Special Education Teacher – ISP – Watertown Public Schools

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SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER – ISP

Watertown Middle School
Watertown Public Schools
Watertown, MA

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Job Details
Job ID: 3963300
Application Deadline: July 26, 2022
Posted: July 12, 2022
Starting Date: August 31, 2022

Job Description
Position: Watertown Middle School Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities – ISP
Position Type: Full time
Department: Special Education
Location: Watertown Middle School
Reports to: Principal & Director of Student Services
Affiliation: WEA Unit A
Salary range: As determined by Unit A CBA Salary Schedule

SUMMARY:

Watertown Middle School seeks an outstanding Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities to instruct students with emotional disabilities in a substantially separate classroom setting, with opportunities to include students in general education classrooms as appropriate. Watertown Middle School Integrated Support Program (ISP) is a specialized special education program that services students with social/emotional disabilities.

Qualified candidates will present evidence of expertise and experience in the following areas:

  • Common Core and MA state curriculum frameworks
  • Knowledge of special education process and procedures, pre-referral mandates, and eligibility criteria
  • Evaluation and assessment procedures and report writing
  • Development of Individual Education Programs (IEPs) and completion of IEP Progress Reports
  • Meaningful, inclusive teaching practices for students with special needs, including Universal Design for Learning and co-teaching strategies
  • Knowledge of evidence-based methodologies for instruction for students with emotional/behavioral disabilities
  • Effective communication and collaborative relationship building with colleagues and parents
  • Organized, flexible, creative, and self-reflective educator with a growth mindset regarding their students’ abilities and their own professional practice
  • Passionate about providing a Free and Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive setting for all children, regardless of disability

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Monitor and evaluate students’ academic, social and behavioral progress and record student outcomes
  • Design and carry out developmentally appropriate motivating curriculum/programming as required by IEP goals/MA curriculum frameworks
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students’ varying needs
  • Create an environment that is positive for student learning and involvement
  • Maintain appropriate standards of behavior, mutual respect, and safety
  • Collect, analyze and maintain academic and behavioral data on all students
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain effective communication with administration, parents, counselors, and related service providers

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Valid Massachusetts DESE licensure as a Teacher of Moderate or Severe Disabilities required
  • Experience working with students with social/emotional disabilities
  • Skilled in behavior management and de-escalation strategies
  • Citizenship, residency, or work VISA in the United States required

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

  • At least 3 years of related experience preferred
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Dual licensure in a core content area, math/science preferred

Welcome to Watertown Middle School!

Mission The Watertown Middle School, in partnership with families and the community, provides a supportive and challenging learning environment where every student feels safe, respected, and valued. As a place for transition, the Middle School nurtures the development of self-esteem and the unique emotional, social, ethical and academic growth of each student.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Watertown Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Master degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

Contact Information
Marie Mele, Student Services Program Coordinator
30 Common St.
Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: 617-926-7766
Email: Marie.Mele@watertown.k12.ma.us

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