Adaptive and Functional Special Education Teachers (SPED)

Reports To:  Director of Special Education                            

 

Position Purpose:           

Provide direct instructional services for students with exceptional needs.

 

Qualifications:                 

  • Bachelor’s degree in education with appropriate Kansas licensure in Special Education or be interested in becoming certified/licensed to teach special education students in the State of Kansas on a waiver.
  • ESOL Endorsement preferred.

 Physical/Emotional Requirements: The incumbent may be required to use the following requirements during any part of the working day:  speaking- hearing- visual- reading- writing- word processing- mobility- consistency of temperament- ability to work with a variety of problems at the same time- stamina for working long hours and in stress-producing environments.

 

Performance Responsibilities: 

  • Assists the Individualized Education Planning Team in designing an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) for students with exceptional needs.
  • Provides direct instruction and services for pupils whose needs are identified in a written IEP.  Monitors the IEP of each student placed in the special education class and assumes responsibility for contacting and consulting with parents and the Individualized Educational Planning Team about indicated changes in the IEP.
  • Creates a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students.
  • Encourages students to set and maintain standards of classroom behavior.
  • Guides the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals and – in harmony with the goals – establishes clear objectives for all lessons- units- projects and the like to communicate these objectives to students.
  • Employs a variety of instructional techniques and instructional media- consistent with the physical limitations of the location provided and the needs and capabilities of the individuals or student groups involved.
  • Strives to implement- by instruction and action- the district’s philosophy of education and instructional goals and objectives.
  • Assesses the accomplishments of students on a regular basis- seeking the assistance of district specialists as required.
  • Assists the administration in implementing all policies and rules governing students; and- for the classroom- develops reasonable rules of classroom behavior and procedure and maintains order in the classroom in a fair and just manner.
  • Makes provision for being available to students and parents for education-related purposes when required or requested at mutually agreeable times.
  • Strives to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Attends staff meetings and serves on staff committees as required.
  • Must complete all Special Education paperwork- including IEPs and Medicaid billing.

Terms of Employment:

9 months; salary and work year to be determined by the Board of Education.

 

Evaluation:

Performance of this position will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board policy on evaluation of certified professional personnel.

 

Significant associations:

The performance responsibilities are not limited to those outlined in this description and may include any other responsibilities as assigned by the administrator/supervisor


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Job Start Date: NA
Applications Due By: 09/30/2018

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Employer Information

Topeka USD 501 www.topekapublicschools.net

To apply for a position at Topeka Public Schools, please complete application at topekapublicschools.net  Topeka Public Schools is home to some of the finest students in the state of Kansas. Many of our students perform at the highest levels and our staff members are recognized regularly for outstanding accomplishments. Topeka Public Schools offer a variety of comprehensive programs fitted to the needs and interests of students. Excellence and equity are the standard. We take seriously our responsibility to educate all children. Although over half the students in the district are college bound, our commitment is not limited to them alone. Topeka Schools have received national recognition for excellence in education. Several of our schools made the Kansas Standards of Excellence in reading and mathematics with some schools seeing remarkable double-digit gains. Topeka Public Schools enrollment is sixth largest in Kansas, with a total average enrollment of over 14,000 students in elementary through high school. While the Topeka Public Schools are the largest district in Shawnee County, our schools are smaller than most. Elementary schools range in size from 200 to 600 students, including a science & fine arts magnet school and a computer magnet school. Middle schools range from 400 to 600 students and our three high schools have enrollments of 1000 to 2000 students. Hope Street Academy, a charter high school, draws alternative students from across the country. The school district sports complex, Hummer Sports Park, is a six-sport facility featuring state-of-the-art facilities for football, track, soccer, baseball, softball and swimming. We are committed to hiring and maintaining superior employees to educate and meet the needs of each student. As the third largest employer in Topeka, employing over 2400 certified and classified staff members, we provide a competitive salary schedule, district-paid insurance benefits, a generous leave package and many other great benefits. If you are interested in joining USD 501, please check the job listings below and visit our website at www.topekapublicschools.net to complete the application. 


Employer Address: 624 SW 24th Street

Topeka, Kansas


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