The primary task of the Special Needs Teacher is the academic instruction of the students. Because of the overlapping nature of the learning disabilities and behavior disorders of the students, responsibilities are broad and include generic responsibilities shared by all professional staff. The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
- Preparation and implementation of daily lesson plans.
- Supervision of Assistant Teachers and Classroom Aides/Childcare Workers in daily classroom functioning and in weekly supervision meetings.
- Assessment and diagnoses of levels and specific learning difficulties and behaviors by way of observation, formal and informal assessment, and ongoing recording of individual student's performance.
- General compliance with MA and Federal Special Education regulations in cooperation with and at the direction of the VP of Educational Programming. This includes written educational assessments and quarterly reports, attendance at IEP Team Evaluation meetings, and the preparation of detailed educational plans for each student.
- Evaluation of Assistant Teachers, interns and special projects in conjunction with the VP of Educational Programming and/or Curriculum Coordinator.
- Attendance at Staff and Supervision meetings.
- Attendance at clinical conferences/progress reviews and the preparation of oral and written reports for such meetings.
- Development of an individual program for all summer school students.
- Assist in Lunch/Recess duty as scheduled.
- Assist the VP of Educational Programming and Curriculum Coordinator in the design of methods for evaluating
- Curriculum and establishing policies regarding the operation of the school program.
- Maintain and increase his/her effectiveness in behavior management and communicating with other professional staff through the use of training, supervision, and consultation.
- Degree and certification in Special Education-Moderate Special Needs
- Must be receptive and responsive to supervision and professional development
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Strong organizational and motivational abilities
- Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
- Evidence of sensitivity and respect for client’s culture and socioeconomic characteristics
- Ability to provide therapeutic physical restraint. Visual and hearing acuity to perform job related functions.
- Passion for social justice and the values of Italian Home for Children – Caring, Courageous, Inclusive, Innovative and Agile