Westerly High School - Campus
Westerly Public Schools
Westerly, Rhode Island

Job Details
Job ID: 3500360 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: April 20, 2021 Starting Date: July 1, 2021

Job Description

Department: District
Class Title: Special Education Teacher (Clinical Support Program- Secondary) FTE: 1.0

General Statement of duties:

The position will include case management for students in grades 9-12 with clinical, social/emotional and behavioral needs. Case management will include, but is not limited to: providing specialized instruction for both academic and functional goals, with an emphasis on social/emotional growth, compliance with all federal and state regulations in special education for the IEP process, evaluations and records, strong collaboration and communication with mental health personnel, general educators and other district support staff, parents, and outside agencies.

Supervision Received:

Receives supervision from the Building Principal and some specific supervision from the Director of Pupil Personnel. This work is subject to review for conformity to policies, rules, practices and instructions.

Supervision Exercised: Day to day oversight of paraprofessionals assigned to the classroom.

Illustrative examples of work performed:

The special educator will:
  • Provide specialized instruction to students grades 9-12 aligned to Common Core and RI Social Emotional Standards for both academic and functional needs
  • Assess student’s academic progress using a variety of tools including curriculum based measurements, student work samples and data collection.
  • Assess student’s functional progress using formal and informal data collection tools
  • Communicate and collaborate with school/district staff, parents, and outside agencies (with a release on file)
  • Work with the IEP team to provide each student’s education in their LRE maximizing opportunities to engage in learning with peers
  • Conduct evaluations for the eligibility/ re-evaluation process
  • Facilitate IEP meetings to create and revise IEPs with students taking an active lead
  • Monitor timelines to remain in compliance with federal and state regulations
  • Case manage all scheduling, services, meetings, paperwork, evaluations, supplementary aids and services and communications to be in compliance with the student’s IEP
  • Coordinate, schedule and train paraprofessionals with supportive supervision
  • Collaborate with related service providers to schedule services, monitor progress and integrate strategies throughout the student’s day

    Knowledge, skills and capabilities:
  • Use of an Asset based team approach and strong collaboration with mental health professionals, general education and district staff
  • Demonstrated ability to write IEPs, FBAs and behavior intervention plans with the use of Collaborative Proactive Solutions Approach
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current and best instructional practices in instruction designed to address Common Core and SEL Standards
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain a positively oriented learning environment
  • Strong communication skills
  • Understanding of Federal and State Special Education Regulations
  • Experience with students who exhibit high levels of anxiety, attention and behavioral needs
  • Demonstrates knowledge of trauma sensitive strategies and cultural competence
  • Demonstrates ability to motivate students using positive acknowledgements, personal interested and approach
  • Knowledge and/or experience with proactive crisis intervention strategies, ie CPI, Safety Care, CPS, Restorative Practices, etc..
  • Strong interpersonal and advocacy skills with the ability to make genuine connections with students.

    Education and Certification:
  • Transcripts from a recognized college or university indicating at least a Bachelor’s Degree in secondary special education.
  • RI Department of Education certification - Special Education Secondary level
  • Crisis Prevention Certification (or ability to become certified), ie CPI, Safety Care, CPS
  • Evidence of Professional Development and application in the area of Trauma, SEL, and/or Positive Behavior Intervention strategies

    Position Type: Full-time
    Positions Available: 1
    Salary: $49,450 to $86,289 Per Year

  • Welcome to Westerly Public Schools!

    A New WPS Career Page is Coming soon!!!!!! Start your profile here: https://www.applitrack.com/westerly/onlineapp/ The education provided through our local public schools seeks to enable all students to become lifelong learners and responsible, productive members of society. A successful educational process includes not only academic instruction but also student development of marketable job skills and positive behaviors and attitudes towards honesty, hard work, family, environment, modesty, civility, wellness, and country. To these ends, students are expected to observe and demonstrate responsible student conduct and attitudes while at school or at school related activities, whether or not on campus. This policy, along with other policies and regulations or rules, helps create and sustain a healthy, safe and effective learning environment for everyone; promotes a school atmosphere with a concentrated focus on formal educational studies, as well as educationally-related development of mutual respect, pride, self-esteem and cohesiveness; reinforces community values and positive regard for authority and discipline; minimizes distraction and assists students in readying themselves for employment by advancing their mature transition from the world of school to the world of work.

    Equal Opportunity Employer
    We are 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.

    Job Requirements
    * Certifications * National (fingerprint) Background Check results at time of hire * Copy of original, official College Transcripts
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Bachelor degree preferred

  • Application Instructions
    It is the policy of Westerly Public Schools not to discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies on the basis of age, color, disability status, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal law. Under Rhode Island General Law § 16-2-18.1, newly hired employees will need to submit to a state and national background check. A New WPS Career Page is Coming soon!!!!!! Start your profile here: https://www.applitrack.com/westerly/onlineapp/

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

    Contact Information
    Jeannie Tomao, Assistant, Human Resources
    23 Highland Avenue
    Westerly, Rhode Island 02891
    Phone: 401-315-1510
    Email: jtomao@westerly.k12.ri.us