Under the direction of the Head of School, the special education teacher plans and provide for appropriate learning experience for students with disabilities in a variety of educational settings. The person in this position is responsible for creating flexible program and learning environment that provides specialized instruction for students with disabilities, such that the students benefit from the general education curriculum to the greatest extent possible when supported with supplemental aides, accommodations, and other needed supports.
1. Provide direct and indirect instructional support to students in a positive environment. 2. Employ special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensor and perceptual motor skills, language, cognition, and memory. 3. Instruct students in academic subjects using a variety of techniques such as phonetics, multi sensory learning, and repetition to reinforce learning and to meet students’ varying needs and interests.
4. Teach socially acceptable behavior, as determined by the students’ individualized education programs (IEPs) by employing techniques in an overall positive behavioral support system. 5. Modify the general education curriculum for students with disabilities based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies.
6. Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provide students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
7. Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining an environment conducive to learning for all students.
8. Meet with parent to discuss their children’s progress and to determine priorities for their children and their individualized educational needs.
9. Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and other professionals to develop individualize education programs (IEPs) designed to promote students’ educational, physical, and social/emotional development.
10. Maintain accurate and complete student records and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
11. Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
12. Develop plans for effective communication, monitoring, and follow-up of students in inclusive classroom settings.
13. Provide crisis intervention, as needed, for student and those in inclusive classrooms. 14. Assist in collection of data for providing appropriate classroom interventions. 15. Serve as a member of a multidisciplinary team as appropriate.
16. Assist in preparation of data for local, state, and federal reports.
17. Maintain professional competence by participating in staff development activities, curriculum development meetings, and other professional opportunities.
18. Perform all other duties assigned by the Head of School.
EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, WORK RELATED EXPERIENCES:
1. Bachelor’s Degree in an approved program for special education – general curriculum or have completed a major in special education – general curriculum, or have completed 27 semester hours in the education of students with disabilities in the assigned area required.
2. Must have a Pennsylvania Teaching Certification Required-Commensurate with Programming 3. Demonstrated experiences in teaching children in developmentally appropriate practices.
KNOWLEDGE BASED EXPERIENCES:
The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of:
1. The necessary principles and application of theory into practice for effective instruction and positive behavioral supports that are beneficial for implementation with all students with disabilities;
2. York Academy curriculum and instructional techniques;
3. Human behavior, develop, and skill performance;
4. Individual differences in ability, personality, and interests;
5. Learning and motivation;
6. The assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders;
7. And York Academy policies and effective instructional practices.
The special educator will also:
1. Demonstrate the ability to provide positive behavioral support to students in a group and in an individual setting;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the federal, state, and local mandates governing the determination and delivery of special education services;
3. Complete observations and reports pertaining to learning behaviors of students; 4. Display the ability to work effectively with administrators, colleagues, central office, and school based staff, students, parents, and community members.
The special educator possesses excellent human relations skills and a working knowledge of the English language in written and verbal form.
TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:
1. Possesses strong oral and written communication skills
2. Works independently with little direct supervision
3. Works as part of a team
4. Accepts responsibility and is self-motivated
5. Demonstrates strong work ethic to achieve academy goals
6. Displays effective multi-tasking and time management skills
7. Utilizes the required instructional strategies recommended for International .Baccalaureate schools
1. Physical Ability: Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation.
2. Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require visual perception and discrimination. Must effectively communicate and interact with students, other faculty, staff, and parents as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls.
3. Some tasks require oral communications ability.
4. Physical conditions: significant walking, bending, standing, stooping, and possible physical interventions in order to maintain a safe learning environment.
5. Assignment may require the ability to physical move students or equipment weighting up to 50 pounds, position students in specialized equipment, and/or change diapers as needed.
6. York Academy Regional Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires the York Academy Regional Charter School to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.