This position is .5 FTE (3.75hrs/9mo) and is at Fairwood Elementary.
Fairwood Elementary School is located in the Fairwood Greens community in the northeast area of the Kent School District. Fairwood serves a diverse community of about 420 students from preschool through 6 th grade. Some of our support programs include physical education, general music, 5 th /6 th grade band/orchestra, early childhood special education, K-6 special education integrated program, general education tiered intervention for reading/math, English language learner program, library/media, and counseling and behavior support. Fairwood also provides 1:1 computing for all K-6 students using laptops and Surfaces. Our school improvement efforts include goals in reading, math, closing the achievement gap, social/emotional learning, and family engagement. We implement Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as our school wide behavior support system. Fairwood staff have also developed a strong professional learning community with dedicated time and support toward team collaboration and professional development. This includes support and coaching for new teachers and technology integration. Fairwood's motto is "Learning, Caring, Sharing" and Fairwood staff believe in being continuous learners and in teaching to high standards for all students. Fairwood also has a very active PTSA and parent involvement is strongly encouraged. Our community vision is that all of our students will be college, career and community ready and we will make it happen! ASSIGNMENT:
Young children (3 through 5) who qualify for special education are provided services in a variety of ways. For young children attending toddler/preschool program (e.g., Headstart, ECEAP), special education is frequently delivered within these programs by Kent special education staff. The Special Education Preschool Teacher will work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary preschool team, serving special education preschool students in inclusive settings. The program has an emphasis on providing Specially Designed Instruction within regular preschool activities. Children may need goals in adaptive skills, language development, cognition, social-emotional development, motor skills and school readiness. This program encourages enrolling community peers from the school or neighborhood community, but it is not mandatory.
The teacher will be responsible for planning and implementing developmentally appropriate interventions while teaming with classroom lead teachers, Teacher Assistants, Occupational Therapists, and a Speech Language Pathologists as well as families.
Other duties of this position include writing, implementing and monitoring IEPs, data collection and effective communication with a diverse population of families. Applicants need to have experience with a variety of instructional methods including visual supports, the picture exchange communication system (PECS), positive behavioral supports and other instructional methods that are considered "best practice" in the preschool special education classroom.
Specific knowledge-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include:
- Typical and atypical child development; family support theory,
- Part C and Part B of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA),
- Headstart Child Outcomes Framework and general Headstart requirements
- Inclusive early childhood education practices; individual and classroom interventions, teaching strategies; and accommodations for young children with disabilities
- Cultural competency regarding disabilities and professional and ethical standards.
- Data collection strategies in regular classroom settings
- Basic job-related computer programs
This position is part of the KEA bargaining unit. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Appropriate Washington State teaching certification with appropriate endorsements required (must include Special Education) and must be on file prior to beginning work.
2. Must be deemed highly qualified per NCLB standards in any core subjects taught.
3. Ability and willingness to provide medical or health services such as catheterization, diapering, toileting, feeding, tube feeding and assisting students with other activities involving self-care, which may be required. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor's or master's degree with major/minor in special education
- ELL endorsement
- Recent experience teaching preschool-aged handicapped children
- Thorough knowledge of special education laws and the ability to plan, implement and evaluate individualized programs for students.
- Background/experience in team teaching (in-class and pull-out models) and be willing to work with high needs students.
- Ability to establish rapport with staff, students, community, and create strong interagency linkages.
- Possess strong management skills and the ability to develop and implement programs based on individual student needs (physical, personal hygiene, feeding, communications, transition, etc.), establish goals, and plan in-service and activities to meet those stated goals.
- Knowledge of differing student learning styles.
- Comfortable with team teaching, integration with regular classroom, inclusion, and some small groups.
- Demonstrated strength in a variety of behavior management approaches.
- Ability to exhibit multicultural and ethnic understanding and sensitivity with the ability to communicate effectively with all cultural groups in the school community.
- Experience working with a diverse student population and the specific school demographics
- Desired teacher characteristics are: flexibility; ability to organize ideas, time and materials to accomplish goals; enthusiasm; ability to express ideas clearly and understand concepts being discussed; ability to learn new ideas and skills; ability and willingness to develop favorable relationships with students; knowledge of current approaches to teaching; and willingness to model behavior deemed appropriate by the school district and the community.