August 2011 - Special Educator e-Journal

Table of Contents

  • Update from the U.S. Department of Education

  • 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

Education Director

Watertown, MA

Job Category: Education


Perkins School for the Blind was the first school for the blind chartered in the United States in 1829. For over 181 years the staff at Perkins have been providing quality services to students and clients who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind and with or without additional disabilities. Located near Boston and Cambridge, our programs provide educational and training opportunities for students from birth to 22 years of age in day and residential programs. All of our programs and services strive to enable each student and client to develop his or her greatest potential and maximum independence.

The Secondary Program provides educational and residential services to students ages 14 through 22, who are blind or visually impaired and with or without additional disabilities. The program offers a variety of enrollment and curriculum options designed to meet each student's individual needs, including high school courses for grades 9-12 leading to a diploma.

Under the general direction of the Superintendent of Educational Programs, the Education Director oversees the design and implementation of educational services for students, as a member of a collaborative administrative team. Provides supervision to assigned teachers, related service providers, and other staff. Manages and facilitates staff development and communication with parents, employees, LEAs, and other community members.

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  • Masters degree from a recognized college or university in Education with concentration in visual impairment or related field.
  • Massachusetts DOE Licenser as Program Director, Principal or Special Education Director or willingness to obtain certification within two years required. First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Crisis Prevention and Physical.
  • Five (5) years teaching experience with children who are visual impaired including a wide a range of functioning levels and ages.
  • Two (2) years experience in a Supervisory or Leadership role.
  • Knowledge of Braille, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to plan and conduct a program including continuous evaluation of each student's Individual Education Plan, MCAS Portfolios, the Core and Expanded Core Curricula, and MA Standards.


Please send resume and cover letter to


Special Education Teacher

New York, New York

Job Category: Master Teacher


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: (

TEP is a 480-student 5th through 8th grade middle school in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. Applications are currently being accepted for teaching positions in SPECIAL EDUCATION, LATIN and SOCIAL STUDIES.

Learn more and apply today at



Director of Early Intervention/Teacher

Valhalla, NY



Pediatric specialty hospital has a unique opportunity for a newly created position as the Director/Teacher of Early Intervention. This position requires a NYSED permanent certification in Special Education or Professional Certification as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities (birth to 2 yrs of age). Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA.) is preferable. The successful candidate will be an energetic person with proven creative thinking skills and have the ability to oversee our entire Early Intervention Center which includes several expanding programs. A minimum of 3 years experience in a supervisory position is necessary as you will meet regularly with teachers to ensure that classroom and individual goals are being met. You will also collaborate with a team of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists to achieve student educational goals. Blythedale Children's Hospital is conveniently located 20 miles north of New York City in beautiful Westchester County. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits including free parking.


Send cover letter and resume to or to Human Resources,Blythedale Children's Hospital, 95 Bradhurst Avenue, Valhalla, NY 10595. Fax: 914-592-2519, EOE M/F


Special Education Teacher – District of Columbia Public Schools

Washington, D.C

Job Category:

Salary: $49,085-79,237

How to Apply:


We are looking for highly motivated and skilled talent to join our team at the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). We seek individuals who are passionate about transforming the DC school system and making a significant difference in the lives of public school students, parents, principals, teachers, and central office employees. As part of a comprehensive reform effort to become the preeminent urban school system in America, DCPS intends to have the highest-performing, best paid, most satisfied, and most honored educator force in the nation and a distinctive central office staff whose work supports and drives instructional excellence and significant achievement gains for DCPS students.

Position Overview

The Teacher position is located in all public schools within the DCPS system.  Situated at the center of national government, the goal of DCPS is to provide students with a quality education that prepares them to become future leaders, productive citizens, and individuals who are engaged in the life of the community.  This position reports directly to the principal of the school to which the incumbent is assigned.


On a daily basis, the incumbent performs a variety of duties that involve working with students individually, in small groups and in large group settings.  The incumbent will be responsible, but not limited to the following duties:

