Fitchburg Public Schools
Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 4003271 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: August 11, 2022 Starting Date: August 23, 2022

Job Description
Job Title: Special Education Teacher - South Street Early Learning Center (Kindergarten)
Reports to: Principal

Overview of Fitchburg Public Schools

Fitchburg Public Schools is a small urban district of 5300 students located in North Central Massachusetts. Located only 50 miles from Boston and 25 miles from Worcester, Fitchburg is situated in the North Central Massachusetts region of the state. As a Gateway City, Fitchburg continues its legacy of welcoming newcomers and Fitchburg Public Schools continues its mission in preparing students for a rapidly changing world. Fitchburg Public Schools has partnerships with Fitchburg State University, Mount Wachusett Community College, and Fitchburg Art Museum. Fitchburg Public Schools believe deeply in the potential for every student to succeed, and work tirelessly each day to create an anti-racist school environment that is built around high expectations, an inclusive and welcoming culture, and an expectation of excellence for all. Fitchburg's goal is to increase personal growth, both academic and social-emotional, to obtain the highest level of achievement for every student.

FPS is currently working with DESE’s Statewide System of Support to plan and implement turnaround strategies at four of its schools.

The Special Education Teacher is responsible for delivering a high-quality instructional experience consistent with the curriculum standards of the school district.

Essential duties for all faculty members include classroom instruction; conferences with students, parents, and colleagues; active participation in the work of the department on curriculum development, activities, and pedagogy.

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university; Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary license in the specific subject area(s): Special Education.
  • SEI Endorsement.
  • Strong district lens regarding Special Education, curriculum, and equity.
  • Knowledge of current education legislation/regulations.
  • Ability to work effectively with teachers, support staff, and parents and advocate for children in order to effectively problem solve.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills and ability to work with all stakeholders.

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities
    The Teacher will:
  • Provide learning experiences in the subject area, guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and district standards and requirements, while creating an environment that is conducive to student learning.
  • Monitor and supervise students, through effective classroom management.
  • Promote high standards and expectations for student achievement.
  • Be responsible for using innovative approaches, and instructional strategies including the effective use of technologies, to increase student learning and confidence to learn.
  • Follow professional practices consistent with the district's policies in working with students, parents, and colleagues.
  • Attend and participate in faculty meetings and other assigned meetings and activities according to school policy.
  • Maintain and improve professional competence through attendance at professional development events, and by self-generated activities that meet district expectations and the requirements for recertification.
  • Writing of student IEP progress reports and goals.
  • Testing of students may also be required in this position.
  • Ability to work with a diverse population.
  • Knowledge of differentiated instruction and response to an intervention helpful.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, with demonstrated ability to maintain effective and professional relationships.
  • Meets and instructs assigned students in the locations and at the time designated.
  • Guides the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum standards and establishes clear objectives which reflect these standards for all lessons, units, and projects.
  • Implements the district's mission, philosophy of education and instructional standards and objectives.
  • Documents the learning problems of students and seeks the assistance of district specialists as required.
  • Assists administration in implementing all policies and rules governing student life and conduct and, for the classroom, develops reasonable rules of classroom behavior and procedure, maintaining order in the classroom in a fair and just manner.
  • Strives to maintain and improve professional competence especially as relates to the specific assignment and student grade and subject area appropriateness.
  • Establishes and maintains open lines of communication with students, colleagues, and parents concerning both the broad academic and behavioral progress of assigned students.
  • Responsible for the promotion of equity and appreciation of diversity to ensure equitable opportunities for student learning, including, implementing specific strategies for students with special needs, 504 plans, and/or second language learners.
  • Perform other duties that may be assigned by the building principal/assistant principal.

    The responsibilities and duties listed are illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties may be assigned as required.

    Terms of Employment//Salary//Work Year: As negotiated by the Fitchburg School Committee and the Fitchburg Education Association (FEA).

    Competitive and comprehensive health benefits are offered through the City of Fitchburg, www.fitchburgma.gov/benefits

    Position Type: Full-time
    Positions Available: 1

  • Welcome to Fitchburg Public Schools!

    Our Vision Each Fitchburg Public School provides learning experiences that engage all students in achieving high academic standards while developing intellectual rigor, creative interest, and the social characteristics that prepare them for the challenges of living successfully and productively as citizens of this new century. Our Mission is to provide coordinated curricular and extracurricular experiences that inspire students to develop the academic, intellectual, creative, technological, and social skills necessary to work and to participate in our democratic society. Highly qualified educators who motivate and support students in achieving the high standards of literacy and numeracy as described in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks will staff our schools. Teachers, administrators, and parents will collaborate to ensure the effectiveness of learning experiences that are differentiated to meet a variety of student learning styles, needs, and interests. All members of the school community will focus on achieving academic excellence through curricula that promote inquiry and stimulate curiosity and the foundation for lifelong learning.

    Equal Opportunity Employer
    Fitchburg 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
    Only completed, on-line applications at SchoolSpring.com will be accepted. A completed application must include: cover letter, resume, transcripts, and three CURRENT letters of reference, tests and certifications. <b><u> Your offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of pre-employment physical, NCBC and CORI prior to your start of employment. </u></b> <b><u>Please NO phone calls or emails.</u></b> <b><u>PLEASE No Phone calls from agencies</u></b> Notice of Non Discrimination The School Committee’s policy of nondiscrimination extends to students, employees, and the general public with whom it does business. Fitchburg Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in admission to, access to, employment in, or equal treatment in its programs and/or activities in compliance with state and federal law. Questions related to this policy must be addressed to: The Human Resources Director/Grievance Officer, 376 South Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420, (978) 345-3215. Aviso de No-Discriminación La política de no discriminación del Comité Escolar se extiende a los estudiantes, empleados y el público en general con los cuales que hace negocios. Las Escuelas Públicas de Fitchburg no discrimina, por razones de raza, color, religión, credo, origen nacional, género, orientación sexual, identidad de género, edad o discapacidad en la admisión, en el acceso a, empleo en, o en la igualdad de trato en sus programas y /o actividades en cumplimiento de la ley estatal y federal. Las preguntas relacionadas con esta política deben ser dirigidas a: El Director de Recursos Humanos/Official de Querellas, 376 South Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420, (978) 345-3215.
  • At least 2 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Bachelor degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

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

    Contact Information
    Alicia Berrospe, Special Education Director
    376 South Street
    Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420
    Phone: 978-345-3209
    Fax: 978-348-2333
    Email: berrospea@fitchburg.k12.ma.us