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Salem Public Schools

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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3079177
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : April 9, 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 in Salem, this person is responsible for teaching, evaluating, and implementing programming for students with disabilities utilizing inclusive practices whenever possible. The successful candidate must have a working knowledge of effective behavior techniques and interventions, and be able to work in consultation with Special Education and General Education teams. The candidate must manage a fluid caseload and maintain flexibility with scheduling. The Special Education Teacher job includes consistent parent communication, paraprofessional supervision, and additional professional obligations as determined by the District and site.



  • Plan curriculum and provide specialized instruction that allows all students to successfully engage in standards-based instruction
  • Work collaboratively across school settings, including co-teaching and common planning
  • Maintain consistent communication with students, staff, and families
  • Use innovative approaches and instructional strategies, including the effective use of technologies, to increase student access, learning, independence, and confidence to learn
  • Modify/adapt materials and instructional lessons to meet the specific needs of students with disabilities across the school day, as identified in the IEPs
  • Analyze a variety of data to drive instruction and improve student access and performance
  • Develop IEPs with SMART goals and logical accommodations using formal and informal data
  • Report on student progress with IEP goals at scheduled intervals throughout the school year
  • Support classroom teachers and other school personnel in the implementation of classroom goals and IEP accommodations, modifications, and goals
  • Collaborate with school personnel, parents, and various community agencies for the purpose of improving the quality of student outcomes and implementing effective Individual Education Programs (IEPs) for students
  • Evaluate students’ abilities in basic academics and social development for the purpose of assisting in the diagnosis of learning disorders and developing IEPs and/or remediation plans and to monitor student progress
  • Help manage student behavior for the purpose of providing a safe, supportive, and optimal learning environment
  • Proctor MCAS
  • Other duties as assigned by the building principal, special education administrator and/or Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services.


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
  • Maintain a Massachusetts Teaching Certification/Licensure in Special Education (required)
  • SEI Endorsement (required)
  • Able to meet the expectations of the Massachusetts Standards and Indicators of Effective Teaching Practice
  • Demonstrate ability to write an effective IEP with SMART goals and sensible accommodations using district software
  • Demonstrate ability to administer, interpret, and report findings from standardized evaluations
  • Second Language (Spanish) Proficiency (preferred)
  • Maintain Safety Care Training Certification (District will provide training)
  • Possess effective written and oral communication skills
  • Current authorization to work in the United States



Contact Information: Deborah Connerty, Acting Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services

                            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 Categories : Instructional Support > Substitute
    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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