Special Education Teacher
Oakes Children's Center - San Francisco, CA

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Special Education Teacher

Job Description

Oakes Children's Center, Inc. is a therapeutic-educational program for seriously emotionally disturbed children, ranging in age from 4 - 14 years. Teaching teams work closely with parents and specialty therapists. They create and maintain an environment in which children can develop and learn. Parents are encouraged to participate in parent activities and therapy.

Oakes is certified by the State Department of Education as a non-public school and is part of San Francisco Community Health Services as a day treatment facility.


Education Specialist Instruction Credential or eligibility for an Intern credential (Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe)
Special education experience and/or experience in a children's mental health facility


Demonstrated leadership ability
Ability to work productively in a close relationship with team members and a multidisciplinary staff
Planning and organizational skills
Computer literacy
Must be able to lift and carry up to fifty pounds, walk up stairs, run, and move about with ease
Successful completion and certification of Pro-ACT training to be provided by Oakes at next available training.

General Responsibilities

The head teacher is responsible for development and implementation of a therapeutic-educational plan for each child in his/her class, utilizing IEP goals (academic, behavioral, and mental health), CA State Content Standards, District requirements, and CDE regulations. He/she coordinates with specialty therapists to ensure the greatest benefit to the students. This includes lesson planning in the following areas: Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Art, P.E., and Health (K-5 only).
Supervision of students through implementation of Oakes’ Positive Behavior System, individual Behavior Plans, IEP goals, etc.
An integral part of the head teacher's job is to assist in managing, coordinating and evaluating the work of the assistant teachers and other paid and volunteer classroom staff.
Finally, the head teacher is responsible for documentation and communication around IEPs, lesson plans, testing, incident reports, mental health daily notes ( “subbing” for notes when classroom staff are out), etc.

Other Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


To manage the classroom budget, purchase supplies, and submit expense records with receipts.

To plan and direct lunch and recess activities, in coordination with support staff. To structure and direct periods when children select their own activities.

To participate in preparation and writing of various reports: beginning and end of year assessments, parent-staff goals, daily progress notes, case conference reports, prescriptive plans, incident reports, quarterly report cards for SFUSD, end-of-year reports. To complete each by due date as posted by Educational and/or Clinical Coordinator.

2. To increase understanding of the therapeutic and educational processes. To improve skills and techniques for working with the children and their families. To know and understand the goals of each child in the group and the plans for achieving them.

A. To read the medical charts and educational records of each child in the group within the first month of employment and at least annually thereafter.

B. To participate in all staff development activities provided by Oakes, including team meetings with clinicians, Educational Coordinator, Executive Director, consultations with medical director, and in-service training provided by Educational Coordinator, head teachers and outside consultants.

C. To arrange once each year a half-day visit to observe another program, alternating between facilities for atypical children and integrated programs. To follow each visitation with a report of observations and impressions to full staff.

3. To establish and maintain a relationship with parents which supports the children in achieving their goals.

A. To participate with team members in individual and/or group conferences at Oakes with parents.

B. To participate in parent programs as applicable for parents of your group (Parent Pot Luck, school assemblies, etc.).

4. To communicate in writing and personally as needed and/or assigned to insure integration of each child and the class into the overall operations of Oakes Children's Center.

A. To collaborate daily with team members to ensure full exchange of information regarding each child's progress and needs. To coordinate daily and weekly planning to promote the full development of each child.

B. To prepare, with other team members, a summary of each child's progress for inclusion in medical charts and education records at time of termination or at end of the year.

5. Other responsibilities:

A. To follow procedures as set forth in the staff manual. To pay particular

attention to emergency and safety procedures.

B. To perform other duties such as communicating mutual concerns with outside

agencies (i.e. bus, recreational programs), cleaning up after children in crisis.

Oakes Children's Center offers a competitive salary, full benefits, and a generous budget for classroom supplies. We strive to be supportive of our employees' professional growth and personal needs.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the fact or perception of their race, creed, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, domestic partner status, marital status, disability, weight, height or AIDS/HIV status.

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