December 2013 - 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
  • Article: Universal Design for Learning and the Transition to a More Challenging Academic Curriculum: Making it in Middle School and Beyond
  • Latest Employment Opportunities Posted 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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Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET

Special Education Teacher

Memphis, TN

Job Category: Full Time

Company Overview

Youth Villages has been a national leader in the implementation of research-based treatment philosophies in the field of children's mental and behavioral health. Our commitment to helping troubled children and their families find success spans 20+ years and includes a comprehensive array of programs and services.

If you are looking for a positive career move where you are meeting the challenges of life and striving to make a positive difference, then Youth Villages is the place for you. We are looking for people with a strong sense of purpose and focus to continually build confidence in yourself and our organization.

Program Overview

Youth Villages Residential Treatment programs serve children with emotional and behavioral problems. Our residential campuses provide the setting for an intensive treatment program that combines the unique balance of structure and freedom. This enables children and their families to identify, understand and cope with their individual needs and develop the skills necessary to succeed in less restrictive settings. We have three different types of facilities Intensive Residential Centers, Open Campuses, and Group Homes. Located in Tennessee, Georgia, Oregon, and Massachusetts, all of these facilities utilize the Re-Education of Emotionally Disturbed Children therapy model (Re-Ed). The majority of these youth attend the fully accredited schools which are located on our residential treatment campuses.

Position Overview

  • Lead Teacher in a fully accredited school setting
  • Plan for individual and group activities to stimulate growth in language, social, and other skills.
  • Participate in training and in-service activities.
  • Administer and interpret testing to determine academic needs
  • Develop and use a variety of teaching techniques
  • Produce lesson plans that reflect the individual educational needs of students
  • Prepare reports in compliance with school guidelines
  • Maintain progress notes, attendance records, and grade scores in a timely manner
  • Work with other campus staff as part of the Treatment Team focused on the success of the youth
  • Other essential duties as needed
  • Candidates may have the opportunity to teach in specialized subjects
  • Teachers work Monday-Friday, 7:30am to 3:30pm.
  • Small Class Sizes to allow more one on one attention to individual students and their educational needs
  • The standard Youth Villages class size ranges from 8-15 children
  • Tuition & Licensure reimbursement
  • Training for your career growth and advancement
  • Our schools operate year-round with smaller breaks throughout the year instead of one long break in the summer.
  • A Bachelor's degree in education with appropriate certification is required Certification in Special Education is required
  • Active Licensure in TN is strongly preferred
  • A Highly Qualified teacher is strongly preferred
  • Experience in special education or teaching experience in a clinical environment is preferred
  • Experience working with at-risk youth a major plus Experience working with youth is required
  • Excellent written, verbal, and oral skills Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Basic computer knowledge

Additional Information:

  • Small Class Sizes to allow more one on one attention to individual students and their educational needs
  • The standard Youth Villages class size ranges from 8-15 children
  • Tuition & Licensure reimbursement
  • Training for your career growth and advancement
  • Our schools operate year-round with smaller breaks throughout the year instead of one long break in the summer.


Experience growth and development through our continuous training, as well as tuition and licensure reimbursement, or pursue opportunities to advance both clinically and administratively with Youth Villages.

Additional Benefits:

  • Medical, Dental, Prescription Drug Coverage and Vision Retirement Savings Pension Plan
  • 403 (b)
  • 2 weeks paid vacation
  • 12 paid sick days per year
  • 9 paid holidays
  • Mileage & Cell Phone Reimbursement (when applicable)


Click below to apply




Moderate-Severe Special Education Teacher

Bogota, Colombia, South America

Job Category: Special Education Teacher


The Moderate-Severe Special Education Teacher will provide individualized instruction, assessment, and program planning for students who have moderate-severe disabilities. Instruction will emphasize acquisition of functional and academic skills in the least restrictive manner and setting as specified in the IEP. S/he will monitor and evaluate student progress and behavior and identify appropriate teaching strategies and curriculum to best meet the individual needs of his/her student(s). S/he will serve as a resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. S/he will report to the Director of Special Education, Colegio Nueva Granada School, Bogota, Colombia.


  • Possession of a Bachelors Degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • 5 or more years of successful, full time teaching experience, working with Moderate-Severe Needs population preferred
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and implementation skills
  • Ability to manage the ambiguity and multiple priorities inherent in a newly developed program
  • Possession of a developmental, holistic, child-centered approach to education
  • Experience working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and Mental/Emotional Health issues
  • Team player, with the ability to communicate and interact effectively with entire team
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Able to stay positive through challenges
  • Detail-oriented
  • Hard working
  • Previous international and/or cross cultural experience preferred
  • Spanish language skills preferred


Compensation Package as an international hire.
For further information, visit the web page:


Colegio Nueva Granada

Bogota, Colombia
Claudia Gama
Director of Professional Growth and Management Systems




Master Middle School Teachers - $125,000 Salary

New York, NY

Job Category: Middle School Teacher

$125,000 Salary for Master Middle School Teachers!

