Classroom Teacher - Crossroads Charter Schools
Position: Classroom Teacher
Subject Area: Special Education
Job Title: Special Education Teacher
Job Location: Crossroads Charter Schools
Beginning: Immediately
Deadline: Open until filled **
District: Crossroads Charter Schools
Kansas City, MO 64105
Telephone: 816-221-3191 EXT 334
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Job Description:
Position Summary:
The Special Education teacher assesses the needs of students and provides supports and interventions so students can meet their Individual Education Plan goals within a small classroom setting.  The Special Education teacher collaborates with general education or content teachers to co-plan, co-deliver, and individualize instruction for all students in a class; work together creatively to accommodate the special needs, diversity and educational backgrounds of the students in the class; and overcome instructional challenges constructively.   Special education teachers carry the responsibility of educating children who are diagnosed with a number of physical, mental and emotional disabilities. They work with legally required federal paperwork called an IEP, or Individualized Educational Plan, that outlines the necessary supports, accommodations and goals for an individual child. These goals can encompass both academic and behavioral concerns. The ideal Special Education teacher has experience working with students with autism, Down Syndrome, ID and ED.   The Special Education teacher is a hardworking, goal-oriented and enthusiastic professional with excellent subject knowledge and a sound understanding of the Missouri Learning Standards and Common Core State Standards.
Position Responsibilities:
  • The Special Education teacher assesses the needs of students, and supports students in their educational goals as determined by the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
  • Performs educational assessments of students, including an observation of the student, review of the student’s educational history, conferences with the student’s teachers, and an evaluation and analysis of the student’s academic performance and learning characteristics.
  • Provides individual and small group push-in or pull-out instruction as assigned.
  • Reports educational assessment findings to parents, classroom teachers, supervisor and administration.
  • In the classroom, work with children including those who have mild to severe disabilities, using specialized techniques to help them reach their goals.
  • Actively participates in the deliberations and classification of educationally disabled students and assists in the planning of IEPs as well as in coordinating, developing, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the IEP.
  • Maintains confidential records on all referred students and student/parent contacts in accordance with federal and state law, Board policy and the procedure of the school’s special education program.
  • Serves as a resource to school personnel on the nature, causes, and solutions of the learning problems of students.
  • Maintains effective and efficient record keeping procedures.
  • Demonstrates gains in student performance
  • Complete quarterly progress reports on each student in the program.
  • Provides a positive environment in which students are encouraged to be actively engaged in the learning process.
  • Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, with students, parents, and other professionals on a regular basis.
  • Collaborates with peers to enhance the instructional environment.
  • Act in a professional and ethical manner at all times and comply with school policies, procedures, and expectations.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by their supervisor.
  • All work responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and/or targets established as part of the annual performance planning process or as the result of organizational planning.
  • Collaborates with the Speech Language Pathologist as most students in the RISE program have communication needs.
  • Teaches social skills and functional skills based on the students IEP goals.
 
Skills and Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in Special Education
  • Valid Missouri teaching certificate
  • Minimum 3 years of experience as a Special Education Teacher preferred
  • Experience determining eligibility for and administering MAP-A (alternative state assessment)
  • Demonstrated success in urban education
  • Demonstrates ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about students and teachers in a school environment and community.
  • Experience working with and assigning duties to the Special Education paraprofessional in a collaborative way that promotes positive collaboration and is student-centered
  • Must pass an extensive background check.
  • All applicants must apply on the Crossroads website at:  http://www.crossroadsschoolskc.org/careers

** District reserves the right to close any Job Posting when a suitable applicant has been found before the deadline date.
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