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Job Details

  • Job ID: 2879319
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : January 3, 2018

Job Description




Position:                     Extended School Year Special Education Teacher

Department:               ESY

Reports to:                 ESY Coordinator

FLSA Classification:   Exempt                                   

Approved by:             John F. Doherty, Ed.D                                  

Revision Date:           January 2017


SUMMARY: The Reading Public Schools is seeking special education teachers for the Extended School Year program. ESY Dates: July 9-August 9, 2018.The Special Education Teacher is to help students learn subject matter and skills, subject to Special Education Laws, that will contribute to their educational development, in consideration of their cognitive learning abilities.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The essential functions or duties listed below are illustrations of the type of work that is performed and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for by this position. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Teaches district-approved curriculum.
  • Develops appropriate instructional materials, activities, & lesson plans, with modifications and accommodations appropriate for individual students taking into consideration cognitive levels and age-appropriateness.
  • Structures the classroom and establishes and maintains standards of student behavior to achieve an effective learning atmosphere.
  • Creates an environment for learning through functional and attractive displays, interest centers and exhibits of student’s work.
  • Evaluates students’ academic and social growth, keeps appropriate records and prepares progress reports.
  • Identifies student needs, makes appropriate referrals, and develops and implements individual education plans.
  • Participates in planning of curriculum goals and relevant student performance objectives.
  • Helps students to develop individual learning goals and objectives.
  • Evaluates individual student accomplishment of goals and objectives, records progress, and adjusts individual and group learning activities accordingly.
  • Works with parents of individual children to help guide the growth and development of the children.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of definitions, etiology, & characteristics of students’ disabilities.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and Common Core State Standards.
  • Participates in ongoing professional development activities related to student population & certification areas.
  • Participates (as needed) to physically and safely support students (e.g. Behavior-preventative, blocking, escorts, restraints; Medical-positioning, lifting, guide/escort).
  • Communicates regularly with parents by means of newsletters, notes, phone calls, conferences, etc.
  • Is available to students and parents for education-related purposes outside the instructional day.
  • Works with specialists, related service providers, staff members, parents and outside persons or agencies to assist students with special problems.
  • Plans and coordinates the work of paraeducators, parents, and volunteers in the classroom and on field trips.
  • Properly utilizes and conserves physical facilities, equipment and supplies.
  • Maintains an understanding of the philosophies and principles utilized in District-wide programs.
  • Follows state and federal special education regulations, as outlined in the IDEA and the requirements set forth in 603 CMR 28.00 which are in addition to, or in some instances clarify or further elaborate, the special education rights and responsibilities set forth in state statute (M.G.L. c. 71B), federal statute (20 U.S.C. §1400 et seq. as amended), and federal regulations (34 CFR §300 et seq. as amended).
  • Follows all standards and indicators to the best of his or her ability, as described in the Reading Public Schools Teacher Assessment Process (TAP).


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervises the classroom, students, paraeducators and parent volunteers.


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. The Superintendent may waive or modify the qualification requirements.



  • Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory to instructional program
  • Ability to plan and implement lessons based on division and school objectives and the needs and abilities of students to whom assigned
  • Knowledge of special education procedures to maintain appropriate confidential records
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with students, staff and the school community
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in oral and written form
  • Ability to react professionally and objectively to unpredictable situations (e.g. environmental changes, behavior/aggression, seizure activity, etc.)
  • Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements, state and federal laws, and Board of Education policies



Minimum of baccalaureate degree, master’s degree preferred.



Teachers must possess valid Massachusetts teacher licensure appropriate to their student population, such as:

  • Students with social-emotional/behavioral disorders-Teacher of Moderate Special Needs
  • Students with cognitive/communication/global needs-Teacher of Severe Disabilities



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to move about to provide services and may be required to occasionally traverse throughout the school building. The employee must also often remain in a stationary position for considerable periods of time. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and sit, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and use hand strength to grasp tools. The employee will frequently bend or twist at the neck and trunk while performing the duties of this job. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move fifty (50) pounds. Workday may include providing limited personal care to students. The employee must also occasionally lift or position students to provide services. The employee must be able to input information into a computer and as well as read material from a computer monitor as well as handwritten or printed matter with or without visual aids. The employee must be able to communicate effectively with students, parents and other staff members in person and on the telephone.



The employee will be working in a normal school environment with an acceptable level of noise. The employee interacts with students, parents and other staff members. The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being and work out-put of students.


The physical demands and 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. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Category : Special Education > General Special Education
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Reading Public Schools 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.

    It is unlawful in Massachusetts to require or administer a lie detector test as a condition of employment or continued employment. An employer who violates this law shall be subject to criminal penalties and civil liability.

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    Contact Information

    • Jennifer Bove , HR Admin
    • 82 Oakland Road
    • Reading, Massachusetts 01867

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