01 - Special Education Teacher
Open until filled
Leander Independent School District
To provide special education students who have been identified to need specific behavioral supports with appropriate learning opportunities and experiences in the area of social skills and behavior to help them fulfill their potential for emotional, social and intellectual growth. Develop or modify curricula and prepare lessons and other instructional materials to student ability levels. Work in self-contained, team, departmental, or itinerant capacity as assigned.
This position may be contingent upon funding in whole or in part through state or federal grants.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
- Collaborate with students, parents, and other members of staff to develop an appropriate IEP through the ARD Committee process for each student assigned.
- Develop and implement social skills lesson plans for assigned students and show written evidence of preparation.
- Collect data on student progress and use the results to plan/modify social skills lessons and behavioral interventions.
- Provide measurable progress monitoring data in accordance with LISD and special education guidelines.
- Work cooperatively with general education teachers to provide feedback and guidance on implementation of students' IEP with specific focus on behavioral strategies.
- Participate in ARD committee meetings on a regular basis and prepare and present information about each student assigned.
- Work collaboratively with the assigned LSSP and other members of staff to determine goals, objectives, and behavioral interventions.
- Conduct ongoing assessment of student achievement through formal and informal testing.
- Provide and seek assistance for students who are not making behavioral progress as expected. Seek the assistance of LISD specialists if needed.
- Manage student behavior and administer discipline. This includes intervening in crisis situations and physically restraining students in accordance with federal and state law.
- Pass Satori Management of Physical Aggression (SAMA) training if attendance is required by the district.
- Complete Texas Behavior Support Initiative Training (TBSI) within the time period assigned by the district.
- Help students analyze and improve social skills and coping strategies.
- Be a positive role model for students and support the mission of LISD.
- Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities.
- Assist in selection of social skills materials, books, equipment and other instructional materials.
- Set and maintain standards of classroom behavior.
- Establish and maintain open communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, principals and teachers.
- Communicate student strengths and challenges to parents according to campus/district guidelines.
- Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents and community members.
- Participate in staff development activities to improve job-related skills.
- Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents required according to campus/district deadlines established.
- Attend and participate in faculty meetings and serve on staff committees as required.
- Demonstrate regular and prompt attendance to ensure a consistent focus on assigned students. ·
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Supervise assigned instructional assistants and beginning teacher(s) as needed.
GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES
- Bachelor’s degree from accredited university.
- Valid Texas teaching certificate with required special education endorsement appropriate to subject and grade level assigned in which candidate is highly qualified by NCLB standards.
- For teachers providing English Language Arts Reading instruction as the teacher of record, ESL certification is required.
- Experience in student teaching, internship, fieldwork, observation and all other placements required by universities or state approved programs for certification.
- Knowledge of special needs of students in assigned area; Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee process and Individual; Education Plan (IEP) goal setting process and implementation; curriculum and instruction.
- Ability to present information accurately and clearly; manage multiple priorities and projects; and instruct students and manage their behavior.
- May be exposed to outdoor weather conditions during portions of work day.
- Needs to move about inside the classroom or campus to monitor students as necessary.
- Maintain emotional control under stress.
- Frequent standing, stooping, bending, pulling and pushing.
- Frequent moving of small stacks of textbooks, media equipment, desks, and other classroom equipment.
- Occasional prolonged and irregular hours.
- Potentialexposure to bodily fluids and communicable diseases.
- Frequent heavy lifting of students.
- May be required to list 50-80 pounds unassisted.
- May be required to list 81-200 pounds assisted.
Equal Opportunity Employer