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Derby Public Schools
Derby, KS, US

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Position Type:
Teaching (High School)/Social Studies

Date Posted:

Derby High School

Date Available:
2024 - 2025

Closing Date:

High School Teacher: Derby High School is seeking a High Incidence Special Education Social Studies Teacher for the 2024-2025 school year. Employee benefits include uncategorized PTO, paid parental leave and we accept PDC for salary placement. You can find a copy of our salary schedule starting on page 8 of the Certified Employee Master Contract handbook. Interested applicants will need to complete an online application through Frontline. All inquiries should be directed to Gretchen Pontious, Principal at Derby High School, at

Position open until filled.

?Job Description: Classroom Teacher JD 141
All Job Descriptions are posted on our Job Description Index.
Salary is based on experience and education: $45,184 - $81,449
The regular teacher contract is currently 184.5 days.
See the 2024 Benefit Guide for more information on health insurance, supplemental insurances, and other benefits our teachers are eligible for.
ESOL Endorsement Requirements:
Elementary classroom teachers, as well as middle and high school level language arts teachers are required to hold an ESOL endorsement by the end of their third year with the district. Currently, this endorsement can be added by testing (no college courses are required). The district will provide a study session for the praxis exam and reimburse teachers for cost of 1 exam.

Special Education Instructor
Job Description

Purpose: The Special Education Instructor creates a positive learning environment to facilitate the personal, social and intellectual development of students by designing instruction that meets their individual needs and abilities. The Special Education Instructor must work closely with the staff and administration of Derby Public Schools.

Responsible to: Director of Special Services and Principal
Salary: Annual Contract
Date: November 2012

1. Bachelors degree from an accredited college/university.
2. Current Kansas State Teaching License with appropriate special education endorsement on file in the Central Office.
3. A demonstrated commitment to career development and life-long learning.

Essential Functions:
Knowledge, Skill and Abilities

a. Facilitate the personal, social and intellectual development of students.
b. Establish a positive learning environment and respond to the individual needs of students.
c. Ensure that all activities conform to district guidelines.
d. Communicate effectively with all members of the school district.
e. Work effectively with community organizations.
f. Appropriately operate all equipment as required.
g. React to change productively and handle other tasks as assigned.
h. Ensure all students served are in their least restrictive environment.
i. Support the value of an education.
j. Support the philosophy and mission of the school district.
k. Comply with all district policies, rules and regulations.

Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions:
a. Requires the ability to sit and/or stand for prolonged periods.
b. Occasionally requires move, lift, carry, pull or push heavy objects or materials.
c. Occasionally requires the ability to stoop, bend and reach.
d. Requires the ability to occasionally travel.
e. Must be able to work indoors and outdoors year-round.
f. Must be able to work in noisy and crowded environments.
g. Requires regular attendance and/or physical presence at the job.

General Responsibilities:
1. Assist in the early recognition and prevention of educational concerns.
2. Participate as a team member in the comprehensive evaluation, review and re-evaluation process when requested.
3. Coordinate the development and implementation of students' Individual Education Plan (IEP).
4. Plan and implement effective lessons based on the student IEP's, using time, materials and resources effectively.
5. Implement training and other activities as recommended by related service providers, including occupational and physical therapists.
6. Monitor student progress and make informed, timely educational decisions.
7. Motivate students through effective communication and evaluative feedback.
8. In conjunction with the IEP team, provide the students with the least restrictive environment for all IEP goals.
9. Demonstrate awareness of the needs of students and provide for individual differences.
10. Set high expectations for student achievement and behavior.
11. Direct and supervise the work of special education paraprofessionals as assigned.
12. When working in the general education classrooms, establish and maintain a positive climate for learning working in concert with the general education instructors.
13. Design instructional activities that are aligned with current district curriculum and instructional practices.
14. Provide daily feeding and/or mealtime supervision, toileting and hygiene care as needed.
15. Plan and implement transitional programs for students when appropriate.
16. Consult with parents, teachers, administrators and others concerning the needs of students and special services that are available.
17. Provide appropriate information to students and families regarding community agencies and services available to them.
18. Cooperate with agencies serving students and their families.
19. Assist teachers in the development and implementation of curriculum accommodations/modifications and appropriate classroom strategies.
20. Adhere to required program guidelines as defined by the Kansas Special Education Process Manual.
21. Display a thorough knowledge of curriculum and subject matter.
22. Demonstrate effective interpersonal relationships with others.
23. Assist with public awareness activities that lead to a better understanding of the needs of exceptional children.
24. Assist students in developing feelings of self-worth and in making social adjustments, which permit them to cope with disabilities.
25. Order and maintain an adequate inventory of materials and supplies.
26. Maintain appropriate, confidential records and provide timely reports.
27. Keep abreast of new information, innovative ideas and techniques.
28. Obtain prior approval for all special activities and expenditures.
29. Adhere to all district health and safety policies
30. Other duties as assigned by the Director of Special Services, the principal or other administrative staff, which are consistent with the general requirements and qualifications of the position.

For more information on this position, please read the full description document.


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