Gates Middle School

Scituate Public Schools

Scituate, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3079399
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : April 9, 2019
  • Starting Date: August 27, 2019

Job Description

Job Summary

The Special Education Teacher’s primary responsibility is to work in partnership with parents, students and general education teachers in accordance with the district’s mission and vision, while maintaining compliance with Federal and State regulations, in order to promote student achievement. Provides direct instruction and instructional support to students with disabilities and work in collaboration with the general education teacher. Assists in the development of Individual Education Programs (IEP).

Responsibilities and Duties

Prepares for IEP team meetings and provides case management for assigned students with disabilities. Serves as a member of the IEP team as appropriate.
Works cooperatively with school personnel to accomplish the goals and objectives of the School Department.
Develops and implements IEP’s with measurable goals.
Makes data-driven instructional decisions to improve student outcomes.
Interprets both informal and classroom based assessment for students in order to make instructional decisions. Collects data on student performance so as to improve student outcomes and direct instruction. Administers and interprets formal assessments as appropriate.
Selects and adapts materials to assist students with disabilities to access the general education curriculum.
Collaborates with regular education teachers to monitor student progress and compliance.
Supervises, schedules and trains special education aides working with their students.
Plans evidence-based interventions appropriate for individual students and groups of students.
Assists general education teachers with specifically designed instruction when necessary.
Participates in professional development activities designed to advance teacher knowledge in the areas of instruction, best practices, differentiated instruction, changes in educational policy, and other information as may be necessary to improve classroom instruction and programming for students with disabilities.
Demonstrates knowledge of use of statewide testing procedures.
Provides consultation to parents, teachers and other appropriate school personnel.
Completes all special education paperwork accurately, according to regulations and on time.
Adheres to established rules, regulations, laws and appropriate ethical standards.
Develops and monitors appropriate transition plans for students at transition age.
Obtains and maintains compliant special education student files.
Performs other related duties as assigned by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee.


Bachelor's Degree in Special Education and/or Master’s Degree preferred.
Massachusetts Educator’s License (Moderate Disabilities in assigned level)
A minimum of two years' successful experience as a special education teacher in a public school setting at the assigned level is preferred.
Expertise with behavior management.
Expertise with curriculum modification and differentiated instructional practices.
Knowledge of the requirements of state and federal regulations.
Proficiency in educational diagnostic and prescriptive testing.
Those personal and professional characteristics necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the position.
Employment based on successful completion of a CORI background check.


Scituate Public Schools
Job Description—Special Education Teacher




Reports to the Director of Special Education as well as the building Principal.
This is a 10 month position with a teacher’s contract.
Salary to be determined.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : Classroom Teacher > Middle Grades
    Special Education > General Special Education
  • Welcome to Gates Middle School!

    The mission of the Gates Intermediate School is to uphold the ideals of the Scituate Public Schools' mission while recognizing the uniqueness of the early adolescent population.

    Vision Statement
    The vision of the Gates Intermediate School is to create a positive and safe environment which provides a comprehensive and challenging education for seventh and eighth grade students. By strengthening the home/school connection, healthy patterns of growth and learning will promote the development of responsible and independent community members.

    Current Academic and Support Programs at Gates

    There are five academic teams at Gates Intermediate School. Teams C and D service our seventh graders and teams E and F are eighth grade teams, with Team B as the ‘looping team’, alternately serving both grades over a two year span. Teams C, D, E, and F all have four teachers each who are dedicated to one discipline. Currently, Team B consists of two teachers who teach two subjects each in seventh grade (having taught in 8th grade last year). The four core subjects covered on all academic teams are English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. Gates has an inclusion program for our Special Education population, and there are several ‘co-taught’ courses offered here to support this practice. Students may choose between Latin, Spanish and French for their Foreign Language requirement. They are also scheduled for ‘specialist courses’ which consist of Art, Music, Health, Physical Education, and Family and Consumer Science for seventh graders, and Art, Technical Design, Physical Education, Music, Health, Instructional Technology and Reader/Writer Workshop for eighth graders. We also offer over 20 after-school clubs and activities for kids to get involved with during the year. Students eat during one of three lunches served daily. Most students have one study hall to attend on alternate school days as well. There are effective transition programs offered during the year to help new seventh grade students feel comfortabe in their new school and to assist outgoing eighth graders to prepare for their high school experiences. There is one guidance counselor assigned to each grade level. The list of support staff include Special Education aides, a METCO director, a School Psychologist, a Speech and Language specialist, an ESL teacher, a Reading Specialist, our Custodians and Kitchen staff and our secretarial staff. New staffing for next year will include two more academic teachers for Team B and one Engineering teacher for our new Technology and Engineering class.

    There are seven time blocks, or ‘periods’ daily, six of which rotate consecutively ‘around’ the lunch period. This manner of scheduling allows kids and staff to see each other at different times during the day; this practice also reduces tardiness to school and provides a more interesting academic and social experience for all.

    Gates School has a professional and caring staff, consisting of highly skilled educators who understand the challenges of this unique age group, sometimes coined “the kids in the middle”. We strive to offer a challenging academic climate, but also one that puts emphasis on social and personal growth and responsibility. We highly encourage parent involvement in our school through the Gates P.T.O., chaperoning field trips and dances, and volunteering in our Library/Media Center. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    The Scituate Public Schools have a commitment to maintaining an educational environment and workplace where bigotry and intolerance, including discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, homeless status or disability are not tolerated and where any form of intimidation, threat, coercion and/or harassment that insults the dignity of others and interferes with their freedom to learn or work is unacceptable.

    Job Requirements

    • At least 2 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Application Questions

    There ARE NO application questions required FOR this job posting.

    Contact Information

    • Dianna Mullen , Director of Special Education
    • 606 C. J. Cushing Highway
    • Scituate, Massachusetts 02066

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