SPECIAL EDUCATOR

Melville Elementary School

Portsmouth School District

Portsmouth , Rhode Island

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(SUMMARY) JOB DESCRIPTION
The special educator plans and provides individualized and specialized instruction that is an appropriate and rigorous learning experience for students with disabilities in a variety of educational settings. The professional in this position is responsible for creating a flexible program and learning environment that provides specialized instruction forward students with disabilities, such that the students have opportunities to access the general education curriculum to the greatest extent possible when supported with supplemental aids, accommodations, an program modifications

CERTIFICATE / LICENSE REQUIRED:
? Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) certification as special educator, severe and profound certification preferred
? Highly Qualified (when applicable)

ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:

? Adheres to the policies and related directives of the Portsmouth School Department
? Seeks opportunities for the integration of the curriculum of other disciplines
? Promotes the attainment of the District’s Mission Vision, and Strategic Plan
? Displays strong and deep knowledge of the philosophical foundations and content of the curriculum
? Applies current research-based best instructional practices and strategies to deliver specialized instruction
? Adheres to special education policies, completes relevant paperwork, presents assessment data, and attends and actively contributes to special education meetings
? Plans and prepares lessons to optimize student learning
? Promotes deep understanding of content by addressing unique learning styles, adapting instruction to meet the needs of all students, engaging students in rigorous learning experiences, using effective questioning techniques, and relating instruction to the student's life and to prior and future learning.
? Designs and implements Individual Educational Plans to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities and completes IEP progress reporting in a timely fashion
? Reinforces strong student effort and excellent student work products.
? Facilitates student learning through the use of various collaborative grouping structures that are appropriate to the instructional task.
? Requires students to regularly engage in high-level activities, including but not limited to application and analysis of information.
? Administers and interprets various types of assessments.
? Maintains accurate student records as a result of the monitoring of regular formative and summative assessment of curriculum attainment; adjusts instruction for individuals and groups of students.
? Communicates regularly with students and parents regarding student academic, behavioral, and social emotional functioning; communicates immediately with both when there are concerns.
? Considers student voice in establishing and enforcing effective and positive classroom rules and procedures designed to ensure safety and enhance learning.
? Organizes all facets of the instructional delivery system so that all equipment and instructional tools are ready for use, and ensures smooth transitions, maximizes time on task, and guarantees the efficient distribution of resources
? Thorough knowledge of federal and state special education laws governing children with disabilities
? Integrates technology to more effectively deliver the curriculum and specially designed instruction
? Communicates high and clear expectations
? Assists students in monitoring their own progress and ownership of learning
? Contributes to collaborative planning activities
? Consults and collaborates regularly and professionally with colleagues, students and parents regarding student academic, behavioral and social emotional functioning
? Takes responsibility for personal professional growth.
? Participates in school events and in school and/or professional development
? Supervises and assists with the evaluation of paraprofessionals

Other Specialized Skills that may be required:
? Certified or willing to be certified in CPI- Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention.
? Expertise in the use of progress monitoring tools to track students’ progress and to guide instruction and services.
? Familiarity with and ability to use a variety of adaptive technologies
? Demonstrated ability and success in working collaboratively with large educational teams

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear. Specific vision ability required by this job includes close vision and distance vision. The position also entails significant bending, lifting, stooping, and possible
running, in order to maintain a safe learning environment. Frequently, driving is required to meet the demands of this job. Occasionally, yet essential to this position, the individual must meet deadlines with severe time constraints and interact with the public and with other workers. The position may require the employee to work irregular or extended hours, direct responsibility for the safety, well-being, or work output of other people, and meet multiple demands from several people.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in this environment may be loud, depending upon the activity in the particular part of the day and location.
  • Job Categories : Special Education > General Special Education
    Special Education > Severe/Profound Disabilities
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    Portsmouth School District is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

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