Details: Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Compensation also includes an excellent benefits package.
AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School seeks a motivated, passionate, and experienced Special Education Teacher to provide case management and direct services to children identified for special education and related services.
The Special Education Teacher ensures that all children and families with special needs receive optimal developmentally appropriate educational experiences. The Special Education Teacher will implement students’ Individual Education Plans (IEPs) in inclusion, push in and/or pullout settings.
The Special Education Teacher will use in-depth knowledge of early childhood special education practices to provide effective and research-based interventions to children identified for special education services. The Special Education Teacher collaborates with a general education teaching team to ensure high-quality instruction for all students in their classroom.
The Special Education Teacher reports to the school Principal.
Duties and Responsibilities
Supports Achievement for all students
- Demonstrates competency and expertise with the implementation of a scientifically-based reading research, standards-driven instructional program.
- Uses information and data from a variety of sources to understand students’ developmental and instructional needs and to improve teaching and learning for all students.
- Plans and provides differentiated and individualized instruction that supports individual children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development in alignment with AELPCS’ standards and the child’s IEP.
- Fosters tolerance and a sense of community in their classrooms, modeling and explicitly teaching acceptance and appreciation of others.
- Supports all school staff in implementing an effective and consistent school-wide behavior management system and developing students’ prosocial behaviors in conjunction with school social worker.
- Supports various assessment activities for all aspects of the special education program including identification and eligibility in accordance with IDEA and aligned with AELPCS standards.
Provides case management to all children eligible for special education and related services:
- Develops annual IEPs in conjunction with the Special Education Teacher that include developmentally appropriate goals for each child, which considers the individual child’s needs.
- Gathers data, documenting through the Special Education Data System (SEDS), and any other aspects of the IDEA compliance process.
- Collaborates with the classroom teaching team to support and consistently assess each child’s progress toward their IEP goals and to ensure their successful access of the general curriculum.
- Works with the related service providers to maximize the professionals’ impact with identified special education students in all school environments.
- Opportunity to provide specialized instruction during Extended School Year (ESY) to eligible students.
Establishes and maintains cooperative partnerships with parents.
- Works with the Special Education Coordinator to ensure parents receive all notifications and evaluation reports in advance of the MDT meetings; ensures parents are welcomed as participating partners in all meetings.
- Collaborates with families and other school personnel to develop an effective and viable transition plan to a Kindergarten Program for students with IEPs.
- Actively seeks to make connections with their students’ family members and other important people in their students’ lives.
- Regularly communicates the school’s and individual children’s educational goals and progress to families.
Ensures compliance with federal and local regulations:
- Notifies the General Education Team of all special education related meetings or events to ensure timeliness and adherence to IDEA regulations.
- Assists with the development of the AELPCS Special Education Program to ensure program quality, standardization of practices across all campuses, and continued compliance with all state and federal laws.
- Implements all established AELPCS special education policies and procedures.
- Maintains accurate special education records, as required by IDEA, state regulations, and AELPCS policies.
- Completes COS Data and appropriate evaluations in a timely manner in collaboration with teaching teams.
Supports the development of young children:
- Plans and implements developmentally appropriate, intentional, systematic, playful and engaging activities that support the development of the student’s skills, as documented in the IEP.
- Skillfully and systematically motivates students to participate in developmentally appropriate activities that support the development of their early literacy skills, and expressive and receptive language.
- Implements developmentally appropriate instructional activities that encourage the child with special needs abilities to analyze, conceptualize, synthesize, and evaluate.
- Intentionally and systematically implements direct instructional opportunities for developmentally appropriate activities that promote children’s social and emotional development.
Upholds professional responsibilities
- Maintains strict confidentiality with regard to all aspects of student information.
- Understands and practices in accordance with, federal, state, and local laws, statutes, and/or policies that relate to students and families; such as, special education, education rights, ethical conduct, and privacy.
- Maintains necessary ongoing licensure/certification maintenance requirements within specified timelines.
- Demonstrates professionalism in all interactions and duties.
- Maintains cooperative, respectful and supportive relationships with colleagues.
- Implements all established AELPCS policies and procedures.
- Evaluates instructional effectiveness, documents and shares modifications to instructional approaches based on assessment data, reflection, and feedback.
- Communicates professionally and constructively with colleagues.
- Fulfills the standards of professionalism including appropriate dress, attendance and timeliness.
- Monthly professional development and cohort meetings based on staff-driven ideas
- Opportunities to attend professional development
- Expand specialized instructional knowledge-base
- Coaching support from Special Education Manager
- Opportunity to become expert in early childhood special education identification process
- Ability to work across school settings, building collaborative partnerships with administration and teachers
Collaborative, professional, and flexible with 1-2 years of teaching experience, early childhood preferred, looking for opportunities to provide direct services to students in inclusion setting and to grow professionally. Master’s degree preferred.
The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the Special Education Teacher.
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Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required