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Special Education Teacher, Animas Valley Elementary School, 1.0 FTE

October 12, 2021

Durango, Co.
Special Education Teacher - Elementary


Durango School District 9-R is accepting applications for a Special Education Teacher - Animas Valley Elementary School.  Must meet CDE and ESSA's requirement for Special Education Teacher.  Includes full benefits and begins ASAP. Develop accommodations and curriculum modifications, develop standards aligned IEPs and ensure fidelity of their implementation. In collaboration with the general education staff plan and deliver specialized instruction and assessment aligned with District learner outcomes and State achievement standards. Supervise assigned students and maintain a positive learning environment. Responsible to actively progress monitor student goals. Work with general education staff to provide direct and indirect support and adapt instruction to meet the individual learning needs of all students resulting in an increased probability of advancing their achievement. Maintain positive inter-personal relationships with students, parents, staff and community members.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Effectively use case management strategies to support student outcomes based the adopted curricula for assigned grades and subjects so that students attain adopted grade/course expectations and standards. Collaborate with general education teachers to modify and tailor the curriculum as necessary to address individual student differences, learning styles, functional educational levels and student abilities. Strong knowledge of content areas, literacy and numeracy intervention programs, teaching methods, learning styles and educational research related to learners with all types of special needs.
  • Utilize formative and summative assessments to assess the learning, achievement, and performance of each student and report the results as required by District Policy and school procedures. Knowledge of both formal and informal diagnostic special education assessments.
  • Model, promote, and as situations arise, take the opportunity to provide instruction related to character education including citizenship and responsible behavior (respect for self, other and property), bullying prevention, conflict resolution skills, and responsible work habits and ethics.
  • Provide safety instruction for students when the subject, activities, chemicals, product, tools and/or equipment pose possible harm or injury to students including use of personal protective devices (protective eye devices, safe clothing) and assure that students adhere to safety requirements.
  • Maintain an orderly, positive learning environment free from disruptive behavior by implementing proactive classroom management strategies and enforcing the Student Conduct Code. Supervise students to minimize any possibility of violent behavior and to minimize potential accidents.
  • Be familiar with and abide by all applicable Federal and Colorado laws and regulations; Board of Education policies and District Regulations, as amended from time to time; school procedures that relate to employment with the District.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional Job Requirements:

  • Assure the safety and welfare of students including necessary actions to insure that students are supervised at all times.
  • Demonstrate faithfulness and promptness in attendance at work.
  • Submit required reports promptly at the times specified.
  • Demonstrate care of and protection of School District property.
  • Report suspected child abuse or neglect as required by law.
  • Use the District’s internet and E-mail system as specified in Policy.
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned by the Principal, Superintendent or their designees.

Certificates, Licenses, & Registrations:

Colorado Teaching License with endorsements for the levels and subject areas teaching. Pass the PLACE or PRAXIS II Test. Meet CDE and ESSA requirements for In-Field Teacher. May be required to complete CPI training depending on assignment.

Technical Skills, Knowledge, & Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal relations and oral and written communication skills.
  • Effective understanding of the IEP writing process including standards alignment of the IEP.
  • Ability to develop and implement appropriate progress monitoring tools to assess student progress toward goals.
  • Strong decision making, analytical and organizationalskills.
  • Ability to work with students with diverse needs at various levels.
  • Ability to develop and implement accommodations and modifications that facilitate student mastery of the Colorado Academic Standards.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job.
  • Ability to promote and follow Board and District policies, Superintendent policies and building/department procedures.
  • Ability to communicate, interact and work effectively and cooperatively in a team setting.
  • Ability to recognize the importance of safety in the workplace, follow safety rules, practice safe work habits, utilize appropriate safety equipment and report unsafe conditions to the appropriate administrator.

Materials and Equipment Operating Knowledge:

  • Microcomputers and general office equipment.
  • EP software.
  • Microsoft Office applications.
  • Student Information Systems.

Education and Training Requirements:

Minimum, Bachelor’s degree of related subject from accredited university. Experience is preferred but may not be necessary for hiring.Experience is preferred but may not be necessary for hiring. Must meet CDE and ESSA's requirement for Special Education Teacher.

Durango School District 9-R is an equal opportunity educational institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to treatment, or employment in educational programs or activities which it operates, or any other applicable status protected by federal, state or local law. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact Laura Galido, Compliance Officer, Durango School District 9-R, 201 E 12th Street, Durango, CO 81301, (970) 247-5411,, or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 Spear Boulevard, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204-3582, (303) 844-5695.


Includes benefits.


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