Sign on Bonus $1,500
Housing resources can be shared
ASL proficiency required
Walden School (WS) is a nationally-recognized residential therapeutic and education program for deaf children and youth ages 8 to 22. Walden School students have often experienced significant adverse childhood events, as well as language deprivation, resulting in mental health challenges, and have treatment needs that have not been successfully addressed in other academic and residential settings. Working with a staff that is proficient in American Sign Language (over 75% of whom are Deaf), Walden students receive highly individualized, trauma-informed care and therapy in a structured, supportive, home-like setting. Students attend classes during the day in contained classes with curriculum modified to each individual need, and have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities on campus.
The Classroom Teacher is responsible for providing quality educational service to Walden School students. This includes planning creative lessons and classes that satisfy IEP goals, maintaining a classroom environment that fosters learning, and implementing behavior or treatment plans as they apply to the classroom setting.
Supervisor: Department Principal
Functions and Responsibilities:
Assesses the educational needs of students.
Prepares daily lesson plans and educational programming consistent with students’ Individualized Educational Plans.
Writes and implements lesson plans to reflect all major areas of instruction appropriate to the academic level of each student.
Makes lesson plans available in a conspicuous place in the classroom.
Prepares and submits weekly lesson plans to the Educational Director when requested.
Provides detailed lesson plans and assignments for classroom assistants.
Develops, in consultation with the Educational Director, an individual system for evaluating the success of lesson plans.
Maintains a safe, therapeutic classroom environment conducive to learning.
Develops thematic units that identify long-range goals and objectives with respect to the educational and emotional needs of the students, taking into account the varying learning styles of individual students.
Prepares instructional materials incorporating principles of effective instruction, such as: visual aids, curriculum modifications, and mediated learning principles.
Develops, in consultation with the Educational Director, a record keeping system for assignments, attendance, student progress, and grades.
Maintains a folder of activities and assignments for substitute teachers.
Orders, with approval from the Educational Director, curriculum materials and supplies yearly (and as needed).
Works with the educational team on curriculum development.
Organizes and plans off-campus activities that support students’ educational, emotional, and safety needs.
Participates, as necessary, in intake procedures for student applicants.
Defines clearly the rules, schedules, and routines to students through verbal and/or written instruction.
Provides each student with individualized instructional help as needed.
Maintains a clean, organized, decorated classroom that invites learning.
Writes educational portions of IEPs, quarterly reports, and other reports as necessary, according to established deadlines.
Maintains academic portfolio for each student.
Plans four professional days per year and reports back to the educational team.
Reports on students’ progress through written and/or verbal communication.
Prioritizes maintaining student and environmental safety.
Identifies and documents all activity in/out of school in the daily logs.
Demonstrates flexibility and creativity intervening with students using methods which reflect the treatment philosophy of Walden School.
Demonstrates the ability to anticipate, identify and actively resolve potential/actual student problems in an efficient, constructive manner.
Demonstrates appropriate critical incident follow-up skills by timely reporting and documentation in accordance with state and agency policy.
Intervenes in disruptive/destructive student situations, providing timely therapeutic interventions utilizing the least restrictive alternatives.
Utilizes physical interventions consistent with the Professional Assault Crisis Training Program.
May be delegated and trained to conduct medication administration or certain medical procedure responsibilities for students.
Demonstrates the ability to function as an effective member of the interdisciplinary team.
Maintains and promotes a positive working relationship with team members and other service providers.
Uses expertise of team members in planning and implementing educational and behavioral programs when appropriate.
Adheres to all agency policies, rules, and regulations.
Maintains current teacher certification, by developing Professional Development goals and acquiring Professional Development Points consistent with the Massachusetts Department of Education requirements.
Maintains current certification in Pro-ACT.
Follows all agency policies and procedures consistently.
Participates in on-going Curriculum Framework meetings to ensure guidelines are being followed.
Locks up all toxic, sharp or otherwise unsafe objects.
**May be required to drive students on field trips and additional driving responsibilities as needed.
**Some lifting may be required when working with young students or students with special needs, however, TLC embraces and celebrates a spirit of inclusion and diversity, and reasonable accommodations and modifications will be made whenever possible. The diversity of our student population may require that some assignments have a heavier physical responsibility due to safety. If the opening for which you are applying will require more strenuous physical activity, the unique needs will be discussed at the time of interview.
*Perform other tasks as assigned by the Department Supervisor.
*Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
**TLC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all employees and applicants for employment are afforded equal opportunity in every area of hiring and employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, age, criminal record (inquiries only), handicap (disability), mental illness, retaliation, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, genetics, active military, and any other legally protected characteristic.
**TLC embraces and celebrates a spirit of inclusion and diversity, and reasonable accommodations and modifications will be made whenever possible.
• Masters Degree in Education/Deaf Education
• Massachusetts State Certification (or certification from a Reciprocal state)
• 2 – 4 years teaching experience in an Elementary or Secondary classroom
• A minimum of conversational fluency in American Sign Language required, with native, or near-native ASL fluency preferred
• Verbal and written communication skills are at sufficient level to ensure effective communication
• Expertise in child/adolescent mental health
• Interpersonal skills developed to a level which will allow smooth cooperation at all levels within the agency
Note: In the event that a viable licensed candidate does not apply for any of the above teaching positions, a candidate may be eligible to be employed under a 1-year waiver from MA DESE. The unlicensed candidate must submit documentation of completion of all requirements for the position except for DESE testing (written, performance, and literacy skills) in order to be eligible to be granted a waiver allowing one year to complete the testing requirements and acquire a preliminary educator license.