This position reports to the Principal, School for the Deaf, and is responsible for providing standards-based instruction and support to elementary and middle school learners who have multiple disabilities. Utilizes Colorado State Academic Standards and access skills in establishing instructional goals; and provides assessments that monitor learner progress, in a safe and civil school environment.
Performs work associated with standards-based instruction: prepares lesson plans, develops input for and presents daily instructional/learning activities based upon the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and school reform tenets under the direction of the Principal, maintains a positive learning environment utilizing appropriate positive behavior support strategies, keeps learners on task and engaged.
Demonstrates knowledge / skill in the development and use of accommodations for learners who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing and who have additional disabilities, in the areas of: task analysis, assessment, progress monitoring, behavior management, organization / planning, curriculum development, current technology practices, parent relations and teamwork.
Utilizes technology to model, teach, and assist learners relative to instruction and activities.
Demonstrates knowledge / skill in the areas of project and technology-based learning.
Organizes the instructional environment for collaborative group work.
Works in co-teaching teams with others.
Works as part of the education / assessment team responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating individual objectives for assigned learners.
Utilizes appropriate communication skills with a commitment to literacy development for each learner.
Understands and supports learners’ social-emotional development.
Serves as an Advocate for assigned learners.
Coordinates effectively with other service staff in facilitating instruction, supporting school reform efforts, strategic planning, and positively contributing to co-curricular activities.
Positively serves as a team member in the School for the Deaf, and of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) as a whole; and participates in regular team and departmental meetings, school and instructional meetings as required.
Provides consultation to staff members who instruct or interact with learners with multiple disabilities.
Provides parent consultation; participates in selected parent-focused activities, etc.
Seeks opportunities for and participates in activities related to professional development and training/workshops as appropriate.
Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.
Master’s Degree in Special Education, Deaf Education, or closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university
Must hold or be eligible for appropriate educator licensure in the State of Colorado, endorsed as a Special Education Generalist / Specialist; Special Education Specialist: Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing; or comparable endorsement
Subject area endorsement in Elementary Education, or must be ‘In-Field’ in Elementary Education
Experience teaching / working with children in an educational environment who have multiple disabilities (preference toward knowledge and experience with students who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing)
Proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) at the Advanced (3+) skill level as demonstrated through an appropriate assessment tool and according to school policy / procedures
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES
Knowledge and skill in best practices for providing developmentally appropriate instruction to learners
Knowledge of and ability to apply current standards-based educational practices associated with learners who have multiple disabilities and who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing
Knowledge of appropriate curriculum for learners with multiple disabilities
Knowledge of and ability to assess and apply technology to perform the requirements of the position; ability to effectively utilize a variety of computer software applications, which may include but is not limited to e-mail, Internet, word processing, electronic calendar, presentation development, spreadsheet, database, learning management systems, etc.; willingness to stay current and develop skills as needed with or without direct support from CSDB
Knowledge of and ability to effectively adapt and apply teaching skills, learning environment management and lesson preparation to a technology rich environment, which may include but is not limited to on-site classroom, telepresence, and multiple distance education technologies and delivery modes; ability to effectively implement technology necessary to model, teach, and assist learners relative to instruction and activities
Knowledge of and ability to effectively implement current technologies utilized by learners who have multiple disabilities and/or are Deaf / hard-of-hearing
Knowledge of literacy development, instruction, and intervention for students in American Sign Language (ASL) and in Listening and Spoken Language
Ability to establish high standards for what learners must know and be able to do
Ability to communicate effectively with learners and staff, who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing
Ability to respond effectively and positively to feedback
Ability to work cooperatively with others and participate effectively in a team setting
Strong, positive interpersonal skills
ORGANIZATIONALRELATIONSHIPS Reports to and is evaluated by the
Principal, School for the Deaf TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
Full-time; scheduled to work the standard number of days in the academic year (as per the established School Calendar, currently 195 days, August to June)
The annual base salary shall be established pursuant to the Teacher Salary Schedule, based upon appropriate education and experience
Employment is at-will, with no actual, expressed, or implied contract
EFFECTIVEDATE School Year 2020 -2021
WORKINGCONDITIONS / PHYSICALDEMANDS
Generally speaking, the work is performed in a typical school office environment and involves sedentary to light physical activity, requiring exertion of up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally and usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. Typically, workers are required to climb stairs, bend, reach, and handle objects, and use fingers to operate computer and/or typewriter keyboard. Work requires expression or exchange of ideas and the ability to receive detailed information. Work requires ability to compare, compile, analyze, and coordinate data/ information; ability to instruct/train others; and ability to utilize effective interpersonal skills/ behaviors.
In addition, work at the elementary school level involves heavy physical activity, requiring exertion of up to 100 lbs. of force occasionally, and routinely requires stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling. Work at the middle school / high school level involves very heavy physical activity, requiring exertion in excess of 100 lbs. of force occasionally. Work with Special Needs students will require exertion of force frequently.
The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.
The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Chelle Lutz / Human Resources Manager, at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (719) 578-2114.
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