Special Education Teacher

The Details

KIPP OKC

Oklahoma City, OK
Posted on:
May 12, 2020
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description

At KIPP OKC College Prep Middle School, all students will learn and achieve.

KIPP OKC is part of the national KIPP network of tuition-free, open-enrollment college-preparatory public charter schools dedicated to preparing students from underserved communities for success in college and life.

Why KIPP OKC matters: Great education transforms lives. At KIPP OKC, teachers, students, and families are all united around the same goal: college and a choice-filled life. We believe that an excellent college-preparatory education will set students up for success in whatever life path they choose. Through collective hard work and commitment, KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds.


JOB OVERVIEW
Provide special education students with appropriate learning activities and experiences that will enable them to fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical and social growth. Develop student ability level instructional materials with prepared lesson plans that best address the individual student’s needs.


MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

The Special Education Teacher will:
1. Prepare for and lead the Individual Educational Plan (IEP) committee meeting

  • Prepare documentation through district data-management system
  • Coordinate and lead all ARD meetings
  • Assist in developing strategies for implementing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) in the student’s least restrictive environment
  • Present students’ levels of performance, transition plans, goals, accommodations, modifications, and services with input from the students’ general education teachers
  • Review records of students for Special Education eligibility and obtaining Special Education records from previous school settings or outside evaluators
  • Effectively maintain the Special Education database and communicate any changes to the data manager
  • Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents as required

2. Assist students in the implementation of IEPs

  • Provide instruction and support for special needs students as appropriate
  • Use technology as part of the teaching/learning process
  • Plan and use appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect understanding of the learning styles and needs of individual students
  • Ensure open communications with parents of students with disabilities in their understanding of Special Education policies and procedures and ways in which to support their child at home
  • Work cooperatively with classroom teachers to monitor the use of accommodations and/or modifications within the regular class setting
  • Assist in monitoring and administering testing accommodations and modifications for students
  • Coordinate service delivery with the appropriate educational specialists

3. Evaluate student's progress on Individualized Education Plans

  • Ensure clear communication with teachers to track each student’s progress in reaching his/her IEP goals
  • Conduct ongoing assessment, progress monitoring, of student achievement through formal and informal testing
  • Use progress-monitoring tools to analyze student results for the purpose of modifying and adjusting strategies, programming, and IEPs
  • Grade students as appropriate and provide progress reports/report cards of student IEP goals and benchmarks to parents and teachers in accordance with the school’s grading cycle at the end of every marking period
  • Review and compile documentation for student records

4. Planning and Data Collection

  • Meet with general education teachers to review IEPs, answer questions, provide strategies, and summarize each student’s IEP before the school year starts and review the plan with teachers at least once each marking period
  • Adapt and differentiate general education teachers’ weekly lesson plans, assessments, classwork, and homework to meet individual student goals. Plans should include IEP goals, accommodations, modifications, and what in-class supports will be provided.


5. Professional Development and Departmental Growth

  • Assist in the coordination, planning, and delivery of in-services to meet identified needs of teachers and faculty
  • Purposefully continue to learn and increase understanding in special education law, disabilities, teaching strategies, response to intervention, and special education procedures
  • Strengthen Special Education services in accordance with legal requirements
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships with colleagues, students, parents, and community members

6. Other

  • Monitor student timelines and effectively communicate with stakeholders
  • As appropriate, supervise the work of Special Education paraprofessionals by providing direction and guidance
  • Other duties as assigned


QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Knowledge:

  • Required: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Preferred: a minimum of 1-5 years of teaching experience
  • Oklahoma Teaching certificate in Special Education
  • Knowledge of federal and state Special Education law


Key Competencies:

  • Maximize literacy learning among students
  • Implement positive behavior supports (for students with challenges functioning in traditional settings)
  • Ability to teach students with significant disabilities
  • Collaborate efficiently, effectively and respectfully with teachers and leadership
  • Use technology to support access to the general curriculum, participation, and learning
  • Be able to help school teams implement effective practices for diverse learners in general education classrooms.


Skills:

  • Knowledge of special needs of students in assigned area
  • Knowledge of Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting facilitation, goal setting process, implementation, and progress monitoring
  • General knowledge of curriculum and instruction
  • Behavior management skills
  • Experience using assistive technology software
  • Experience collaborating with team members
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability to interpret policy, procedures, and data
  • Independent, self-starter with a strong focus on student development
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Passionate and loving attitude toward all children
  • Responsiveness; Follow-up and follow-through with students, families, and faculty members is essential
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Proficiency using ED Plan, computers, printers, copy machines, and fax machines



KIPP OKC is dedicated to equal employment opportunities and fair labor practices. KIPP OKC provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals based on job-related qualifications, and the ability to perform a job without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religious creed, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, legally protected medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, or on any other basis made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. It is our policy to maintain a non-discriminatory environment free from intimidation, harassment or bias based upon these grounds.