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.


Learn more and apply today at

Open positions:

  • Social Studies Teacher
  • English Language Arts Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Mathematics Teacher
  • Science Teacher
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Music Teacher


About TEP Charter School

TEP aims to put into practice the central conclusion of a large body of research related to student achievement: teacher quality is the most important school-based factor in the academic success of students, particularly those from low-income families. In singling out teacher quality as the essential lever in educational reform, TEP is uniquely focused on attracting and retaining master teachers. To do so, TEP uses a three-pronged strategy that it terms the 3 R's: Rigorous Qualifications, Redefined Expectations, & Revolutionary Compensation. For more information, visit us online at


Info Session @ TEP

Thinking about applying for a teaching position at TEP? Attend an in-person information session with TEP's Principal, Zeke Vanderhoek. Take a tour of the school, and learn more about the teacher application process and teaching at TEP.

Learn how to RSVP for the event by clicking the following link:


We also have a Live Online Info Session too!
Click here for more information:







ADOLESCENT Classroom Teacher


Methuen, MA

Job Category: Full Time

St. Ann's Home is as a well-established residential treatment center and special education school for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children. This is your opportunity to make your next career choice a meaningful one and make a real difference.

ADOLESCENT Classroom Teacher

  • Responsible for the formulation of academic and behavioral objectives for their students.
  • Responsible for designing and implementing individualized programs for the emotionally disturbed, learning disabled, and behaviorally disordered students in their classrooms.
  • Prepare written academic summaries, and attend and present reports at case conferences and annual student evaluation meetings.
  • Collaborate with public school personnel regarding the formulation of educational plans and the reintegration of their students into the public schools.
  • Meet regularly with therapists to review the progress of students in all areas.
  • Participate in a regular program of in-service training.
  • Supervise their assistants, student teachers, and volunteers.
  • Tuition reimbursement.
  • Competitive salary and benefits.
  • On-site trainings.
  • Supportive working environment.
  • Potential for career advancement.


  • Tuition reimbursement.
  • Competitive salary and benefits.
  • On-site trainings.
  • Supportive working environment.
  • Potential for career advancement.



Classroom teachers must be Massachusetts certified as a Teacher of Moderate Special Needs or Teacher of Students with Special Needs.


Teresa Jones, M.Ed., CAGS

100A Haverhill Street

Methuen, MA 01844

FAX: 978-688-4932

For more information visit our website

St. Ann's Home, is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Bilingual/Bicultural Encouraged to apply




Director of Autism Services


Saudi Arabia

Job Category: Director/Principal/Headteacher or Deputy/Assistant

We have a unique opportunity for a a high level Autism expert to create a program from ground up.

Our client is in the process of expanding it's current special education centre by adding a new centre dedicated to children, young people and adults with autistic spectrum disorders. The centre is located in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. It will be a key institution in the development of inclusive education in Saudi Arabia.


  • Master's degree in Education from a North American institution required (NOTE: degree CANNOT be online or distance education)
  • Qualified Teacher Status in Canada or the United States, and evidence of continuing professional development
  • A minimum of 10 years of current teaching experience in one or more special schools or educational organization for children with autistic spectrum disorders, which must be gained in in the USA or Canada.
  • Proven successful leadership and management experience at --Director/Principal/Headteacher level or Deputy/Assistant Director/Principal/Headteacher level.



  • Tax-free income
  • Accommodations provided
  • Relocation allowance
  • Annual Air Transportation
  • Medical coverage
  • Generous vacation time


Please contact us for more information:

Helen Ziegler
Helen Ziegler & Associates Inc.
1-800-387-4616 (toll free in North America)




Elementary Upper Grade Learning Support Specialist

The American School in Japan, Tokyo, Japan

Job Category: International School Learning Support Teacher


The Upper Grade Learning Support specialist leads the identification and remediation of students who are at greatest risk for not acquiring foundational literacy and numeracy skills in the upper elementary grades. This work is performed through a process of referral, assessment, and identification for learning support instruction in areas such as phonics, decoding, reading fluency, and reading comprehension. Direct instruction of students in small pull out groups is the primary vehicle for service delivery. The specialist also collaborates and consults with teachers at assigned grade levels to provide instruction, administer grade level assessments, and monitor student achievement. The specialist consults with parents--providing reports of student progress at parent-teacher conferences, strategies for supporting their children, and materials to aid understanding of diagnosed learning differences. Teacher also works as a member of a student support team.



