August 2014 - Special Educator e-Journal

Table of Contents

  • Update from the U.S. Department of Education

  • Legislative Announcements, Calls to Participate and New Projects

  • Special Education Resources Review for 2014

  • Navigating the Road to Work: What's New at the National Collaborative Workforce and Disability

  • Latest Employment Opportunities Post on NASET

  • Upcoming Conferences and Events

  • Funding Forecast and Award Opportunities

  • Acknowledgements

  • Download a PDF or XPS Version of this Issue


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Assistant Professor- Special Education

Pasadena, CA

Job Category: Full-time Faculty



CALIFORNIA APPLICANTS PREFERRED. The Assistant Professor - Education Specialist (Special Education) is a full-time Faculty position. The incumbent is responsible for the coordination, planning, preparation, presentation, and evaluation of classroom instruction and related activities. The faculty member is responsible for performing assigned duties during the day, evening, or weekend on any Pacific Oaks College campus as assigned. At a minimum, the related activities include instruction, instructional counseling, academic advising, serving on various committees, participating in local, state, regional, and national professional activities and organizations. The faculty member reports directly to the Director, School of Education.



  • An earned doctorate in Education with an emphasis on special education or related field from an accredited university.
  • Appropriate k-12 teaching credential and special education teaching credential preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years' experience in the field of special education with demonstrated teacher and /or administrator of special education.
  • A minimum of 3 years' of successful teaching experience of special education courses at a California college or university.
  • Appropriate credentials to supervise interns and student teachers.
  • Record of service to previous institution(s), the profession, and the community.
  • A minimum of 2 years' experience in course and program assessment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a professional team.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to the principles of progressive, social-justice and culture-centered education.
  • Maintain proficiency in and make use of available college online resources (eCollege or Canvas, home page, office hour posting, syllabi posting, grade book, Instructional Policy Manual, etc.) to improve student learning and instructional effectiveness.



Pacific Oaks College offers a generous compensation and benefits package, as well as the opportunity to work for a leader in the field of diversity and social justice. Some of our key benefits include: generous paid time-off, medical and dental coverage, company-paid life and disability insurance, 403b with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts (FSA), and tuition discounts.



Pacific Oaks College is an affiliate of TCS Education System. To apply for this position or others, visit our Careers' Page at:



Resource Specialist Teacher

Los Angeles, CA

Job Category: Teaching

Job Description:

Resource Specialist Teacher Reporting to: Principal

Bright Star Schools will comply with the California Charter Schools Act with respect to teacher certification. All certified teachers teaching core subjects, and uncertified teachers teaching non-core subjects, will comply with subject matter competency and all other requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. Teachers will help develop and implement the curriculum. All teachers report to the Principal.



Whole School Responsibilities

  • Uphold Bright Star Schools' mission and values
  • Demonstrate genuine care for all students
  • Embrace existing school-wide management systems and promote high standards of behavior
  • Collaborate with school leaders, providing input to improve Bright Star programs
  • Actively participate in professional development sessions
  • Communicate professionally with peers and supervisors
  • Participate in 20 BSS after school/evening activities: I.e., Parent conferences, overnight trips
  • Enthusiastically participate in school-wide culture events (i.e., Songfest, academic assemblies, and Field Day)
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Commit to a longer school day and calendar year
  • Adhere to Bright Star's professional attire guidelines
  • Supervise bathroom breaks and participate in rotating detention supervision
  • Uphold attendance procedures each period using School Information Systems (SIS)

Instructional Responsibilities

  • Create weekly lesson plans/overviews
  • Manages Student IEPs (Including working towards, tracking, and communicating student learning goals)
  • Holds IEP meetings for all stakeholders
  • Plan rigorous lessons aligned to the California State and/or California Common Core standards
  • Differentiate lesson plans for a variety of learners (kinesthetic, gifted students and/or students with IEPs, etc.)
  • Implement feedback from administrator(s) regarding lesson plans and/or execution
  • Establish and maintain positive classroom environment
  • Implement Bright Star's Expected School Learning Results
  • Support instruction with school-wide supplemental programs (i.e., Reading Counts/Study Island)
  • Maintain grade books and meet reporting deadlines (i.e., OT/CU or progress reports)
  • Communicate with families regarding student academics and behavior
  • Collaborate with General Education Team
  • Use planning periods for the advancement of student academics
  • Tutor students in need of remediation
  • Perform other adjunct duties


Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Bilingual Spanish preferred
  • California Level I/II Education Specialist Instruction Credential
  • Two years of urban teaching experience preferred
  • Possession of either Bilingual, Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) certificate; Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development (CLAD) certificate; Bilingual Certificate of Competence (BCC); or Language Development Specialist (LDS) certificate desirable


Teacher Traits:

  • Belief that every child is deserving an excellent education which prepares him/her for college and life beyond
  • Demonstrated ability to teach whole child in an inclusive setting using modifications and accommodations
  • Willingness to receive feedback, engage in frequent dialogue and ability to self-reflect
  • Life-long learner
  • Belief in data-driven instruction
  • Firm, kind approach to managing student behavior
  • Technologically competent
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and creative problem solver
  • Sense of humor and love of teaching


Salary and Benefits:

Salary: In consideration of the longer school day and school year, BSS salary is based on experience and education (5% over LAUSD pay scale).  Bright Star Schools will honor up to 5 years on the LAUSD salary scale.

