April 2013 - Special Educator e-Journal

Table of Contents

  • Calls to Participate

  • Update from the U.S. Department of Education

  • 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

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Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET

HEAD TEACHER, FIRST AND SECOND GRADE

Medford, Massachusetts

Job Category: Full Time

HEAD TEACHER, FIRST AND SECOND GRADE

Eliot-Pearson Children's School

This position runs 10 months per year. Please be sure to submit a cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference as one singular document when applying.

The Eliot-Pearson Children's School is a laboratory demonstration school for the Department of Child Development at Tufts University. The school enrolls approximately 85 children ages 3-8.

The Head Teacher's responsibilities include providing a dynamic, developmental, inclusive program for multi- age first/second grade children, working with families, therapists, team-teaching and supervising University undergraduate and graduate students. Specifically, the Head Teacher:

  • Plans and executes an educational program and physical environment which are developmentally sound, multi-culturally relevant, and sensitive to the range of individual differences reflected in your student, staff, and family populations;
  • Adheres to referral procedures when concerned about child/family development;
  • Leads and supervises a teaching team, which usually includes: 
    • a. one or two graduate teaching assistants;
    • b. a student teacher (undergraduate or graduate student);
    • c. field worker (undergraduate or graduate student);
    • d.conducts weekly team meetings and individual supervision meetings;
  • Attends weekly or bi-weekly supervision meetings with the Director; attends and contributes to bi-monthly staff meetings;
  • Communicates regularly with the Special Needs Coordinator and specialists through regularly scheduled meetings, and on an as-needed basis; and let them know well in advance of changes in classroom schedules (i.e., class trips, special projects, etc.);
  • Conducts a brief home visit on every child prior to or shortly after school starts in the fall;
  • Makes valiant effort to attend school events like picnics, fund-raisers, evening meetings, parent/teacher advisory meetings;
  • Communicates regularly with families via daily verbal contact, progress reports, conferences and telephone calls;
  • Plans Curriculum Open House and other all-classroom parent meetings as warranted;
  • Keeps the Director and/or Special Needs Coordinator informed of any vital child/family development and information, safety issues, classroom/teacher-related issues, buildings and grounds and maintenance concerns;
  • Makes classroom purchase requests to the Director for approval, and maintain classroom budget for petty cash purposes;
  • Attempts to find substitute replacement when sick or out of school, and inform team, front desk, and the Director of absence;
  • Completes assigned clean-up jobs as requested (i.e., kitchen duty, booth and yard clean up, as well as maintain the physical organization of your classroom;
  • Maintains a safe environment and follows policy related to injuries/accidents by filing appropriate accident forms at the front desk; posts all appropriate policies and relevant classroom information in a visible place, including children' s allergies, evacuation and emergency procedures, health and illness policy, attendance sheets, hand washing procedures, schedules of children in the afternoon group;
  • Prepares progress reports on all children and attends all scheduled parent conferences and IEP meetings;
  • Makes reasonable accommodations for visitors, approved research, student projects, and faculty requests;
  • Creates documentation to support learning and the curriculum, and to encourage collective inquiry and reflection among children, teachers and parents; uses technology (digital cameras, computers) to support the documentation process;
  • Participates in school wide inquiry staff meetings.

Basic Requirements:

  • Master's degree in Early Childhood Education or related field
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience with children who have a wide range of individual differences, including special needs
  • Skill in designing classroom environments and curriculum
  • Experience supervising University students
  • Must complete all appropriate background checks as required for this position

Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Apply Here: http://www.Click2apply.net/m6s8g4r

Human Resources

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts, United States, 02153


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Special Education Teacher

Philadelphia, PA

Job Category: Full Time

Position Summary:

The Special Education Teacher shows an unwavering commitment to improving the knowledge, skills, and lives of students with disabilities. Special Education Teachers ensure that students meet academic success in their classrooms as measured by achievement on Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals, student grades, and the PSSA. Mastery is looking for teachers who are committed to outrageously high expectations and high support for students.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Driving student achievement for students with disabilities
  • Responding to progress monitoring results and student assessment data
  • Establishing a positive, structured, achievement-focused classroom
  • Providing support to students, parents, and general education staff and supporting student learning
  • Mentoring and coaching students on self-regulation and organizational skills
  • Developing effective IEPs that translate into measurable results for students
  • Providing leadership as a member of the Special Education team

Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge of instructional strategies for students with disabilities
  • Familiarity with the social-emotional needs of students
  • Receptiveness to feedback and a desire to continuously improve
  • A strong sense of personal accountability for student achievement
  • A belief that all students should be held to high academic standard
  • Ability to adjust instructional strategies in order to reach year-end goals

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred
  • Must have or be working towards certification in special education
  • Experience working with special education population in an urban classroom setting
  • Documented experience using data-driven instruction to achieve significant student gains

To apply for a position with Mastery Charter Schools, please visit the 'Careers' section of the Mastery website (www.masterycharter.org) to submit an application. Please note that only application materials which are submitted online will be reviewed.

