The Needham Public Schools is seeking a Special Education Teacher of diverse background and experiences. Under the general supervision of the Special Education Coordinator and School Principal to maximize the learning experience of students with special needs, in academics, interpersonal skills and activities of daily living by implementing district approved curriculum; documenting teaching and student progress/activities, outcomes; addressing students' specific needs; providing a safe and optimal learning environment. This is a long term substitute position from January 19- June 18, 2021 at the Eliot School.
• Conducts assessments, testing and diagnostic examinations of students for the purpose of identifying learning issues, and recommending courses of action or corrective procedures to overcome issues and maximize learning.
• Participates in team meetings and assists in developing Individual Educational Programs ("IEP") for students.
• Assists students and teaching staff in implementing students' IEP's and behavior management plans.
• Coordinates with administrators and other teaching staff and related service providers to ascertain individual student's abilities and needs, including students with special needs.
• Serves as ready resource to students and parents that will lead each student to increased personal growth, self-understanding, and behavioral management; serves as liaison between home and school.
• Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research, and by maintaining professional relationships with members of institutions of higher learning and the business community.
• Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping and provides student information and data in order to write progress reports.
• Encourages parental involvement in students' education and ensures effective communication with students and parents.
• Assists in the orientation of new teaching assistants, and provides training and guidance as necessary.
• Priority will be given to applicants with Wilson training, and behavioral and / or emotional intervention training or experience.
• Provides direct instruction across the curriculum including accommodations and modifications per a variety of student needs.
• Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Principal and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
Skills, Knowledge, Abilities
• Knowledge of Special Education principles, theories, testing, methods, etc. as well as proven methods of maximizing the educational experience of students with special needs.
• Knowledge of differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles.
• Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.
• Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.
• Ability to use computer network system and software applications as needed.
• Ability to organize and coordinate work.
• Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents.
• Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
• Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.
• Massachusetts State Certification as an elementary Special Education Teacher
• Bachelors from an accredited college or university in education discipline applicable to teaching assignment.
• Masters Degree in Special Education.
• Successful prior special education teaching experience for the appropriate grade level preferred.
• Candidates with Wilson Reading System experience preferred.
All resumes will be screened and selected candidates will participate in a thorough interview process.
Please apply online
Applications will be considered only when a cover letter, resume, three letters of recommendation, license and transcripts have been attached to your online application.
Candidates are encouraged to review the working conditions, wages and benefits in the Unit A collective bargaining agreement.
The Needham Public School System is a member of METCO, Developing Equity and Achievement for Students (IDEAS) and the Greater Boston School Human Resources Network. Candidates who have a strong commitment to active anti-racism are encouraged to apply.
The Needham Public Schools does not discriminate against students, parents, employees or the general public on the basis of race, color, sex, homeless status, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or age. In addition to the protected classes identified and in regard to employment practices, the Needham Public Schools also does not discriminate based on genetic information, ancestry or status as a veteran.
All positions are contingent on the approval of the budget by the Town of Needham.