Special Education Teacher Strat I

Urbandale Community School District Urbandale , IA 50323

Posted 2 months ago

Position Purpose

Under the general supervision of the School Principal, 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.

Education:

Bachelors from an accredited college or university in education discipline applicable to teaching assignment.

Qualifications

Certification/License:

1.K-8 Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate or 5-12 Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate required

2.K-8 Instructional Strategist II: LD/BD or 5-12 Instructional Strategist II: LD/BD preferred

Preferred skills and attributes:

1.Experience teaching middle school students

2.Strong understanding of MTSS and ability to design, implement, and monitor interventions.

3.Understanding of the PLC framework.

4.Proven ability to collaborate with stakeholders and colleagues.

5.Strong written and verbal communication skills.

6.Proven regular/consistent communication with students, parents, and/or other stakeholders.

7.Data driven decision making skills.

8.Experience working with special needs students.

9.Ability to collaborate with and manage associates.



  1. Understanding and applicaiton of continuous improvement mindset.

Essential Functions

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.

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities

Knowledge of Special Education principles, theories, testing, methods, etc. as well as proven methods of maximizing the educational experience of students with special needs.

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 use computer network system and software applications as needed.

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 contacted in the course of work.

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 Dr. Keri Schlueter, Coordinator of Student Services; Loren DeKruyf, Director of Human Resources & Operations; and Crista Carlile, Director of Teaching and Learning.



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