 

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Special Education Case Manager

Philadelphia, PA

Job Category: Full Time

Position Summary:

The Special Education Case Manager ensures that the students on their caseload achieve academic success, across all subjects, as measured by achievement on Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals, student grades, and the PSSA.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Driving student achievement for students with disabilities on their caseload
  • Monitoring and responding to student grades, specially designed instruction and progress monitoring results.
  • Providing strategic, pull out instruction for students with disabilities that increases student skill and content knowledge
  • Mentoring and coaching students on self-regulation and organization skills
  • Providing ongoing communication with teachers and administrators that strengthen the support systems for students with disabilities
  • Developing effective IEPs that translate into measurable results for students
  • Providing leadership as a member of the SAP/CSAP team

Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge of instructional strategies for students with disabilities
  • Knowledge of functional behavioral assessments
  • Knowledge of social emotional needs of students with disabilities
  • Knowledge of PA Academic Standards
  • Results-oriented individual – a flexible thinker willing to do "whatever it takes"
  • Belief in the Mastery Charter School mission and instructional model
  • A ferocious desire to provide our students with a world class education
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized with strong analytical writing skills
  • Has experienced a high level of measurable success working with urban youth

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred
  • Certification in Special Education.
  • Teaching experience in special education for minimum of three (3) years preferred

To apply for a position with Mastery Charter Schools, please visit the 'Careers' section of the Mastery website (www.masterycharter.org) to submit an application. Please note that only application materials which are submitted online will be reviewed.

 

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Teacher: Special Education-BD/ED K-12

Country Club Hills, Illinois

Job Category: Full Time

Teacher: Special Education-BD/ED K-12 Academic and Career-Path Classes

Special Education Services (a member of The Menta Group) is currently seeking a progressive state certified special education teacher for academic and career-path class's k-12 to join the clinical team at our therapeutic day school in the Country Club Hills area.

Country Club Hills Tech & Trade Center (CCH), 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 south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. 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. The high school program offers 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 with-in 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 function as collaborative building wide teams to better problem solve and find viable solutions to meet student's academic needs offering positive behavioral support, behavioral and academic interventions, progress monitoring, evaluation, and consultation as to individual program development.

Background:

Country Club Hills Tech & Trade Center is approved as a nonpublic special education program (under Section 14-7.02 of the Illinois School Code) for students in 9th through 12th grade.

The current open position will focus on candidates who have experience with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Successful candidates will have strong skills in school-based problem-solving, multidisciplinary collaboration, positive behavioral support, behavioral and academic interventions, progress monitoring and evaluation, and consultation with educational staff will find innovative solutions to critical problems in education working with an integrated focus on academic and social-emotional learning, and a continuum of learning and behavioral supports.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in special education
  • 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 is highly desired.
  • Comprehensive training, experience, and mentoring in curriculum area Willing to work toward achieving State of Illinois emergency approval in special education with assistance from the school might be an option.
  • Ability to teach a self-contained classroom within all basic instructional areas and work a regular school day with youth diagnosed having emotional, behavioral, academic, and developmental disabilities.
  • Emphasis on work skills as a basis for a career path curriculum Ability to communicate well orally and in writing 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

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Employment is contingent upon a background check, employment physical and drug screen.

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.

How to apply:

Apply on-line at: www.thementagroup.org/careers/apply
E-mail: shawanda.barga@menta.com
Fax: 708-798-9756
Country Club Hills


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$125,000 Salary for Master Middle School Teachers

New York, NY

Job Category: Master Middle School Teacher

$125,000 Salary for Master Middle School Teachers - TEP Charter School

$125,000 Salary for Master Middle School Teachers!
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.

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

Open positions: http://www.tepcharter.org/open-teaching-positions.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

Info Session @ TEP

Thinking about applying for a teaching position at TEP? Attend an in-person information session with TEP's Principal, Zeke Vanderhoek. Take a tour of the school, and learn more about the teacher application process and teaching at TEP.

