Special Education Teacher
3 weeks ago
Not Applicable
Full Time
Southwest / Boise
Job Description

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, skills and /or abilities required.

  • Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Blended Certificate or Exceptional Child Certificate
  • Strong background in teaching methods, developmentally appropriate classroom activities, and effective classroom management
  • Strong background in behavior management, curriculum, and writing and implementing Individualized Education Plans
  • Strong background in federal and state law, administrative rules, and Board policy pertaining to special education
  • Ability to lift up to forty pounds and push and pull up to one hundred pounds
  • Knowledge of the diverse needs of children with disabilities and appropriate special education classroom practices
  • The ability to work with students with emotional, physical, and mental disabilities
  • Ability to instruct students one-on-one and small group situations
  • Demonstrated knowledge of subject matter and effective teaching methods
  • Strong background in curriculum and the Idaho Core Standards
  • Strong background in the integration of technology with instruction and in creating and completing required reports
  • Ability to maintain a positive learning environment
  • Work well with students, staff, and the public
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to keep accurate data for progress monitoring and Medicaid billing purposes
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills
  • Able to work under deadlines
  • Maintain confidentiality of staff and students

**Supervises: ** Special Education Paraprofessionals

Job Summary:

To provide students with a daily and ongoing instructional program that will provide for them the best possible academic knowledge and skills. To help pupils to develop skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed to provide a good foundation for continued education according to the guidelines outlined in each student’s Individual Education Plan.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Instruction:

  • Prepare for assigned classes
  • Design lessons with an appropriate level of difficulty which provide content in a logical and sequential manner
  • Employ a variety of instructional techniques and media consistent with the physical limitations of the classroom and the needs and capabilities of the individuals or student groups involved
  • Meet and instruct assigned classes in the locations and at the times designated
  • Identify pupil needs and provide instruction appropriate to those needs
  • Analyze and interpret student data to develop and modify instructional activities
  • Follow modifications and accommodations as specified in Individual Education Programs (IEPs)
  • Devise written and oral assignments and tests that require analytical and critical thinking as well as the reproduction of facts, and use them to evaluate student progress on a regular basis
  • Prepare students academically for all district, state, and federal testing
  • Display command of the subject matter
  • Budget class time effectively

Other Duties with Students:

  • Encourage students to strive to meet their highest potential
  • Establish and communicate classroom rules, and encourage students to set and maintain standards of classroom behavior
  • Engage children in conversation to encourage language development
  • Make provisions for being available to students and parents for education-related purposes outside the instructional day when required or requested to do so under reasonable terms
  • Work to establish and maintain open lines of communication with students and their parents concerning both the academic and behavioral progress of all assigned students
  • Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities
  • Assist, where appropriate, in loading and unloading the special education pupil from transportation buses or vans

Professional Contacts and Activities:

  • Attend and participate in faculty and Impact Team meetings
  • Organize a meeting at least once annually with the case manager, parents, and other professional staff to review and revise the IEP and placement of each assigned pupil
  • Keep immediate supervisor informed of activities and any issues that may arise
  • Cooperate with other members of the staff in planning instructional goals, curriculum, objectives, and methods
  • Provide needed and requested information on a timely and effective basis

Special Education-Specific Duties:

  • Provide instruction to classified pupils in accordance with each pupil's Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Work cooperatively with regular education teaching staff to coordinate instructional activities and to monitor the progress of each pupil
  • Provide support instruction in the regular classroom or the resource center as assigned
  • Coordinate and cooperate with other members of the staff in the development of adaptations, modifications, accommodations, and instructional methods
  • Provide home instruction to confined special education pupils as assigned
  • Consult with members of the child study team regarding each pupil's educational program, academic program and personal growth
  • Develop, coordinate, and lead the implementation of IEPs including modifications and accommodations
  • Participate in the development of the District's plan for special education
  • Evaluate student progress on a regular basis, as indicated on IEP’s, and as often as general education students are evaluated and informed of their progress
  • Assist in the evaluation of students referred for special education services
  • Maintain accurate, complete, and correct records in accordance with applicable federal and state law, (including IDEA, ADA, and 504), administrative rules, and Board policy
  • Input data in a timely fashion

Other:

  • Assist in upholding and enforcing school rules
  • Assume responsibility for his or her continuing professional growth and development by attendance at professional meetings, membership in professional organizations, enrollment in advanced courses, and by reading professional journals and other publications
  • Adhere to The Code of Ethics of the Idaho Teaching Profession adopted by the Professional Standards Commission and the State Board of Education
  • Seek assistance should emergencies arise
  • Represent the school district in a positive manner
  • Know and follow school district policy and chain of command
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Essential Physical Abilities:

• Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal conversation and to communicate effectively on the telephone and in person; • Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work and assessments, prepare and review documents, and organize documents and materials; • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to perform repetitive hand/wrist/arm motions and to operate a computer and office equipment, and to occasionally physically restrain a student to keep him/her from harming self or others; • Sufficient personal mobility, flexibility, and balance, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to work in an office environment, lifting or moving objects that weigh up to 25 lbs.; • Job tasks require, with or without reasonable accommodation, climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting and grasping; • Must have a valid Idaho Driver's license and a vehicle to drive and/or must provide own transportation for job related activities.

Notes:

All certificated and non-certificated employees and other individuals are required to undergo a criminal history check and submit to fingerprinting. Any applicant convicted of any of the felony crimes enumerated in Section 33-1208, Idaho Code may not be hired, and any applicant convicted of any felony offense listed in Section 33-1208(2), Idaho Code shall not be hired.


Education Required

Benefits
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Retirement, EAP

Equal Opportunity Employer

Caldwell School District is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.