Westfield Public Schools
Employment Opportunities

SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL BEHAVIOR


Westfield Middle School
Westfield Public Schools
Westfield, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 4014828 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: August 22, 2022 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
Westfield Public Schools is seeking qualified applicants for a Special Education Teacher for Social/Emotional Behavior Students:
RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the direction of authorized administrators shall:
  1. Plans a program of study that meets the individual needs, interests and abilities of the students.
  2. Prepare individualized education plans.
  3. Collaborate with school based related service providers.
  4. Collaborate with team on curriculum and student needs.
  5. Assess educational needs of students by use of standardized tools, running records and other informal assessments.
  6. Maintain complete records of re-evaluation periods, required student documentation and parent communication.
  7. Integrate technology into instruction.
  8. Provide differentiated instruction to students as needed.
  9. Implement school, district and department policies.
  10. Create and manage effective communication with parents of special education students.
  11. Create and follow goals and objectives for IEP’s, write quarterly progress reports and follow behavior plans with integrity.
  12. Follow the Westfield Public Schools code of conduct for the classroom which is consistent with established administrative policies and develops rules of classroom behavior which are enforced in a fair and just manner.
  13. Plans and supervises assignments for classroom paraprofessionals.
  14. Perform any other duties that may be assigned by the building principal or the Superintendent of schools and/or their designee.
REPORTS TO:
The salary and terms of employment will be commensurate with the Westfield Public Schools Unit A contract. Step placement will be based on the information as submitted in the application.

Performance on this position will be evaluated in accordance with the provisions of the Westfield School Committee policy on evaluation.

This position subject to funding.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1


Welcome to Westfield Middle School!

VISION STATEMENT Westfield Middle School's vision is that all students will become critical thinkers, and prepared for their secondary education as independent and successful learners. The climate of WMS will support all students in setting high aspirations for the future and inspiring them to achieve their goals. MISSION STATEMENT Westfield Middle School will provide all students with high quality educational opportunities, and an educational climate that fosters positive relationships and mutual respect among students, staff and families. All learning experiences must be relevant to students, and focus on higher order thinking skills. Building upon these learning experiences, students will be able to generate original ideas, evaluate information, and communicate their thoughts effectively through Reading, Writing, Speaking and Reasoning. CORE VALUES The core values of the Westfield Middle School lay the foundation for the development and implementation of student-centered course offerings and co-curricular programs. Furthermore, these core values define who we are and what we are about. At Westfield Middle School, we believe that: Our primary focus is on academic achievement and equipping students with skills to be critical thinkers. All students can and will learn. To reach their fullest potential, children and adults need to have high aspirations and be inspired to achieve them. Our school climate must be child-centered, and conducive to the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of middle school children. Parents/families are our partners in their children’s education. The application of current technologies will enhance teaching and learning. Learning and professional growth is an on-going process. All programs and educational services at WMS need to be aligned with our Vision, Mission, and Core Values.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Westfield 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
<b>ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:</b> Work is generally conducted within school building. Ability to travel throughout the school building is necessary. Position involves sitting and the ability to travel from one place to another within the classroom. Work is light in nature with regular lifting of up to 10 pounds and occasional lifting of up to 25 pounds with some pulling and pushing or reaching above, generally of desk and file drawers. Frequent use of hands to operate keyboards and telephones and other office equipment and to finger and handle. <b>QUALIFICATIONS:</b> <ul><li>Certified or certifiable as a teacher of Moderate or Severe Disabilities at the appropriate level, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. <li>Experience with functional assessments (FBA) and behavioral intervention plans (BIP’s). <li>Knowledge of middle school curriculum. <li>Ability to provide direct teaching and ABA experience preferred. <li>Strong classroom management skills and ability to lead staff. <li>Those requirements as set forth under Federal and State Special Education Regulations.</ol>
  • 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. Describe the skills or attributes you believe are necessary to be outstanding when working with student support services.
    Short Essay (Answer limited to 600 characters, including spaces)

    2. How would you address a wide range of academic levels in your classroom?
    Short Essay (Answer limited to 600 characters, including spaces)

    Contact Information
    Jennifer Chapin, Interim Principal
    30 West Silver Street
    Westfield, Massachusetts 01085
    Phone: 413-568-1900
    Email: jennifer.chapin@schoolsofwestfield.org