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Teacher - Special Education Learning Specialist

Mountain Phoenix Community School

Wheat Ridge, CO, USA

Full time

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Apr 11

Teacher - Special Education Learning Specialist

Reports to: Director of Enrichment and Student Support
Performance Review Date: Annual
Number of contract days to work per year: 190
Classification: Salaried, Exempt

Position Objective:
The Special Education Learning Specialist develops, implements, and supports individualized practices for achieving learning outcomes for students with communication, cognitive, physical, and/or social/behavioral needs, based on the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). This teacher will utilize evidence-based best practice and rely on frequent progress monitoring for programming adjustments. The Learning Specialist teacher will take a leadership role in collaborative problem solving with the general education teacher and parents to identify and implement interventions for students.

Special Knowledge/Skills
Commitment to the MPCS mission and vision, and the Core Principles of Public Waldorf Education
Personal and professional commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion
Thorough understanding and training in MPCS’ Three Streams of Student Support Process or similar MTSS model
Restorative Practices training
Strong interpersonal, communication, writing and organizational skills
Proven dedication to collaboration in working with Directors, faculty, staff, students, caregivers

Bachelor's degree (B.A.) or equivalent from four-year college or university
Colorado teaching license with Special Education Generalist endorsement (or in process).
Training emphasis in Learning Disabled/Perceptual Communicative preferred.
Experience/supervised internship in working with educationally disabled children.
Training in understanding/interpreting educational assessments and prescriptive teaching.
Demonstrated ability to collaboratively work with a multidisciplinary team in developing appropriate materials, facilitating inclusion, creating educational plans, and designing and implementing behavioral plans.
Training and experience in working with students with a variety of, disabling conditions.
Complies with the Special Education Department and district policies and procedures (e.g., Medicaid billing, accident reporting).

Preferred Qualifications / Experience:
Related Master’s degree (M.A.) or equivalent coursework
Training emphasis in Learning Disabled/Perceptual Communicative preferred.
Broad experience in the field of special education and alternative therapeutic support options in a school setting, particularly remedial approaches in Waldorf pedagogy

Position Duties and Responsibilities:
Design and implement specialized instruction in one-on-one, small group and large classroom settings.
Work collaboratively to plan and modify curriculum, team teach with general educators and to communicate the abilities and needs of special education students.
Develop, implement and review for appropriateness the behavioral plans for designated students.
Work in conjunction with a multidisciplinary team to conduct IEP and referral meetings, conferences, and to develop a multidisciplinary approach to the educational enhancement of the student.
Maintain ongoing communication with regular educators, school staff, students and parents.
Create a safe, supportive and understanding environment for students of all abilities.
Other duties as assigned

Demonstrate high standards for professional conduct.
Maintain strict confidentiality.
Model a restorative mindset and healthy, respectful, working relationships.
Link professional growth to professional goals.
Build and maintain effective partnerships with stakeholders.
Be committed to working on a team within a shared leadership model.
Promote a positive, creative, dynamic, collaborative, and productive work environment.
Seek and respond to feedback.

APPLY: For more information or to apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to Maggie Payne (Director of Enrichment and Student Support) at mpayne@jeffco.k12.co.us and include “Business Manager” as the subject of the email.

NOTE: The Mountain Phoenix Community School Governing Council is an equal opportunity employer. This position description identifies general responsibilities and is not intended to be a complete list of all duties performed. This document is subject to change in response to student demographics, staffing factors, funding variables, modified operating procedures, program/curriculum changes and unforeseen events.

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