PURPOSE of POSITION
Under the general supervision of district administration, to maximize the learning experience of students with special needs, in academics, interpersonal skills and activities of daily living by implementing district approved curriculum; documenting teaching and student progress/activities, outcomes; addressing students' specific needs; providing a safe and optimal learning environment.
Please review the attached UCSD Actions of Excellence to gain an understanding of the expecations for UCSD employees.
(Skills, Knowledge, Abilities, Education, Certification/Licensure, Experience, Equipment)
A. Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
Ability to provide effective instruction to meet student needs relative to district benchmarks and standards.
Knowledge of "best practice" in teaching
Knowledge of the developmental characteristics of students at the designated grade level.
Ability to build effective relationships with stakeholders.
Knowledge of the Iowa Teaching Standards
Knowledge of special education and section 504
Knowledge of differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles.
Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.
Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.
Ability to organize and coordinate work.
Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents.
Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others.
Knowledge of Federal Rights and Privacy Act and other civil rights regulations
C. Certification/Licensure (State of Iowa Teaching License)
1.PK-3 Teacher Regular Education/Special Education
D. Preferred knowledge, skills, and/or attributes
Demonstrated effectiveness and success teaching preschool/ECSE
Strong communication skills
Knowledge of the Professional Learning Communities Framework, and strong collaboration skills
Understanding and application of a continuous improvement mindset
Data-driven decision-making skills
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Demonstrates effective implementation of the eight Iowa Teaching Standards and 42 criteria
Implements 'quality' principles and tools to create student-centered learning environments and improve overall quality and meaningfulness of learning opportunities.
Meets professional responsibilities as outlined in the Professional Growth Assessment Plan, Employee Handbook, and Board policy.
Develops, with supervisor, a plan for professional growth.
Maintain a reliable attendance record.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Conducts assessments, testing and diagnostic examinations of students for the purpose of identifying learning issues, and recommending courses of action or corrective procedures to overcome issues and maximize learning.
Participates in meetings and assists in developing Individual Educational Plans ("IEP") for students.
Assists students and teaching staff in implementing students' IEP's and behavior management plans.
Coordinates with outside agencies, organizations and institutions, including state and federal authorities as needed.
Coordinates with administrators and other teaching staff members to ascertain individual student's abilities and needs, including students with special needs, and to familiarize stakeholders with social work services.
Serves as ready resource to students and parents to provide counseling that will lead each student to increased personal growth, self-understanding, and behavioral management; serves as liaison between home and school.
Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research, and by maintaining professional relationships with members of institutions of higher learning and the business community.
Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping and providing student information to prospective colleges and employers, as required by district procedures and applicable laws.
Encourages parental involvement in students' education and ensures effective communication with students and parents.
Assists in the orientation of new teachers, and provides in-service training in guidance.
Selects and requisitions appropriate books, aids and other supplies and equipment and maintains inventory records.
No student enrolled in the Urbandale Community School District shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in the District's programs on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, marital status (for program), ethnic background, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age (for employment) or socio-economic background (for program). The policy of the District shall be to provide educational programs and opportunities for students as needed on the basis of individual interests, values, abilities and potential. If you have questions please contact the district office at 11152 Aurora Ave, Urbandale, IA or call 515.457.5000. The district's Equity Coordinators are Keri Schlueter, Coordinator of Student Services, Mark Lane, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources and Operations, and Crista Carlile, Director of Teaching and Learning.
Urbandale Community School District