Substitute Connections Special Education Liaison (Therapeutic Program)

Needham Public Schools Needham , MA 02492

Posted 3 months ago

Job Description:

To instruct students with special needs, in academic areas by implementing the district approved curriculum; document teaching, student progress and outcomes; address specific student needs and provide an optimal and safe learning environment.

Essential Functions:

  • Conduct academic assessments, testing and diagnostic examinations of students for the purpose of identifying learning issues and recommending a course of action or corrective procedures to overcome issues and maximize learning.

  • Participate in team meetings and assist in developing Individualized Education Plans for students.

  • Provide direct instruction across all areas of the curriculum including accommodations and modifications based in individual student needs.

  • Create and implement behavior plans/reward systems with the team as needed.

  • Implement safe and correct verbal and physical deescalation techniques.

  • Organize and maintain a system for accurate and complete record keeping and provide student information and data in order to write progress reports.

  • Assist teaching staff in implementing student's Individualized Education Programs.

  • Coordinate with administrators, teaching staff and related service providers to ascertain individual student's abilities and needs.

  • Assist in the orientation of new Teaching Assistants.

  • Provides on-going guidance and training of all Teaching Assistants.

  • Serves as a resource to parents/guardians between home and school that will lead each student to increased personal growth, self-understanding and behavior management.

  • Encourages parental involvement in students' education and insure effective communication with parents of guardians.

  • Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn current development in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops and professional development sessions.

Additional Duties:

  • Performs other related tasks assigned by the Special Education Coordinator and building Principal.

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 and experience administrating the Wilson Language System.

  • Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.

  • Knowledge of applicable federal laws regarding education and providing students with a Free and Appropriate Education.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents.

  • Ability to safely uphold the district's restraint policy.

  • Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.

  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with colleagues.

Qualifications:

Certification/License:

  • Massachusetts State Certification as an Elementary Special Education Teacher.

Education:

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

Experience:

  • Prior special education teaching experience in a K-5 public school setting.

Selection Procedure:

All resumes will be screened and selected candidates will participate in a thorough interview process. Applications will be considered only when a cover letter, resume, three letters of recommendation, license and transcripts have been attached to your online application.

The Needham Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, homeless status, gender identity, religion,national origin, sexual orientation, disability or age. In addition to the protected classes identified and in regard to employment practices, the Needham Public Schools also does not discriminate based on genetic information, ancestry or status as a veteran.

The Needham Public Schools System is a member of METCO, Developing Equity and Achievement for Students (IDEAS) and the Greater Boston Human Resources Network. Candidates who have a strong commitment to active anti-racism are encouraged to apply.


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Substitute Connections Special Education Liaison (Therapeutic Program)

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