December 2007 - Special Educator e-Journal

Table of Contents

Message from the Executive Directors

Common Myths of the IEP Process: Some Tips For All Team Members

Update from the National Dissemination Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities  (NICHCY)

Update from the U.S. Department of Education

Calls to Participate

Special Education Resources

Upcoming Conferences, Workshops, and Events

Funding Forecast and Award Opportunities

Latest Career Center Classifieds


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Latest Career Center Classifieds

SEIT - Mono and Bilingual Spanish

Description: Special Education - SEIT Providers needed – immediate openings. Permanent/Professional/Initial Special Education certificate required. English and/or bilingual (Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish, Russian – extension). ABA a plus. Brooklyn all areas, P/T, F/T, top salary and benefits.

Requirements: Permanent/Professional/Initial Special Education certificate required.

Benefits: Top benefits

fax: 718-627-1855 ATTN: Susan

Assistant/Associate Professor (Special Education)

Job Category: (Special Education)

Posted on Friday 09. of November 2007

Description: School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) at Shenandoah University invites applications and nominations for a full-time, career contract, assistant/associate professor position in Special Education.

Requirements: A Ph.D. or equivalent in special education or related field is required. Teaching is recognized as the most important faculty activity at Shenandoah University, and, the successful candidate will teach graduate and undergraduate courses in special education. We seek faculty members who focus on individual student  learning styles and motivations. She/he will also work with SEHD to align department curriculum with state and professional  performance -based standards, advise undergraduate and graduate students, and be an active scholar. Knowledge of and experience with assistive technology and distance delivery, and experience in schools (P-12) are highly desirable.

Application: To apply please submit a statement of interest (including a statement of teaching philosophy) in the position, cv., transcripts, and contact information of three references to:

Office of Human Resources-SEHD
Shenandoah University
1460 University Dr.
Winchester, VA 22601

We encourage and support diversity in the workplace. EOE


Irvine, CA

Job Category: Disability Services Coordinator


The City of Irvine is ideally located in Southern California and is close to many of the area’s tourist attractions, numerous resorts and some of the state’s finest beaches. Irvine has also been recognized as “one of the ten best places in the nation to live,” according to U.S. News and World Report!


$50,877 - $76,313 annually

We are seeking an energetic customer-focused individual to develop, coordinate, and implement a variety of programs and services for individuals with disabilities. This includes designing programs and events in collaboration with multiple agencies, departments and/or service providers, compiling and evaluating program/service participation data, and creating promotional information to initiate public awareness of Recreation Inclusion, while meeting individual needs of people seeking inclusion according to ADA standards. You’ll also develop and implement volunteer services programs and monitor program budgets. Our ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor's degree in special education, recreation therapy, sociology, psychology, teaching or field related to disability services, plus two years experience working with adults with developmental disabilities in the areas of independent living, employment and/or recreation, including knowledge of the Americans with Disability Act.

Position closes on 11/21/07. Please visit for a detailed position description and to apply. EOE

Please visit for a detailed position description and to apply. EOE

Special Education Teacher

King & Queen Courthouse, VA

Job Category: Special Education Teacher

King and Queen County Public Schools

Central High
17024 The Trail
King & Queen Courthouse, VA  23085

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; Virginia Department of Education license with an endorsement in special education, valid out-of-state license, or immediate eligibility for Virginia licensure; Ability to establish effective working relationships within a. diverse student, parent, and school community.

Salary Range:
$35,000 - $53,303 - Based upon qualifications and experience.

Lisa Weakland


Vancouver, WA

Job Category: Superintendent

CLOSES: Open until filled (initial review begins November 16, 2007)

The Washington State School for the Deaf (WSD) has an excellent opportunity for qualified individuals looking to make a difference by improving the education of deaf and hard of hearing students throughout the state.  We are seeking a student-oriented, compassionate leader dedicated to providing the finest instructional services possible to all students regardless of where they attend school.  

About the School

Founded in 1886, WSD serves eligible deaf and hard of hearing children ages birth through twenty-one.  It is responsible for the educational programs of residential and non-residential deaf and hard of hearing students attending the school. Of equal importance, the school also provides consultation and outreach services to school districts and deaf and hard of hearing children attending public schools within the State of Washington.

