Somerville Public Schools
Employment Opportunities

ANTICIPATED INTENSIVE INCLUSION SPECIALIST STUDENTS WITH SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES


West Somerville Neighborhood
Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3119919 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: June 13, 2019 Starting Date: August 26, 2019

Job Description
ANNOUNCEMENT OF A VACANCY FOR THE
2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

ANTICIPATED
Intensive Inclusion Specialist
Students with Significant Developmental Disabilities
WEST SOMERVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL

Job Goal:
The Inclusion Facilitator (IF) provides support for teams to implement best educational practices for students with significant developmental disabilities. Students with significant developmental disabilities have the following labels:

? Developmental Disabilities
? Intellectual Disabilities
? Autism Spectrum Disorders

These students need intensive supports to be successfully included and learn within the general education classroom. “Intensity of Support” is defined by one or more interrelated factors including: the amount of service time provided by special education personnel; the uniqueness of the student’s needs; the student meeting the participation criteria for alternate assessment; evidence of the student making and/or not making progress on the IEP or within the general education curriculum; and/or the student having a combination of learning, communication, medical, physical, sensory, and emotional/behavioral challenges.

The successful candidate will collaborate with a variety of other team members, school, and community members, Inclusion Facilitators support students’ membership, relationships, participation, and learning of the general education curriculum in inclusive classrooms in neighborhood schools. They support students to achieve the goals of their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), to develop and maintain typical social relationships and participation in social activities, to learn and maintain appropriate behavior, to make smooth transitions from year to year, and ultimately, to graduate to typical adult roles within the community that include options of post-secondary education, employment, and inclusive community living. The Inclusion Facilitator is a teacher, a case manager, and a team leader.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Master’s degree preferred (severe disabilities).
• Five years experience as a Special Education teacher
• Mass DESE licensure in Severe Disabilities.

Responsibilities:
• Consult and collaborate with general education staff and specialists around learning styles, differentiated instruction, curricula modifications, environmental modifications, alternative assessment
• Provide direct instruction and modeling of inclusionary practices in the general education setting as a co-teacher
• Act as a co-teacher in assigned classrooms aligned with best practices
• Demonstrate ability to consult, collaborate and work with a multidisciplinary team consisting of
special education and general education staff
• Administer and interpret formal and informal education assessments and prepare a written report and recommendations
• Assess student learning, monitor students’ understanding of the curriculum and adjust instruction appropriately
• Assist with the organization and maintenance of data collection and monitoring of student progress
• Consult with special education and general education teachers, staff, service providers, school nurse and families in designing and implementing services and programs for students
• Adept in the use of Assistive Technology and adaptive equipment, as well as, augmentative and alternative communication
• Integrate technology within the instruction to increase student comprehension and interest
• Assist with development and implementation of MCAS accommodations and Alternate Assessments
• Coordinate continuum of service delivery and inclusion programs at building-based level
• Support students individually, in small groups, in the classroom or in a co-taught model offering supplemental and/or alternative academic learning experiences in all areas of the academic curriculum
• Demonstrate proficiency in application of effective instructional methodologies and inclusion techniques
• Provide professional development to teachers/students in disability awareness
• Monitor appropriateness of IEP; Ensure that IEP goals and objectives are being followed
• Meet with classroom teachers to monitor student progress and coordinate instruction
• Collaboratively plan lessons based on needs of student
• Develop and facilitate behavior plans/charts
• Provide professional development regarding best practices in curriculum, instruction, social skills, communication and data collection and analysis for students.
• Coordinate community and school resources around inclusion
• Serve as case manager for students
• Facilitate on-going communication with families
• Collaborate with teachers, counselor, therapists, and parents with the effective implementation of social skills and pragmatic groups
• Assist with the support of summer programs for students
• Demonstrate knowledge of state and federal regulations pertaining to Special Education
• Carry out other related duties as may be designated

Primary Objectives:
• Ensure all areas of need are addressed at the school level for students.
• Act as an in-house expert regarding students with significant developmental disabilities.
• Assist with the development and expansion of programs and services specific for students.
• Provide technical information and advocate for Best Practices by consulting with team members and others within the school and community.
• Build relationships with community organizations focused on serving students with significant and low-incidence disabilities.

Position Reports to: Director of Special Education and School Principal

Application Process: To submit your application for consideration, please visit us online at:

http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/careers
or
http://www.schoolspring.com/jobs?employer=16902

NOTE:
Applications are only accepted online through School Spring.

Please do not mail or email resumes. Only resumes that are submitted through School Spring will be considered.

Should you need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office via email at jcabral@k12.somerville.ma.us

Application Deadline: Open until filled
Somerville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Somerville Public Schools actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. Grade level and content licensure is required when applicable. Dual licensure including SPED, ESL, ELL, or bilingual licensure and/or proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred.
Date posted: June 12, 2019

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1


Welcome to West Somerville Neighborhood!

The West Somerville Neighborhood School is committed to improving and supporting student achievement. Learn more about us and our efforts to create an environment for academic achievement, creative thinking, and community building. The state-of-the-art facility allows the staff to meet the needs of all students and provides a safe, supportive and enriching environment where students excel.

Our goal is to teach our children the social and academic skills to be successful citizens of the 21st Century.

Equal Opportunity Employer
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Job Requirements
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
    There are no application questions required for this job posting.

    Contact Information
    Christine Trevisone, Director of Special Education
    8 Bonair Street
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
    Phone: 617-625-6600
    Email: ctrevisone@k12.somerville.ma.us