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Special Education Teacher

Company: Heritage Academy Inc
Location: Mesa
Posted on: November 23, 2022

Job Description:

Heritage Academy has a positive working environment and offers:

Monday to Thursday school week
Competitive salaries/wages and compensation
Healthcare benefits
Participates in the Arizona State Retirement System
Small class size
Active PTO
Responsive administration

Position Summary

This position is responsible for planning, developing, delivering, and evaluating appropriated individualized educational services, learning programs, and instruction for special needs students in an inclusive (mainstreamed) setting in consultation with general education teachers.

Duties & Responsibilities

Assist special education students in their education, emotional, social, and behavioral needs
Maintain regular communication with parents by means of email, phone calls, conferences, and progress reports
Collaborate with other Heritage Academy campuses Manage all Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and 504 plans
Facilitate all special education meetings - Review of Existing Data (RED), Multidisciplinary (MET), Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and 504 plans
Identify the needs of assigned students through formal and informal assessments
Collaborate with general education teachers regarding the educational, social, emotional, and physical needs and objectives of each student
Collaborate with general education teachers to design appropriate teaching strategies
Collaborate with general education teachers to adapt and modify instructional materials and lesson plans according to the Individual Educational Plans (IEPs)Review IEPs with parents, school administrators and general education teachers
Collaborate with general education teachers to utilize appropriate methods of learning delivery and instruction to meet the needs of each student in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
Monitor, evaluate and document each student's progress utilizing appropriate measurements and assessment devices
Prepare timely progress reports for each student
Develop and implement necessary interventions and strategies to promote achievement of student objectives
Assist parents with understanding and supporting educational objectives, learning expectations and behavioral standards
Ensure adherence to reasonable rules of classroom discipline and order to maintain a secure and effective learning environment
Manage student behavior through monitoring, supervising and assessing behavioral patterns
Utilize appropriate corrective methods to modify behavior
Develop and implement Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs) where necessary
Instruct students on socially acceptable behaviors and personal development skills
Assist students with college and workplace goals
Complete Transition Plans for IEP students
Maintain accurate and complete records in compliance with school district regulations and legal requirements
Maintain a current knowledge of special education best practices and trends
Complete yearly special education state reports through ADE Connect
Schedule needed therapies (Speech, OT, Counseling, etc.)
Manage students' schedules
Supervise paraprofessionals
The instructor must also submit an annual performance improvement plan and budget that outlines the amount of money needed for the following year.
Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Competencies & Strengths

Education: Bachelor's degree in appropriate field

Experience: 3-5 years of experience in working with students with emotional disabilities and autism preferred; experience in educating special needs students required.

Special Skills:

Valid state Special Education Teaching Certification-Cross Categorical or equivalent
Experience in assessing learning disorders and responding with the appropriate interventions
Proven effective classroom and student behavior management skills
Knowledge of current special education practices and methodologies
Knowledge and understanding of State, local, and federal regulations and policies affecting special education
Working knowledge of educational technology applications, experience with IEP Pro and Assistive Technology preferred

Type of fingerprint clearance: Shall be fingerprint checked pursuant to A.R.S 15-512

Physical functions: Regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, and operate a computer, hand-held learning devices and other office equipment. Reach with hands and arms, and must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Equipment used: Frequent computer use is expected.

Work Environment: Typical office environment is expected; occasional exposure to outdoor weather.

This description reflects management's assignment of essential functions, it does not exclude or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.%10808719%

Keywords: Heritage Academy Inc, Mesa , Special Education Teacher, Education / Teaching , Mesa, Arizona

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