Located in Vancouver, Washington, the WSD campus is divided into three programs – academic, residential and outreach. WSD is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf.  For more information, click here to visit the website


With the support and direction of the Board of Trustees, the Superintendent serves as the chief administrator for the school and oversees its day-to-day operations.  This position is appointed by the Governor, and provides supervision, guidance, and leadership to staff, parents and students.  In conjunction with members of the Board of Trustees, the Superintendent works closely with the Governor and legislators to improve state deaf education policy and services, and collaborates with both public and private organizations to improve learning.   

Other key responsibilities include:

  • Providing a healthy and safe environment for the students and staff by closely monitoring the implementation of policies and procedures designed to ensure student and staff safety
  • Anticipating and assessing the school’s needs in order to develop the appropriate budget requests
  • Assessing the current and future status of the school’s educational programs and ensuring that it is the major conduit for "best practices"
  • Ensuring compliance with local, state and federal laws which affect the education of deaf and hard of hearing students
  • Encouraging students, teachers, parents, and community members to share in the school’s decision-making processes
  • Developing and maintaining effective partnerships and collaborative relationships with public school districts and agencies throughout the state
  • Serving as a facilitator among legislators, special education professionals, parent and staff organizations, school alumni, the Washington State Association of The Deaf and other interested parties for the purpose of developing an integrated statewide educational delivery system.
  • Continuing to develop the school’s post-graduate and occupational preparation programs


Candidates must have the knowledge and experience necessary to provide the highest caliber learning and growth opportunities possible to deaf and hard of hearing students.  They will have previously worked in a school management/administrator role, and will have experience working with the deaf and hard of hearing community.  We are looking for someone with a record of leadership derived from the power of ideas and persuasion who will advocate for students, staff, programs and ideas.  The most successful candidates will also have the communications skills to clearly communicate innovative new ideas and the organizational abilities and leadership competencies to implement them.  A collaborative and open minded approach to communicating with students, parents, educators, staff, and other stakeholders is essential in order to be successful in this role.

Successful candidates must also have:

  • A graduate degree or doctoral degree in Deaf Education, School Administration, or Special Education
  • Experience in deaf education, as well as complying with and implementing rules regarding the education of students with disabilities, including those with behavioral problems
  • Knowledge of P-12 education and the post-graduate learning needs of the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Knowledge of federal law in Special Education, and the ability to quickly learn Washington’s laws and educational framework
  • Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) and a successful track record advocating for the deaf culture
  • Experience working with a board or other oversight committee, and demonstrated ability to work with legislators and other educational policy makers

Application Instructions

Email your resume and a letter of interest outlining your skills and abilities as they relate to this announcement to:

Please Note:

Candidate evaluation will be ongoing and it will be to the applicant’s advantage to submit materials as soon as possible.  Please be aware that the hiring authority reserves the right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision prior to the conclusion of the recruitment process. 

The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need assistance in the application process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format should call (360) 664-6266 or TDD (360) 664-6211.

Contact Information:

Evan Oderman
WA State Dept of Personnel
Executive Careers Office
Ph: 360-664-6266

Special Education Teachers

Bronx, NY

Job Category: Special Education Teacher

Description:  Saint Dominic’s Home seeks Special Education Teachers, NYS certified in Birth-2nd grade, for the Torch Preschool Program in the Bronx.  Join us in helping 3-5 year old children develop socially, emotionally and intellectually. Visit our website EOE 

Contact: Email; Fax Resume: (718) 798-3354

Special Education Teacher

Charleston, SC

Job Category: Part-time multi-categorical Secondary Education

Under direction of school director, will provide quality services to special education students grades nine through grade twelve in a charter school setting, through a commitment to team participation in planning and implementation of student programs including special instruction, tutorial assistance, and consultation to general education staff.

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Prepare student education plans in consultation with parents and IEP team members.
2. Design instruction, both individual and small group, which parallels the general education curriculum.
3. Act as coordinator of IEP implementation with general education staff.
4. Monitor student progress, participates in review and revision of IEP, as appropriate.

Possession of or qualification for a South Carolina Credential with multi-categorical certification. Commitment to education least restrictive normalized settings. Ability to diagnose learning disorders, prescribe remediation and evaluate student progress. Ability to function as a member of an educational team, collaborate with general education staff, support personnel, community agencies, and parents. Strong behavior management and positive discipline skills. Ability to be flexible and receptive to change.

