Teacher/Professional - Special Education - Deaf Education Teacher
ROLE AND PURPOSE:
Work collaboratively with general education teachers to provide students with disabilities appropriate learning strategies, assistive technology, activities and experiences to ensure access to grade level instruction and intervention to foster the educational, social, emotional, and functional success of students with disabilities receiving specialized services such as: Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD), pre-vocational / vocational adjustment, 18+, deaf education, and vision.
Bachelor’s degree in a directly related field
Valid Texas teacher certificate with required Special Education endorsement or required training for subject and level assigned
One year of student teaching or approved internship
Training in behavior modification, preferred
Special Knowledge or skills:
Ability to work with children with more severe physical, mental, and emotional disabilities
Ability to instruct students and manage their behavior using positive behavioral and intervention supports/strategies, and classroom management
Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
Ability to effectively integrate assistive technology into the curriculum
Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
Ability to be patient, flexible, and versatile
Ability to design and implement structured environments and activities
Ability to analyze behavioral functions and teach replacement behaviors
Ability to design and implement communication and work systems
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Develop and implement lesson plans that fulfill the requirements of district’s curriculum and show written evidence of preparation as required.
Implement an instructional or skill development program for assigned students and show written evidence of preparation as required.
Work collaboratively with administrators, team leaders, and general education teachers to deliver IEP services and supports in the least restrictive environment for individual students.
Collaborate with students, parents, and other staff members to develop and progress monitor Individual Education Plans (IEP) through the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) process for each student assigned.
Plan and use a variety of appropriate instructional and learning strategies, techniques, activities, materials, technology, and equipment that reflect an understanding of the learning styles, instructional, communication, and social-emotional needs of students.
Use data frequently to monitor student progress towards meeting IEP goals; adjust instructional and intervention services and supports as necessary to ensure students make progress.
Scaffold instruction and accommodations and adapt activities to ensure equal access to grade level instruction.
Utilize the most effective collaborative teaching techniques and strategies in inclusion supported classrooms.
Plan, deliver and progress monitor individual and small group direct instruction for students who require intensive intervention for behavior, academics, developmental skills, communication, etc.
Participate in ARD committee meetings on a regular basis.
Model core organizational beliefs and values.
Perform duties in an effective and efficient manner for the purpose of supporting and contributing to high student achievement.
Consult with teacher and principal on all general administration items including personnel policies.
Attend and participate in faculty meetings and special events and serve on staff committees and PLC’s as required.
Comply with the Professional Code of Ethics and Standard Practices of Texas Educators.
Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents required.
Attend training as required by the job assignment and district/campus improvement plan.
ADMINISTRATION AND FISCAL/FACILITIES MANAGEMENT
Operate office equipment, assistive technology devices, classroom audio-visual technology, and use computer to retrieve and send email and use district required system/software.
Maintain classroom organization and cleanliness.
Comply with all district policies, operating procedures, legal regulatory requirements, and verbal and written directives.
Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities.
Interact with students professionally, calmly, intentionally using language for teaching and de-escalation
Implement individual student behavior intervention plans (BIP) for student academic and social emotional success.
Regularly assist students with disabilities across all settings according to their needs, including but not limited to, safe transfer to and from wheelchairs, lifting, positioning, and use of assistive technology
Implement systems to safely and effectively transition students.
Provide, supervise, document, and report personal care as stated in the IEP and district requirements, while maintaining student dignity and safety.
Establish and maintain open communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, principals and teachers.
Maintain professional relationships with colleagues, students, parents, and community members
Ensure that all interactions with students, district personnel, and parents are supportive, courteous, and respectful.
Maintain confidentiality of student information per FERPA requirements.
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 will be made if necessary:
While performing the duties of a classroom teacher, the employee may frequently be required to stoop, reach, stand, walk, lift, pull, push, grasp, talk, hear, see and use repetitive physical motions.
While performing these duties of the job, the employee may frequently be required to lift and / or move at least 50 pounds of materials, or lift children from wheelchairs, onto changing tables, etc.
PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Seek professional learning to support students with disabilities as specific to role and responsibility.
Participate in professional learning to improve job performance and support growth goals.
Supervise students during bus duty, building/playground duty, lunch duty, and co-curricular activities.
Plan assignments and supervise teacher assistants and volunteers.
Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor
NOTE: In order to minimize current campus disruption, current teachers and classroom assistants may only apply to job postings if the position is a promotion. A promotion is defined by an increase in salary grade or incremental stipend. This does not apply if the transfer window is open.
Additional Job Information
This is a pooled position. It is open year round even if no current openings exist.