Provides classroom instruction for children who have moderate to severe disabilities in addition to deafness, within a Secondary (grades 6-8 or 9-12+) setting. Prepares lesson plans and other instructional materials to match student ability levels and in accordance with the student's Individual Educational Plan (IEP) and state curriculum frameworks, including teaching life, community, and transition skills. Evaluates and documents appropriate data to monitor student progress and serves as an advisor/advocate for students. Works in a team, or departmental capacity as assigned. Grades and subjects vary.
SUPERVISOR: Secondary Principal
FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Instruction of students with specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairments, intellectual disability, physical disabilities, emotional disability, multiple disabilities, visual impairments, autism spectrum disorder, or general deafness.
Develops and uses authentic assessment of student learning.
Uses assessment to drive classroom instruction (formative and summative assessments).
Plans instruction effectively, engages learners and uses appropriate instructional techniques.
Monitors student understanding of the curriculum and adjusts instruction, materials, or assessments, where appropriate.
Maintains appropriate classroom standards of behavior, mutual respect, and safety.
Makes learning goals clear to the students and maintains high standards and expectations.
Promotes confidence and perseverance in the students, while stimulating increased personal responsibility for achieving individual goals.
Works collaboratively with other school staff on planning and implementing interdisciplinary curriculum and works constructively to suggest improvements and possible approaches.
Plans and completes necessary testing or data collection, documentation, and interpretation of data.
Maintains student and staff confidentiality.
Writes annual IEP student goals and works steadily to help students attain these goals.
Monitors and reports IEP progress quarterly; attends IEP meetings.
Oversees the implementation of behavior plans designed for individual students, as needed.
Establishes an organized physical space and a creative classroom environment that is positive for student learning and involvement.
Complies with school, state, and federal policies and procedures and supports the mission of the school.
Maintains a current working knowledge of the TLC curriculum, the MA Curriculum Frameworks, and MCAS procedures.
Completes MCAS-Alt portfolios following school, IEP, and DESE requirements.
**May be required to drive students on field trips and/or to mainstreaming classes. 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.