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UPDATE - 1.0 FTE Special Education Preschool Teacher

David Douglas School District #40 - Portland, OR




JOB TITLE: Teacher – Early Childhood Special Education Preschool Teacher
(Note: Two 1.0 FTE Positions Available)

PLEASE NOTE: This position requires endorsements in BOTH Early Childhood Education and Special Education.

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Reports To: Building Principal

Job Purpose Statement/s: The position of Teacher – Basic Education is for the purpose/s of improving student success in academics or skills through implementing District approved curriculum; documenting teaching and student progress/activities/outcomes; developing lesson plans; modeling the necessary skills to perform assignments; providing a safe and optimal learning environment and providing feedback to students, parents and administration regarding student progress, expectations, goals, etc.

Essential Job Functions:

Conducts individual screenings on children; monitors all necessary screening results and follow-up services through communication with appropriate co-workers.
Participate as a transdisciplinary team member to complete educational assessments for children and assist in determining eligibility for Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) and School Age services based on Federal and State rules and regulations.
Plan and Implement a program of study following state and district outcomes that, as much as possible, meet the individual needs and abilities of the students including students with special needs.
Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and includes supports and modifications that facilitate learning.
Guide the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum student outcomes.
Employ instructional methods and materials that are appropriate for meeting objectives.
Assess students’ academic learning and/or skills for the purpose of providing feedback to students, parents and administration regarding students’ progress, expectations, goals, etc.
Develop appropriate systems to regularly monitor educational progress and maintain/complete records and reports as required by program procedures and Oregon Administrative Rules.
Collaborate with school personnel and parents for the purpose of improving the quality of student performance, developing solutions and planning curriculum.
Assists parents to increase knowledge in child growth and development, through regularly scheduled parent conferences, home visits, center activities, and communication.
Manage student behavior for the purpose of providing a safe and an optimal learning environment.
Trains Assistant Teacher, Classroom Aide, through weekly planning and conferencing, providing resources, daily classroom observations, and specific feedback, informally and formally.
Maintains and updates confidential records, such as but not limited to; child attendance, screenings, anecdotal observations, parent contacts, etc.
Become familiar with and uphold the enforcement of school rules, Administrative Regulations and Board Policy.
Demonstrate a professional and positive attitude when carrying out responsibilities as a faculty member.
Attend staff meetings as well as serve on staff and district committees as requested.
Meet the state standards for competent and ethical performance.

Other Job Functions:

Participate in various meetings (e.g. parent conferences, in-service training, site meetings, etc.) for the purpose of receiving and/or providing information.
Reports suspected child abuse in accordance with Oregon Statute and Head Start Procedures.
Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements – Qualifications:

Experience Preferred: 2 years experience working with children birth to 5 years of age, including working with children with special needs birth to 5 years of age and their families. Early Childhood experience preferred.

Skills, Knowledge and/or Abilities Required:

Skills in planning, developing, and implementing appropriate curriculum and assisting students in realizing success. Effective communication skills with students, parents and other school personnel.

Knowledge of instructional theory and best practices, curriculum, state education code, state standards and district policies. Knowledge of typical and atypical child development from birth through five years of age. Knowledge of the rules and regulation, which apply to the eligibility and provision of EI/ECSE services, Head Start Performance Standards and ACT.

Abilities to use good communication skills and productive problem-solving strategies as a collaborative team member. Ability to work in partnership with families, mutually exploring options, soliciting input about what they want for their child, and respecting choices. Ability to stand and walk for prolonged periods, perform a variety of specialized and responsible tasks, maintain records, establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, parent, other school personnel, meet schedule and deadlines. Significant physical abilities include lifting/carrying/reaching/handling, talking/hearing conversations, near/far visual acuity/depth perception and accommodation field of vision. Have transportation available for on-the-job use.

Education Required:

Bachelor’s Degree required.
Early Childhood Education endorsement required.
UPDATE: Special Education endorsement preferred, willingness to obtain this endorsement.

Licenses, Bonding and/or Testing Required: Current Oregon Teaching License. Authorization level PK-12.

Criminal Justice fingerprint clearance, valid driver's License, own transportation, and evidence of insurability.

The David Douglas School District welcomes applications from candidates that expand the District's diversity.

Multi-Cultural preferred. Bi-Lingual preferred.

ESOL endorsement preferred.

Other: Food Handler’s card must be obtained within 30 days of hire date.

Infant/child first aid/CPR, must be obtained within 60 days of hire date.

Terms of Employment: Salary and work year according to the current contract and school calendar.

Evaluation: Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board's Policy on Evaluation of Licensed Staff Personnel.

David Douglas School District Drug Testing and Criminal Background check

Per district policy all offers of employment shall be contingent upon the successful passing of a district required drug test and criminal background check. David Douglas School District’s Human Resources will designate where and when the testing will be conducted. The offer of employment will be withdrawn from candidates who test positive for drugs.

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Job posting is Open Until Filled