The Special Education Teacher is responsible for special education and related services in assigned schools and/or programs. The Special Education Teacher is a state-certified educator who provides daily instruction and support. The special education teacher creates strategies to engage and facilitate student learning, serves as a case manager and point of contact for students and parents, and monitors academic progress to help prioritize student learning objectives. The incumbent will implement systems to ensure compliance with IDEA and related federal and state laws, rules and regulations.
Specific Roles and Responsibilities:
- Builds strong partnerships with parents, school leaders, instructional personnel, and district personnel in order to build support for students with disabilities.
- Assists students with disabilities to access the state-approved general curriculum and to the maximum extent appropriate, be educated with their non-disabled peers.
- Implements research-based, specially-designed instruction for students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment.
- Initiate, develop, and facilitate IEP and eligibility consideration meetings
- Review, monitor and meet timelines for IEPs, referrals, initial eligibilities, and re-evaluations.
- Collaborate with appropriate school-based personnel to assure accurate documentation and timely data input/submission for students with disabilities.
- Collaborate with Principal and 504 Coordinator to develop and implement Response to Intervention.
- Manage relationships with outside vendors to ensure students receive all individually prescribed IEPs services (i.e. Assessments, Occupational Therapy, Language and Speech, etc.)
- Develop and assist with appropriate behavior management strategies for special needs students.
- Support general education teachers and administrators in implementation of appropriate accommodations, modifications, and strategies to meet the needs of students with IEPs.
- Collaborate with instructional teachers to review student academic data
- Track and communicate all IEP service changes (e.g. setting, accommodations, eligibility changes, related services, AT needs, etc.)
- Collaboratively serve as point of contact regarding academic needs, accommodations, and IEP services for families and teachers
- Receive progress reports and information from related services providers
- Provide special education documents to parent/guardian and required team members prior to and following meetings
- Administer assessments (e.g. performance, informal, or formal) to monitor student progress
- Monitor student engagement and attendance data
- Input testing accommodations into school database after each IEP meeting; verify accommodations prior to state testing
- In collaboration with school counselor, verify student class schedules for alignment with IEP services and FTE reporting
- Document communication with families via contact logs in Infinite Campus
- Maintains lesson plans, artifacts, and materials used to facilitate student instruction
- Comply with all written policies and procedures in teacher, district, and school-based handbooks
- Maintain professional competence by participating in staff development activities, curriculum development meetings, and other professional opportunities.
- Plan/deliver professional learning activities to staff, parents, and others to increase achievement for students with disabilities.
- Implement all IEP services and accommodations within classroom and testing environments with fidelity
- Utilize research-based strategies and differentiation to engage and nurture student learning and student relationships based on individual strengths and needs
- Complete all case management and instructional duties as assigned throughout the school year
- Maintain special education records compliance, to include timelines, reporting, and open records requests; as outlined by IDEA and the GADOE
- Performs other duties as assigned by appropriate administrator.
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or above from a regionally accredited college or university or a PSC approved institution;
- Valid Georgia teaching certificate in special education, or have reciprocity eligibility from another state or country.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Ability to comprehend and follow directives; and,
- Perform related work as required.
- Minimum of SRT4 Certification in General Curriculum Special Education
- In addition to SRT4 Certification in General Curriculum Special Education, application will have certification in:
- Special Education Academic Content Areas (Math Science, Social Studies, Reading and English) P-5 for Elementary
- Special Education Academic Content Areas 4-8 or 6-12 (Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading and English) for Middle School; OR
- Passed the GACE Program Admissions Assessment or have exemption eligibility (ACT/SAT scores) AND passed the GACE in General Curriculum Special Education and ALL of the Special Education Academic Content Areas 4-8 or 6-12
- 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
How to Apply
If you are interested, please submit an application at https://www.slamatlanta.com/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=443620&type=d
If you have further questions please contact Ms. Shaurie Walker, Human Resource Liaison at email@example.com