Perkins School for the Blind

Watertown , Massachusetts

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Perkins School for the Blind, located near Boston, was the first school for the blind chartered in the United States in 1829. For over 180 years, the staff at Perkins have been providing quality services to students and clients who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind and multi-impaired. Perkins School for the Blind embraces diversity in ability, thought, culture and belief. We provide equal education and employment opportunities and value the unique talents and contributions of all of our students and staff.

Under the general supervision of the Education Director or Assistant Education Director, the Teacher provides instructional services for students with sensory impairments, based on individual needs and evaluates students as required. They will plan, prepare and implement appropriate educational goals for each student as well as provide a variety of adapted materials and aids as appropriate for each student.

• Meets educational requirements and qualifies for certification/licensure while updating and expanding knowledge
• Demonstrates understanding of the general curriculum, expanded core curriculum, and subject matter/area of expertise
• Determines present levels of performance by reviewing background information and conducting informal and formal assessments
• Develops and prioritizes measurable objectives for learners; plans short term and long term instruction or clinical strategies to address individual objectives.
• Establishes and maintains structures, rules, and procedures for learners and sets and maintains high expectations and standards of behavior
• Establishes and adapts the environment to make it conducive to learning
• Establishes good rapport and maintains respectful relationships with learners, adapting lessons for individuals with diverse needs and various backgrounds
• Engages learners by using a variety of approaches and motivating strategies to convey knowledge and develop skills, maximizing instructional/clinical time
• Provides positive reinforcement and constructive feedback
• Develops performance measures and informs learners of the criteria for success; evaluates learner performance, keeps records, and reports progress in learning; revises instructional plans based on ongoing observation/evaluation information;
• Helps create positive, inclusive interpersonal relationships
• Shows respect for students, colleagues, administrators, family members, and others, communicating well with, supports, advises, and/or advocates for learners
• Collaborates, consults with, and maintains effective communication with outside agency staff, staff at all levels, and family members, and when indicated, provides training
• Maintains effective communication and works cooperatively with administrators
• Maintains a safe environment and handles emergencies
• Maintains a clean, neat, inviting, and well-designed learning environment
• Ensures learners’ medical needs are met by altering teaching/clinical strategies and following protocols.
• To perform other related duties and tasks as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in education or relevant field
• Ability to complete and maintain First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and Crisis Prevention and Physical Intervention (CPPI) Certifications
• Ability to travel independently

Benefits: We provide a complete benefits package, which includes, recess time, tuition reimbursement, medical and dental insurance, LTD and Life insurance, retirement programs and staff development and training. Dependent upon availability, housing may also be offered to staff.

Perkins seeks to enhance its community of intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse individuals to enrich the educational experience of our students. Applicants from a multicultural background, are bilingual, and/or who have life experience are encouraged to apply.


  • Job Categories : Classroom Teacher > Alternative Learning Environment
    Special Education > Alternative Learning Environment
    Special Education > Autism
    Special Education > General Special Education
    Special Education > Hard of Hearing
    Special Education > Learning Disabled
    Special Education > Mentally Disabled
    Special Education > Mild/Moderate Disabilities
    Special Education > Multiple Disabilities
    Special Education > Severe/Profound Disabilities
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Perkins School for the Blind 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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