Chicopee Public Schools
Employment Opportunities

SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER (#1106201901)


Chicopee Academy at Selser
Chicopee Public Schools
Chicopee, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3195069 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: November 6, 2019 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
General Duties
• The teacher is responsible for the organization and structure of his/her assigned classroom
• The teacher works collaboratively with other teachers, instructors, coordinators, and administration to support the overall needs of the students.
• Plans and supervises the classroom schedule.
• Development and implementation of curriculum plans.
• Coordinating the roles of paraprofessionals, cooperating teachers and others assigned to the classroom.
• Facilitates the development of new skills with assigned paraprofessionals.
• Coordinates the schedules of all ancillary personnel involved in the classroom.
• Keeps open and ongoing communication with each child’s case worker and the other interdisciplinary team members.
• Identifies needed materials and equipment pursuant to educational plans.
• Direct supervision of paraprofessionals assigned to the classroom.
• Responsible for the education of each student consistent with the goals and objectives of the IEP.
• Ongoing assessment of each students functioning level.
• Drafts IEP and progress notes.
• Completion and distribution of progress notes, detailing each students progress towards meeting their IEP goals.
• Participation in meetings, IEP meetings, clinics and in-services.
• Implementation of all required activities/testing/reporting of MCAS, as directed by state guidelines, regulations and district protocols.
• Development of communication systems for each child with guidance of a consultant as needed.
• Maintaining ongoing communication with each student’s parent/legal guardian regarding his or her educational needs and progress.
• Regular meetings with consultants that serve the program.
• Regular meetings with ancillary personnel involved with each child.
• Regular communication with nursing staff to ensure sound practices and to gain knowledge of the student’s continually changing medical status.
• Physical management of students educational and personal care needs including lifting, positioning and changing.
• Cooperation and flexibility to work with other departments for smooth transitions for the individual going from one department to another.
• Attends and participates in continuing educational programs.
• Communicates with the parents, medical, nursing, educational and other disciplines/program consultants.
• Maintains a liaison with the students, their families, support personnel, and other agencies to assure the student’s needs are continually met.
• Workday may include providing limited personal care to students.
• Duties may involve being on one’s feet for extended periods of time.
• Counsels students when adjustment and academic problems arise and refers students to other services as needed.
• Other duties as assigned by the principal, administration, or the superintendent of schools.

2. Instruction
• Prepares class objectives and outlines that align with the district approved curriculum.
• Prepares, administers, corrects and analyzes student assessments.
• Utilizes the conclusions derived from assessment analysis in developing lessons.
• Instructs students on rules of conduct and expected behaviors.
• Manages his/her class as well as other students wherever those students may be located whether on campus or off campus events.
• Regularly informs parents or guardians of their students academic performance and behavior.
• Maintains records, attendance and grades as required by school.
• Plans, organizes and delivers differentiated instruction in an appropriate manner consistent with district curriculum.
• Provides timely feedback to students, parents, and guardians on evaluations.
• Use appropriate techniques and strategies that promote critical, creative, and evaluative thinking skills.
• Strives to maintain a learning environment that is both physically and emotionally safe.
• Effectively and regularly communicates with fellow staff members and school administration.

3. Administration
• Assist in the communication and enforcement of federal and state laws and regulations as well as district policies and procedures.
• Works cooperatively with school administration, staff, and special education.

4. School/Community Relations
• Respects students, parents, guardians and community.
• Assists parents with questions and concerns.
• Maintain professional relationships with students, parents and guardians.
• Respects and embraces students of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

5. Operations
• Assist in the protection of students and property.
• Assists Principal or Vice Principal in fire and other emergency drills.
• Assists the Principal or Vice Principal in the management of students e.g. dismissal, field trips, etc…

6. Professional
• Maintains a high level of personal integrity, confidentiality and a strong work ethic.
• Participates in district professional development

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1


Welcome to Chicopee Academy at Selser!

The Chicopee Academy will provide a strong standards based academic program for both regular and
special education high school students who have not met with success within the traditional high school setting.
Our students will through individualized clinical and educational supports identify goals and objectives that
will support them to grow and develop into young adults who are able to contribute to the communities in which they live.

Our school will be characterized by a creative, innovative approach to education. We will have a strong commitment to
standards based, content area instruction. The faculty and staff will also incorporate experiential learning
opportunities to provide our students with real life applications to their learning.
While our goal is to reintegrate students back into their schools of origin, the Chicopee Academy will
identify individualized educational and clinical Goals for each student. Our program will offer a continuum
of services; we will have both short term and long term students depending on their needs and individual
situations. Our commitment will always be to the least restrictive learning environment for each student. While
some students will attend a full day at the Chicopee Academy, some students attend classes both at
our site, and they access additional classes at their referring high school.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Chicopee 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, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
1. Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
2. Licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Education
3. Must be restraint certified or willing and able to become restraint certified
  • At least 2 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Master degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States 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. APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT PROVIDE A THOUGHTFUL ANSWER TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Please describe your best moment or time as a teacher and what does that best moment illustrate about your personality? – Current CPS employees are exempt from this requirement.
    Extended Essay (Answer limited to 15000 characters, including spaces)

    2. APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT PROVIDE A THOUGHTFUL ANSWER TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Please describe a difficult moment you have had as a teacher and what did you learn from that experience? – Current CPS employees are exempt from this requirement.
    Extended Essay (Answer limited to 15000 characters, including spaces)

    Contact Information
    John Leonard, Principal
    12 DARE Way
    Chicopee, Massachusetts 01022
    Phone: 413-594-3449
    Fax: 413-594-1863
    Email: jleonard@cpsge.org