Teacher, Special Education Learning Specialist Grade K-5 Special ED

ABOUT THE DISTRICT


Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado's largest K-12 school district, with 85,000 students and approximately 14,000 employees, has provided educational excellence for more than 60 years. Nearly 10 percent of all Colorado K-12 students attend a Jeffco school and our employees benefit from partnerships with experienced, dynamic school leaders throughout our district. Our Jeffco Generations vision document and strategic plan map out with focus and clarity what we expect our schools to accomplish with our graduates. Come join us!

ABOUT THE SCHOOL/DEPARTMENT

Swanson Elementary is a unique neighborhood school of 275 diverse students. In additional to serving children from our local community, we are also home to two center programs for students with Autism. At Swanson we believe in empowering students with the skills and character to succeed, and we align our daily work to this mission. In addition, we operate as a Professional Learning Community prioritizing a focus on learning, collaboration and results.

At Swanson we always adapt to the needs of our students. Our 4th/5th team employs a personalized learning model where students engage in problem based learning, work with a 1:1 mentor, and set individualized goals for learning. In K-3rd we prioritize strong literacy and foundational skills while also creating meaningful problem based learning opportunities for students. We have been a K-5, 1:1 iPad school for many years and teachers use this technology as a tool to enhance student learning. Staff members incorporate elements of STEM into the classroom and with the addition of our Creative Learning Systems Smart Lab (expected installation spring 2019) opportunities for STEM enrichment will flourish. The 7 Mindsets are another major part of our work, which helps our students build strong character traits.

In addition to terrific kids, we have a truly terrific staff at Swanson. Our teachers are both collegial and congenial. Teams collaborate in weekly planning meetings with our instructional coach, are part of school-wide committees, and always put kids first in the decision making process. At Swanson we have a motto Once a Colt, Always a Colt and we mean it. We love and value our people and work hard to create a welcoming environment for our students, staff and community.

ABOUT YOU

Jeffco is a learning organization in which all staff must grow in their capacity to support and educate all students including those with special needs. Special Education professionals are committed to providing equal educational opportunities for students with disabilities who have the right, and deserve the opportunity, to meet the challenging expectations that have been established for their non-disabled peers. Highly efficacious educators understand that their knowledge and skills can assist students in overcoming educational barriers. Maintaining a strong academic focus with quality instruction including frequent progress monitoring produces more successful outcomes for all students. A robust continuum of services driven by student needs is essential.

ABOUT THE JOB

This position works with students in grades K-5

HOURS AND DAYS WORKED

Tchr SPED Learning Specialist
Annual Position
FLSA: Exempt
FTE: 1.00000, Hours/Day: 8.000, Days/Year: 185
Salary Plan, Grade, Step: JCE - Professional - 185 days, GR1, 1
Min-Mid Annual Salary Range: $39,922.80 - $56,155.10

RESPONSIBILITIES

SUMMARY Develop, implement, and support individualized practices for achieving learning outcomes for students with communication, cognitive, physical, and/or social/behavioral needs, based on the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). This teacher will utilize evidence-based best practice and rely on frequent progress monitoring for programming adjustments. The Learning Specialist teacher will take a leadership role in collaboratively problem solving interventions for students.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES may include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Design and implement specialized instruction in one-on-one, small group and large classroom settings.

Work collaboratively to plan and modify curriculum, team teach with general educators and to communicate the abilities and needs of special education students.

Develop, implement and review for appropriateness the behavioral plans for designated students.

Work in conjunction with a multidisciplinary team to conduct IEP and referral meetings, conferences, and to develop a multidisciplinary approach to the educational enhancement of the student.

Maintain ongoing communication with regular educators, school staff, students and parents.

Create a safe supportive and understanding environment for disabled students.

Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS Hold valid Colorado teaching license with Special Education Generalist endorsement. If teacher is the teacher of record for a specific content area, the must meet content-area qualification, which could include the appropriate content endorsement, degree in the content area, Colorado State Board of Education-approved content exam, or 36 credit hours as determined by the district. Training emphasis in Learning Disabled/Perceptual Communicative preferred.

EXPERIENCE Experience/supervised internship in working with educationally disabled children. Training in understanding/interpreting educational assessments and prescriptive teaching. Demonstrated ability to collaboratively work with a multidisciplinary team in developing appropriate materials, facilitating inclusion, creating educational plans, and designing and implementing behavioral plans. Training and experience in working with students with a variety of, disabling conditions. Complies with the Special Education Department and district policies and procedures (e.g., Medicaid billing, accident reporting).

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Normal routine levels of activity related to bending, carrying, climbing, hearing, reaching, sitting, standing, vision and walking, and may also involve above-average levels of activity at times that can not always be anticipated. Ability to meet physical needs of students.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Important Notice Regarding Licensed Positions
Job Status: Ongoing
A successful external applicant will be issued a probationary contract. A successful internal applicant that currently holds a probationary or non-probationary contract with Jeffco Public Schools will maintain that contract status.

SALARY

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BENEFITS

Jeffco Benefits


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The Jefferson County School District does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, pregnancy, or gender.

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