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Salem Public Schools

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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3021470
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted : April 8, 2019

Job Description

Who is Salem Public Schools?

Here in Salem, great leaders are passionate about urban education, drive student achievement, reflect, respect, and value the racial, cultural, and linguistic diversity of our students and their families, and have a strong commitment to the Salem community.  Salem Public Schools seeks individuals who are able to serve all of our students, regardless of ability or language. Applicants who have experience teaching in urban schools, hold dual certification, and have bilingual skills are encouraged to apply.


What You’ll Do:

As a collaborative member of the Special Education team, this Special Education Teacher is responsible for teaching high school students in a substantially separate program designed for students who are enrolled in our Post High Program. The teacher must know how to develop transition support plans, be able to establish positive relationships and support the emotional health young adults, have a working knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), behavior intervention techniques and strategies. The candidate works in consultation with Special Education, Vocational Education and General Education teams. The Special Education Teacher must effectively manage a fluid caseload, i.e., transitioning students in/out of the program. Teachers in Salem Public Schools are expected to participate in professional learning communities with grade level cohorts, provide consistent parent communication, and work with paraprofessional staff to ensure the provision of a high quality program for students.



  • Oversee programming for students in substantially-separate, Post-High program
  • Provide specialized instruction that will allow all students to successfully meet transition goals as set forth in the students’ IEPs and engage in instruction based upon the Common Core standards 
  • Use innovative approaches and instructional strategies, including the effective use of technologies, to increase student access, learning, independence and confidence to learn
  • Work with the district’s Transition Specialist, BCBA and itinerant staff to develop data-taking mechanisms, analyze data to drive instruction, and monitor progress
  • Work collaboratively and maintain consistent communication with school teams, parents and various community agencies to improve the quality of student outcomes
  • Demonstrate ability to write an effective IEP with SMART goals, sensible accommodations and thorough, practical transition plans.
  • Generate IEPs and progress reports using IEP software
  • Demonstrate ability to administer, interpret and report findings from standardized evaluations and informal assessment measures that evaluate students' abilities in basic academics, practical skills and social development
  • Present evidence of student progress toward goals and objectives at IEP progress meetings
  • Manage student behavior in order to provide a safe and an optimal learning environment
  • Support and assist paraprofessionals and other school personnel in their implementation of classroom goals and IEP accommodations
  • Modify/adapt instruction and materials that meet the specific needs of disabled students across the school day, as identified in their IEPs
  • Additional professional obligations as determined by the District and school leaders.

What You’ll Bring:

We are looking for candidates who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission and are highly motivated to change children’s lives through education. You’ll be right at home here if you are a reflective practitioner who values collaboration with colleagues and pushes yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level.  We expect our SPS employees to:

  • Hold a deep commitment to students and families and value diversity - The SPS community is vibrant, diverse in background, ethnicity, language, and perspective. You embrace and affirm the backgrounds of all members of the SPS community and view our diversity as a powerful resource that supports us each in learning and doing our best work.
  • Hold high expectations for yourself, students, and colleagues – You see potential in all, especially our SPS students, and maintain high expectations for achievement, while providing the support necessary to meet that bar. You hold yourself to high expectations, modeling SPS values and seeking opportunities to continuously improve.
  • Build authentic, caring relationships with colleagues, students, and families – You build strong relationships across students, families, and colleagues that are collaborative in nature and contribute to the individual and collective success of SPS.  You partner with families and colleagues to make decisions in the best interest of students and learning.
  • Embrace feedback – You are a reflective practitioner who learns from failure, using mistakes and challenges as opportunities for growth. You model persistence and growth mindset and thrive in a culture of feedback.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree Required; Master’s Degree preferred
  • Appropriate Massachusetts teaching certification/licensure in Special Education
  • Dual Certification (content area) a plus
  • SEI Endorsement Required
  • 1 or more years of relevant experience implementing ABA in a high school setting
  • Ability to meet the expectations of the Massachusetts Standards and Indicators of Effective Teaching Practice 
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills
  • Second Language (Spanish) Proficiency a plus
  • Current authorization to work in the United States

Special Education Teachers are part of the Salem Teachers Union.  They report to their building Principal, the assigned Special Education Supervisor and to the Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services.


Contact Information:

Deborah Connerty, Acting Executive Director

Department of Pupil Personnel Services

Salem Public Schools

         29 Highland Avenue

         Salem, MA  01970


         Phone: 978-740-1249

         Fax:    978-740-1137

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

    Salem 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.

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    Contact Information

    • Alicia Palmer , Director of Human Capital
    • 29 Highland Avenue
    • Salem, Massachusetts 01970
    • Phone: 978-740-1115
    • Fax: 978-740-1279
    • Email: click here

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