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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!


Lakewood High School proudly serves a unique and diverse population of approximately 2000 students. Often times a "misunderstood" school, over half of Lakewood's students choice in, a third of which participate in the International Baccalaureate program, and the other half come from our community rich neighborhoods. This is arguably why Lakewood is so attractive to so many. Because of this, our teaching staff, most of whom have master's degrees, are well versed in fulfilling the array of learning needs for students who anticipate joining the workforce after high school to those who plan on attending 4-year academic institutions, as well as to those who are anywhere in between the two.

In addition, Lakewood recognizes the needs of various sub populations, including those with special learning needs and English language learners. One of Lakewood's truisms is that its faculty is committed to teaching the whole child, not just meeting students' academic needs. Thus, the faculty has prioritized dedicating resources to these students by incorporating seven counseling personnel, one dedicated solely to transitioning freshmen to high school, as well as two additional mental health providers.

Student involvement in addition to their academic workload allows students to thrive which is why Lakewood High School also encourages students to participate in the large variety of athletic teams, clubs and activities it offers. Nearly half of our students participate in Varsity Level sports, and both our Theater and Vocal/Instrumental programs consistently perform and collect an array of prestigious awards with about 600 students combined who participate. With nearly 70 clubs and activities from which students can choose from, it is hard to find an LHS student who isn?t involved in some way.

"We Are Family" has been Lakewood's motto for many years, and our diverse population of students would agree. It is not uncommon to hear a collective ROAR after the daily announcement iterates, "It's a great day to be a Lakewood Tiger!" Consider joining our amazing Tiger family by joining our faculty or staff.


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.


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Desired Start Date: 08/08/2019Tchr SPED Learning Specialist
Annual Position
FLSA: Exempt
FTE: 1.00, Hours/Day: 8.00, Days/Year: 185
Salary Plan, Grade, Step: JCE - Professional - 185 days, GR1, 1
Min-Mid Annual Salary Range: $40,989 - $57,654


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.


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Job Status: Temporary
A successful external applicant will be issued a one-year, temporary contract. A successful internal applicant currently holding a Jeffco non-probationary contract will forfeit their non-probationary status. Please contact Employment Services for questions.


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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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