Georgia Cyber Academy
Job Title: Special Education Lead Teacher
FLSA Status: Exempt
Report to: Assistant Principal, Special Programs
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Job Code: TEACHLEA- Lead Teacher
The Special Education Lead Teacher role assumes indirect responsibility for the implementation and monitoring of appropriate curriculum, IEP compliance, and specialized instructional strategies. The Lead Teacher monitors special education teachers and acts as model teacher and coach to help support quality classroom instruction. The Lead Teacher is a state certified teacher who assists with oversight of special education compliance, data collection, and program implementation. Additionally, the Lead Teacher supports the activities of the school leadership team; managing and/or mentoring teachers and supporting school-based academic initiatives.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
- Supports classroom instruction through monitoring, observation, model teaching and coaching
- Monitors provision of special education services, to include:
- Preview of content materials, bi-weekly classroom observation and feedback
- Review of student achievement data and its integration into instructional practice (DDI)
- Oversight of caseload compliance and impending case-manager timelines
- Develop teacher checklists, trackers, and daily task reminders as part of coaching efforts
- Facilitate regularly occurring 1-1 meetings with special education teachers
- Monitor presence of required team members at special education meetings
- Work with stakeholders to insure fidelity of implementation of curriculum and assessments
- Serve as Local Education Agency representative in special education meetings
- Monitor completion of teacher grading, data collection, and progress monitoring
- Evaluate implementation of specialized instructional strategies
- Supports the analysis of student data and provides feedback on strategies, services, and compliance
- Review and assess the compliance of special education documents (e.g. IEP, BIP, eligibility reports)
- Meet with Assistant Principal, Special Education, to review progress, needs, and program implementation
- Act as first-level support for new hires
- Provide course coverage, caseload support, and manage teacher tasks as needed due to special education staff vacancies or absences
- Act as 1st point of escalation for student, parent, and teacher concerns
- Facilitate collaboration between special education and general education co-teachers
- Communicate student schedule needs and/or changes to the assigned school Counselor
- Respond to direct requests for information from the district Department of Special Education
- Support compliance with all district, state, and federal guidelines and requirements
- Conducts and/or facilitates IEPs, as required; attends all appropriate special education meetings (i.e. Promotion/Retention, Initial Eligibility, high profile meetings)
OTHER REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Attend all required school outings and staff meetings (Leadership, DDI, Staff, Department, PLC, etc.)
- Attend all required Professional Development sessions, trainings, and conferences
- Participate in Milestones assessment training and administration
- Attend district Special Education trainings and meetings
- Knowledge of the Georgia Performance Standards and GADOE Implementation Manual
- Ability to read data and determine what steps are needed to assist students academically
- Ability to adapt learning plans to meet different needs and learning styles
- Strong organizational, verbal and written communication skills
- Experience with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and ability to learn specific student management system(s)
- Ability to travel up to 20% of the time for work as may be required for training, professional development, meetings, etc.
- Ability to pass required background check.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Support and monitor a team of 8–10 teachers. Carry out observation and coaching duties and inform administration of compliance with TKES evaluation requirements. Responsibilities include training, coaching, and monitoring employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor’s degree in special education or related field AND
- Three (3) years of successful teaching experience including services to students with disabilities,OR
- Equivalent combination of education and experience
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES: Special Education teacher certification
- Teacher supervision or school leadership experience,
- Customer service experience, especially supporting adults and children in the use of technology
- Ability to learn new technologies and tools
- Proficient in principles, theories, practices, methods and techniques used in curriculum development and classroom instruction for special needs students
- Experience teaching in both online and in a brick-and-mortar environments
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This home-based position requires travel up to 20% of the time.
The above job is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor. All employment is “at-will” as governed by the law of the state where the employee works. It is further understood that the “at-will” nature of employment is one aspect of employment that cannot be changed except in writing and signed by an authorized officer.