March 2013 - Special Educator e-Journal

Table of Contents

  • Update from the U.S. Department of Education

  • 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

  • Download a PDF or XPS Version of This Issue

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Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET

Special Education Teacher

Washington, DC

Job Category: Middle and High School Teacher

The Special Education teacher is responsible for developing and providing IDEA mandated modifications and accommodations for students with special needs in order to gain free and appropriate instruction of the subject area curriculum.

Essential Job Functions


  • implement and monitor classroom behavior and academic expectations; contact parents as appropriate
  • develop , distribute, and maintain IEP snapshots for all scholars with disabilities
  • adhere to Chavez's Inclusion Model of Instruction
  • utilize various co-teaching models of instruction to include lead and support; station, parallel, alternative and team teaching; pull out, resource, etc.
  • plan curriculum and create lesson plans in conjunction with their co-teacher with the needs of all students in mind
  • monitor scholars academic progress and participate in grading process for scholars in conjunction with their co-teacher.

Case Management

  • provide proof of Modified Instruction in the form of accommodation, modifications, or resource room as mandated by the students' IEP
  • creates work sample folder/portfolio that includes student work relevant to the IEP goals and objectives
  • monitor and document student progress with correspondence to the academic and/or transition goals and objectives of the student's IEP. This should include entering parent communication into EASY IEP, which should take place a minimum of 4 times yearly at mid-quarter
  • write the students IEP report card and turn in to the proper academic dean at the end of each quarter


  • collect completed teacher surveys and review them at MDT meetings
  • prepare Present Levels of Performance (PLOP)
  • review evaluation information (Psychological, Clinical , Educational, etc) prior to MDT meetings
  • construct academic goals for the content area for presentation
  • enter academic goals and PLOP into EASYIEP
  • create transition plans and enter into EASYIEP as required
  • attend the IEP meeting and presenting data and observations relevant to the content area

Professional Development

  • keep current on legislation, trends, etc related to Special Education field
  • attend relevant workshops/in-service training on topics related to Special education, including the required DCPS EASYIEP database training

Core Job Requirements

  • firm commitment to excellence
  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
  • 2+ years of experience as a Special Education teacher in an urban public school
  • Working knowledge of compliance requirements related to Special Education

Competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package.

For more information and to apply, please go to

Only applications submitted through our website will be considered.




Special Education Teacher

Mesa, Arizona

Job Category: Teaching

Mesa Unified School District #4

TITLE: Teacher

RESPONSIBLE TO: Building principal and/or other authorized administrator

CERTIFICATION: Valid Arizona Teaching Certificate and Highly Qualified



  • Demonstrates knowledge of related subject matter, instructional skills, and resource materials.
  • Utilizes a variety of effective instructional and management techniques.
  • Considers the individual learning needs and abilities of students, as well as school and district learning goals, in the preparation and utilization of lesson plans, instructional materials, and assessment documents.
  • Utilizes district-adopted textbooks and curriculum guides in instructional planning and implementation.
  • Incorporates higher level thinking strategies and real life applications into lesson planning.
  • Creates instructional materials and assessment documents that align with learning objectives and delivery of instruction.
  • Uses available technology/instructional media to enhance the students' learning experiences.
  • Continuously and accurately collects student achievement data using a variety of tools (e.g., tests, projects, demonstrations, checklists, anecdotal records, portfolios, etc.). Utilizes this information to make instructional and management decisions that will positively impact student achievement.
  • Establishes, supports, and administers positive classroom and campus management in accordance with board policies and administrative regulations.
  • Establishes positive relationships and maintains open lines of communication with students and parents concerning academic and behavioral progress.
  • Produces, utilizes, and maintains student records that relate to student achievement, attendance and discipline.
  • Provides a positive and safe environment that is conducive to learning.
  • Communicates an expectation of success for all students.


Must be able to be highly qualified and properly certified to teach in the state of Arizona.


Annual Salary of $36,352. Employer paid health and life insurance. Excellent benefit package. Nationally known Special Education department.


Liz Biggs, 480-472-0406 email at

Apply online




$125,000 Salary for Master Middle School Teachers

New York, NY

Job Category: Master Middle School Teacher

$125,000 Salary for Master Middle School Teachers - TEP Charter School

$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:

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.

When: Wednesday, April 10th, 6PM
Where: TEP Charter School

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

We also have a Live Online Info Session too!
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Middle and High School Special Education Teacher


Job Category: Special Education Teacher


Through a demanding education of high standards, structure, and accountability, STRIVE Prep prepares students in grades six through nine for educational success from middle school through college. In support of our students, STRIVE Prep is passionately committed to three Core Beliefs: Every child deserves a demanding, standards-based education; Accountable community develops character; Great teachers are essential for academic excellence.

  • STRIVE Prep has four of the top five secondary schools in Denver according to the 2011 School Performance Framework.
  • Our student population is approximately 90% students of color and 92% qualify for free or reduced lunch.
  • Across the network, 40% of students are English Language Learners and 10% receive Special Education services.
  • Admission is open to all students (academic proficiency is not considered for selection).

Our Middle and High School Special educators are:

  • Committed to constant growth and reflection as an educator through regular observations and feedback.
  • Driven by progress monitoring and bodies of evidence, used to deliver specialized instruction and supports.
  • Believers in positive behavior support plans in the educational setting, and are able to respond to and manage challenging behaviors.
  • Dedicated to educational success for urban students of color.
  • Collaborators with GENED teachers, other special education teachers, school leaders, and curricular specialists to ensure that instruction supports the inclusion of students in the GENED classroom.
  • Effective at building relationships with students and families through consistent partnership and communication.


  • Certified to teach Special Education in Colorado, or can be in the process of transferring a Special Education license from another state.
  • Passionate about Special Education, and holds a B.A./B.S. in that subject (preferred).
  • Spanish speakers or they have experience working with bilingual students (preferred).
  • Experienced at teaching in an urban setting (preferred).


  • Structured planning time built into the school day to plan the highest quality lessons.
  • Competitive compensation package at 18% above the Denver Public School rate for 3rd year teachers.
  • Annual cost of living and performance based raises.
  • Participation on the Colorado PERA retirement program including a PERA 401k contribution option.
  • Funding of 100% of individual medical benefits and a wide range of insurance plans.


This position will begin on July 22nd 2012 STRIVE Prep is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, visit our website at Questions? Contact Travis Lockhart, Human Capital Manager, at



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