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Worcester Public Schools

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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3049974
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : February 4, 2019
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description


REPORTS TO: Department Head Intervention Specialist


This teaching position is accountable for providing services to students identified with a specific learning disability through the team evaluation process. The Learning Disability specialist works cooperatively with parents and teachers to insure that each student can access the WPS curriculum and meet the state curriculum frameworks.


1. Responsible for serving as a member of the Special Education Team in writing educational plans and progress reports on SAGE-IEP, and completing assessments within the required timelines.

2. Responsible for following the student IEP and ensuring compliance with state and federal SPED regulations including the delivery of high quality services, the provision of accommodations/modifications for instruction and assessment.

3. Responsible for providing students with strategies to increase organizational skills.

4. Responsible for developing students’ phonological awareness, decoding, fluency, word recognition, and comprehension skills for facilitating the acquisition of reading skills and accessing the curriculum.

5. Responsible for providing individual, small group, and inclusion instruction and for providing strategies and modifications for individual students or small groups.

6. Responsible for communicating and collaborating with regular education teachers and other personnel in the educational programming for students with learning disabilities.

7. Responsible for understanding the state required guidelines around standardized testing and for providing appropriate accommodations as identified on student IEPs during the administration of these tests.

8. Responsible for assessing student knowledge and academic progress using formal and informal means to develop measurable IEP goals and to support student learning.

9. Responsible for creating and coordinating a schedule of services for students to comply with IEP requirements.

10. Responsible for the promotion of equity and appreciation of diversity to ensure equitable opportunities for student learning in the least restrictive environment.

11. Responsible for attending monthly department meetings and building based meetings/two per month.

12. Responsible for assuring equal educational opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, marital status, religion, natural origin, sexual orientation, homelessness, or disability.

13. Performance of other job-related duties as assigned.


1. Massachusetts licensure in Special Education.

2. SEI Endorsement

3. A minimum of three years’ successful teaching experience in Special Education

4. A minimum of three years’ successful teaching experience in Special Education

5. Evidence of mastery of a wide variety of teacher competencies, curricula and the understanding of a wide variety of effective instructional models, including multi-sensory, structured language techniques

6. Excellent written and oral communication skills\

7. Certification in multi-sensory structured language system – Wilson and/or Orton Gillingham


1. Masters of Arts in Special Education.

2. Massachusetts teaching certification in Moderate Special Needs.

3. Demonstrated experience supporting students with special needs.

4. Ability to speak Albanian, Arabic, Nepali, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese, or an African Language.

WORK DAY: Teachers’ work day

WORK YEAR: Teachers’ work year.

SALARY: Appropriate step on Teachers’ salary schedule.

TO APPLY: Any person interested in this position should apply on-line at www.worcesterschools.org. All information including
a resume, cover letter and licensure must be submitted.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Special Education > Learning Disabled
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    The Worcester Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Educational Institution and does not discriminate regardless of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness. The Worcester Public Schools provides equal access to employment and the full range of general, occupational and vocational education programs. For more information relating to Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action contact the Human Resource Manager, 20 Irving Street, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-799-3020.

    Job Requirements

    • In order to be hired to teach in the Worcester Public Schools you must possess SEI Endorsement .

    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Application Questions

    This employer has requested that ALL applicants answer the following questions. It IS highly recommended that you type ANY essays IN a word processing program, save them, AND THEN paste them ON the proceeding job application page.

    • 1. Have you ever worked for the Worcester Public Schools? When? What capacity?
      Brief Response (Answer limited TO 200 characters, including spaces)
    • 2. Do you have any relatives employed by the Worcester Publc Schools? If yes, please list name, title, and relationship.
    • 3. Have you ever been terminated for cause from a prior position? If so please explain.
      Brief Response (Answer limited TO 200 characters, including spaces)
    • 4. Do you hold an Educator license in another state? (Urban)
    • 5. Do you have experience working in a public school system?
    • 6. Are you SEI endorsed?
    • 7. Are you fluent in a language(s) other than English?

    Contact Information

    • Susan Gallagher , Special Education Department Head
    • 20 Irving Street
    • Worcester, Massachusetts 01609

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