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Bluestem Middle School- General and Special Ed Teachers (Applicant Pool)

Omaha Public Schools
Omaha, NE, US
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Job Title: General Education and Special Education Teacher (Applicant Pool)

Bluestem Middle School opens this coming fall (August 2023)

** Looking for All General Education Content Areas and Special Education Program areas **

Location: Bluestem Middle School, 5910 S. 42 nd Street, Omaha, NE 68107

Reports To: Building Principal

Work Schedule/FLSA Status: per negotiated agreement / Exempt

Salary Schedule: As outlined in applicable negotiated agreement

Position Purpose: Embraces a collaborative learning culture across disciplines. Plans for, teaches, and facilitates learning for all students. Creates a positive, nurturing, and safe learning environment that allows for student voice. Builds connections and teaches students to be responsible for their learning. Works collaboratively with students, parents, and staff to provide and implement classroom education to meet the needs of all students. Maintains academic progress, records, and discipline.

In addition, special education teachers, provide interventions and accommodations to support the students' participation and progress in the general education curriculum or the alternate curriculum. Works collaboratively with the Individual Education Program team members to provide and implement IEP services to meet the needs of individual students. Creates and implements individualized behavior intervention plans. Provides daily social skills instruction as well as embeds it throughout the curriculum as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Education: Minimum of bachelor's degree in education from an accredited college or university.
  • A valid NE Teaching Certificate or the ability to obtain one with appropriate endorsement(s) in content / program area that you will be teaching.
  • Ability to teach in a 21 st Century setting utilizing flexible classrooms and collaborative spaces.
  • Ability to develop positive relationships to promote mutual dignity and respect among students and staff.
  • Ability and patience to work interactively with students.
  • A demonstrated philosophy that all students can and will learn.
  • Excellent attendance record.
  • Excellent communication skills oral and written.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Best Instructional Practices.
  • Positive interpersonal skills.
  • Professional verification of successful classroom teacher performance and/or student teaching experience.
  • Ability to effectively use Microsoft Office 365 products and the student information system.
  • Evidence of the willingness and the ability to comply with the standards for ethical and professional performance established by the State Board of Education.
  • This individual will exhibit skills pertinent to foster positive human relationships and the ability to work effectively with students, staff, parents, and the community.
  • A willingness and demonstrated abilities conducive to a continuous quest for quality education.

Essential Performance Responsibilities
  • Planning for a classroom that allows student voice, a safe learning space.
  • Consistently implements clear expectations and routines in the classroom.
  • Maintaining a classroom atmosphere conducive to learning and allows for hands-on opportunities through differentiated instructional practices.
  • Developing students' cognitive capacity and respect for learning.
  • Positively fostering students' self-esteem.
  • Working with and understanding a diverse student population.
  • Integration of leadership, technology, and communication into the curriculum with a diverse population.
  • Planning for and guiding the learning process to help students achieve program objectives.
  • Implementing useful diagnostic and progress assessment measures.
  • Selecting and using effective instructional methods and learning materials.
  • Establishing a cooperative relationship with all assigned students.
  • Maintaining open lines of communication with parents/ guardians/ staff.
  • Engaging in professional growth activities through an ongoing program of job-related knowledge and skill development.
  • Working collaboratively to achieve the overall purpose of the school's program and support the district's vision, aims and goals.
  • In addition to the items above Special Education teacher:
    • Provides accommodations that can be implemented during services and collaborate with the general education teachers to ensure they are in place while the student is in the general education setting.
    • Completes Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) as needed based on individual student needs.
    • Provides de-escalation and response to crisis.
    • Plans for and uses paraprofessionals effectively to support students.
    • Continuous assessment and evaluation of progress toward Individual Education Program (IEP) goals.
    • Maintains compliance on all special education procedures, timelines, and documents such as Individual Education Program (IEP), progress reporting, parent notification, consents, evaluation process, etc.
    • Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping and lesson planning and student progress toward IEP goals as required by district procedures and applicable laws.

Additional Duties
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the principal and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.

Equipment: This position may require the ability to use SMART boards and iPads in addition to basic office equipment such as computers, copiers, scanners, and fax machine. Must always comply with OPS's guidelines for equipment use.

Travel: Limited travel may be requested.

Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards:
  • Must be able to respond rapidly in emergency situations
  • Must have organization, time management, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Work in school building environments

  • Contact with personnel within the district and other stakeholders
  • Will be working under the direct supervision of the building administration in order to complete day to day tasks
  • Will be working with a diverse population requiring the ability to handle all situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Must understand and respond appropriately to stakeholder needs and maintain a positive attitude with all
  • Expected to interact with all internal and external stakeholders in a friendly, professional manner and provide quick, responsive service

Employee Punctuality and Appearance
  • In order for schools to operate effectively, employees are expected to perform all assigned duties and work all scheduled hours during each designated workday, unless the employee has received approved leave.
  • Any deviation from assigned hours must have prior approval from the employee's supervisor or building administrator.
  • All employees are required to report to work dressed in a manner that reflects a positive image of Omaha Public Schools and is appropriate for their position.

Terms of Employment

This position is treated as a full-time exempt certified position. The terms of your employment will be governed by applicable state laws regulating employment or teaching in a Nebraska public school and Board of Education policies, as those laws and policies may change from time to time, and the Teacher Contract. If your position is represented by a collective bargaining representative, then your employment will also be governed by a negotiated agreement between OPS and that collective bargaining representative.

Terms of employment are contingent upon:
  • Verification of a valid Nebraska Teaching License or other required license.
  • A background check which demonstrates background is acceptable for the position sought and working with or around students.
  • Verification of U.S. Citizenship or legal authorization to work in the United States.
  • Successful completion of a tuberculosis skin test (if required by federal law for your position).
  • Execution and delivery to OPS of a Teacher Contract presented by OPS.

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities, employment, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131. (531-299-0307)

The Omaha Public School District is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process please contact the human resources department at 531-299-0240.
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