Special Education Teacher

Grand Rapids Public Schools Grand Rapids , MI 49504

Posted 2 months ago

Position Title: Special Education Teacher

Bargaining Unit: Grand Rapids Education Association (GREA)

Salary: $39,000 and comprehensive benefits package

Earning Days: 195 or as annually determined by the contract

GRPS Mission: Our mission is to ensure that all students are educated, self-directed and productive members of society.


The special education teacher is responsible for planning instruction and adaption of the curriculum to accommodate students in the learning process. The special education teacher will function as the case manager for students with individualized education programs (IEPs) and oversees their compliance.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS - Essential functions, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the duties, knowledge and skills outlined in this job description. This list is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by employees in this position. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Develop Individualized Education Program(s) for students based on evaluation data and research based practices.

  • Support student learning in the least restrictive environment.

  • Differentiate instruction to ensure student's progress per the district's Academic Plan

  • Document student progress on goals and objectives, accommodations, service time, and discipline/suspensions (GRPS Discipline Tracking Record)

  • Monitor and document provision of educational services for students on caseload with 10 or more days of suspension

  • Collaborate with all service providers, general education teachers and other staff to support and provide documentation for the review of existing evaluation data (REED) process

  • Provide support to general education classroom teachers

  • Develop implement and evaluate the effectiveness of behavior support plans

  • Participate in special education/building/district meetings as directed by the special education supervisor

  • Log and maintain monthly Service Capture reporting requirements for Medicaid Billing

  • Maintain an electronic log to document students' goals and objectives, accommodations, and other IEP related services

  • Participate in Student Success Team as appropriate per building principal and/or special education supervisor

  • Participate in implementation of positive behavior support initiative (PBIS) building initiatives

  • Integrate technology use in the classroom

Parent and Community Engagement

  • Make and maintain regular, positive contact with parents via phone calls, email and/or home visits including communicating student progress.

  • Establish and maintain effective written and oral communication and rapport with students, parents and colleagues.

  • Participate in parent meetings, including IEP's and Parent/Teacher Conferences.

  • Contribute to the development of a positive attitude between the school and the wider community through cooperative relations, publications, competitions, etc.

Other Duties

  • Display physical, social, mental and emotional soundness in order to execute the duties of job.

  • Serve as a role model for all students and within school community.

  • Interact with co-workers, administration, students, parents and the community in positive, supportive and cooperative ways.

  • Encourage the team spirit and contribute as a team member in the decision making processes of the school as facilitated by the building administrator.

  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees as required.

  • Contribute to extra-curricular activities and school programs, including recess duty as requested

  • Maintain and promote school district goals and objectives.

  • Comply with state, federal and District policies, procedures, rules, and the union contract.

  • Regular and on-time attendance is required.

  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree in education with endorsement in at least one area of special education (ASD, EI, CI, SLD, PI, HI, VI, TBI, etc.)Current appropriate Michigan special education teaching certification


  • Experience teaching the International Baccalaureate curriculum

Additional Requirements

  • Demonstrated understanding of current research as to how children learn and the ability to motivate student to perform at their best

  • Demonstrated competency in the administration and interpretation of academic testing and development of behavior support plans

  • Demonstrated ability to work in an economically, culturally, and racially diverse environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in the English language, both orally and in writing.

  • Demonstrated ability to differentiate instruction, by using a variety of styles, and inspire mixed culture and ability classes by creating challenging and engaging learning opportunities for all students

  • Demonstrated ability to participate as a member of the team.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse and demanding workload


The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, talk, hear (in a quiet or noisy environment), taste and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust/focus.


The noise level in the work environment is usually loud to moderate. Work is performed indoors although there will be required outdoor activities. The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being and work output of students.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to compare, analyze, communicate both orally and in writing in the English language, copy, coordinate, instruct, compute, synthesize, evaluate, use interpersonal skills, compile and negotiate.


Grand Rapids Public Schools manages employment applications online. Applications must be completed online at www.applitrack.com/grps/onlineapp. No hardcopy applications/resumes will be accepted for this position. Computer terminals are available in the GRPS Franklin Campus lobby from 8:00am 4:00pm, Monday-Friday, for applicant use (Monday Thursday during the summer).


The Grand Rapids Public Schools will not discriminate against any person based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, height, weight, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, disability or veteran status.

Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations: Assistance with the application process may be requested though the Human Resources Department at 616 819-2022 or humanresources@grps.org

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Special Education Teacher

Grand Rapids Public Schools