January 2011 - Special Educator e-Journal

Table of Contents

  • Update from the U.S. Department Education

  • Intersection: Navigating the Road to Work

  • Calls to Participate

  • Special Education Resources & Update From The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

  • Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET

  • Funding Forecast and Award Opportunities

  • Acknowledgements

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Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET

Senior Alternate Assessment Specialist
Washington, DC

Description
Senior Alternate Assessment Specialist responsibilities include:

  • Demonstrate leadership for AIR in the alternate assessment practice area among clients, partner organizations, and at national meetings.
  • Provide subject matter expertise and leadership to state department staff who have responsible for the development and oversight of state wide alternate assessments.
  • Contribute ideas and information to support project efforts through presentations, trainings or seminars; while working directly with state department of education and district level staff.
  • Work with internal staff and subcontractors to develop processes, procedures, for meeting project deliverables and client special education related needs.
  • Work collaboratively with AIR staff to ensure that all plans and schedules are viable.
  • Adhere to a master schedule of deadlines and deliverables.
  • Provide information, support, and problem-solving to the clients, as needed, in a manner that provides positive solutions.
  • Keep AIR senior management informed of any potential project problems, including issues with a client or another stakeholder and any potential for missed deadlines.

Requirements

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in special education, autism spectrum disorders, or low incidence disabilities.
  • Minimum of 5 years of instructing students (K-12) with significant cognitive disabilities in academic content areas.
  • Experience working in alternate assessment, extended/expanded standards and large-scale assessment.
  • Experience teaching students with deaf-blindness is desirable.
  • Experience providing instruction using assistive technology is desirable.

Benefits

AIR offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a fully funded retirement plan, generous paid time off, subsidized garage parking, tuition assistance, and more.

Contact
TO APPLY, please go to our Career Center at: https://jobs-airdc.icims.com/jobs/6403/job

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DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
BOULDER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT - BOULDER, COLORADO

Description
Work collaboratively with central administrative staff, principals and other staff to support and supervise special education policies, procedures, practices and personnel. In-depth understanding of the RtI process and inclusionary practices in special education

Training and demonstrated success in special education curriculum development, staff development, educational leadership and administration
Visit our website at www.bvsd.org for further information.

Requirements
Colo Admin or Prin License with Sp Ed Director Endorsement
Demonstrated success as a school level administrator
More info at www.bvsd.org.

Benefits
Please visit our website at www.bvsd.org for further information.

Contact
judy.steinbaugh@bvsd.org, 720-561-5032, Fax 720-561-5098, hrd@bvsd.org, www.bvsd.org

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$125,000 Salary - Special Education - Middle School Teacher
New York, NY

Description
Earn a $125,000 salary and join a team of master teachers at The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School, recently featured on the front page of the New York Times: (http://www.tepcharter.org/nytimes.php).

TEP is a 480-student 5th through 8th grade middle school in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City.  Applications are currently being accepted for teaching positions in Special Education, Science, Latin, Math, English, Social Studies, Music, PE/Health Education.

Learn more and apply today at:  http://www.tepcharter.org/apply.php

About TEP Charter School
TEP aims to put into practice the central conclusion of a large body of research related to student achievement: teacher quality is the most important school-based factor in the academic success of students, particularly those from low-income families. In singling out teacher quality as the essential lever in educational reform, TEP is uniquely focused on attracting and retaining master teachers. To do so, TEP uses a three-pronged strategy that it terms the 3 R’s: Rigorous Qualifications, Redefined Expectations, & Revolutionary Compensation.

For more information, visit us online at http://www.tepcharter.org

Compensation
$125,000 salary + potential annual bonus, full benefits package

Requirements
Learn more and apply today at http://www.tepcharter.org/apply.php

Benefits
Potential annual bonus, full benefits package

Contact
Learn more and apply today at: http://www.tepcharter.org/apply.php

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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Education
Storm Lake, IA

Description
Buena Vista University School of Education and Exercise Science is seeking a tenure-track assistant professor of education.  This position will be responsible for teaching undergraduate courses in special education as well as content-specific courses for the teacher preparation program.

Qualified candidates must have a PK-12 teaching experience.  A doctorate is preferred but individuals with post-graduate work will be considered with the expectation that the doctorate will be completed within 5 years.  The completed doctorate is required to be considered for tenure.

