Seattle Public Schools is seeking gap-closing, equity-focused special education educators to lead the way in eliminating opportunity gaps for our students. As an educator in SPS, you have the opportunity to have a profound and lasting positive impact on the lives of Seattle students.
A classroom teacher fosters and enhances an effective learning environment; facilitates the development or revision of curriculum and instructional materials; establishes learning objectives and standards based upon general District guidelines; provides instruction; counsels, disciplines, and supervises to meet the individual needs of assigned students, and evaluates student performance and progress. Specifically:
Fosters an educational environment conducive to the learning and maturation process of assigned special education students; plans an instructional program designed to meet individual student needs; prepares individual student lesson plans; adapts and modifies programs and plans with general education teachers as necessary.
Uses necessary and appropriate instructional methods and materials, which are suited to the well-being of the students and to the nature of the learning activities, program and/or curriculum involved; implements established program or curriculum objectives as adapted and modified for the student population; attends in-service training and continues to improve professional growth through study and experimentation to remain current in methods and techniques for special education instruction.
Establishes and implements, in a positive and supportive manner, classroom policies and procedures governing student behavior and conduct; provides guidance, counseling, and discipline to encourage students to meet standards of achievement and conduct; makes referrals for assistance where appropriate.
Confers with students, parents or guardians, specialists and other staff, maintaining an open positive relationship as appropriate to provide guidance and evaluation, and to encourage student achievement.
Establishes classroom goals and objectives appropriate to the special education student population and their individual education programs, following the rules and regulations governing special education, and in conformance with courses of study and School District statutes, regulations and guidelines; evaluates and records student progress; prepares reports for parents or guardians.
Directs the activities of assigned non-certificated personnel; attends to or directs staff to attend to the physical, emotional, behavioral, medical, or hygienic needs of students as appropriate; monitors conditions and behaviors.
Collects and interprets a variety of data; develops, implements and evaluates individual education plans (IEP's); provides reports for administrative purposes; amends documents where appropriate.
Attends or participates in all required staff meetings and other activities deemed necessary by the District and/or building principal, in order to accomplish the objectives of the position and for professional achievement.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Subject areas appropriate to assignment
Effective behavior management techniques
Effective instructional techniques
Rules and procedures for student safety
Proficiency in reading, writing, and oral communications
Effective communication with parents or guardians in a diverse community
Designing and implementing lesson plans for students having a wide range of achievement
Deal with students in a positive and confident manner
Be fair and consistent when working with a culturally, racially, and economically diverse student population
Adapt to change and remain flexible
Manage student behavior
Use good judgment to maintain a safe learning environment
Provide instruction and demonstrate techniques
Use necessary equipment, computers, machinery, tools, or software
Direct instructional assistants
In some positions, administer first aid and CPR
In some positions, use non-aural or non-verbal means of communication such as sign language
In some positions, use non-visual instructional techniques such as braille
In some positions, deal with specific physical or emotional disabilities and associated conditions, such as, severe behavior disorder, autism
Attend to various student physical and hygienic needs
Establish and maintain effective, positive working relationships with students, parent or guardians, specialists, staff and administrators.
Additional Salary Information: Bonuses are possible
Internal Number: 13329
About Seattle Public Schools
Seattle Public Schools is the largest K-12 school system in Washington state, serving more than 47,000 students in 91 schools. We have a staff of about 8,000 which includes about 3,100 teachers. About 227 of the teachers are Nationally Board Certified.We are focused on improving academic achievement for all students and committed to ensuring that all students graduate from high school prepared for college, careers, and life. We strive to provide excellent teachers in every classroom, set high expectations for every student, meet the needs of our diverse learners, and prepare our students to excel.