Teacher Special Education Teacher
Job Title: Special Education Teacher (1 FTE)
Reports To: Head of School, Assistant Principal
Stone Creek Charter School (SCCS) is a K-8 independent charter school that creates a collaborative learning environment that challenges and supports students. We cultivate relationships with students and look to “develop the mind, excite the spirit, and change the world.” The thoughts reflected in this description provide the structure to the responsibilities and accountabilities for this position. Stone Creek Charter School expects to employ professionals who will work beyond job descriptions, creating both a fulfilling career environment and very successful outcomes for our students. Values we hold high are: trustworthiness, honesty diligence, open communication, fairness, and politeness, and we expect to see them evidenced in our staff, parents, and students.
The Special Education Teacher will work with students of varying degrees of disabilities ranging from grades K through 8. Because Stone Creek Charter School serves a K-8 population, this position will work closely with the K-8 team and will share some K-8 responsibilities. This individual must be able to effectively manage all aspects of case management for the special education population. Additionally, the Special Education Teacher is responsible for effectively differentiating curriculum to support the needs of staff, students, administration and parents. Committed to the process of collaboration, the Special Education Teacher will work with these groups to ensure that accommodations are appropriately implemented in classroom settings. The ability to employ a variety of appropriate teaching strategies to instruct one-on-one or in small groups, and to support both teachers and students in the general education setting is critical.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Understand and support the RtI/MTSS process, including observing and assessing children who have long or short-term learning difficulties, working with colleagues to identify individual students’ special needs, and developing appropriate interventions
- Coordinate team meetings, write and manage Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s), including assessment, observations, progress monitoring, and on-going communication with parents and staff
- Instruct individual students or small groups of students inside or outside of the classroom
- Differentiate or modify curriculum content, process, product and use assistive technology to alter individual needs to make the lesson accessible to all students
- Participate in on-going collaboration and communication with the classroom teachers and support staff to define and alter the activities and curriculum while addressing the social, emotional and physical needs of the students
- Work closely with other learning service staff including social workers, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, interventionists, para-professionals, psychologists/social workers, and parents/guardians
- Develop positive, trusting, encouraging relationships and effective communication with students, parents/guardians and staff
- Attend staff meetings and in-service trainings
- Other duties as assigned.
The Special Education Teacher reports the Head of School and/or the Assistant Principal.
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 abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Master’s degree preferred
- Current Special Education License (CDE) and Colorado Teacher License required
- Strong organizational skills
- Ability to assess grade level needs and plan and organize accordingly
- Strong self-starter; able to work with limited direction
- Excellent interpersonal skills, conflict management skills, problem solving skills and demonstrated leadership abilities
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required
- Resourceful in generating creative solutions to problems
- Ability to apply superb judgment
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, policy and expectation documents, staff agreements, evaluation rubrics, a variety of assessment tools, IEP’s and current research on instructional strategies
- Ability to effectively document classroom observations, analyze data to improve instructional practices and correspond with staff from all levels
- Ability to speak effectively before groups of staff, Board of Directors, Administrators and parents/guardians.
- Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form
- Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations
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 frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is regularly required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The hours may be long when specific needs arise; thus, some extended schedules will be necessary. This is a position that must attend the needs of staff, Administrators, SCCS Board of Directors and parents. Work may consist of ten (10) plus hour days. Stone Creek Charter School is a dynamic school subject to changing work environments, adaptation of new educational principles and values, and evolving culture. Adaptability to change is essential.