Status: Full Time
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Benefits: Health, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, 403b plan, personal time off, holidays

Must submit an online application using the link below:




Special Education Teacher

San Diego, CA

Job Category: Education/Teaching


ACES is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families impacted with Autism or other special needs. We provide comprehensive, professional services to maximize individuals' potential in the home, school and community, throughout their lifespan.

ACES is currently looking to hire a Teacher for the day class at ACES Academy NPS (moderate to severe). The hours would be M-F from 7am to 3pm*.


Must Meet the Following Requirements

  • CA credential authorizing instruction for moderate to severe population or be enrolled in appropriate credential program and eligible for an internship credential
  • Knowledge of ABA, TEACCH, and assistive technology
  • Able to write, implement, and oversee implementation of behavior intervention plans -able to complete all IEP documents
  • Successful at collaborating with other teachers, directors, SLPs, OTs, district case managers, and behavioral interventionists
  • Demonstrate leadership skills -create and maintain a safe classroom environment
  • Demonstrate skill in working with students in a positive, supportive manner
  • Have knowledge of a variety of instructional strategies and curriculum that are effective with students across a variety of disabilities



Employee Benefits for eligible employees (Medical, Dental, and Vision), PTO and competitive salary.



If you believe you have the dedication and desire to help create change for our clients, then we invite you to apply right away. You may submit your resume Please include a brief introduction & attach resume in .doc format. Please be sure to put "ACES Academy Teacher" in the subject line. You may visit our website at to learn more about ACES.

No Phone Calls Please. Due to the volume of resumes, we will contact only those candidates whose experience, education, availability and location match the current needs of ACES. Thank you for your interest and understanding.




$125,000 Salary for Master Middle School Teachers!

New York

Job Category: Master Middle School Teacher


$125,000 Salary for Master Middle School Teachers!

The Equity Project Charter School is a 5th through 8th grade middle school serving low-income students in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. In each of the past 2 years, TEP has earned an overall grade of "A" from the NYC Department for Education and placed in the top 10% of all public middle schools in New York City.

Featured in The New York Times and on 60 Minutes, TEP is the school that pays its experienced teachers a $125,000 salary to work on a team of master practitioners in an environment that values and develops teaching excellence.

Learn more and apply today at:


$125,000 Salary

Telephone: 646-254-6451

Learn more and apply today at:




Special Education Teacher

Mesa, Arizona

Job Category: Special Education Teacher

Mesa Public Schools is committed to providing unprecedented excellence in education. We believe in holding all students to high academic expectations and providing the resources and support to ensure that each student is equipped with the skills, attitudes and values necessary for success in life.

A community that cares about education, a quality staff and exceptional students make Mesa Public Schools one of the finest public school districts in the nations.

Mesa Public Schools is located in Mesa Arizona. Mesa is just a few miles away from Phoenix. Mesa is the largest school district in Arizona with an enrollment of over 64,000 students. We have 51 elementary, nine junior high, six comprehensive high schools and 16 choice and succeed schools in a 200 square mile district.

Mesa Public Schools has a nationally recognized Special Education Department. Please visit our website at for our on-line application process. We are currently hiring for next school year. We have openings in all areas of Special Education. Candidates must be highly qualified and properly certified to teach in the state of Arizona. We have a competitive salary and benefits package and excellent support for our new and experienced teachers.

For further information please contact Liz Biggs at



Prepster Support Teacher

Nashville, TN

Job Category: Teacher and Interventionist



At the core of Intrepid College Prep's vision is the unwavering belief that all students, regardless of their socioeconomic status or educational background, deserve a high-quality, college preparatory education. With this core belief, we are targeting a student population that faces academic adversity based on factors such as income level or home language. Intrepid College Prep has approached development of the educational program very deliberately to meet prepsters where they are instructionally and accelerate them to achieve mastery at and above grade level.

The Prepster Support Teacher works with Blue Chip Teachers, the Director of Academic Achievement and Prepster Support Coordinator to ensure our prepsters have the academic supports necessary to excel.

This position requires:

  • At least one year teaching in an urban setting.
  • B.A., B.S. or other bachelors degree from a four-year institution
  • Special Education certification
  • Grit: A commitment to do whatever it takes to achieve aggressive gains for students who are academically behind.


Responsibilities include:

  • Draft IEPs, monitor progress toward academic and behavior goals, issue parent communication about IEP meetings
  • Ensure teachers are utilizing best practices and implementing effective and appropriate curricula
  • Work with the leadership team to organize professional development workshops regarding delivery of special education instruction and services
  • Accommodate student work packets, and homework to ensure students have the right amount of scaffolded to reach common learning objectives.
  • Collaborate with Prepster Support Team to ensure that instruction is always meeting the needs of all learners
  • Support advisory duties for a group of students, including home check and consistent family communication.
  • Reflect and grow as an educator by engaging with peers and leaders constantly through frequent in person and video observations and implementing feedback
  • Have structured planning time built into the school day to plan the highest quality lessons.
  • Follow RTI protocols to identify students that may have a learning disability.



We offer a generous compensation package. All staff members are equipped with the tools needed to succeed, including a dedicated work space, laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, and all necessary supplies. Compensation is highly competitive; teachers are eligible to participate in the MNPS Retirement System.


Mia Howard
Executive Director
(615) 810-8443


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