K-12 Special Education Teacher & Director

Cascade School District Southwest / Boise General Special Education Not Applicable Full Time Apply no later than 3/17/2023Posted 1M ago

About this job

TITLE: SPECIAL EDUCATION DIRECTOR & TEACHER

QUALIFICATIONS:
- Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Blended Certificate or Exceptional Child Certificate
- Strong background in teaching methods, developmentally appropriate classroom activities, and effective classroom management
- Strong background in behavior management, curriculum, and writing and implementing Individualized Education Plans
- Strong background in federal and state law, administrative rules, and Board policy pertaining to special education
- Able to effectively administer special education programs and to work with staff, parents, community groups, and agencies
- Ability to lift up to forty pounds and push and pull up to one hundred pounds
- Knowledge of the diverse needs of children with disabilities and appropriate special education classroom practices
- The ability to work with students with emotional, physical, and mental disabilities
- Ability to instruct students one-on-one and small group situations
- Demonstrated knowledge of subject matter and effective teaching methods
- Strong background in curriculum and the Idaho Core Standards
- Strong background in the integration of technology with instruction and in creating and completing required reports
- Ability to maintain a positive learning environment
- Work well with students, staff, and the public
- Excellent organizational skills
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Able to work under deadlines
- Maintain confidentiality of staff and students

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY TO
Building Principal and Superintendent

JOB SUMMARY
- To provide students with a daily and ongoing instructional program that will provide for them the best possible academic knowledge and skills. To help pupils to develop skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed to provide a good foundation for continued education according to the guidelines outlined in each student’s Individual Education Plan.
- To provide leadership and direction to enable special education pupils to benefit from educational opportunities to the fullest by eliminating or ameliorating problems that interfere with student learning. To assist the district in providing an educational program that is sensitive to the needs of all students within the requirements of federal and state law, administrative rules, and Board policy.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Instructional Leadership
1. Provide leadership in the development of the district's special education program and coordinate and supervise related activities
2. Evaluate existing programs and make recommendations for improvement
3. Keep informed of all legal requirements governing special education
4. Keep staff informed of legal requirements and ensure that all requirements under federal and state law, administrative rules, and Board policy are met
5. Serve as a member of the child study team, and assume responsibility for the preparation and timely submission of all required documents and reports, in order to
assure district compliance with the legal requirements of this process
6. Monitor the implementation of Individualized Education Plans (IEP)
7. Provide intervention and planning through direct consultation with individuals and teams concerning instruction, curriculum, and assessment
8. Coordinate individual student-related activities to meet the needs of an individual student being served by more than one service agency
9. Interface activities such as general planning for transitioning students, cooperative funding, and service requests
10. Consult with individuals and teams regarding students with special needs
11. Establish procedures for the evaluation, placement, and reappraisal of students in need of special education and/or related services
12. Supervise and coordinate home instruction for homebound or hospitalized special education pupils
13. Assume responsibility for district compliance with federal and state law, administrative rules, and Board policy regarding school special education programs
14. Plan, develop, and coordinate the district's system of special education services
15. Oversee the development and effective delivery of the district's special education program, including the development and maintenance of the cumulative records
of students receiving special services
16. Interpret the objectives of the district's special education program to parents, students, staff, and the community
17. Meet with parents to discuss the implementation of IEPs and to resolve grievances
18. Handle parent complaints effectively
19. Establish annual and long-term goals and objectives to improve Special Services programs
20. Gather appropriate data in support of the status of annual objectives

Staff Supervision and Coordination
1. Assist the superintendent and building principals in the recruitment and selection of special services personnel
2. Supervise all special education personnel
3. Schedule and assign psychologists, communication disorders specialists, gifted/talented facilitators, social workers, and other ancillary personnel assigned to
special services
4. Provide observation and evaluation through classroom visits, formal observation, supervision, evaluation, and contact with building principals
5. Supervise and coordinate the activities of child study team members and ensure the placement of individual students with special needs in those educational
situations best suited to their requirements
6. Coordinate contracted services such as physical therapy and occupational therapy
7. Coordinate professional development for the special education program through such activities as needs identification, planning, development, and
implementation

Instruction
1. Prepare for assigned classes
2. Design lessons with an appropriate level of difficulty which provide content in a logical and sequential manner
3. Employ a variety of instructional techniques and media consistent with the physical limitations of the classroom and the needs and capabilities of the individuals or
student groups involved
4. Meet and instruct assigned classes in the locations and at the times designated
5. Identify pupil needs and provide instruction appropriate to those needs
6. Analyze and interpret student data to develop and modify instructional activities
7. Follow modifications and accommodations as specified in Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
8. Devise written and oral assignments and tests that require analytical and critical thinking as well as the reproduction of facts, and use them to evaluate student
progress on a regular basis
9. Prepare students academically for all district, state, and federal testing
10. Display command of the subject matter
11. Budget class time effectively