  • Prepares for IEP meetings and other meetings;
  • Communicates with related service providers, teachers, and case managers to ensure services and evaluations are timely;
  • Communicates necessary information to parents/guardians;
  • Develops and implements high quality IEPs;
  • Develops and monitors transition plans when appropriate;
  • Provides specially designed instruction aligned with students’ IEPs;
  • Teaches and motivates students to develop competencies, skills, and knowledge by using the District’s curricula, content standards and developmentally appropriate learning activities;
  • Implements research-based programs to support student needs;
  • Develops lesson plans and supplementary materials compatible with research based methods, techniques, and best practices;
  • Provides learning experiences which develop basic functional skills, utilizing technology as appropriate;
  • Monitors student progress through observation, daily contact, and maintenance of accurate student records;
  • Collects progress monitoring data for all student goals and shares this information with IEP the student, IEP team members, parents and other faculty as appropriate;
  • Maintains accurate and compliant special education data;
  • Makes data-driven decisions to improve student outcomes, particularly in the area of using classroom-specific data to evaluate student progress towards IEP goals and to determine needs for services and supports;
  • Supervises the work of dedicated aides and instructional assistants;
  • Collaborates and partners with general education teachers with specially designed instruction when appropriate in a range of arrangements, including but not limited to co-planning, consultation, and co-teaching models (from push-in to team teaching);
  • Provides individualized and small group instruction to accommodate the needs of each student in the Least Restrictive Environment;
  • Identifies student needs, and collaborates with other professional staff members in assessing and helping students solve health, behavioral, prevocational, communication and learning challenges;
  • Identifies and monitors student behaviors and behavioral triggers;
  • Establishes and maintains standards for student behavior in order to provide a safe, orderly, and productive classroom environment;
  • Has experience in working with academically, linguistically, economically, ethnically, and culturally diverse populations;
  • Communicates with parents, school counselors and all teachers of the student with special needs on student progress;
  • Maintains files containing student work, evaluation and assessment data;
  • Provides timely feedback to students and parents.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Proficient in special education law, methods and best practices;
  • Meets a rigorous standard of quality, demonstrated through Praxis II and OPI assessment.
  • Proficient in the use of personal computers and office software such as Open Office or Microsoft Office Suite
  • Familiarity with web-based databases and online tools such as online grade books, EASYIEP or Encore, and other types of instructional technology


  • Knowledge of District curriculum and adopted guidelines;
  • Proficient knowledge of trends in technology integration in special education instruction;
  • Team orientated and willing to contribute at all levels to ensure student success;
  • Self-motivated and a proactive problem solver with the ability to work independently.
  • Determined to overcome challenging obstacles while working with diverse learners.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a major in a special education;
  • Successful completion of the Praxis I’s (reading, writing, and math) and Praxis II’s (Education of Exceptional Students -20353) and the OPI assessment.


Notice of non-discrimination. In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code §§ 2-1401.01 et seq. (Act), the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business.  Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by the Act.  In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act.  Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated.  Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.


SPED/RSP and SDC Teachers

Los Angeles, CA

Job Category: Special Education Teacher


Green Dot Public Schools (, the leading public charter schools operator in Los Angeles and an important catalyst for education reform in the State of California, is looking for SPED/RSP and SDC teachers to provide support for students with mild to moderate and moderate to severe disabilities.

Green Dot does not have an "intern program" per se, but candidates with a valid CA internship credential (with authorization in SPEC – Mild/Moderate) are encouraged to apply for these teaching positions. In lieu of the above, a letter from your college or university's credentialing program, indicating your eligibility, will also suffice.

Please click on the following link to view the expected 2011-12 SPED openings by campus:


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Appropriate level California Educational Specialist credential; OR verifiable, relevant subject-matter competency in order to qualify for a Provisional Internship Permit or a Short-Term Staff Permit (proof of competency can be met by a degree in the relevant subject OR at least 18 units in relevant subject coursework)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills a must
  • Passionate about improving public education to help all children reach their dreams
  • A strong ethical base and self awareness
  • Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) a plus


Our annual teacher salary scale ranges from $46,628 - $79,733, based on education and experience.


We require all candidates to complete an online application at:


SPED Program Administrator

Los Angeles, CA

Job Category: SPED


Green Dot Public Schools (, the leading public charter schools operator in Los Angeles and an important catalyst for education reform in the State of California, is looking for a Special Education (SPED) Program Administrator to help generate excitement and awareness about transforming public schools throughout the City of Los Angeles.

Green Dot's mission is to transform public education in LA so that all young adults receive the education they deserve to be prepared for college, leadership and life. The non-profit organization's work is directly focused on influencing the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to transform its failing high schools into clusters of small successful schools and helping the district reinvent itself as one of the best school districts in the country. Green Dot currently operates a network of high schools and middle schools in some of the highest need areas of Los Angeles, and in doing so has demonstrated that public schools can do a far better job of educating students if they are operated more effectively.


  • Valid CA Administrative Services credential highly desirable
  • Valid Clear/Level II Education Specialist Credential highly desirable
  • Strong Knowledge of the Disabilities Education Improvement Act, California Standards Base instruction, Response to Intervention Framework, Behavior Modification Strategies, and Education Code.
  • Relevant Masters or equivalent degree preferred •A passion for improving urban high schools and driving education reform.
  • Minimum of 5 years teaching experience in special education with a history of improving student achievement. Teaching experience in multiple Special Education Setting highly desirable ( i.e. SDP, RSP,) •Experience working in an urban school setting.
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities.
  • Proven management and team building skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills is a must
  • Excellent collaborative and organizational skills is a must
  • A strong ethical base and self-awareness


We require all candidates to complete an online application at:

Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. We are looking to fill this position ASAP.

This employer strives for a balanced, productive workforce, which is diverse in terms of age, gender, and cultural identity. We do not base hiring or promotional decisions on factors other than performance and professional growth potential.