This is a salaried, exempt position with a 10-month work schedule and base standard hours of 7:30 am to 4:00 pm daily. Salary will be set annually on a performance-based schedule. Teachers will report to the head of school.
Responsible for the educational leadership of students placed in exceptional student education programs, including gifted students and students with disabilities. The specialist is expected to understand and demonstrate the use of the school’s curriculum, student instruction and assessment to maximize educational achievement for all students; work collaboratively to ensure a working and learning climate for all students that is safe, secure and respectful. Implementing strategies to reach the multiple intelligences of students through creative lessons is required.
The ESE teachers’ essential duties and responsibilities are as follows:
- Working cooperatively with assigned district staffing specialist and ADAPT (Admissions Diagnostics and Placement Team) to initiate and complete pre-referrals for ESE, utilizing pre- and post-test assessments, interventions and observations in areas of concern.
- Working cooperatively with parents and teachers to identify students as potentially eligible for gifted program services. Conducting screenings to determine need for further evaluation for eligibility; collecting characteristics data and administers Kaufman Brief Intelligence Testing.
- Developing appropriate Individual Educational Plans (IEPs), Gifted Educational Plans (EPs) or Academic Improvement Plans (AIPs), English Language Learner Plans (ELL), and Behavior Success Plans (BSPs), including determining present levels of performance, annual goals, and benchmarks or short-term objectives.
- Demonstrating an understanding of and commitment to classical education and the vision, mission, and philosophy of the school, and consistently developing, fostering, and advancing these concepts in students.
- Collecting student performance data and reporting student progress toward IEP/EP goals.
- Supporting general education teachers in implementing appropriate accommodations or enrichment/acceleration strategies.
- Scheduling and conducting IEP/EP meetings with parents and appropriate school and agency personnel. Completing matrix of services if required.
- Maintaining and/or overseeing specialized therapists’ (i.e. SP, OT) maintenance of ESE case management records.
- Regularly reviewing and providing updated information for SASI.
- Reporting Full Time Equivalency (FTE) accurately.
- Participating in eligibility determination meetings.
- Serving as Local Education Agency (LEA) representative, if designated by administrator.
- Participating in professional development activities relating to performing job responsibilities.
- Demonstrating knowledge of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and implementing all requirements.
- Planning and delivering instruction designed to assist students with disabilities in mastering the Florida Standards.
- Planning and developing curricula designed to address the Florida Standards for gifted students and delivering instruction that effectively challenges their higher-level thinking skills.
- Assisting in the development of appropriate interventions for students suspected of having a disability.
- Participating in developing Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and implementing Behavior Improvement Plans (BIPs) for students with disabilities.
- Participating in manifestation determination meetings.
- Supervising teacher assistant in providing instruction for students, as required.
- Consulting regularly with school administrators on ESE issues.
- Any other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree from a fully accredited college or university.
- Possession of, or eligibility for, a Florida Educators certificate required by the Florida Department of Education (ESE, EH, EMH, MH, MR or SLD, and a Gifted endorsement). This includes both certification in the appropriate exceptional student area(s) and any content certification required by federal education regulations.
- Ability to demonstrate, uphold, and promote in daily interactions a commitment to the school’s mission and vision, and the moral character and civic virtue the school embodies.
The organization is an equal opportunity employer. The organization is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in all areas of recruitment, selection, placement, training, assignment, transfer, compensation, benefits, discipline, retention, and promotion. The board commits itself to the policy that there shall be no unlawful discrimination against any person because of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin or disability. All decisions with regard to employment shall be in compliance with applicable state and federal laws.