October 2011 - Special Educator e-Journal

Table of Contents

  • Update from the U.S. Department of Education

  • Feature Article:  Common Planning Time and Co-Teaching: How Can They Fit into the Race?

    Calls to Participate

  • 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

$125,000 Salary for Master Middle School Teachers

New York, New York

Job Category: Full Time

Posted on Friday 23. of September 2011

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.

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

Also, we invite you to learn more about TEP Charter School and about teaching at the school on our Live Online Information Session (link below):

http://www.tepcharter.org/info-session-for-teachers.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

Qualifications

http://www.tepcharter.org/overview-the-3Rs.php

Email: jobs@tepcharter.org

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Special Education Teachers - BD/ED

Tolleson, Arizona

Job Category: Full Time

Posted on Friday 23. of September 2011

Special Education Teachers - BD/ED

Special Education Services, a member of The Menta Group AZ & IL, is a Special Education Therapeutic Day School servicing kindergarten through 12th grade At-Risk and Behavior-Emotional-Developmentally disabled children living within the Maricopa County, Arizona metro area. The program at Southwest Education Center provides a positive and dynamic place to learn and includes a small class size, intensive clinical services, and a competently trained staff of educators. 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 with a social studies emphasis.

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

  • 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 these three things: a background inspection, approved driving record, and an employment phys
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Must be at least 23 years of age.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

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

Send resume to: mitch.henderson@menta.com

Fax: (602) 248-2937
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Special Ed Math and/or Science Teacher

Tolleson, Arizona

Job Category: Professional Services

Posted on Wednesday 21. of September 2011

Mathematics and/or Science Teacher for Special Education Students

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.

SWA clinical/educational services are intended to meet the developmental, social-behavior, and individual learning needs of each student. Classrooms are designed to be active learning environments where young people have the opportunity to experience educational and behavioral success on a daily basis. Clinicians are available to address the social-emotional struggles that high risk students encounter frequently in such settings. Whenever possible, clinical interventions are integrated into daily educational activities. In this way students are exposed to pro-social skills when such skills are most relevant to success in the classroom. Such a learning paradigm provides a safe and positive environment for young people to grow and learn.

Qualifications:

  • Arizona High School Teaching Certificate w/Highly Qualified endorsement in Math or Science.
  • 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.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Apply at this web site: www.thementagroup.org/careers/apply

Send resume to: dawn.massani@menta.com
Fax: (623) 478-5026
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THE MENTA GROUP

Email: dawn.massani@menta.com
http://www.thementagroup.org/careers/apply

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Instructor or Substitute Teacher (Life Skills Experience)

Waukegan, Illinois

Job Category: Full Time

Posted on Monday 12. of September 2011

Instructor or Substitute Teacher (Life Skills Experience)

Special Education Services, a member of The Menta Group, is currently filling full time positions at a special education school located in Waukegan, Illinois. Lakeshore Academy is a 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 surrounding eastern Lake County, northern Illinois area.

Qualifications

  • State Teaching Cert. in Specialty/Content Area; Type 39 for Substitute Teacher; Bachelor's degree
  • Ability to teach youth having behavioral, emotional, and high risk behaviors.
  • Must be 23 years of age with a valid driver license.

Apply at:

www.thementagroup.org/careers/apply

Lakeshore Academy/Waukegan, IL

Email resume toSheela.patel@menta.com
Fax resume to: 847-599-2475

Questions can be directed to Ms. Sheela Patel at 847-599-1680.

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Life Skills Behavior Tech/Paraprofesssional

Phoenix, Arizona

Job Category: Part Time

Posted on Sunday 11. of September 2011

Life Skills Behavior Technician/Paraprofessional Part-Time Phoenix, AZ

Southwest Education Center (SWEC) is a special education school for kindergarten through 12th grade students who are challenged by social-emotional, learning, behavioral and developmental disabilities. 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.

Programming is designed for students with significant cognitive, behavior, and learning difficulties. 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. This person is assigned for every scheduled activity that the student is assigned throughout the day. The Aide works mainly as per the direction of the teacher and assists the teacher/student in the various educational, clinical, and clerical activities, including:

  • Preparing and adapting materials for use in the classroom.
  • Maintaining classroom and learning materials in good order
  • Communicating behavioral concerns of students to appropriate staff members.
  • Implementing and maintaining behavioral program policies and data.
  • Encouraging all students to be successful in the program.
  • Attending all staff meetings and in-service training as requested.

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.

Qualifications:

  • State certification as a Paraprofessional preferred.
  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Post High School at least 23 years of age.
  • Able to work with high risk special needs students.
  • Dependability in attendance and punctuality.
  • Ability to operate tactfully under stress.
  • Flexibility to change in routines.
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.
  • Good driving record/must drive student van.

Apply online at:

www.thementagroup.org/careers/apply

or emailmitch.henderson@menta.com

Southwest Education Center (SWEC)
4433 N. 7th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Phone: (602) 277-0920
Fax: (602) 248-2937
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TEACHING ASSISTANT

Nokomis, Illinois

Job Category:

Posted on Thursday 08. of September 2011

Description

TEACHING ASSISTANT

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.

