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Special Education Teacher

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Colton School District (4 day student week)

Job Title: Special Education Teacher
Reports To: Principal
FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary Range: Per Licensed Contract
Job Posting: This posting is open until filled
Contract Year: 2020-2021

Job Title: Special Education Teacher

Reports To: Principal

FLSA Status: Exempt

Salary Range: Per Licensed Contract

Job Posting: This posting is open until filled

Contract Year: 2020-2021

To Apply: https://colton.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=1281

JOB SUMMARY

This position may be responsible for providing special educational services to students from kindergarten through post high school in a resource and general education classroom setting. The teacher instructs students, maintains student discipline and is responsible for student academic achievement.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Essential duties of this position include the following. Employees in this position perform some or all of the following tasks. Other duties may be assigned.

Follows and maintains knowledge of all District policies and procedures.
Develops and maintains a classroom environment conducive to effective learning within the limits of the resources provided by the District.
Tests students for special education qualification, writes IEPs and behavioral plans, updates achievement goals, reviews IEPs, and chairs IEP meetings.
Designs and implements appropriate special education instruction in accordance with students' special needs, interests, and abilities.
Develops lesson plans based on state standards and utilizes the District’s curriculum.
Provides direct instruction with students with a variety of special needs.
Plans purposeful assignments for teacher aide(s) and assists with implementation.
Assists in the selection of equipment and instructional materials.
Instructs special education and life skills students and assigns relevant homework.
Grades papers, assignments, and assessments promptly and accurately.
Assesses the accomplishments of students on a regular basis using formative and summative assessments and maintains such records as required by law and by District policy.
Prepares report cards and progress reports.
Works with other District staff to implement IEPs, and verify compliance with state and federal special education laws and checks on student progress.
Facilitates conferences with students and parents.
Completes required paperwork accurately and in a specified time and manner.
Conducts appropriate assessments of students' work and maintains accurate and regular data on students in areas of attendance, grades and IEP progress, if applicable.
Assists students with tracking assignments and managing behaviors.
Supervises students in hallways before, after and between classes, in library, and at special events, ensuring safety and security.
Assists the administration in implementing policies and rules governing student life and conduct.
Works to establish and maintain open lines of communication with students and their parents concerning the academic and behavioral progress of their students through conferences, written messages, telephone calls and/or e-mail.
Promptly reports any serious accident or illness affecting students in the teacher's charge or any incident which might affect the school, teachers or students therein.
Takes all responsible precautions to provide for health and safety of the students and to protect equipment, materials and facilities.
Appropriately maintains and secures confidential records and inquiries.
Maintains appropriate certifications and training hours as required.
Cooperates with other members of the staff in planning instructional goals, objectives, curriculum and instructional methods.
Obtains special training as directed to meet unique needs of assigned student(s).
Professionally represents the school and the District in interactions with parents, community, staff and students.
Complies with applicable District, state, local and federal laws, rules and regulations.
Attends work regularly and is punctual.

MARGINAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Marginal duties of this position include the following. Employees in this position perform some or all of the following tasks. Other duties may be assigned.

Attends in-service trainings.
Attends staff meetings.
Substitutes for other teachers, as necessary.
Reports issues to authorities as necessary, animal control, suspicious activity etc.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
All school employees have some responsibility for supervising students and assisting in maintaining a safe environment.

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.

Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) or equivalent from four-year college or university required, Master’s degree (M.A. or M.S.) strongly preferred. Must be highly qualified under the reauthorized ESEA. Prior successful experience teaching high school students with special needs in a school setting strongly preferred.
Works well with others from diverse backgrounds. Focuses on solving conflict; maintaining confidentiality; listening to others without interrupting; keeping emotions under control; remaining open to others’ ideas and contributing to building a positive team spirit. Demonstrated ability to successfully work with and adolescent students with a variety of disabilities.
Ability to communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, IEPs, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, emails, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from students, staff and the public.
Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, rations, and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to respond to situations in a proactive manner. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
General knowledge of computer usage and ability to use, e-mail, internet and word processing software, and spreadsheets. Ability to type accurately and proficiently.
Demonstrated knowledge of child growth and development at each level of instruction and of the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of adolescent students. Possesses knowledge of effective behavior management methods. Ability to meet time lines and exercise good judgment while working in a dynamic environment and appropriately react to a wide spectrum of behaviors of special needs students.
Certificates as determined by the District including meeting current highly qualified requirements under the reauthorized ESEA. Must have a valid teacher's license and special education endorsement(s) through the Teachers Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC), CPR/First Aid card and Oregon Driver License.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to walk, stand, sit, use hands for fine manipulation, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms using a keyboard and video display terminal. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, ability to adjust focus and peripheral vision.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here 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.

The work environment is a general education, special education classroom, resource, or life skills room setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate, but occasionally high depending upon student population and activities. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions and/or outdoor weather conditions. The employee may be exposed to bodily fluids and/or bloodborne pathogens.

To apply visit our website at https://colton.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx and apply on-line. Questions should be directed to Katrina Raasch (hr@colton.k12.or.us), Colton School District – Human Resource Department, 503-824-3535.

Equal employment opportunity and treatment shall be practiced by Colton School District regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability or genetic information, if the employee, with or without reasonable accommodation, is able to perform the essential functions of the position.