Title: Long-term Substitute
Special Education Teacher
Reports To: Principal
Department: Special Services
Provide an array of services through the special education program to enable students with disabilities to meet their Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals in the least restrictive environment. Special Education Teacher’s provide quality instruction to meeting IEP goals, follow district due process guidelines and procedures, and advocate for their student’s needs within the school environment.
REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES :
Obtain and demonstrate knowledge of general education curriculum, including grade level expectations and State standards.
Consult and/or collaborate with general education teachers in the areas of assessment, curriculum adaptations, behavior management, and monitoring student progress.
Implement Special Education due process guidelines including evaluation of students suspected of or identified as having disabilities, determination of special education eligibility, development of IEPs, and case management.
Conduct academic testing for initial referrals and reevaluations.
Participate in team planning of IEPs for students with disabilities, including the development of appropriate, measurable, behavioral and instructional objectives.
Report student progress toward IEP goals to parents and educational personnel at least four times per year.
Monitor progress of students with disabilities using specified program procedures and make instructional changes when indicated.
Develop, implement, and monitor behavior management programs for students with disabilities who exhibit behavior problems.
Develop, implement, and monitor specialized, research-based instructional programs in basic skill areas to meet students’ unique needs.
Develop and implement, in collaboration with the transition IEP team, transition evaluations and IEPs prior to transition age.
Prepare and submit program information and reports as requested.
Adhere to building and district policies and procedures.
Establish developmentally appropriate instructional and behavioral expectations for students and for self and communicate those to students and their families.
Create lessons and learning environments that are safe, respectful, and interesting as well as multicultural/gender and ability fair/developmentally appropriate.
Select, adapt and individualize materials appropriate for diverse student populations and skill levels.
Collaborate and communicate regularly with families. Use family and community resources to support learning.
Assess students’ developmental, cognitive, and social needs and provide developmentally appropriate instruction to meet those needs.
Regularly assess student learning by using multiple forms of assessment.
Facilitate positive interactions between student and teacher, student and peers, and student and other adults.
Model learning and behavior consistent with the expectations established for students.
Always keep the students’ needs and rights first and foremost in any educational decision-making.
Perform related duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE :
Required: State of Illinois Type 03,10,09 teaching license with special education endorsements.
LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS : Valid Illinois driver’s license.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES :
- Physical, intellectual, social, and emotional growth patterns in students.
- Academic testing practices, procedures and methods.
- Federal and state laws and regulations regarding special education and assigned duties.
- IEP preparation and implementation methods and procedures.
- Safe practices in classroom and playground activities.
- Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
- Reading and writing communication skills.
- Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
- Record-keeping techniques.
- Cultural differences in student population.
WORKING CONDITIONS :
- Develop, write and implement comprehensive Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for special education students.
- Prepare and maintain confidential records and files.
- Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
- Understand and follow oral and written directions.
- Communicate effectively with children and adults.
- Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships.
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Monitor and discipline students according to approved policies and procedures.
- Operate instruction and office equipment.
- Relate sensitively to a diverse student population.
Environment: School sites; indoor and outdoor settings.
Physical Abilities: Standing for extended periods of time; bending at the waist to assist students; reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally; hearing and speaking to exchange information; seeing to monitor student activities and behavior; dexterity of hands and fingers to demonstrate activities and prepare materials.
Hazards: Contact (at times) with disgruntled individuals.