Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities/Autism – – Watertown Public Schools

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TEACHER OF STUDENTS WITH SEVERE DISABILITIES/AUTISM

Watertown Middle School
Watertown Public Schools
Watertown, MA

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Job Details
Job ID: 3971734
Application Deadline: August 2, 2022
Posted: July 19, 2022
Starting Date: August 31, 2022

Job Description
Position: Watertown Middle School Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities/ Autism Program
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 Severe Disabilities to instruct students with Autism and related developmental disabilities in a substantially separate classroom setting, with opportunities to include students in general education classrooms as appropriate. Qualified candidates will present evidence of expertise and experience in the following areas: Common Core and MA state curriculum frameworks; evaluation and assessment procedures and report writing; development of Individual Education Programs (IEPs); completion of IEP Progress Reports; meaningful inclusive teaching practices for students with intensive special needs including Universal Design for Learning and co-teaching strategies; knowledge of evidence-based methodologies for instruction for student with Autism such as Applied Behavioral Analysis and total communication techniques; ability to embed instruction in activities of daily living within the academic framework; effective communication and collaborative relationship building with colleagues and parents; knowledge of special education process and procedures as well as pre-referral mandates and eligibility criteria. Candidates for this position are organized, flexible, creative, and self-reflective educators with a growth mindset regarding their students’ abilities and their own professional practice. The ideal teacher for this position is passionate about providing a Free and Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive setting for all children regardless of disability.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plan and provide high-quality content instruction to students with disabilities that is modified to their instructional level according to their IEPs
  • Monitor and evaluate students’ academic, social, and behavioral progress and record student growth and outcomes
  • Design and carry out developmentally appropriate, motivating curriculum/programming as required by Common Core/ MA Curriculum Frameworks and in accordance with each student’s IEP
  • 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 data on all students; and other data if/ as required (social/ behavioral)
  • Maintain effective communication with administrators, parents, counselors, and related service providers
  • Serve as a liaison for a caseload of students; to include formal and informal testing as part of the special education evaluation cycle; writing assessment reports to present at IEP Team meetings; writing the IEP and TPF, and writing quarterly progress reports on IEP goals and objectives
  • Provide consultation to general education teachers regarding individual students’ needs, goals, and learning styles
  • Stay current in MCAS requirements for students with disabilities, including preparation of MCAS-Alt portfolios and state and federal guidelines regarding how students with disabilities should participate in testing
  • Provide direct oversight of all Instructional Assistants assigned to the program either as classroom assistants or student-specific assistants recommended by IEP Teams

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Valid DESE Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities license required
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Dual licensure – TSSD and TSMD 5-12 – preferred
  • Experience working with students with a range of disabilities in a public school setting preferred
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills

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 2 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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