When: Wednesday, April 10th, 6PM
Where: TEP Charter School

Learn how to RSVP for the event by clicking the following link: http://www.tepcharter.org/session-for-teachers.php

We also have a Live Online Info Session too!
Click here for more information: http://www.tepcharter.org/info-session-for-teachers.php

Contact

jobs@tepcharter.org

 

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Special Education Teacher

Hillside, Illinois

Job Category: Full Time

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.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree Special Education or higher
  • Type LBS1/Special Education State of Illinois certified at the high school level
  • Comprehensive training, experience, and mentoring in curriculum area
  • Ability to teach a self-contained classroom within all basic instructional areas
  • Experience working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Ability to work a regular school day and the ability to work with youth with emotional/behavioral/academic difficulties
  • Willingness to be trained in working with Behavioral/Emotional Disordered students
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply

Benefits:

This position offers an access to medical, dental, vision plans, 403(b), sick pay, holiday pay, and personal 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 web-site and feature an easy-to-complete application process.

Employment is contingent upon a background check, employment physical and drug screen.

How to apply:

www.thementagroup.org/careers/apply
ann.keane@menta.com
Fax: 708-449-0474
corp@menta.com
Fax: 630-907-0197
www.thementagroup.org
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Master Teacher

San Antonio, Texas

Job Category: Special Education Teacher - Early Childhood

Are you an innovative early childhood educator who enjoys creating the foundation for children's education? Do you love motivating students and their parents to develop the abilities, attitudes, skills, and knowledge that will prepare them for a successful life of learning? Then we have the career you are looking for! Our Master Teachers will plan and implement activities that promote the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of four-year old children enrolled in the City of San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA program. They will also act as mentors to new and emerging teachers throughout the City of San Antonio.

Named one of the "Top Ten Metropolitan Innovations to Watch in 2013" by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and The Rockefeller Foundation, the Pre-K 4 SA Initiative is an innovative model that will provide high-quality, full-day Pre-K for 2,000 eligible four-year olds in San Antonio within four Model Education Centers and improve early childhood quality and access throughout the city.

Starting pay for master teachers is $60,000.

In addition to master teachers, we are looking for talented candidates for other Pre-K 4 SA positions, including teacher assistants, nurses, professional and administrative staff.

Want to know more? Visit the City of San Antonio's employment website at the following link for a complete job description and to submit your application: http://www.sanantonio.gov/hr/jobs/Pre-K4SA_Jobs.asp

We require at least three (3) years of early childhood teaching experience and a valid teaching certificate with required endorsements to teach early childhood education from any State's Educator Certification Department and the ability to obtain certification in Texas.

 

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Assistant Professor - Special Education

Riverdale, NY

Job Category: Full Time

The College of Mount Saint Vincent (Riverdale, New York) seeks an Assistant Professor of Special Education with a strong student-centered focus, an earned doctorate and a strong record of teaching experience in collegiate and K-12 school settings to start in Fall 2013. Desired qualifications include a minimum of three to five years experience in urban settings of culturally and linguistically diverse populations of students with disabilities. Additional knowledge of the use of assistive technology and expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Applied Behavioral Analysis are highly desirable. A successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to scholarship, service and teaching.

The College of Mount Saint Vincent is an academically excellent, authentically inclusive, Catholic and ecumenical liberal arts college with approximately 1,300 undergraduate students and 225 graduate students located in the Riverdale section of New York City. Our beautiful 70-acre campus of rolling lawns and wooded hills overlooking the Hudson River is just 12 miles from midtown Manhattan. Send your curriculum vitae, cover letter, teaching philosophy, two letters of recommendation and three additional references who can speak to your professional qualifications to HR@mountsaintvincent.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled

Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, program development, advisement, and supervision at nearby schools. The ability to build strong collaboration between general education and special education faculty is highly desirable. Additional responsibilities require the candidate to engage in scholarly and professional activities; perform college and department service including coordination of special education programs; assist with TEAC accreditation reviews and outcomes assessment; develop and maintain partnerships with public schools. Terms of appointment and salary are commensurate with credentials and experience.

Contact: HR@Mountsaintvincent.edu

 

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Video Feedback Reviewers

Flexible Location

Job Category: Part Time

 

Video Feedback Reviewers – Tools for Teacher Excellence Flexible location

We are seeking Video Feedback Reviewers with certification in bilingual education, math, science, English, special education or social studies. Reviewers will be TNTP employees based out of a home office anywhere in the United States (flexible location). These positions will start training in the late spring and are expected to last through June 2014 with the possible option to extend. This role requires approximately six hours of work per week during the school year with potentially fewer hours over the summer.