1. Successful experience as a learning support specialist serving high functioning learners with varied needs

2. Flexibility in working with varied models of service delivery including classroom based and pullout

3. Experience in using varied diagnostic strategies and tools to identify learning difficulties and ability to convey a clear picture of results to key audiences

4. Skillful in providing targeted direct instruction in key areas of literacy and numeracy development

5. Proven ability to collaborate and consult with teachers to support differentiated instruction, administer and analyze assessments, and monitor student achievement

6. Effective written and verbal communication skills

7. Experience as a member of a multi-disciplinary Student Support Team

8. Experience in supporting the elementary admissions process through on-going consultation and admissions screening of applicants.



Competitive Salary & Benefits
$60,000 Starting Salary
Moving/Relocation Allowance
Housing Allowance
Health Insurance
Home Leave Allowance



Edwin Ladd, Head of School:
Tel. 81-422-34-5300
Fax: 81-422-34-5303




Special Education Teacher

Phoenix, AZ

Job Category: (Special Education)


Cumberland Therapy Services has immediate needs for Special Education Teachers in Phoenix, AZ area elementary schools. All qualified candidates must be AZ K-12 Cross Categorical SPED Certification and AZ Fingerprint card eligible.

We specialize in school based placements. As always, we are offering a competitive salary and outstanding benefits: health coverage from Day 1, including a free option, dental and vision insurance, generous paid time off, continuing education, 401K, full reimbursement for your licensure, and the unique personal attention, mentoring and support we offer every member of the Cumberland team.

We have openings in lots of other places too, so if you're looking to move out of state CALL! Or if you're all set with work or maybe not looking to move but you know someone that might be interested don't forget about our $1000 referral bonus program! Please contact me immediately for more information!



AZ K-12 Cross Categorical SPED Certification and AZ Fingerprint card eligible.


Cumberland Therapy Services, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer



Nikki Eswein
Cumberland Therapy Services LLC.
Phone: 1-800-337-5965 x 608
Fax: 1-800-822-8287





Special Education Teacher

Phoenix, AZ

Job Category: (Special Education)



  • Works collaboratively with parents and fellow educators in nurturing the student to academic and behavioral excellence.
  • Develop IEP's for students who qualify for SPED services and annually update them.
  • Design a program that meets the identified student needs as listed in IEP's.
  • Consult with regular education teachers and other support personnel to ensure that the needs of the students with disabilities are being met in the inclusion classroom.
  • Coordinate required psychological services within the required deadlines.
  • Coordinate related services (speech, OT, etc.) as outlined in student's IEP's.
  • Schedule, attend and lead all IEP and SPED meetings.
  • Prepare required documents and notices for SPED meetings.
  • Continue professional growth through educational meetings, visiting related facilities, reading professional literature, and exchanging ideas among the teachers and staff.
  • Assist RTI staff in the pre-identification process.
  • Use appropriate formative assessment instruments pertinent to instructional areas to assess on-going student progress and maintain required assessment documentation.
  • Maintain a positive environment conducive to effective learning.
  • Provide varied instructional techniques and technology through individual and/or group sessions designed to meet the educational, social and emotional needs of the students.
  • Assist in the selection of books, equipment and other materials for SPED students.
  • Effectively utilize interns and community partners to enhance instruction.
  • Coordinate with other support staff (Gifted, SEI, RtI, Tutors, and Mentors) to maximize student learning.


Public Relations/Communication:

  • Establish and maintaining cooperative relations with other employees.
  • Assist in providing information to community groups and parents concerning special education programs as requested.
  • Work to establish and maintain open lines of communication with students and their parents concerning the academic and behavioral progress of all assigned students.


Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Ensure that each student in the program has required evaluation records in his/her permanent SPED folder.
  • Maintain individual student special education files in compliance with federal and state regulations.
  • Quarterly evaluate student progress on IEP goals and report to parents and teachers.
  • Assure that all students with disabling conditions receive the accommodations listed in IEP's to successfully participate in classroom instruction and assessments.
  • Complete the Annual SPED Data Collection Report for students with disabilities.
  • Assist the Leadership Team in all activities that relate to SPED monitoring.


Other Job-related Responsibilities:

  • Complete all required surveys in a timely manner.



  • Bachelor degree and certification in special education, Current Arizona Security Clearance Card, hold and maintain current CPR and first aid certification.
  • Excellent experience in teaching and working with diverse students in the field of special education
  • Experience teaching struggling students of diversity
  • Working knowledge of Arizona state standards
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a high-stakes environment
  • Outstanding instructional skills, including the ability to motivate and challenge students and maintain an orderly classroom environment
  • Demonstrated expertise in special education processes and instruction
  • Strong sense of personal accountability for student achievement
  • Belief that all students should be held to high academic and content standards
  • Ability to communicate effectively with students, parents, and other staff members
  • Demonstrated professionalism, responsibility, and a strong work ethic
  • Positive attitude and a drive for personal excellence
  • Problem solving ability


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