Teacher: Special Education: SAIL (ABA)


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Teacher – Special Education: SAIL (ABA) (Anticipated)

Job Details
Job ID: 4382626
Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: August 11, 2023
Starting Date: August 24, 2023

The Worcester Public Schools is soliciting applications for a teacher of students with moderate special needs to severe special needs with autism and related disabilities for the 2023-2024 school year. All principals who have vacancies will be able to review the applications in this pool.

As a teacher in the Worcester Public Schools you will be expected to provide rigorous instruction to the diverse population of students in your classroom. You will be expected to align your teaching to the district and state curriculum; to regularly assess students for learning comprehension and to modify your teaching to ensure that students are learning; to provide a classroom that is conducive to the learning needs of all students, especially students who are learning English and students with disabilities.

The Worcester Public Schools is wonderfully diverse and our successful teachers capitalize on this diversity to provide rich learning environments. Being an educator in the Worcester Public Schools will require that you have patience, perseverance, creativity, excellent content knowledge, and a true desire to prepare all students for successful lives.

For applicants who are committed to the work of preparing Worcester students to excel in college and beyond, we offer a competitive salary package and participation in federal loan forgiveness programs (more information about these programs is available on our website in the Human Resources section).


This teaching position is accountable for providing services to students who have been identified with a disability through the team evaluation process. These students are identified as needing systematic instruction throughout their day to address weaknesses across the curriculum. Students are taught compensatory strategies using multi-sensory techniques to enable them to reach their potential and build self-esteem.

Students in these specialized classrooms present with significant social, communication and behavioral deficits as a result of the characteristics of autism and/or related disabilities. Applicants must have experience or willingness to learn the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, and to facilitate a learning environment based on these principles. The teacher will work in close collaboration with a Board Certified behavior analyst (BCBA) amongst other related service providers to tailor programming to the individual needs of each student.


1. Responsible for serving as a member of the Special Education Team in writing educational plans and progress reports on SAGE-IEP, and completing assessments within the required timelines.

2. Responsible for following the student IEP and ensuring compliance with state and federal SPED regulations including the delivery of high quality services, the provision of accommodations/modifications for instruction and assessment.

3. Responsible for remaining up to date with curriculum content and for modifying the curriculum (across all domains) and instruction for students as identified on their IEPs.

4. Responsible for providing multi-sensory curricula on a daily basis and support student development of academics, social skills, communication skills, and behavior modification.

5. Responsible for implementing high quality teaching and learning using appropriate differentiated instructional techniques.

6. Responsible for communicating and collaborating with regular education teachers and other personnel in the educational programming for students in their classroom.

7. Responsible for understanding the state required guidelines around standardized testing and for providing appropriate accommodations as identified on student IEPs during the administration of these tests.

8. Responsible for assessing student knowledge and academic progress using formal and informal means to develop measurable IEP goals and to support student learning.

9. Responsible for creating and coordinating a schedule of services for students to ensure all IEP requirements are met.

11.Responsible for providing individual, small group, and inclusion instruction aligned with the IEP.

12.Responsible for guiding and supervising paraprofessionals in the instruction/support of students.

13.Responsible for implementing appropriate assistive technologies to support and enhance the students’ communication and learning.

14.Responsible for the promotion of equity and appreciation of diversity to ensure equitable opportunities for student learning in the least restrictive environment.

15.Responsible for attending monthly department meetings and building based meetings/two per month.

16. Responsible for assuring equal educational opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, marital status, religion, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, homelessness, or disability.

17. Performance of other job-related duties as assigned.


1. Massachusetts DESE license in Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 and/OR Severe Disabilities
2. SEI Endorsement
3. BA degree
4. A minimum of three years’ successful teaching experience in Special Education
5. ABA Experience
6. Evidence of mastery of a wide variety of teacher competencies, curricula and the understanding of a wide variety of effective instructional models, including multi-sensory, structured language techniques.
7. Excellent written and oral communication skills


1. Massachusetts license in Special Needs 5-12.
2. Demonstrated experience supporting students with severe special needs.
3. Ability to speak Albanian, Arabic, Nepali, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese, or an African Language
4. Experience teaching students who are English language learners
5. Demonstrated experience with second language acquisition.
6. Candidates who are licensed in another state will be considered if they qualify for the temporary license from DESE (must possess the equivalent license from another state and must have documented proof of working under that license for at least three complete school years). Candidates will need to apply for and pay for the DESE license as a condition of employment

WORK YEAR: 183 days

SALARY: Appropriate step on teacher’s salary schedule

This deadline does not preclude further advertisement or recruitment.

Please Note:
Your account will read “review” once we open your application, this does not necessarily mean we are interviewing at this time.

Please ensure all of your contact information on school spring is accurate, including your phone number, as we will reach out as needed throughout hiring process.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1
Equal Opportunity Employer
The Worcester Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Educational Institution and does not discriminate regardless of race, color, ancestry, sex, gender, age, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy or a related condition, veteran status or homelessness. The Worcester Public Schools provides equal access to employment and the full range of general, occupational and vocational education programs. For more information relating to Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action contact the Human Resource Manager, 20 Irving Street, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-799-3020.

Job Requirements
PLEASE READ: FOR ALL POSITIONS THAT REQUIRE A MA DESE LICENSE, PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR LICENSE NUMBER OR VISIBILITY TO YOUR LICENSE. IF THAT INFORMATION IS NOT EASILY ACCESSIBLE, YOU WILL BE CONSIDERED UNLICENSED. To maximize the effectiveness of your application, it is recommended that you provide a cover letter which describes the specific training and experience that you have for the position(s) that you are applying for and that you ensure that the certification information in your SchoolSpring profile is updated. Your MA DESE certification number will allow us to verify that you possess the correct license. Please ensure that your SchoolSpring resume, specifically, is updated as this will be used to determine your Degree and Step placement on the Teachers salary schedule. Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

Application Questions
This employer has requested that all applicants answer the following questions. It is highly recommended that you type any essays in a word processing program, save them, and then paste them on the proceeding job application page.
Have you ever worked for the Worcester Public Schools? When? What capacity?
Brief Response (Answer limited to 200 characters, including spaces)

Do you have any relatives employed by the Worcester Public Schools or the School Committee? If yes, please list name, title, and relationship.

Have you ever been terminated for cause from a prior position? If so please explain.
Brief Response (Answer limited to 200 characters, including spaces)

Do you have experience working in a public school system?

Do you have experience with Special Education students?

Do you have demonstrated experience supporting students with special needs?

Contact Information
Lisa Edmonson, Department Head – Autism
20 Irving Street, Room #305
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
Phone: 508-799-8164
Email: edmonsonl@worcesterschools.net

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