We are currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Teaching Assistant for 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. As a TA in one of our schools, you 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

Apply online at:

www.thementagroup.org/careers/apply
email: linda.prewett@menta.com
Fax: 630-907-0197

Contact Person: Linda Prewett
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Behavior Technician / Paraprofessional

Tolleson, Arizona

Job Category: Full Time

Posted on Thursday 08. of September 2011

Description

BEHAVIOR TECHNICIAN / PARAPROFESSIONAL

Southwest Academy (SWA) is a special education school for kindergarten through 12th grade students in the Tolleson, Arizona area who are challenged by social-emotional, learning, behavioral and developmental disabilities. 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.

Programming is designed for students with significant cognitive, behavior, and learning difficulties... 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. This person is assigned for every scheduled activity that the student is assigned throughout the day.

The Aide works mainly as per the direction of the teacher and assists the teacher/student in the various educational, clinical, and clerical activities, including:

  • Preparing and adapting materials for use in the classroom
  • Maintaining classroom and learning materials in good order
  • Communicating behavioral concerns of students to appropriate staff members
  • Implementing and maintaining behavioral program policies and data
  • Encouraging all students to be successful in the program
  • Attending all staff meetings and in-service training as requested

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

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.

Apply online at:

www.thementagroup.org/careers/apply
or email: dawn.massani@menta.com
or Fax: (623) 478-5026
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Special Education Teacher, MR or SMR

Tolleson, Arizona

Job Category: OTHER CLASS: EDUCATION-Sp Ed

Posted on Wednesday 31. of August 2011

Description:

SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER, MENTAL RETARDATION OR SEVERE MENTAL RETARDATION

The Tolleson campus of Southwest Academy (SWA) is a special education school for fifth through twelfth grade students in the Maricopa County area who are challenged by social-emotional, learning, developmental, 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. We have a no refusal, no suspension, no expulsion policy, offering a continuum of services to meet the educational needs of this challenging student population.

Programming at SWA 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.

We believe that every child can and will learn. Our students are preparing to be College Ready, Career Ready, and Community Ready (3 C's). Our goal is to ensure that all students master the academic and social skills necessary for an independent and productive life. We create an Optimal Learning Environment that is well structured, engaging, safe, instructional, and responsive to students needs.

We are looking for a state certified teacher with experience in working with Severe Mentally Retarded students either full time or part time. 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.

Requirements:

  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a fast paced environment

Qualifications:

  • Arizona State Teaching Certification in Special Education/Cross Categorization with an endorsement in Severe Mental Retardation (Behavior, Emotional, and Learning Disabilities) in the elementary, middle school & high school levels is required.
  • Ability to teach in a self-contained classroom for a full teaching day with youth having problems with ED, OHI and MIMR disabilities.
  • Employment contingent upon a background check, approved driving record, and an employment physical.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and fingerprint clearance card
  • Must be at least 23 years of age.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Apply online at:

www.thementagroup.org/careers/apply


or email: Dawn.massani@menta.com
3834 South 91st Avenue
Tolleson, AZ 85353
Phone: (623) 478-5000
Fax: (623) 478-5026
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Special Ed Teacher for H.S. Classroom

Chicago, Illinois 60612

Job Category: Full Time

Posted on Tuesday 30. of August 2011

Description

SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER FOR HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOM CHICAGO, IL

Hillside Academy East Campus, a member of The Menta Group, is an alternative safe school for middle and high school students who are at-risk of suspension or expulsion or with other 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. 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.

Background: Hillside Academy East Campus is the adjunct campus of the organization's first school, Hillside Academy. Hillside Academy East Campus is approved as a nonpublic special education program (under Section 14-7.02 of the Illinois School Code) for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

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:

  • 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
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Contact:

Apply at this web site: www.thementagroup.org/careers/apply

Email: lisa.feldman@menta.com

Fax: (773) 638-6235

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Special Education Teacher

Country Club Hills, Illinois

Job Category: Full Time

Posted on Saturday 20. of August 2011

Description:

High School Teacher for Special Education Academic and Career-Path Classes

Country Club Hills Tech & Trade Center (CCH), an affiliate of The Menta Group, offers a K-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.

We are currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Special Education Teacher for our schools located in mid-state Illinois and the Chicago Metro Area; and Maricopa County, Arizona. Successful candidates will be creative, energetic and eager to develop and implement innovative solutions to critical problems in education. 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, cooperative 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

  • State Teaching Certification in Special Education; Preferably high school certified.
  • Ability to teach in a self-contained classroom for a full teaching day with youth having behavioral, emotional, and high risk behaviors is important.
  • 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.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.
  • You must be 23 years of age with a valid driver license.
  • Employment is contingent upon a background check, approved driving record, employment physical and drug screen.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Emphasis on work skills as a basis for a career path curriculum.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

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.

Apply on-line at:
www.thementagroup.org/careers/apply
Country Club Hills, Illinois
E-mail: john.ritchey@menta.com
Fax: 708-798-9756
Questions can be directed to John Ritchey at 708-798-9542 eoe

Contact

John Ritchey
Phone: 708-798-9542
Fax: 708-798-9756



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