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Special Education Teacher 2019-2020 (2400)

at DFW Area Application Consortium

Posted: 9/25/2019
Job Reference #: 3393_111162
Keywords: teacher, teaching

Job Description

Openings as of 10/20/2019
Adm. Support/Clerical: Campus

  • Special Education Teacher 2019-2020 (2400) JobID: 3393
  • Position Type:
    High School Teaching/Special Education Teacher

  • Category/Recruitment Type:

  • Date Posted:

  • Location:

  • District:
      Northwest ISD

    Job Title: Special Education Teacher - Elementary, Middle, High School
    Reports to: Principal
    Dept. /School Campus assigned
    Duty Days: 187
    Wage/Hour Status: Exempt
    Pay Grade: A15/A20
    Date Revised: 08/17

    Primary Purpose:

    Provide students with appropriate learning activities and experiences designed to fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth. Enable students to develop competencies and skills to function successfully in society.


    Bachelor’s degree from accredited university
    Valid Texas teaching certificate with required endorsements for subject and level assigned
    Knowledge of subjects assigned
    General knowledge of design and delivery issues related to alignment for best results in student achievement
    Ability to instruct students and manage their behavior
    Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
    Student teaching or approved internship

    Social, Occupational, Academic Readiness (SOAR)
    The Social Occupational, Academic Readiness (SOAR) class is developed for middle and high school students who need more supervision and direct instruction than students in less restrictive settings. Instruction will focus on individual goals/objectives in all areas and students will begin to prepare for future educational and vocational experiences. The learning environment is structured to intentionally teach academics integrated with critical skills such as communication, problem solving, self-initiation, independent living, and socialization throughout the day. Hands-on activities and opportunities for repeated practice and generalization assist these students to gain meaningful and functional skills that will help them to be as independent as possible.

    Major Responsibilities and Duties:
    1. Develop and implement lesson plans that fulfill the requirements of district’s curriculum programand show written evidence of preparation as required.
    2. Prepare lessons that reflect accommodations for differences in student learning styles.
    3. Present subject matter according to guidelines established by Texas Education Agency, board policies, and administrative regulations.
    4. Plan and use appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, andequipment that reflect accommodation for individual needs of students assigned.
    5. Conduct assessment of student learning styles and use results to plan instructional activities.
    6. Work cooperatively with special education teachers to modify curricula as needed for specialeducation students according to guidelines established in Individual Education Plans (IEP).
    7. Cooperate with other members of staff for planning and implementing instructional goals,objectives, and methods according to district requirements.
    8. Plan and supervise purposeful assignments of teacher aide(s) and volunteer(s).
    9. Use technology to strengthen the teaching/learning process.
    10. Assist students in analyzing and improving study methods and habits.
    11. Consistently assess student achievement through formal and informal testing and use results toplan instructional activities.
    12. Assume responsibility for extracurricular activities as assigned. Sponsor outside activitiesapproved by the campus principal.
    13. Present positive role model for students, support mission of school district.
    14. Create classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, andemotional development of students.
    15. Manage student behavior and administer discipline according to board policies, administrativeregulations and IEPs.
    16. Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, andfacilities.
    17. Assist in selection of books, equipment, and other instructional materials.
    18. Establish and maintain open communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, principals, and teachers.
    19. Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents, and community members.
    20. Use acceptable communication skills to present information accurately and clearly.
    21. Participate in the district staff development program.
    22. Demonstrate behavior that is professional, ethical, and responsible.
    23. Keep informed of and comply with state, district, and school regulations and policies forclassroom teachers.
    24. Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documentsrequired.
    25. Attend and participate in faculty meetings and serve on staff committees as required.
    26. Articulate the district’s mission and goals in areas of assigned responsibilities to the communityand solicit its support in realizing the mission.
    27. Demonstrate awareness of district/community needs and initiate activities to meet identifiedneeds.
    28. Demonstrate the use of appropriate and effective techniques for community and parentinvolvement.
    29. Support classroom lessons through tutorials and study materials.
    30. Use appropriate district approved physical safety techniques including restraint.
    31. Dress and shoes appropriate to job responsibilities.
    Northwest ISD participates in the School Health and Related Services (SHARS) and MAC programs which allows our district to request Medicaid reimbursement for certain health-related services. The Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee determines SHARS services.
    As a special education staff member, you will be required to train and bill for SHARS reimbursements for students on your caseload. Trainings will be provided for SHARS, for RMTS (Random Moment in Time Studies), where staff are chosen randomly to answer a few questions, and for MAC (Diagnosticians and non-Personal Care Providers only). Training will be provided at the beginning of each school year as well as on an “as needed” basis for new hires.

    Equipment Used:

    Computer, FAX, copier, document camera, VCR, laser disc player, tape recorder, projector, and other
    specialized equipment that is particularly unique to the teaching assignment

    Supervisory Responsibilities:

    Supervise assigned teacher aide(s) and student teacher(s).

    Working Conditions:

    Physical demands/environment factors: May require standing for long periods of time Repetitive hand motions and prolonged use of computer. The position requires frequent bending, stooping, twisting, pulling, overhead reaching, sitting, and keyboarding. May be required to lift and position students with physical disabilities. Must have the ability to lift and carry 50 pounds or more; control behavior through physical restraint; and assist non-ambulatory students. Exposure to biological hazards, including bacteria and communicable diseases.

    Mental demands: Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written); ability to instruct; maintain emotional control under stress.
    This document describes the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.