Other Duties to Students
1. Encourage students to strive to meet their highest potential
2. Establish and communicate classroom rules, and encourage students to set and maintain standards of classroom behavior
3. Engage children in conversation to encourage language development
4. Make provisions for being available to students and parents for education-related purposes outside the instructional day when required or requested to do so
under reasonable terms
5. Work to establish and maintain open lines of communication with students and their parents concerning both the academic and behavioral progress of all assigned
students
6. Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities
7. Assist, where appropriate, in loading and unloading the special education pupil from transportation buses or vans

Professional Contacts and Activities
1. Attend and participate in faculty meetings
2. Organize a meeting at least once annually with the case manager, parents, and other professional staff to review and revise the IEP and placement of each
assigned pupil
3. Keep immediate supervisor informed of activities and any issues that may arise
4. Cooperate with other members of the staff in planning instructional goals, curriculum, objectives, and methods
5. Provide needed and requested information on a timely and effective basis

Special Education-Specific Duties
1. Provide instruction to classified pupils in accordance with each pupil's Individualized Education Program (IEP)
2. Work cooperatively with regular education teaching staff to coordinate instructional activities and to monitor the progress of each pupil
3. Provide support instruction in the regular classroom or the resource center as assigned
4. Coordinate and cooperate with other members of the staff in the development of adaptations, modifications, accommodations, and instructional methods
5. Provide home instruction to confined special education pupils as assigned
6. Consult with members of the child study team regarding each pupil's educational program, academic program and personal growth
7. Plan, coordinate, and lead the implementation of IEPs including modifications and accommodations
8. Participate in the development of the District's plan for special education
9. Evaluate student progress on a regular basis, as indicated on IEP’s, and as often as general education students are evaluated and informed of their progress
10. Assist in the evaluation of students referred for special education services
11. Maintain accurate, complete, and correct records in accordance with applicable federal and state law, (including IDEA, ADA, and 504), administrative rules, and
Board policy
12. Input data in a timely fashion

Other
1. Attend meetings as required
2. Help prepare and administer the departmental budget
3. Authorize purchases of equipment and material needed in special education programs
4. Complete federal and state forms and reports related to special services program
5. Approve district forms and procedures for special education
6. Initiate, facilitate, and maintain relationships with community agencies and other resources to meet pupils' special needs
7. Refer parents and child to agencies when appropriate
8. Keep immediate supervisor informed of activities and any issues that may arise
9. Assume responsibility for his or her continuing professional growth and development by attendance at professional meetings, membership in professional
organizations, enrollment in advanced courses, and by reading professional journals and other publications
10. Assist in upholding and enforcing school rules
11. Assume responsibility for his or her continuing professional growth and development by attendance at professional meetings, membership in professional
organizations, enrollment in advanced courses, and by reading professional journals and other publications
12. Adhere to The Code of Ethics of the Idaho Teaching Profession adopted by the Professional Standards Commission and the State Board of Education
13. Seek assistance should emergencies arise
14. Represent the school district in a positive manner
15. Know and follow school district policy and chain of command
16. Perform other duties as assigned

EVALUATION
Performance of this position will be evaluated annually by the building principal and/or superintendent in conformance with District policy and IDAPA 08.02.02.120.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
By contract as determined by the Board of Trustees in accordance with federal and state law, administrative rules, and Board policy.

NOTE
All certificated and non-certificated employees and other individuals are required to undergo a criminal history check and submit to fingerprinting. Any applicant convicted of any of the felony crimes enumerated in Section 33-1208, Idaho Code may not be hired, and any applicant convicted of any felony offense listed in Section 33-1208(2), Idaho Code shall not be hired.


Legal Reference: I.C. § 33-512 Governance of Schools
I.C. § 33-513 Professional Personnel
I.C. § 33-515 Issuance of Renewable Contracts
I.C. § 33-1201 Certificate Required
I.C. § 33-1210 Information on Past Job Performance
IDAPA 08.02.02.019 Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Blended Certificate
IDAPA 08.02.02.028 Exceptional Child Certificate
IDAPA 08.02.02.120 Local District Evaluation Policy—Teacher and Pupil Personnel Certificate Holders

Benefits

State of Idaho Salary Schedule placement with option to Negotiate higher wages - DOE.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Cascade School District is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.