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This position is responsible for instructing visually impaired students in a program of study that enables each student to achieve commensurate with classmates, through the use of magnification equipment, assistive devices, Braille instruction, and large print books. Direct instruction supports the regular education curriculum and positively motivates the student to develop appropriate skills, attitudes and knowledge. Position utilizes a variety of instructional techniques and creates a safe and orderly learning environment. Position may include assignments to more than one location in the course of the day.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Instructs students (K-12th grade) in accordance with the course of study adopted by the board of Education, to include instruction of current Braille techniques.
Develops individualized education plans appropriate to the needs and abilities of each assigned student.
Provides individual and small group instruction in compliance with IEP goals.
Complete assessments (i.e.: functional vision assessment, etc., as required for student’s needs.
Transcribes lessons and other materials into Braille and/or large print.
Identifies student needs and cooperates with other professional staff members in helping students solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
Uses a variety of instructional techniques appropriate for the ages and skill level of students.
Interprets the abilities and disabilities of students and works cooperatively with classroom teachers who have visually impaired students in regular classes.
Establishes and maintains standard of pupil behavior and creates a safe, orderly, and effective environment of learning.
Evaluates student academic and behavioral growth and prepares progress reports.
Conferences regularly with parents/guardians regarding behavior observations and the performance of students.
Assists in screening, evaluating, and recommending placements of students in the school’s program for the visually impaired.
Monitors student movement and escorts students to the cafeteria, buses, bathrooms, etc., if needed.
Maintains thorough records for each student.
Selects, requisitions, and maintains books, instructional materials, and instructional aids.
Models nondiscriminatory practices in all activities.
Attends staff development programs, curriculum development meetings, and other professional activities.
Keeps abreast of developments, research, and new technology in the field.
Performs any other related duties assigned by the Principal or other appropriate administrator.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree and be eligible for a Virginia Teaching License with an endorsement in Visually Impaired.
Must possess effective instructional delivery techniques and excellent communication skills.
Must possess knowledge of the needs of visually impaired students.
Must possess the ability to instruct visually impaired students.
Must be proficient in current Braille techniques and transcribing print to Braille and Braille to print.
Must be proficient with technology programs to include, but not limited to, JAWS, Zoomtext, Duxbury, Braille notetaker and embosser.
Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with school administrators, parents, and students.
Must have an acceptable rating for in any prior teaching assignment.
Work involves operation of office equipment and limited physical tasks.
Above-average amount of walking, bending, standing, stooping, and lifting in a classroom environment.
The work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Valid certification to meet State requirements with specific endorsement in the area to which assigned.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
192 day contract
Performance on this job will be evaluated in accordance with school board policy and administrative regulations on evaluation of personnel.
Position Type: Full-time
Special Education > Visually Impaired