December 2011 - Special Educator e-Journal

Table of Contents

  • Update from the U.S. Department of Education

  • Calls to Participate and New Projects

  • Special Education Resources

  • Update From The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

  • Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET

  • Upcoming Conferences and Events

  • Funding Forecast and Award Opportunities

  • Acknowledgements

  • Download a PDF Version of This Issue


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Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET

Special Education Classroom Teacher Assistant

Joliet, Illinois

Job Category: Special Education Classroom Teacher Assistant, Assistant Teacher, Paraprofessional

Posted on Thursday 10. of November 2011

Special Education Services, a member of The Menta Group, offers elementary, middle, and high school programming to special education students residing in the mid-state Illinois and the Chicago metro area; and the Maricopa and Pinal County areas of Arizona. Elementary and middle school curricula emphasize real-world, community-based learning. Classrooms are designed to be active learning environments where young people have the opportunity to experience educational and behavioral success on a regular basis.


Thompson Instructional Center provides an enriched educational environment for students in grades K - 8. The bright hallways and large classrooms are ideal for active learning and the school's curriculum promotes positive growth and development. Both regular and special education students benefit from the school's staff of committed educators and clinicians. Educational options are flexible at Thompson, ensuring that the individual needs of each student can be addressed.
Thompson Instructional Center is a public-private partnership between Joliet Public Schools District 86 and Special Education Services. Thompson offers academic instruction to students in kindergarten through 8th grade.

Duties of the Teacher Assistant consist of:

  • Lead or co-teach a class of students with behavior/emotional/social/learning disorders.
  • Provide behavior support in self-contained classroom.
  • Prepare and adapt materials for use in the classroom.
  • Maintain classroom order, safety and materials.
  • Communicate behavioral concerns of students to appropriate staff.
  • Implement and maintain behavioral program policies and data.
  • Attend all staff meetings and in-service training as requested.
  • State Certified Paraprofessional preferred.
  • College Associates Degree/two years college classes.
  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Ability to obtain CPI Certification.
  • At least 23 years of age.
  • Previous experience working with special needs children.
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.
  • Clean driving record and must be able to drive student van.

Qualifications:


This position offers an 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 at:

www.thementagroup.org/careers/apply

danyell.taylor-johnson@menta.com

Fax: (815) 774-5866
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Special Education Classroom Teacher

Country Club Hills, Illinois

Job Category: Full Time

Posted on Wednesday 02. of November 2011

Country Club Hills Tech & Trade Center (CCH), an affiliate of The Menta Group, offers a high school program that provides a variety of school-to-work options for special education students. In combination with a talented administration, and teaching and support staff, CCH is an ideal academic setting for adolescents who are preparing to become both literate and self-sufficient.

The ideal candidate will be prepared for teaching mainstream academics within a self-contained classroom, to teach special needs students with an emphasis on work skills as a basis for a career-path curriculum, and be willing to be trained to work in a clinical-educational setting with severely Behavior/Emotional Disordered students.

This person is comfortable with a variety of delivery techniques for special needs instruction: including direct instruction, simulation, co-operative learning within community based opportunities, and integration of technology within multi-disciplinary classroom projects; including integration of literacy skills and hands-on projects as part of the educational model. The classroom staff members function as collaborative building wide teams to better problem solve and find viable solutions to meet student's academic needs.

Requirements:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Emphasis on work skills as a basis for a career path curriculum
  • Flexible in which subject areas that they can work
  • Student focused approach while presenting general areas of required subject material
  • Willingness to be trained in working with Behavioral/Emotional Disordered students
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a fast paced environment

Benefits:

This position offers an 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.

Qualifications:

  • Teachers with State of Illinois special education certification (LBS1)/endorsement are encouraged to apply
  • State certification in secondary education in high school academics, and vocational skills
  • Willing to work toward achieving State of Illinois emergency approval in special education with assistance from the school
  • 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

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Contact:

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

Country Club Hills Trade and Technology Center
4187 W. 183rd Street
Country Club Hills, Illinois 60478
Fax to 708-798-9756
john.ritchey@menta.com
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Teaching Assistant/Life Skills Experience/Van Driver

Nokomis, Illinois

Job Category: Full Time

Posted on Wednesday 02. of November 2011

Special Education Services (SES), an affiliate of The Menta Group, is a non-profit agency serving K-12 high-risk children in Illinois and Arizona. With its no refusal, no suspension, no expulsion policy, SES students attend school daily regardless of their behavior. A continuum of services is offered to meet the educational needs of special needs, at-risk and high-risk public school students. 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.

We are currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Teaching Assistant for Cornerstone Academy, a new Alternative Education School located in Nokomis, Illinois. Successful candidates will be creative, energetic and eager to develop and implement innovative solutions to critical problems in education. This Technician will be working in an atmosphere where data-driven decision making and teamwork is the norm.

Duties of the Teacher Assistant consist of:

  • Lead or co-teach a class of students with behavior/emotional/social/learning disorders.
  • Provide behavior support in self-contained classroom.
  • Prepare and adapt materials for use in the classroom.
  • Communicate behavioral concerns of students to appropriate staff.
  • Implement and maintain behavioral program policies and data.
  • Attend all staff meetings and in-service training as requested.
  • Maintain classroom order, safety, and materials.

This position offers an 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.

Qualifications:

  • State Certified Paraprofessional preferred.
  • College Associates Degree/two years college classes.
  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Ability to obtain CPI Certification
  • At least 23 years of age.
  • Previous experience working with special needs children
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs
  • Clean driving record/must be able to drive student van

Contact:

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

Fax: 217-563-7606
Attn: Barbara Daugherty
Barb.Daugherty@menta.com
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Construction Trades Teacher

Tolleson & Phoenix, AZ

Job Category: Professional Services

Posted on Tuesday 01. of November 2011

Southwest Academy in Tolleson, and Southwest Education Center in Phoenix, members of The Menta Group, both provide 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 the Pinal and Maricopa Counties, Arizona metro area. 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.

We are looking for someone who has the passion and love to teach his or her trade to the young people in our schools. The Vocational Building Trades Instructors will split their instructional time between the two programs, and be responsible for the classroom instruction and hands on application of basic carpentry, rough and finish as specific to the project being worked on including basic residential house wiring, basic residential plumbing, basic HVAC as found in the residential sector. Staff will split their time with onsite training as well as appropriate field trips to job sites and or manufacturers, trade schools in the South & Southwestern Phoenix metro areas.

This staff will be responsible for setting up a basic shop, maintaining equipment in a safe working order and general shop safety instruction of students. Further responsibilities will include the development of projects, to aide in the skills being developed during the school year.

Job Requirements

We are looking for someone with a Bachelor's degree in industrial or emerging technologies with 240 verified hours in the field; certificate in a non-CTE area with 240 verified work hours; business and industry professional with 1000 verified hours of work in the field.

The candidate will work collaboratively work with academic teachers to bridge the academic and vocational skills required to graduate high school.

This position offers an 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. All of our programs post their open teaching positions on our website and feature an easy-to-complete application process.

For more information and to apply online, visit us at:

WWW.THEMENTAGROUP.ORG/CAREERS/APPLY

Contact

Tolleson, AZ
Send resume todawn.massani@menta.com
Fax: (623) 478-5026

OR:

Phoenix, AZ:
Send Resume to: mitch.henderson@menta.com
Fax: (602) 248-2937

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