Merriam School

Acton Boxborough Regional Schools

Acton, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3171303
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : September 10, 2019
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

Position Summary:
The Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, a Prek-12 district, is seeking a skilled and experienced 1.0 special education teacher, to serve at the Merriam School. The teacher will work in a model of service delivery offering academic support and co-teaching in the general education classrooms combined with pull out specialized instruction for small groups and individuals. Students requiring assistance and support have mild to moderate disabilities and cover a range of disabilities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
• Plan for the effective specialized instruction and intervention for students on IEPs within and outside the general education classroom;
• Administer formal diagnostic assessments and tests for students initially referred and for three-year reevaluations of caseload students;
• Administer ongoing progress monitoring, strategic monitoring and benchmark systems;
• Schedule, prepare for, and attend Team meetings for newly referred and caseload students;
• Write comprehensive progress reports and IEPs
• Collaborate with general education and related service staff with respect to appropriate services, accommodations and modifications;
• Provide ongoing positive communication with parents;
• Collect and analyze student data against IEP goals
• Supervise and plan for educational assistants to support students throughout the day
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Special Education > General Special Education
  • Welcome to Merriam School!


    The mission of the Merriam School Community is to create and sustain an environment that promotes academic excellence, encourages social development, fosters emotional well-being and instills a passion for life-long learning.


    Deeply rooted in Merriam’s philosophy is the idea that students, teachers and parents share an active role in decision making and feel empowered through their involvement with the school. Students have opportunities to make choices in their classrooms that really affect them, from creating classroom constitutions to deciding what to sell in the school store. Teachers are empowered to make significant decisions, including those regarding the school’s budget, curriculum and operation. By design, parents are also deeply involved in making a wide range of important decisions, such as setting the school’s goals, evaluating the school’s progress, hiring new teachers and designing the plans for school improvement.


    In 1958, the town of Acton built a new 20-room elementary school on Charter Road. In 1962, that school was dedicated to Florence A. Merriam who retired after 35 years of teaching in Acton. Florence was born in South Acton in 1894. Her family manufactured piano stools. She was surprised to have a school named after her and remained involved with the school after retirement. That 20-room school is now the Administration Building which houses the preschool. The new Merriam School is in the Parker Damon Building which it shares with the McCarthy-Towne school. The Parker Damon Building was named for McCarthy-Towne's first principal, J.Parker Damon.

    “The ‘thinking society’ of the twenty-first century can no longer be content with graduates trained to take in and recycle information handed out by teachers and other authority figures. Today's students must be taught to think for themselves and to generate new information. But you cannot say: ‘We will lecture you about how to be creative, and then we will measure your creativity with this multiple-choice test.’ We need a whole new approach to designing and running schools.” Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    The Acton Boxborough Regional School District does not discriminate on the basis of face, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, age, active military/veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, employment policies, and other administered programs and activities. For more information refer to the Acton Boxborough Regional School Committee Policy AC on our website.

    Job Requirements

    • • Master’s degree preferred;
      • Must have a Massachusetts licensure in Moderate Special Needs through the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education;
      • Must have demonstrated success with and be knowledgeable about current research-based interventions for children with disabilities;
      • Must possess demonstrated ability to develop positive behavior intervention plans;
      • Experience/training in Wilson, Brain Frames, EmPOWER Writing, highly desirable;
      • Experience with the administration and interpretation of a wide range of formal and informal diagnostic assessment and evaluation tools;
      • Excellent writing and communication skills required
    • Postgraduate Certificate degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Contact Information

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