Elementary Special Education Teacher
If you currently do not hold proper licensure for the position, we will consider applicants who are willing to seek a SPED endorsement.
Basic Function: To devise and implement programs for students who have special needs that prevent them from learning through traditional methods. To assist and ensure that every student achieves his/her level of educational excellence in the areas of academic, career, and social/emotional development through collaborative partnership with students, family, educators and community.
Demonstrates ability to enhance academic performance and support for implementation of the school district student achievement goals.
- Helps parents to understand the specific problems of educationally handicapped students and the goals and operation of the program, apprising them of problems and progress.
- Accepts and demonstrates responsibility for creating a classroom culture that supports the learning of every student.
- Creates an environment of mutual respect, rapport, and fairness.
- Participates in and contributes to a school culture that focuses on improved student learning.
- Communicates with students, families, colleagues, and communities effectively and accurately.
Demonstrates competence in content knowledge appropriate to the teaching position.
- Determines specific learning problems, skill deficiencies, or social adjustment difficulties of students and initiates remediation programs in these areas.
- Provides students with substitutes for other classes.
- Understands and uses instructional strategies that are appropriate to the content area.
Demonstrates competence in planning and preparing for instruction.
- Works closely with other teachers to help the students maintain satisfactory classwork, homework, and behavior, and communication.
- Uses students’ developmental needs, background, and interests in planning for instruction.
- Selects strategies to engage all students in learning.
- Uses available resources, including technologies, in the development and sequencing of instruction.
Uses strategies to deliver instruction that meet the multiple learning needs of students.
- Makes available a wide-range of teaching materials and equipment, including reading materials at many levels, instructional games, and resource materials.
- Provides opportunities for students to explore life and career goals.
- Demonstrates flexibility and responsiveness in adjusting instruction to meet student needs.
- Engages students in varied experiences that meet diverse needs and promote social, emotional, and academic growth.
- Connects students’ prior knowledge, life experiences, and interests in the instructional process.
- Uses available resources, including technologies, in the delivery of instruction.
Uses a variety of methods to monitor student learning.
- Evaluates each student in terms of initial needs and progress toward remediation.
- Prepares progress reports, IEP updates according to the EIP, and year-end evaluations, administering pre-tests and post-tests as appropriate and necessary.
- Participates in selection and evaluation of students for admission to the program of education for such students.
- Participates in case conferences about educationally handicapped students.
- Performs basic attendance accounting and similar record-keeping functions pertinent to the educationally handicapped program.
- Completes Individual Education Plans (IEP) appropriately in a timely manner and attends IEP meetings.
- Works as a team member with auxiliary personnel (AEA) staff within the building, parents and students.
Demonstrates competence in classroom management.
- Establishes and maintains standards of individual student behavior.
Creates a learning community that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement, and self-regulation for every student.
- Creates a safe and purposeful learning environment.
Engages in professional growth.
- Demonstrates habits and skills of continuous inquiry and learning.
- Works collaboratively to improve professional practice and student learning.
- Applies research, knowledge, and skills from professional development opportunities to improve practice.
- Establishes and implements professional development plans based upon the teacher needs aligned to the Iowa Teaching Standards and district/building student achievement goals.
Fulfills professional responsibilities established by the school district.
- Adheres to board policies, district procedures, and contractual obligations.
- Demonstrates professional and ethical conduct as defined by state law and individual district policy.
- Contributes to efforts to achieve district and building goals.
- Demonstrates an understanding of and respect for all learners and staff.
- Collaborates with students, families, colleagues, and communities to enhance student learning.
Specifications/Qualifications: Proper education and licensure as required by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.