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Special Education Teacher and Paraprofessional Positions – District Wide

June 21, 2022

Colorado Springs, CO.
Full-Time

Description:

The purpose of these positions is to help each student learn subject matter and skills that will contribute to his/her development as a mature, capable, and responsible adult. Provide a positive, healthy, and safe environment in which the student can achieve his/her maximum potential. 

Licensed positions:

Meet and instruct assigned classes in the locations and at the times designated. Plan a program of study that, as much as possible, meets the individual needs, interests, and abilities of each student. Guide the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals. Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity level and interest of the student. Encourage students to maintain standards of classroom behavior. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create an engaging classroom environment favorable to student learning and personal growth.

  • Motivate students to develop skills, attitudes and knowledge needed for college and career readiness.

  • Communicate clearly in verbal and written formats with students, parents, and teammates.

  • Develop lesson plans and instructional materials to meet the needs of students.

  • Translate lesson plans into learning experiences to best utilize the available time for instruction.

  • Supervise students in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned work day.

  • Administer standardized tests in accordance with district testing protocol.

  • Must be able to lift and move up to 30 pounds.

Qualifications:

  • Possess or be eligible to receive Colorado Teaching License with appropriate endorsement.

  • Candidate must be endorsed in the content area, passed the PLACE or Praxis test in the content area, and/or have 24 semester credits in the content area to meet Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) "highly qualified" status.

  • Transcripts required.

Paraprofessionals:

  • Provide instructional support and assistance in meeting the educational needs of students, under the direction and immediate supervision of a licensed school professional.

  • Services provided vary based on Individual Education Plans (IEP) and requirements to provide services in the least restrictive environment. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support instructional programs and provide instructional assistance for students in individual, small and large group settings. Implement approved modifications and/or accommodations of curriculum. Supervise and facilitate students in the classroom and a variety of settings that may include the lunchroom, playground, field trips, extra-curricular activities, or on-the-job training.

  • Help and support students with special needs which may include emotional issues, self-help skills, fine and gross motor, visual, auditory, physical, medical and health needs, educational, prevocational and life skills in a least restrictive environment.

  • Facilitate crisis intervention and assist students with problem solving techniques and conflict resolution. Enforces district policies regarding behaviors and discipline to help correct behavioral problems and meet behavioral goals.

  • Collaborate and communicate with other special and regular educators and administrators with regard to academic and behavioral issues and observations. Provide suggestions, feedback and support to building staff, administrators, parents and outside agencies regarding effective strategies for facilitating learning.

  • Assist the school professional by helping with data collection, updating records and documentation while helping maintain student files and class records. Maintain compliance with confidentiality laws including Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

  • Attend and participate in district and building in-service opportunities and committee work.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education, Training and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent. Associate’s (or higher) Degree OR 2 years of study at an institution of higher education (48 semester hours) OR passed the District-approved assessment to meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) required at hire.

  • For WorkKeys information contact: AcuSkill Testing and Learning Center, 5050 Edison Ave., Suite #122, Colorado Springs, CO 80915 (719) 232-0932.

  • Upload/Scan transcripts if you have minimum of 48 + semester hours otherwise upload WorkKeys Test Scores Sheets.

  • 0 – 2 years’ experience. Experience working with children with special needs preferred.

  • Knowledge of child development and behavior management is preferred.

  • CPR and First Aid preferred.

  • Core District Special Education Paraprofessional training or requirements must be acquired within 36 months of hire.

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

  • Basic English, writing and communication skills.

  • Basic knowledge of computers and office equipment.

  • Criminal background check and District fingerprinting required.

Note: Each college transcript shall be authentic, original or photocopy, bearing the embossed seal of the institution, the signature of the registrar, and including descriptive titles, course numbers, credits, and grades for each course listed and degrees earned, if any. For the purpose of these Rules, credits shall be in semester hours or may be interpreted as meaning the equivalent in quarter, trimester, unit or term. 

Application Procedure:

Apply online at www.hsd2.org to complete an online application. After completing your application, you must apply to each position that is of interest to you FLSA: Non-Exempt

Benefits:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance

  • Paid Holidays

  • At Least One 3-Day Weekend per Month

  • Growth for All Staff

  • Staff to Teacher Program

  • Student Teaching

  • Free Before and After School Care for Staff