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TOPS - American Sign Language Elementary Specialist and Middle School Teacher - 0.5 FTE

Employer
Seattle Public Schools
Location
Seattle, WA, US
Salary
Competitive

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Job Category
Administrator, Specialist / Coordinator, Teaching, Elementary Education Teacher, English / Reading / Language Arts Teacher, World Language Teacher, American Sign Language Teacher
Grade Level
Elementary School
Job Type
Part-Time
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Overview of Position

Candidates must be fluent in American Sign Language or a native Sign Language user.

National Board Certification Bonus: Teachers who hold a national board certificate for the entire duration of the year are eligible for an annual bonus of $5,593. Teachers may receive an additional bonus up to $5,000 based on the teacher's percentage of time spent at a qualifying school as determined by OSPI (full-time equivalent (FTE) as reported by the employer).

Elementary Specialist
A classroom teacher fosters and enhances an effective learning environment, facilitates the development or revision of curriculum and instructional materials, establishes learning objectives and standards based upon general District guidelines, provides instruction, counsels, disciplines, and supervises to meet the individual needs of assigned students, and evaluates student performance and progress.

Instructs students in a self-contained classes or courses in a classroom situation for which daily student attendance is kept, normally in any span of grades not above grad 6. Includes teachers who are not the primary instructor for the students, who provide instruction to several different groups of students or classes throughout the day. Examples would include music, band, and physical education, or other specialists.

Middle School Teacher
A classroom teacher fosters and enhances an effective learning environment; facilitates the development or revision of curriculum and instructional materials; establishes learning objectives and standards based upon general District guidelines; provides instruction; counsels, disciplines, and supervises to meet the individual needs of assigned students, and evaluates student performance and progress.

Essential Functions

  • Fosters an educational environment conducive to the learning and maturation process of assigned students; plans an instructional program designed to meet individual student needs and whole groups which may include at risk or special needs youth; prepares lesson plans.
  • Uses necessary and appropriate instructional methods and materials, which are suited to the well-being of the students and to the nature of the learning activities, program and/or curriculum involved; implements established program or curriculum objectives; attends in-service training and continues to improve professional growth through study and experimentation to remain current in methods and techniques for instruction.
  • Establishes and implements, in a positive and supportive manner, classroom policies and procedures governing student behavior and conduct; provides guidance, counseling, and discipline to encourage students to meet standards of achievement and conduct; makes referrals for assistance where appropriate.
  • Confers with students, parents or guardians, and other staff, maintaining an open positive relationship as appropriate to provide guidance and evaluation, and to encourage student achievement.
  • Establishes classroom goals and objectives, in conformation with courses of study specified by State and School District statutes, regulations and guidelines; evaluates and records student progress; prepares reports for parents or guardians.
  • Collects and interprets a variety of data; provides reports for administrative purposes.
  • Directs the activities of assigned non-certificated personnel.
  • Attends or participates in all required staff meetings and other activities deemed necessary by the District and/or building principal, in order to accomplish the objectives of the position and for professional achievement.

OTHER FUNCTIONS:
  • Serves on staff committees as required.
  • Participates in a variety of activities to enhance personal and professional skills.
  • Performs related tasks consistent with the scope and responsibility of the position.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS

Reports to the building principal.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Required to deal with a wide range of student achievement and behavior; required to remain flexible to meet students immediate needs; required to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize; may experience frequent interruptions; may occasionally deal with distraught or difficult students; potentially exposed to ordinary infectious diseases carried by students; in some positions the necessary and appropriate instructional methods may require specific positions and movements, and sufficient stamina and exertions, to demonstrate techniques properly for student safety, or to conduct or direct students; in some positions precautions may need to be taken to prevent or lessen exposure of self and/or students to various materials, fumes, equipment, cutting edges or hot surfaces; may teach in a classroom without telephone communication.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Subject areas appropriate to assignment
  • Effective behavior management techniques
  • Effective instructional techniques
  • Rules and procedures for student safety
  • Proficiency in reading and writing
  • Effective communication with parents or guardians in a diverse community
  • Designing and implementing lesson plans for students having a wide range of achievement
  • Deal with students in a positive and confident manner
  • Be fair and consistent when working with a culturally, racially, and economically diverse student population
  • Adapt to change and remain flexible
  • Organize activities
  • Manage student behavior
  • Use good judgment to maintain a safe learning environment
  • Provide instruction and demonstrate techniques
  • Use necessary equipment, computers, machinery, tools, or software
  • Direct assistants
  • In some positions, administer first aid and CPR
  • Establish and maintain effective, positive working relationships with students, parents or guardians, staff and administrators

CONDITIONS/DISCLAIMERS:

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by those assigned to his position and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills. Employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time as needed. District employees are not authorized to make promises of employment for a particular period of time, or promises of a particular level of compensation or benefits to job applicants for certified or classified positions, and that any such agreement must be in writing and signed by the Superintendent. Any verbal or written statements to that effect by District employees other than the Superintendent are null and void.
Additionally, nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Typical Qualifications

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor's degree; academic preparation for or experience in teaching a culturally, racially and economically diverse student population in an urban school system. Specific programs may require additional academic preparation or professional experience, including; working with bilingual students and assisting them in the transition to regular classrooms; implementing programs designed to prevent the dropout of "at risk" students; and, teaching multi-level, open-concept, and main streamed classes.

LICENSES/SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Valid Washington State Teaching Certificate; some positions may require valid first aid and CPR certification; some positions may require a valid Washington State driver's license and/or a Class II driver's license.
Licenses/Special Requirements

CLEARANCES:

Criminal justice and fingerprint check.

Seattle Public Schools benefits are administered by the Washington State Healthcare Authority (HCA) under the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB).

Eligibility for benefits is determined by the number of hours employees are anticipated to work during the school year (September 1 through August 31). Any employee who is schedule to work 630 hours or more in a year is eligible for benefits.
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