The Office for Special Education in Institutional Settings (SEIS) is responsible for providing special education in institutional programs at the Departments of Mental Health, Public Health, Youth Services, and County Houses of Corrections.
SEIS is currently recruiting for two Teacher C positions. The selected candidates will be assigned to the Massachusetts Hospital School (MHS.) The mission of the MHS is to provide medical, habilitative, rehabilitative, recreational, educational and vocational services to children and young adults with multiple disabilities, assisting them to achieve their maximum level of independence in all aspects of life.
The selected candidates will perform the following duties:
conduct educational assessment and instruction at the Departments of Mental Health, Public Health, Youth Services, and County Houses of Correction for assigned students who are in the care and custody of and may reside in the state-operated facilities;
comply with the principles and practices of state and federal education and special education law including, but not limited to, participation and collaboration in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process meeting academic objectives from student IEPs, and the appropriate and timely evaluation of student progress, including administering the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) assessment, and facilitating accommodations;
implement all policies, procedures, and behavioral tools within the classroom;
plan, develop, and revise classroom curriculum to meet the individualized physical, emotional, creative, and educational needs of assigned students;
develop instruction including career, vocational, and technical education and lessons based on the general curriculum of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks;
work with students in small group and individual situations, while maintaining classroom safety and organization;
compile and maintain accurate reports such as student attendance, academic reports of student progress, reports based on student/program assessment, etc.;
interpret professional reports on students including school and educational records;
develop individual teaching plans to meet the needs of the students as stated in their IEPs;
provide planning notes and recommendations in order to contribute to the development of IEPs for students;
participate in professional development opportunities to remain current in educational practices and to maintain the appropriate educational licensure;
travel among program sites, and be responsible for the provision of educational services in multiple facilities with varied populations;
perform related duties as required.
Minimum Entrance Requirements: None
Special Requirements: Possession of appropriate Teacher's Certificate issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The successful candidates will possess:
appropriate Special Education teaching license required to meet the needs of the population served, preferably licensure in severe or moderate disabilities;
skills in teaching career, vocational, technical education and academics, which may include reading, English language arts, mathematics, history and social science, science and technology/engineering, the arts, and health. Teachers instruct elementary and secondary level students in all academic areas, applying principles and practices of special education, as appropriate;
demonstrated ability to use multiple approaches to teaching, based on curriculum and student learning style;
ability to maintain safety within the school environment under the direction of administrators at state-operated facilities and with the support of clinical/residential staff;
demonstrated behavior management skills and/or working with students who display aggressive behaviors that may jeopardize the security of the classroom, staff, and other students;
ability to provide an effective educational program for children and youth who experience significant educational, emotional, medical and/or behavioral disabilities;
demonstrated ability to recognize and address the various manifestations of learning deficiencies and disabilities of the students in the various institutional programs to which they will be assigned;
ability to move within the classroom and facility to interact with the students in the program;
ability to communicate with a team of professionals and manage time effectively; and
ability to travel within the Commonwealth.
SALARY PLACEMENT IS DETERMINED BY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE POSITION AND THE HUMAN RESOURCES DIVISION'S RECRUITING GUIDELINES. IN ADDITION, THE SALARY PROVISIONS OF THE APPLICABLE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT WILL ALSO APPLY TO PLACEMENT WITHIN THE SALARY RANGE.
These sites are monitored, secured, locked and/or challenging settings. Teachers provide instruction to students who may expose or subject staff to verbal or physical abuse and communicable disease, and where students in these settings may have multiple disabilities and serious medical, therapeutic needs. This work is performed under the direction of administrators at the state-operated facilities and with the support of clinical/residential staff.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts - 11 months ago