This position requires excellent communication, collaboration, leadership, problem-solving, organizational, technology, program development, and time management skills with a passion and commitment to quality teacher preparation.

Expectations:

  • Actively participate in program development of the teacher education program and coursework for Strategist I licensure
  • Set high academic expectations and mentor pre-service educators
  • Provide academic leadership and become a champion for the preparation of inclusive educators
  • Build partnerships with local PK-12 schools related to teacher preparation and special education
  • Ensure education program consistency and quality
  • Work collaboratively with the Field Experiences Director regarding supervision of field experiences, education handbooks, and data collection and evaluation
  • Serve as a resource to the School of Education regarding special education standards and assessments
  • Participate as an active member on university committees and within the School of Education
  • Advise students with consistency and quality
  • Represent BVU School of Education at regional/national training and conferences
  • Act as public relations liaison for Buena Vista University with AEAs,  adjunct faculty, local school districts, and local organizations
  • Stay current through professional development related to  education trends
  • Problem solve education issues directly and professionally
  • Such other similar and related duties and responsibilities as may be directed by the supervisor

Send letter of application, graduate school transcripts (photocopies acceptable but official copies required for appointment), teaching evaluation summaries, teaching philosophy statement, and current vita with the names of 4-6 references (including title, address, email address, and telephone number). Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled.  We anticipate preliminary telephone interviews beginning in early February of next year.

Requirements
A background check will be conducted on the final candidate.  Buena Vista University is an EOE/ADA/Smoke-Free Employer, and especially welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to any aspect of the university’s diversity.

Benefits
Please visit our web site for benefit details at: http://www.bvu.edu/only_at_bvu/business_services/human_resources/employee_benefits.dot

Contact Information
Peter Steinfeld, Associate Dean of Faculty
Buena Vista University
610 W. 4th St.
Box 2011
Storm Lake, IA 50588
E-mail: steinfeld@bvu.edu
Telephone Number: (712)749-2205
Fax Number: (712)749-1410
Website: http://www.bvu.edu

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Special Ed. Teacher - Strong curriculum background
Hillside, Illinois

Description
Hillside Academy East Campus
, a member of The Menta Group [www.thementagroup.org] is an alternative safe school for high school students who are at-risk of suspension or expulsion with special education service needs. The school's curriculum and credit earning system is aligned with its partnering district/Chicago Public Schools thus allowing for seamless transitions from and to the students' home schools. Hillside Academy East Campus, [HAEC], was established to positively impact the academic and social-emotional competencies of students referred to the program, and offer a variety of school-to-work options for special education students. The school's modern facilities, talented administration/staff encourage young people to learn in an ideal academic setting for adolescents who are preparing to become both literate and self-sufficient. High School Teacher needed for 7-12 grade program having no more than ten students per classroom with teacher assistant.

Requirements
Type LBS1/Special Education State of Illinois certified at the middle/high school level.
Comprehensive training, experience, and mentoring in curriculum area.
Ability to teach a self-contained classroom within all basic instructional areas.
Ability to work a regular school day and the ability to work with youth with emotional / behavioral / academic difficulties.
Employment is contingent upon a background check, employment physical and drug screen.
Bi-lingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

This position offers access to medical, dental, vision plans, 403(b), sick pay, holiday pay, and personal/vacation days. The salary range is comparable for the position and area, depending upon certification and qualifications.

Apply online at: www.thementagroup.org/careers/apply
Email to: lynne.nicolas@menta.com
Fax: 773-638-6235
Mail to: 3049 W Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 773-533-9605
Website: www.thementagroup.org/

EOE

Contact
Email Address:
  lynne.nicolas@menta.com
Phone: 773-533-9605  Fax:  773-638-6235

Apply Here: http://www.thementagroup.org/careers/apply

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Special Education Teacher
Tolleson, Arizona

Description
Southwest Academy (SWA),
located in Tolleson, Arizona, a member of the Menta Group, is a Special Education Services school with a kindergarten through 12th grade therapeutic educational services program for At-Risk and Behavior-Emotional-Developmentally disabled children living in and around Tolleson, Arizona. Small class size, intensive clinical services, and a competently trained staff of educators combine to make this a positive and dynamic place to learn. All children have a right to quality education services, to attend a program that maintains a no refusal, no suspension, no expulsion policy, and social-emotional learning under a continuum of learning and behavioral supports. Classroom teaching positions are open in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.

