Special Education Teacher
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Post Date: Aug 31, 2020
Job Type: Full Time
Start Date: ASAP
Salary: 40-65k
Location: US - Massachusetts - Springfield
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Description
Provide education and behavior modification approaches in a small class, highly structured alternative school. The special education teacher will function as a member of a treatment team, which will address the educational, and emotional/behavioral needs of the students as set forth in the IEP and in the treatment plan. This is a twelve-month position.

Duties and responsibilities

•        Work to modify seriously emotionally handicapped behavior of up to 10 students.
•        Understand and employ various therapeutic methods in bringing about change in inappropriate behaviors including behavior modification and contingency contracting.
•        Develop a working relationship with each student where limits are clearly identified, and expectations are positive.
•        Organize and manage a highly structured classroom environment.
•        Be responsible for each student throughout the school day providing close supervision and monitoring during all times of the day.
•        Work cooperatively with the Associate Director of Educational Services in all matters concerning students and parents.
•        Look for guidance and leadership from the Associate Director of Educational Services in working with individual students.
•        Provide clear, concise reports, including intervention methods already employed, when seeking the aid of the Associate Director of Educational Services.
•        Develop and operate a total academic program geared to each student’s individual level.
•        Keep daily lesson plans on each student specifically listing activities to be covered in major subject areas. Plans will also include all other activities with time and locations clearly identified.
•        Discover each student’s appropriate levels using standardized testing or teacher made diagnostic tests.
•        Manage an in-depth language arts program with strong emphasis on reading and writing.
•        Have awareness of reading skills known and those specific skills being worked on weekly for each student.
•        Provide up to 30 minutes of reading instruction with teacher or aide daily to be followed by written independent reinforcement work.
•        Take an active role in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process and work to ensure that IEP’s are current and are being followed.
•        Be aware of each student’s strengths and weaknesses and be able to knowledgeably discuss their learning methods, skills learned.
•        Be fully aware of resources within the school, the school system and the community to help in reaching the goals.
•        Utilize/perform appropriate and approved therapeutic restraints when deemed necessary.
•        Attend staff meetings as directed.
•        Demonstrate a continued awareness and commitment to cultural diversity, religious and personal values, and traditions of persons served and their families in order to accomplish the mission of the organization.
•        Participate as a member of the professional treatment team.
•        Demonstrate and awareness and knowledge of Agency policies, practices and procedures and to adhere to the
•        rules and regulations of the Agency.
•        Perform other duties deemed necessary by the immediate supervisor.
Qualifications
Requires a bachelor’s degree with teaching certification or certification eligible.

Skills
•        Requires Special Education Certification or be Special Certification certifiable. If not special education certifiable, teacher is required to enroll in special education certification program prior to starting the second year of employment.
•        Requires experience with children with emotional/behavioral challenges.
•        Requires good communication skills, both oral and written.
•        Requires a current valid driver’s license.



Contact Details
Name: Margaret Leone
Address: 91 Old Acre Road
City: Springfield
State/Province: Massachusetts
Zipcode: 01129
Ph: 4138471132