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Special Education Teacher

The Shafer Center Germantown, MD, USA

Compensation

$50,000 to $65,000 Annually

Benefits Offered

401K, Dental, Medical, Vision

Employment Type

Full-Time

The Shafer Center is a private and non-public school for children with autism and other developmental delays. As educators it’s our mission to help each child reach his/her maximum potential. Through fun, meaningful, and carefully planned lessons we provide our students and their families with opportunities for growth and success. We utilize an evidenced-based approach to treatment aimed to put children on the path to more independent and inclusive opportunities. Our Education Department provides classroom-based and individualized services for students ages 2 through 14 years. By creating a central resource for education, assessment, and treatment, we aspire to provide our students with a thorough education and our families with hope and knowledge.

The Shafer Center is looking for a highly motivated special educator to join our growing team of professionals committed to providing treatment to students on the autism spectrum. We utilize a whole-child, multidisciplinary approach to therapy to maximize the potential of each child.

Competitive salary and benefits, FT position available immediately. We believe in small caseloads and giving you the time you need with clients to make a meaningful difference in their lives. We strive to create a supportive work environment and we foster an innovative and highly motivated team.

Responsibilities:

  • Works directly with the Director of Education to develop and implement Individual Education Programs (IEPs) or Individual Education Goals (IPGs). This process includes administering formal and informal assessments to obtain baseline levels, developing goals and objectives in all necessary academic areas, determining and integrating appropriate supplemental aides and modifications.
  • Coordinates IEP preparation for upcoming meetings by collaborating with IEP team members to develop comprehensive plans, monitoring the contributions of other service providers to ensure timely completion of necessary documents, and ensuring communication and document sharing with the family in advance.
  • Provides a classroom environment conducive to learning. This includes organizing an effective work setting, utilizing strategies to clarify rules and expectations, encouraging and acknowledging individual student accomplishments and appropriate behavior, treating students in a fair and equitable manner, and accommodating individual learning differences.
  • Writes monthly outlines, weekly snapshots, and singular lesson plans for all areas. Includes alignment to the Common Core Curriculum, incorporation of IEP goals, and the organization of groups and staff during lessons.
  • Utilizes teaching strategies and interventions, and maximizes allocated instructional time to increase student learning. Incorporates a wide range of instructional materials and learning dynamics into educational plans.
  • Organizes environment and prepares materials for each lesson, introduces activity and specifies instructional objectives, uses appropriate language when interacting with students in all aspects (expressive communication, written language etc), assigns developmentally appropriate tasks, provides instructional pacing that ensures student understanding, makes effective transitions between activities, provides remediation and intervention activities for students, designs, delivers, and assesses student learning activities addressing the Common Core objectives; and integrates variety of technology applications and learning tools to augment student achievement.
  • Trained in research-based interventions and curricula such as Orton Gillingham, Seeing Stars, Talkies, Handwriting without Tears, etc., and implements them with fidelity
  • Collects, manages, monitors, and analyzes data for academic and behavior objectives and goals
  • Maintains accurate and complete student records, including attendance, assessments and IEP paperwork
  • Effectively communicates with students, educational personnel, classroom staff and other providers daily.
  • Maintains informative and professional communication routinely with parents.
  • Follow MSDE and COMAR regulations connected to education to ensure compliance and appropriate documentation and maintenance of records.
  • Utilizes standard grammar, listening skills, and clarity in the presentation of ideas; communicates student progress according to established procedures, communicates regularly and effectively with co-workers, parents/guardians, and the community, and exhibits appropriate interactive skills..
  • Collaborates with the classroom assistant, speech and language pathologist and ABA specialist assigned to the classroom.
  • Plan and attend all classroom events including conferences, the Holiday Musical, the Science Fair, and graduation as applicable
  • Plan field trips following the standard operating procedure with direct guidance from the Director of Education
  • Schedule conferences with parents and collaborate with staff to attend quarterly
  • Assist with pickup and drop-off procedures.
  • Implement given behavior plans with integrity.
  • Assist in maintaining a clean, organized, and functional classroom environment that’s conducive to learning and sensitive to learning needs.
  • Understands and utilizes ABA methodology including; discrete trial instruction, behavior reduction, reinforcement, functional analysis, behavior intervention plans, etc.
  • Leads classroom weekly team meetings and other kid specific meetings.
  • Problem solves on kid specific issues with team members in a variety of forums; round table, classroom team meetings, IEP meetings, and informal communication.
  • Determines classroom supply list, and maintains records of supplies based on MSDE regulations.
  • Completes necessary clerical paperwork including schedule requests, PAFs, purchase orders, incident reports, restraint documentation, permission and event paperwork, transportation consent for field trip, and attendance under direct guidance
  • Participates in special projects and strategic initiatives
  • Gives in-department trainings on specific topics from the direct guidance from the Director of Education
  • Fills in as IEP Chair in the absence of the Director of Education
  • Creates and utilizes an integrity check system for the staff participating in classroom routines and procedures.

About The Shafer Center:

The Shafer Center is a private and non-public school for children with autism and other developmental delays. As educators it’s our mission to help each child reach his/her maximum potential. Through fun, meaningful, and carefully planned lessons we provide our students and their families with opportunities for growth and success. We utilize an evidenced-based approach to treatment aimed to put children on the path to more independent and inclusive opportunities. Our Education Department provides classroom-based and individualized services for students ages 2 through 14 years. By creating a central resource for education, assessment, and treatment, we aspire to provide our students with a thorough education and our families with hope and knowledge.

Company address: 11500 Cronridge Drive

Posted date: 11 days ago

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