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Location: West Hartford, CT Category: Gengras Center School Posted On: Thu Jul 8 2021 Job Description:
This position supports the Gengras Center by developing and implementing the instructional strategies and activities that reflect knowledge and understanding of students' intellectual, physical and social development. The teacher must have knowledge of teaching skills and competencies, be proficient in reading, writing and mathematics, and be capable of using computers, assistive technology and adaptive equipment that will enable the students to learn and participate. It is important for the teacher to create a classroom environment that encourages positive behaviors and have knowledge of behavior management strategies. Good communication skills that allow the teacher to interact effectively with students, staff, families, community members, administration, the USJ community and sending district personnel are vital. The teacher must maintain the professional standards required to fulfill the position responsibilities.
Discipline Based Goals
Demonstrate knowledge in the following areas:
Various disabilities and the impact of disabilities on classroom performance.
Implementation of strategies to facilitate student learning and behavior management.
Appropriate use of formal and informal assessment strategies and instruments; legal provisions, regulations and guidelines regarding student assessment.
Individualized Education Plans.
Planning and Placement Team process.
Negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
Data collection and interpretation to program effectively for students.
Behavior Intervention Plans.
Demonstrate understanding of state curriculum standards.
How students learn to read and respond to text; understanding of reading and writing as interactive process.
How students learn mathematical concepts, procedures and tasks.
Occupational/life skills curriculum and relevance to independent living and employment.
Plan and implement instructional strategies and activities that reflect knowledge of students' intellectual, physical, and social/emotional development.
Create, select and adapt a variety of instructional activities, utilizing adaptive equipment, technology, and other resources to support student learning.
Create a classroom environment that encourages positive behaviors.
Coordinate with Gengras transdisciplinary team to facilitate integration of functional/academic skills throughout the curriculum.
Collaborate and help facilitate development of community-wide special projects, and activities that enhance learning.
Communicate effectively with students, staff, families, community members, administration, and sending district personnel.
Provide Director/Associate/ Assistant Directors with lesson plans, quarterly goals, and progress updates during scheduled times as well as upon request
Establish and maintain policies and procedures for program operation.
Assist in the identification and implementation of program goals and objectives.
Coordinate the planning and design of Special Education program including classroom instruction utilizing quarterly instructional goals and daily lesson plans.
Provide instruction of students in Special Education program that promotes skill acquisition based on IEP goals/objectives and fosters independence.
Design and facilitate meaningful integration activities for students with non-disabled peers.
Assess performance of individual students and maintain data about student progress.
Maintain a safe and healthy environment.
Participate weekly in unit transdisciplinary child study meetings with the goal of providing a comprehensive instruction program to the students.
Assume the responsibilities of state-wide testing examiner as assigned by state-wide testing supervisor in conjunction with Assistant Director(s)/Director.
Provide for effective utilization of staff.
Model strategies and methods paraprofessionals should use with students that promote learning and engagement in activities.
Monitor paraprofessionals' day to day work and provide feedback.
Facilitate collaborative and cooperative relationships with the University of Saint Joseph, including providing opportunities for classroom observations and supervision of practicum students.
Demonstrate ability to use computers for both productivity and instruction, assistive technology, and adaptive equipment that will enable students to learn and participate in the classroom.
Instruct student in-person and online as needed
Foundational Skills and Competencies:
Demonstrate knowledge of how students learn and develop and how they differ in their approach to learning.
Design and deliver instruction and vary instructional methods based on learner needs.
Plan relevant instruction that promotes learning, gives the subject meaning and fosters independence.
Create instructional opportunities that support students' academic, social, and personal development.
Assess student learning, collect and analyze data, and modify instruction as appropriate, to meet IEP goals and objectives.
Establish and maintain appropriate standards of behavior and create a positive learning environment that shows a commitment to students and their success.
Share responsibility for student achievement and well-being.
Engage in self-evaluation of the effect of choices and actions on students and the school community.
Practice professional conduct in accordance with the Code of Professional Responsibility for Teachers (Section 10-145d-400a of the Connecticut Certification Regulations).
Meet the standards as detailed in the CCT Rubric for Effective Teaching 2017 and participate in CSDE Teacher Evaluation System.
Certified in Special Education; Master's Degree in Special Education preferred.
At least 2 years experience working with special needs students.
Knowledge and experience in Special Education instruction.
Knowledge of teaching skills and competencies.
Proficient in reading, writing and mathematics.
Cultural competency to work with diverse student and/or employee population
Commitment to the mission of the University of Saint Joseph
Physical ability to perform essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The University of Saint Joseph is building a culturally diverse faculty & staff and strongly encourages applications from women and people of color.
The University of Saint Joseph, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in the Catholic tradition, provides a rigorous liberal arts and professional education for a diverse student population in an inclusive environment that encourages strong ethical values, personal integrity, and a sense of responsibility to the needs of society.At University of Saint Joseph, our mission statement profoundly resonates with our faculty and staff and serves as the foundation upon which our employment policy is built.We seek to attract, develop and retain individuals who are committed to our mission. We are committed to providing an environment where diverse talents, perspectives, experiences and contributions are recognized, and one that promotes the "growth of the whole person" with resources that enable employees to meet professional and personal life needs.