Special Education Case Manager
Sweetwater County School District #1 - Rock Springs, WY

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Nature and Scope of Job :

The purpose of a Special Education Case Manager's job is to assist in providing FAPE for students who are identified as having a disability by ensuring legal requirements (as per I.D.E.A. and Reauthorization of 2004) are met and accurately documented. The Case Manger schedules, organizes, completes required paperwork and acts as the chairperson for all IEP meetings. The Case Manager complies and submits all required paperwork and documentation to the Special Education Office.

The purpose of a Special Education teacher is to diagnose learning disabilities in children when those disabilities interfere with learning, then to design a program, along with the parent(s), to teach students to read, write, problem solve, compute, how to find information, how to think, how to work cooperatively with others, and to provide opportunities for students to attain District and State Standards.

Job Functions

Essential Functions :

1. Ensures legal requirements are met through the referral and IEP process.

2. Communicates the legal requirements to parents, staff and others.

3. Remains current on latest policy and law changes affecting special education.

4. Maintains confidentiality of student information and records.

5. Follows the procedures and processes identified through policy and law.

6. Schedules and organizes IEP meetings.

7. Completes paperwork correctly and meets deadlines.

8. Demonstrates empathy for parents/students and demonstrates the ability to work well with people from diverse backgrounds

9. Facilitates effective communication during IEP meetings and uses effective conflict mediation strategie

10. Keeps the director of curriculum and instruction and the director of special services informed about issues and problems.

11. Seeks input from director of curriculum and instruction and director of special services in cases where personnel or significant district funds may be committed.

12. Assists in monitoring to determine if IEP's and ILP's are implemented and communicates relevant information to director of curriculum and instruction and the director of special services.

13. Facilitates the transition of students as they move from level to level.

14. Diagnoses and evaluates specific student's needs as needed or requested.

15. Plans and implements a program of study that meets individual needs, interests, and abilities within the Sweetwater County School District Number One curriculum as well as the designed Individualized Education Plan (I.E.P.) or Individualized Learning Plan (I.L.P.) for the student.

16. Implements curriculum objectives and goals using effective teaching techniques and materials.

17. Develops, in a cooperative manner with the director of curriculum and instruction and director of special services, a plan for the improvement and enrichment of instruction in special and general education.

18. Writes lesson plans describing daily learning experiences correlated to curriculum objectives and the stated IEP or ILP of the student.

19. Monitors and assesses student progress and provides feedback on a regular basis to students and parents/guardians.

20. Communicates aims/objectives to students in a well-planned, organized manner in clear, concise terms.

21. Creates a classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity of the students.

22. Assists administration in implementing all policies, vision, mission and philosophy, regulations, and rules of Sweetwater County School District Number One and the Sweetwater County Detention Facility.

23. Creates educational experiences to provide students with opportunities to develop potential in self-esteem, personal-social adjustment, decision-making, and other life skills. Attempts to lead each student to an understanding and appreciation of the principles of democracy and endeavors to develop in each student a spirit of patriotism, with a full understanding that American citizenship involves responsibilities as well as privileges.

24. Respects the dignity of each student as an individual and attempts to gain an adequate understanding of his/her needs, interests, abilities, aptitudes, temperament, and environmental influences, as a basis on which to meet his/her needs, and to treat him/her with fairness and courtesy.

25. Communicates concerns and ideas with colleagues, parents, students, and community in a positive, solution-oriented manner.

26. Strives to maintain and improve professional competence.

27. Assumes professional and personal responsibility for the management and progress of classes under his/her authority, direction, and supervision.

28. Maintains accurate, complete, legible, and correct records as required by law, Sweetwater County School District Number One policy, and Administrative regulation.

29. Takes necessary precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities.

30. Conducts oneself in a business-like and task-oriented manner.

31. Strives to be a good employee as well as an effective teacher.

32. Seeks to establish friendly and cooperative relationships between the home and the school.

33. Provides appropriate individuals with information that will serve the best interests of the student and is discreet with information received from these

individuals. 34. Communicates effectively and serves as a liaison between the school and the detention facility staff.

35. Serves as an advocate for the needs of students

36. Is knowledgeable of tests, assessments, eligibility requirements, and reporting methods used in the district.

37. Conducts observations in the classroom as part of student assessment.

38. Provides direct services (eg. speech and language, teaching in special education classes, social work, etc.)

39. Coordinates and organizes educational services with the case manager at the Sweetwater County Detention Facility.

Other Functions:

1. Attends Special Education Department meetings.

2. Responds to requests for information in a timely manner.

3. Follows detention facility guidelines and procedures.

4. Attends parent and staff meetings.

5. Keeps informed by reading building and district communications.

6. Responds to requests for information in a timely manner.

Job Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Mental Ability :

Possess knowledge of I.D.E.A. and Reauthorization of 2004, Rules andRegulations governing Students with Disabilities in Wyoming Public Schools, and local rules and regulations governing services to students with disabilities.

Possess a broad knowledge of special education process, procedures, documentation, and time frames.

Possess a broad knowledge of special education and related services.

Possess a broad knowledge of special education assessment and reporting methods.

Possess group dynamic and interpersonal skills.

Possess problem solving, imagination, patience, reasoning, creativity, judgment, consensus building and analytical abilities.

Possess good organizational and time management skills.

Possess a broad general knowledge of all subject areas with specific knowledge needed in contract areas.
Possess group dynamics and interpersonal skills.
Possess knowledge of physiological, emotional, and educational behavioral development of children.

Possess classroom developmentally appropriate management skills which include discipline as well as record keeping and assessment abilities.

Possess technological and computer skills.

Education, License, Certification or Formal Training:

Bachelor Degree in Special Education or a related field, Master's Degree preferred.

Possess all certificates required for the State of Wyoming

Five years experience in educational areas related to special education.

Knowledge of I.D.E.A. and Reauthorization of 2004.

Continue professional growth.

Equipment Used:

Laminator Copier

Calculator Overhead projector

Telephone Computer and educational software used to deliver services

Assistive Technology Equipment

Physical Demands:

Adequate hearing and vision skills.

Be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Be able to work under time constraints.

Be able to sit for up to 4 hours at a time.

Be able to work at a computer monitor for at least part of each day without fatigue or discomfort.

Operate a motor vehicle and travel from one building to another.

Ability to accurately-take hand written or typed notes during "real time" meetings.

Be able to stand, walk, and sit for long periods without fatigue or discomfort.

Be able to lift up to 50 pounds and carry a distance of 100 feet.

Be able to carry up to 15 pounds for a distance of 1,000 feet.

Environmental Demands:

Air conditioned buildings.

Occasional exposure to weather extremes.

Ability to work under fluorescent lights.

Be able to spend most of the time inside classrooms with some work outside in cold/hot weather.

Be able to tolerate noise up to 90 decibels.

Detention facility environmental conditions.