South Carolina Health, Life, Dental, Retirement

Renee Chewning, Director
Sea Islands YouthBuild
P.O. Box 867
Johns Island, SC 29457
(843) 557-1611

Special Education Teacher


Job Category: Certified Special Education Teacher

Description: While functioning as a certified Special Education Teacher and Group Therapist to Head Start (preschool) children enrolled in the Therapeutic Activities Program - Head Start, you will prepare and teach daily lessons, lead group therapy sessions, and maintain liaisons with community school personnel.  This includes:

1. Developing and teaching daily lesson plans, stressing participatory lessons in language arts, social studies, sciences, mathematics, and handwriting in the Head Start (preschool) grade skill levels and working with individual students to assess education levels and provide remedial assistance as needed.

2. Serving as a liaison between TAP-HS Program and public/private school teachers, counselors, principals, nurses, speech therapists, and other school personnel, while soliciting and assisting in referrals to Child and Family TDP.

3. Participating in the evaluation of TAP-HS referrals with other Child and Family staff, attending regularly scheduled treatment reviews of children's progress assessment and planning goals, and participating in continuity of care and aftercare planning for children.

4. Participating in initial treatment planning meetings with children and their parents/guardians and in regularly scheduled treatment progress interviews with parents.

5. Providing Insight Oriented, Supportive, Activity, and Recreation Group Therapy to children in the TAP-HS Program.

6. Maintaining accurate observational records for the children attending the TAP-HS Program.

Requirements: The qualified candidate must possess a Bachelor's Degree and certification in special education, and at least two years of prior special education classroom teaching experience with background/knowledge in early childhood education. This is a year round position which follows the school schedule during the school year (approx. 30 hrs. per week) and a summer camp schedule during the summer (approx. 35 hrs. per week).

Contact: To learn more about us, and to apply on-line, please visit  Please search by the Job Code # 20491. AA/EOE, M/F/D/V.

Special Education Teacher

Denver, CO

Description: The Denver Department of Human Services is seeking qualified individuals for Special Education Teachers at the Family Crisis Center.

This list will be established for future openings at the Family Crisis Center.

  • These teachers provide full performance level education services to learning, emotionally and developmentally challenged students/patients including assessing, testing and developing learning strategies.
  • Evaluates, assesses, and analyzes the results of tests performed on the student. Charts and sends results to the next placement.
  • Develops individual treatment plans for students in coordination with other staff members and family of the students at staff meetings.
  • Prepares billing forms, monitors the budget, orders supplies, and prepares grant proposals
  • Develops curriculum for school age students/patients.

The Department of Human Services will conduct criminal background checks as part of the hiring process. Successful candidates must be able to successfully complete this criminal background investigation.

Denver Human Services promotes the well-being, protection and independence of Denver residents through its many services for low-income and at-risk families, children, seniors and other adults.

For more information on the Family Crisis Center, please visit our website at

Requirements: Requires a Bachelor's Degree and three years experience teaching primary/secondary school students with special learning difficulties and social emotional disabilities.

Additional appropriate education may substitute for the minimum experience requirements on a year for year basis.

Also requires a State of Colorado Teachers License and a Special Education Endorsement as Teacher II - Severe Affective Needs or Special Education Endorsement.

Some positions may require a Colorado Class & Drivers License by the completion of probation.

Contact: Applicants are encouraged to apply on line at

Questions? Contact Francine Crusan at 720-944-2849, or EOE

Special Education/SDC Moderate to Severe 1.0 FTE

Alameda, CA

Job Category: Special Education Full Time High School

Description: Special Education - Special Day Class - Moderate to Severe - Full Time - Alameda High School.

Requirements: Hold a valid California Educational Specialist - Moderate to Severe Teaching Credential.  Must meet the "No Child Left Behind" compliance requirements.  CLAD certification required or an alternate.   Desired:  Bilingual- Spanish, Cantonese, Tagalog.

Benefits: Starting Salary Range - $40,270.03 - $76,788.52  - $1,328.91 Stipend for a Master Degree.  Medical/Dental/Vision

Contact: If interested in this position, please download an online application by visiting our website-  click employment / employment / certificated. 

Once you have printed and completed the application, please submit it (and the other requested documents listed on the back of the application form) to:

Alameda Unified School District
Human Resources
2200 Central Avenue
Alameda, CA  94501

Feel free to call 510-337-7070 if you should have any questions. 

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