at USD 259 - Wichita Public Schools in Wichita, Kansas, United States
Position Function: The person filling this position plans, leads, facilitates, and provides instruction for maximum student learning in his/her least restrictive learning environment. This position follows each student’s standards-based Individual Education Program (IEP) to ensure appropriate curriculum-based instruction.
Essential Performance Responsibilities:
- Participates, as appropriate, on pre-assessment teams to determine necessity for comprehensive student evaluation; initiates, schedules, and attends IEP meetings; works with multi-disciplinary team to diagnose need; structures/implements IEP for each student identified
- Defines, structures, and communicates daily expectations according to state standards and IEP including, but not limited to, course goals, objectives, learning methods, and activities
- Communicates with parents, regular education staff members, special education staff members, and other appropriate stakeholders on course instructional strategies and objectives, students’ grasp of material, outcomes and perspectives for applications of materials learned
- Receives and reports student progress; in-puts student data via computer; negotiates schedules and communicates with all pertinent participants (administration, parents, staff, students, etc.)
- Provides differentiated instruction based on the student’s individual level of functioning and preferred/necessary learning modalities
- Controls classroom and teaches individual behavior through classroom structure, routine, communication opportunities, and individualized behavior methods; adapts and adjusts course content and reading levels to specify skills to be taught; discerns learning styles and means of building memory and study skills; assists individual students in achieving academic, daily living, and social skills learning objectives by working with them individually and in small groups
- Presents various learning opportunities appropriate to each student’s IEP including, but not limited to, classroom structure, multi-media, assistive technology, alternative communication opportunities, support of regular classroom teachers, and other presentations and/or opportunities inside or outside
- Prepares and displays events and reinforcement activities which encourage participation
- Evaluates according to state standards and student IEPs
- Plans assessments for evaluation to include, but not limited to, various diagnostic techniques; standardized survey and criterion-referenced test; teacher-developed oral and written tests; student personal indices (effort, potential, interests, memory)
- Designs subject-based reinforcement to follow assessments and student’s learning objectives (computer, lab activities, working independently or on group projects, field/community reinforcement)
- Designs a grading system which encourages motivation and participation; collects and enters student data in computer from charts and observations; reports progress on a regular basis as required
- Provides a positive role model of appropriate and respectful interactions with students and staff
- Develops, teaches, and reviews clear and concise classroom structure, rules, routines, procedures, and expectations individualized to student need
- Designs classroom rules for student interaction (courtesy and respect for belongings, space, and ideas), self-control, working independently, and appropriately gaining the floor; designs systems for handling all the behavior (from simple infractions to severe behavior)
- Prepares physical condition of classroom to reflect subject matter to facilitate student learning and maintains a clean and organized classroom
- Keeps daily records on, but not limited to, student attendance, learning and social needs, assignments, assessments and discipline; supervises paraprofessionals
- Manages all job duties with the mobility, agility, dexterity, and focused observation necessary to adequately perform the essential duties as described above
Additional Duties: Assists with additional duties as assigned by supervisor.
Equipment: This position may require the ability to use SMART boards and iPads in addition to basic office equipment such as computers, copiers, scanners, and fax machine. Must always comply with USD 259’s guidelines for equipment use.
Travel: Limited travel between schools and central offices may be required.
Physical and Mental Demands:
- Good physical health and ability to implement behavioral strategies as well as to lift, dress, and position students as needed for self-care and safety.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to communicate both verbally and written in order to communicate with others inside and outside of the organization for the purpose of giving and obtaining information
- Ability to communicate effectively with a Supervisor when their discretion is needed
- Ability to perform as an effective team player
- Ability to plan, organize, make decisions and prioritize work to meet the daily demands of the building
- Exhibits a professional manner and a positive attitude
- Uses good judgment to make decisions on recurring assignments
- Displays a significant degree of professionalism and confidentiality
- Ability to conform to proper standards of professional dress and appearance
- Knowledge of company’s mission, purpose, goals and the role of every employee in achieving each of them