Position: Special Education Teacher
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Under the direction of the Director of Education, the Special Education Teacher provides direct educational services to the identified students according to their Individual Education Program using professionally and educationally acceptable methods and techniques.
- Provide emotional support through establishing a positive climate, being aware of and responsive to children, and encouraging child expression and autonomy.
- Use strategies for behavior management, such as clear behavior expectations, being proactive and redirecting misbehavior.
- Foster classroom productivity and maximize learning time, while engaging children with a variety of modalities and materials.
- Provide instructional support through concept development, fostering children’s analysis and reasoning, engaging in feedback loops, and modeling and supporting high-quality language.
- Help students to synthesize big ideas, to unify concepts, and to integrate related topics
- Teach students to think through problems in Mathematics, Reading and other areas identified in IEP
- Foster the learning of students with special needs through good pedagogy
- Prepares goals and objectives for students as well as IEP documents
- Administers test, and records results while collaborating with classroom teachers
- Develop annual IEPs for students with Special needs
- Assigns lessons corrects paper, and hears oral presentations
- Teaches rules of conduct
- Maintains order in classroom
- Counsel’s pupil’s when adjustment and academic problems arise
- Discusses pupil’s academic and behavioral attitudes and achievements with parents
- Keeps attendance and records as required by school and IEPs
- Coordinates and participates in class field trips
- Attends meetings, conferences, and in-service, and participates in special events of the school and the agency
● Follow program curriculum providing developmentally and linguistically appropriate experiences appropriate to age, language and culture of children served.
● Provide positive guidance and discipline supporting children as they acquire readiness skills for kindergarten and beyond.
● Implement daily lesson plans in response to children’s needs and interests incorporating observations, anecdotal record keeping, knowledge of early childhood development and the key experiences.
● Implement Individual Family Services Plans (IFSPs) for children with disabilities.
● Provide children with a consistent classroom routine.
● Provide supervision and ensure the safety and security of children at all times in accordance with Head Start and day care licensing requirements.
● Supervise and eat nutritionally prepared meals and/or snacks with the children as a curriculum activity, to model good nutrition and proper social skills.
● Supervise all classroom field trips and outdoor activities.
Understand regulations associated with prevention of disease and injury, including the exercise of universal precautions and the prevention of contamination
- Implement school chosen curriculum with fidelity, being aware of the big ideas while also following all assigned guidance and resources.
- Prepare or modify weekly lesson plans and prepare to implement small-group activities, read-alouds, circle time, and other curriculum components.
- Provide children with a consistent classroom routine and facilitate all parts of the routine to support child learning.
- Interact with children intentionally throughout the day to provide differentiated support.
- Collect documentation of children through ongoing observation, embedded and direct assessment activities.
- Complete quarterly assessment, Ts-Gold checkpoints, reliably, for each child.
- Analyze child assessment data and use it to plan and individualize.
Working with families:
- Establish positive and productive relationships with families through building rapport and trust.
- Schedule and complete two home visits and two parent-teacher conferences each year.
- Encourage and engage family members to serve as classroom volunteers.
- Collaborate with family services staff to support families in implementing family life practices, extending learning into the home, and meeting expectations for attendance
Professional growth and collaboration:
- Participate in ongoing reflective coaching and self-assessment.
- Collaborate with the assistant teacher and other staff in the center.
- Share pertinent information with family services, disabilities/mental health or health/nutrition staff, as needed, to meet the needs of individual children and families. Participate in case conferences as appropriate.
In addition, the teacher will:
- Know and understand School Readiness Goals and strive to help all children achieve them.
- Provide classroom experiences that are developmentally, linguistically, culturally and age-appropriate for the children served.
- Establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment, including full supervision of children at all times, in accordance with Head Start and childcare licensing requirements.
- Conduct daily health/safety monitoring of the indoor and (as requested) outdoor environment.
- Follow all health and hygiene practices, including hand-washing, sanitizing, and universal precautions.
- Supervise mealtimes and “family style dining” with children.
- Supervise all classroom field trips and outdoor activities.
- Maintain required documentation of activities, including child and family information, assessment data, volunteer logs, etc.
- Participates in assigned meetings, events and training as required.
- Performs any and all other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to carry out each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. The job specifications listed below are representative of the education and experience as well as the knowledge, skill and/or ability (KSAs) required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
- Demonstrated computer literacy skills, using MS Office , Google, applications and other basic data systems including internet navigation.
- Must be honest, dependable and able to meet deadlines.
- Self-motivated and able to work independently.
- Ability to sit most of the time with some bending and reaching.
- Ability to stand, walk, and bend periodically.
- Ability to engage in repetitive movement of wrists, hands, and fingers – typing and/or writing.
- Ability to work frequently at close visual range (i.e. preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading).
- Ability to receive and respond to oral communication.
- Ability to exert up to 10 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
- The teaching position requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a valid and current Wisconsin Department of Education licensure. Prefer at least one year of teaching/working with individuals with disabilities in an educational setting. Must be creative, flexible, tech savvy and ready to be part of a team. Must possess an understanding of Special Education IEP development.
- Physical exam and background checks are required for this position.
- Travel required locally or long-distance up to 10% of the time for work-related meetings and functions.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
- Work is generally performed in a classroom/school/daycare environment.
- Noise level in the work environment is moderate to occasionally loud (examples: classroom with children playing, playground duty with several classrooms using the playground, (loud voices during classroom play or during recess), working with computers and printers, light to moderate traffic, and a variety of human voices at different levels.
- Standard office equipment generally used includes:
- Personal Computer (monitor, keyboard, and mouse) or Tablet
- Printer/Photocopy Machine
- Fax Machine
- May be required to operate a motor vehicle during the course of duties.
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