Teacher, Special Education (Music Therapy / DCD) - Lake Harriet Upper

Location
Minneapolis, MN, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Sep 13, 2019
Ref
60086
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Job Title: Teacher, Special Education (Music Therapy / DCD) - Lake Harriet Upperand Requisition ID number: 60086
Close Date:11:59 PM on 09/18/2019
Organizational Unit: Lake Harriet Upper (Fulton) (10000047)
Site: Lake Harriet Upper (Fulton) (0121)
FTE: .2 FTE 39 weeks; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time
Union: Teachers(04)
Functional Area: Teaching

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Grade Level: 4th - 6th Grades

Music Therapy - Provide music therapy tochildren with Developmental Cognitive Disabilities. Create an educational program and a classroom environment that is multicultural/gender and ability fair/developmentally appropriate, is favorable to learning and growth and is based on a commitment that all children can learn.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities mayinclude, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Obtain and demonstrate knowledge of district music standards.
  • The ability to maintain and advance music skills of students.
  • Facilitate evening musical concerts to support school initiatives.
  • Strong classroom and personal organizational skills,
  • Fair and consistent disciplinary skills.
  • Consult and/or collaborate with the general education teachers in the areas of assessment, curriculum adaptation, behavior management, and monitoring of student progress of students with disabilities.
  • Implement Special Education due process guidelines including evaluation of students suspected of or identified as having disabilities, determination of special education eligibility, development of IEPs, and case management.
  • Participate in team planning of IEPs for students with disabilities, including the development of appropriate, measurable, behavioral and instructional objectives.
  • Report student progress toward IEP goals to parents and educational personnel a minimum of three times per year.
  • Monitor progress of students with disabilities using specified program procedures, and make instructional changes when indicated.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor behavior management programs for students with disabilities who exhibit behavior problems.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor specialized, research-based instructional programs in basic skill areas to meet students' unique needs.
  • Develop and implement, in collaboration with the transition IEP team, transition evaluations and IEPs prior to transition age (grade 9 or age 14, whichever is first).
  • Prepare and submit program information and reports as requested by Assistant Director of Special Education.
  • Acquire knowledge of the goals of the Minneapolis Public School District Improvement Agenda and site/school goals. Work to support and achieve those goals.
  • Establish developmentally appropriate instructional and behavioral expectations for students and for self and communicate those to students and their families.
  • Create lessons and learning environments that are safe, respectful and interesting as well as multicultural/gender and ability fair/developmentally appropriate. Select, adapt and individualize materials appropriate for diverse student populations and skill levels.
  • Teach students the required curricula using strategies that foster thinking, reasoning and problem solving.
  • Collaborate and communicate regularly with families in making educational decisions and use family and community resources to support learning.
  • Assess students' developmental, cognitive and social needs and provide developmentally appropriate instruction to meet those needs.
  • Assess own instructional effectiveness through the Professional Development Process (PDP).
  • Participate in ongoing and regular staff, team and individual professional development.
  • Collaborate with peers to develop, plan and implement best practices based on the needs/abilities of the students.
  • Always keep the students' needs and rights first and foremost in any educational decision-making.
  • Demonstrate competence in the Minneapolis Standards of Effective Instruction.
  • Have a working knowledge of and implement the Minnesota State Standards and the District Graduation Requirements.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university.
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws and guidelines for special education services.
  • Working knowledge of the subject matter, classroom management techniques, current researched best practices and strategies, as well as students' learning styles and needs, both academic and affective.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Prior successful experience student teaching or teaching in urban, multicultural education setting.
  • Demonstrates continued professional development through course work, research, peer collaboration and/or job-embedded staff development.

LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
  • Music Therapy Degree from an accredited university.
  • A valid Music Therapy Certificate.


Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY:
Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

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