Requirements
Arizona State Teaching Certificate in Special Education.
Ability to teach in a self-contained classroom for a full teaching day with youth having behavior problems.
Employment contingent upon a background check, approved driving record, and an employment physical.
Must have a valid driver's license.
Must be at least 23 years of age.
Bi-lingual applicants are encouraged to apply
This position offers access to medical, dental, vision plans, 403(b), sick pay, holiday pay, and personal/vacation days. The salary range is comparable for the position and area, depending upon certification and qualifications.

Apply on-line at:
www.thementagroup.org/careers/apply

E-mail: dawn.massani@menta.com
Fax: 602-248-2937; Attention: Dawn Massani www.thementagroup.org EOE

Contact
Dawn Massani
Email Address:  dawn.massani@menta.com
Fax:  602-248-2937
Apply Here: http://www.thementagroup.org/careers/apply

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Special Education Teacher
Hillside, Illinois

Description
Hillside Academy West Campus (HAWC) ,
an affiliate of The Menta Group® (www.thementagroup.org), is a Special Education school with a kindergarten through 12th grade therapeutic educational services program for Behavior, Emotional, and Developmentally disabled children living in the Chicago, Illinois Metro Area. The school's curriculum and credit earning system is aligned with its partnering districts allowing for seamless transitions from and to the students' home schools.

Hillside Academy West Campus was established to positively impact the academic and social-emotional competencies of students referred to the program. Believing that all children have a right to quality educational services, SES programs maintain a no refusal, no suspension, no expulsion policy, an integrated focus on academic and social-emotional learning, and a continuum of learning and behavioral supports. Small class size, intensive clinical services, and a competently trained staff of educators combine to make this program a positive and dynamic place to learn. The emphasis is placed on teamwork and creativity to provide this positive environment for our students to excel.

Requirements
Type LBS1 Special Education certified at the high school level
Ability to teach a self-contained classroom within all basic instructional areas
Ability to work a regular school day and the ability to work with youth with emotional/behavioral/academic difficulties
Employment is contingent upon a background check, employment physical and drug screen
Bi-lingual applicants are encouraged to apply

Benefits: This position offers access to medical, dental, vision plans, 403(b), sick pay, holiday pay, and personal/vacation days. The salary range is comparable for the position and area, depending upon certification and qualifications.

Apply online at: www.thementagroup.org/careers/apply

E-mail resume to: janet.cook@menta.com
Fax: 708-449-0474
Mail to:
Janet Cook, Principal
HILLSIDE ACADEMY
(An affiliate of Special Education Services) 4100 Warren Avenue Hillside, Illinois 60126
Phone: 708-449-1310  EOE

Contact
Janet Cook
Email Address:  janet.cook@menta.com
Phone:  708-449-1310  Fax:  708-449-0474

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Special Education Teacher
Casa Grande, Arizona

Description
The Casa Grande campus of Southwest Education Center (SWEC) is a special education school for kindergarten through 12th grade students in the Casa Grande area who are challenged by social-emotional, learning, and behavioral difficulties. The curriculum is taught with an engaged learning methodology that nurtures academic, behavioral, and social-emotional growth. Our educational model encourages the development of academic and social-emotional skills in a positive and well-structured learning environment, with a focus on preparation for post-secondary education, employment, and citizenship.

Life Skills programming at SWEC-Casa Grande is designed for students with significant cognitive and/or developmental disabilities. The curriculum is individualized to meet each student's special needs with an emphasis on four major community living domains: self-management/home living, vocational, recreation/leisure, and general community functioning. The curriculum is taught both in school and out in the community. It includes functional academics and embedded training in social-emotional skills, communication, and motor skills.

Requirements
Arizona State Teaching Certificate in Special Education
Ability to teach in a self-contained classroom for a full teaching day with youth having behavior problems
Employment contingent upon a background check, approved driving record, and an employment physical
Must have a valid driver's license
Must be at least 23 years of age
Bi-lingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Apply at: www.thementagroup.org/careers/apply

E-mail: jason.szoltysik@menta.com

SWEC-CASA GRANDE
520 Camino Mercado
Suite #6
Casa Grande, AZ 85222
Phone: (520) 421-2389  Fax: (520) 421-2996
EOE

Contact
Jason Szoltysik
Phone:  (520) 421-2389 Fax:  (520) 421-2996
Email Address:  jason.szoltysik@menta.com


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