).

Public Service License (PSL) may be required at request of administration.

Solterra Academy


New Britain, CT
06050 USA



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