Who We Want

TNTP pushes the boundaries of what's possible in public education every day, and we seek candidates who share our vision of ending educational inequality. Our employees are bright, dynamic, and dedicated to overcoming incredible challenges in order to achieve remarkable results. More than a job, working at TNTP is a commitment. Every job is essential, and every employee's contributions and ideas are integral to our success.

Video Feedback Reviewers play an essential role on the Great Teaching, Great Feedback team by providing timely, actionable feedback to teachers across the United States in order to support them in developing and improving their practice.

We are looking for experienced educators who have a clear understanding of effective instruction, are passionate about developing teachers' instructional impact, and can provide clear, concise and motivational feedback to teachers in order to rapidly improve instruction. This is an incredible opportunity to learn more about working at TNTP through a flexible position and have a profound impact on the development of teachers who will be changing lives and the futures of their students – every day

Qualifications

  • Strong education background and instructional skill set with at least three years K-12 teaching experience (required), preferably in high-need schools or with high-need populations, and a track record of raising student achievement
  • Minimum of 6 hours of availability per week, 8-10 hours per week preferred. Work can be completed during non-standard hours and on weekends
  • Current certification and experience teaching and/or supporting teachers in one of the following areas required: Bilingual education (Spanish), Math, English, Science (General, Biology, Physics, and/or Chemistry), Special Education (primary and secondary), or Social Studies
  • Previous experience observing, evaluating, or mentoring teachers (preferred)

Benefits

The salary for this position is $25 per hour. TNTP offers a motivated team of dynamic colleagues, a collegial atmosphere that values professional development and valuable feedback, and the chance to impact the direction of a growing, mission-driven company that is committed to the success of our nation's children.

To Apply

Write a detailed cover letter that addresses the following prompts:

1. Briefly describe what you consider to be highly effective teaching. When you observe a highly effective teacher's classroom what do you expect to see?

2. Summarize your experience observing and evaluating teachers.

Please submit your resume and tailored cover letter online at http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH05/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=THENEWTEACHERPROJECT&cws=1&rid=1391

 

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Special Education Teacher

Washington, DC

Job Category: Middle and High School Teacher

The Special Education teacher is responsible for developing and providing IDEA mandated modifications and accommodations for students with special needs in order to gain free and appropriate instruction of the subject area curriculum.

Essential Job Functions

Classroom

  • implement and monitor classroom behavior and academic expectations; contact parents as appropriate
  • develop , distribute, and maintain IEP snapshots for all scholars with disabilities
  • adhere to Chavez's Inclusion Model of Instruction
  • utilize various co-teaching models of instruction to include lead and support; station, parallel, alternative and team teaching; pull out, resource, etc.
  • plan curriculum and create lesson plans in conjunction with their co-teacher with the needs of all students in mind
  • monitor scholars academic progress and participate in grading process for scholars in conjunction with their co-teacher.

Case Management

  • provide proof of Modified Instruction in the form of accommodation, modifications, or resource room as mandated by the students' IEP
  • creates work sample folder/portfolio that includes student work relevant to the IEP goals and objectives
  • monitor and document student progress with correspondence to the academic and/or transition goals and objectives of the student's IEP. This should include entering parent communication into EASY IEP, which should take place a minimum of 4 times yearly at mid-quarter
  • write the students IEP report card and turn in to the proper academic dean at the end of each quarter

IEP and MDT

  • collect completed teacher surveys and review them at MDT meetings
  • prepare Present Levels of Performance (PLOP)
  • review evaluation information (Psychological, Clinical , Educational, etc) prior to MDT meetings
  • construct academic goals for the content area for presentation
  • enter academic goals and PLOP into EASYIEP
  • create transition plans and enter into EASYIEP as required
  • attend the IEP meeting and presenting data and observations relevant to the content area

Professional Development

  • keep current on legislation, trends, etc related to Special Education field
  • attend relevant workshops/in-service training on topics related to Special education, including the required DCPS EASYIEP database training

Core Job Requirements

  • firm commitment to excellence
  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
  • 2+ years of experience as a Special Education teacher in an urban public school
  • Working knowledge of compliance requirements related to Special Education

Competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package.

For more information and to apply, please go to www.chavezschools.org

Only applications submitted through our website will be considered.

 


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