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Special Education Teacher
FTE: 1.0 Salary: $41,172.00 - $79,690 (Please note, this is the salary range for the 2019-20 school year, 2020-21 TBD) FLSA: Licensed (Professional) Contract Status: Regular/Probationary Start Date: 2020-21 School Year Calendar: 190 Days Notes: There are multiple positions available at multiple locations. Please indicate in your letter of interest if you have a grade level preference. This is a brief description/summary of the position. Please view the attachment for the full job description.
Purpose: The purpose of this position is to work collaboratively with school staff in designing, implementing, and adapting instructional programs for the special educational needs of identified students in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) or the Life Skills program.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Meets the standards of Competent and Ethical Performance as outlined in Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR 584-020-000 to 584-020-045). The following are examples of principle duties; however, any one position may not cover all duties listed and examples may not cover all duties an employee is expected to perform.
Create and model a respectful learning environment.
Effectively work with and respond to people from diverse cultures or backgrounds.
Plan and implement a program of study and/or specially designed instruction following state and district goals, curriculum, and requirements to students identified with a broad range of disabilities.
Consult with regular education teachers to adapt/modify regular classroom curriculum.
Serve as case manager for services to students upon placement in the LRC or Life Skills program.
Coordinate the evaluation of students referred to special education (including both initial and three-year evaluations) with the district Intervention Team, prepare summary assessment reports and interpret assessments to determine student need and eligibility under IDEA.
Participate in and facilitate the development of individualized education programs (IEPs) for eligible students with disabilities ensuring that each IEP is in compliance with all state and federal requirements including mandated deadlines.
Ensure that eligibility and IEP meetings are scheduled, ensure that all mandated participants have been invited and are in attendance, and conduct meetings efficiently and in a timely manner.
Inform parents/guardians of due process rights.
Develop and use data-based progress-monitoring systems to track student performance.
Collaborate with school staff to develop and implement behavior support plans and to monitor student progress toward goals of positive behavior.
Manage time to complete required special education paperwork in a timely fashion.
Observe special education processes and requirements including progress reporting, data collection, and other procedural work.
Maintain accurate, complete and confidential records as required by law and district policy and administrative regulations.
Work as part of the school team to fully implement Response to Intervention (RTI).
Work effectively and collaboratively with diverse student, staff and community populations.
Train and coordinate work of Educational Assistants.
Establish and maintain open lines of communication with school staff and with parents/guardians concerning academic and behavioral progress of students.
Assist school staff and administration in implementing all policies and/or rules governing student conduct, reinforce individual school’s plan for positive behavior support, develop reasonable rules for classroom behavior and utilize effective, proactive behavior management skills in all school settings.
Assume responsibility for assigned duties, e.g., playground, lunchroom duty.
Utilize technology as related to job responsibilities.
Reflect upon own teaching performance and accept and implement supervisory feedback to improve skills and services to students.
Take primary responsibility for pursuing and evaluating own professional growth.
Attend and participate in Special Education and building staff meetings, and district inservice meetings.
Participate in activities that are related to school functions and/or the education process that occur outside the regular workday, in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.
Work collaboratively with school personnel in meeting diverse social and academic needs of students.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: 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.
Valid Oregon teacher’s license with appropriate special education endorsement and grade level authorization. Must be highly qualified or able to become highly qualified in area assigned according to NCLB laws.
Experience with and knowledge of students with a wide range of disabilities.
Knowledge of state and federal special education regulations and procedures with regard to referral, identification, evaluation, placement and provision of a free, appropriate education.
Familiarity with a variety of instructional, assessment and behavior management strategies that reflect current research on best practices.
Familiarity with state standards and curriculum frameworks.
Knowledge and experience with differentiated instruction.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Knowledge of state and federal education laws and of student and staff rights.
Ability to exhibit professionalism and effective human relations.
Ability to effectively manage and supervise students and their work.
Ability to direct the work of other staff members.
Ability to facilitate meetings and collaboration efforts with staff and community.
Ability to travel among district facilities as needed, and, if driving, the ability to meet district driving standards.
Standard First Aid certification, or the ability to obtain certification within two months of hire, may be required.
Position Type: Full-time
Special Education > General Special Education
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