Teacher, Special Education Learning Specialist 9-12 Reading and Math support

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

Since Columbine High School opened in 1973, we have established strong traditions and a culture of Rebel Pride. This pride is rooted in the fact that we are a close-knit family and community of learners. We are committed to high standards of learning for all students, valuing each and every member of our school community. We emphasize building strong relationships with every students. We expect personal and collective responsibility and promote high levels of engagement and performance in learning, which results in future life success.

Presently, Columbine serves 1700 students as a comprehensive high school in a suburban setting. Approximately, 20% of the student population is free and reduced, 27.7% is minority, 2.8% ELL, and 8.8% are enrolled in special education services. The gifted and ALP population is 21%. Our goal is to challenge each student and provide academic interventions for them when they do not understand. We have strong Advanced Placement program in which over 400 of our students take courses in annually. In addition, we offer an AP Capstone Diploma, which we are one of only a handful offered in the state. Special Education students and second language learners have the support of a caring and experienced staff. We are also working on implementing classes in which students can explore career pathways.

Student athletic and activity involvement is highly encouraged. CHS offers 23 varsity level sports with over 1000 students involved. We have a strong music program which includes vocal music and instrumental music. We have a theatre program in which students have the opportunity to participate in two plays, a musical and one act plays; students may also choose from numerous clubs to pursue their individual interests.

Columbine prides itself on its school pride, which is second to none. Our staff, students, and community love our school and being a part of it.

WE ARE COLUMBINE!

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

Duties of the job include supporting students in Math and Language Arts, as noted below and in the Responsibilites below:
    Coteaching in Math and Language Arts working with students in small groups in Language Arts Managing a case load of students on Individual Education Plans
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, & REGISTRATIONS: Current CDE licensure with endorsement in one of the following: Educationally Handicapped, Teacher 1 Moderate Needs, Severe Needs- Communication, Special Education Generalist or Special Education Specialist.

EXPERIENCE: Experience in teaching students with learning disabilities (especially struggling readers) and development of IEP's. Training and experience with a variety of strategies to teach reading, writing and spelling. Experience with literacy assessment tools, such as DIBELS, WADE, TOWRE, DRA2, etc. and can use them for screening and progress monitoring

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 DEMANDS: Normal routine levels of activity related to bending, carrying, climbing, 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. Position requires normal auditory acuity and sound discrimination skills to teach phonetics in reading.

HOURS AND DAYS WORKED

Tchr SPED Learning Specialist
Annual Position
FLSA: Exempt
FTE: 1.0000, 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: Temporary
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

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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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