Special Education Teacher (Elementary)
Lawrence Public Schools USD 497 • www.usd497.org/
TEACHER ELEMENTARY (SpEd)
|DAYS PER YEAR:||188 (new teachers)/186 (returning teachers)|
- Kansas Teaching Certificate/License, SPED endorsement required
- “Highly qualified” status according to KSDE and federal regulations
- Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable
Reports To: Principal or administrator designee
Job Goal:Provide an effective program of instruction based on the needs and capabilities of the individuals or student groups involved.
Performance and Responsibilities:
- Builds instruction upon previously learned materials.
- Uses a variety of teaching materials and techniques as appropriate for the content area.
- Uses a variety of teaching materials and techniques as appropriate for all students/adults as assigned.
- Provides for regular assessment of student/adult needs and progress.
- Provides for appropriate re-teaching, adaptation, and/or extensions if needed.
- Provides evidence of individual student/adult learning.
- Prepares for assigned classes and can show evidence of such preparation.
- Demonstrates effective skills in reading, writing, math, and speaking as necessary for assignment.
- Demonstrates command of the subject matter for which he/she is assigned to teach/coordinate.
- Implements the district`s written curriculum and the state and district assessment program.
- Demonstrates commitment to learn and apply new instructional and technology skills as related to assignment.
- Works with other members of the staff in planning building or district curriculum, instructional goals, objectives, methods, and assessments.
- Attends and participates in assigned staff/team meetings.
- Cooperates with others regarding the selection, use, and sharing of books, equipment, and other instructional materials.
- Takes necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students.
- Develops and maintains a classroom environment conducive to learning.
- Establishes and maintains communications with students, parents, colleagues and others as related to assignment.
- Takes necessary and reasonable precautions to protect equipment, materials and facilities.
- Demonstrates respect and value for all students and staff.
- Maintains professional and ethical standards.
- Meets and instructs students/adults at designated location and times.
- Upholds and enforces school rules, district policies, and administrative regulations.
- Maintains state certification/licensure standards for teachers in the field for which he/she is assigned.
- Other duties as requested or assigned by the supervisor.
- Possess and maintain licensure (certification) in the state of Kansas
- Ability to speak clearly and audibly to various groups expressing ideas in a logical and forthright manner
- Possess composition skills suitable for producing written communication for a variety of readers
- Ability to quickly analyze a situation and provide prompt advice
- Ability to respond to information requests in a courteous, timely and helpful manner
- Ability to perform job responsibilities using appropriate software on district computer system and communication equipment
- Ability to manage job responsibilities while meeting established deadlines
- Ability to work constructively and cooperatively with others
Performs other tasks as assigned by supervisor
Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy on Evaluation of Professional Personnel.
ADDENDUM TO TEACHER JOB DESCRIPTION__SPECIFIC TO SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS:
Maintain current knowledge of special education laws and regulations and meet their requirements.
- Maintain current knowledge of special education laws and regulations and meet their requirements.
- Perform accurate, functional and relevant assessment of individual student`s learning needs for eligibility and educational programming.
- Maintain current and accurate Individual Education Plans.
- Work in a problem-solving manner with other staff and parents to develop a program that supports student growth and success.
- Work collaboratively with staff to develop appropriate modifications, curriculum, and educational environments for students with exceptionalities.
- Work with a variety of students with exceptionalities from all legally recognized domains.
- Will be required to attend a Special Education Academy.
- Provide support to the instructional process by serving as a teacher with specific responsibility for developing special education students` success in academics, interpersonal skills, and activities of daily living.
- Delivering group and individual student instruction within established curriculum guidelines.
- Collaborating with other teachers, professional staff and administrative staff in addressing instructional and/or classroom issues and responding to a wide range of inquiries from students, parents and/or guardians regarding instructional program and student progress.
Lawrence Public Schools USD 497
Lawrence Public Schools, USD 497, is a learning community committed to ensuring educational equity and excellence so that students of all races backgrounds achieve at high levels and graduate prepared for success in college, careers and life in a diverse and rapidly changing world.
Lawrence Public Schools serve approximately 11,000 students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in Lawrence, Kansas. Located on Interstate 70, about half-way between Topeka and Kansas City, Lawrence is an academic community, home to the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University. Our district is the seventh-largest in Kansas and with nearly 1,700 employees, one of the city`s largest employers.
Twenty-one school campuses include a pre-K program,14 elementary schools (grades K-5), four middle schools (grades 6-8), two comprehensive high schools(grades 9-12), a K-8 virtual school and a virtual high school (grades 9-11). Lawrence Public Schools offer a Parents as Teachers program for families of children from birth to age three; adult basic education, English as a Second Language courses and G.E.D. study and testing through an Adult Learning Center; and the opportunity for adults to earn a diploma through the Lawrence Diploma-Completion Program.