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Teacher Pool - 2021-2022 - Special Education

Company: Fort Worth Independent School District
Location: Fort Worth
Posted on: June 13, 2021

Job Description:

Teacher - Special Education

Learning In Natural Communities (LINC)

Teaching to Academic Potential (TAP)

Severe Needs

2021-2022 School Year

Salary: Teacher Salary Schedule

Duty Days: 187

This is a grant-funded position

Please submit your application by the closing date listed for early consideration.

Your future is in our classroom

Fort Worth ISD is recruiting talented, compassionate teachers dedicated to helping every student in the district succeed. Successful applicants for the 2020-2021 school year will share a commitment to excellence in the classroom and a belief that great teaching is the key to unlocking student success.

Fort Worth Independent School District is hiring teachers in all subject areas particularly for high need areas such as bilingual, math and science for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. By filling out one application, you will gain access to opportunities across all Fort Worth schools.

Teaching in Fort Worth is more than a career. It's a calling. Answer the call today and join an exceptional team of teachers shaping the leaders of tomorrow. Certified teachers as well as career changers can see a complete listing of opportunities at TeachFortWorth.org

Position Purpose

Delivers rigorous instruction to students in order to promote intellectual, social, and physical growth; ensures that regardless of socioeconomic factors every child is prepared for accelerated learning to compete in a global economy. In the continuum of available services, the LINC and TAP are placement options designed to meet the needs of students with more severe disabilities. The LINC/TAP classroom is designed for students whose educational needs cannot be met through the regular curriculum without a structured classroom environment. The focus is on communication, social, behavioral, academic, emotional and functional life skills that students will need to facilitate independence.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Curriculum & Instruction

  • Collaborates with students, parents, and other members of the staff to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) through the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee process for each student assigned.
  • Implements an instructional, therapeutic, and/or skill development program for assigned students and shows written evidence of preparation as required.
  • Presents subject matter effectively and according to guidelines established by the IEP; employs a variety of instructional techniques, equipment, and media including technology to meet the needs and capabilities of each student assigned.

Student Growth & Development

  • Provides or supervises personal care, medical care, and feeding of students as stated in the IEP.
  • Assumes responsibility for extracurricular activities as assigned; sponsors outside activities approved by the campus principal.
  • Consults District and outside resources regarding education, social, medical, and personal needs of students.

Student Assessment

  • Uses and implements ongoing assessments of student learning, interprets higher level data (i.e., value add) to inform instruction, and modifies instructional methods to fit individual student's needs; conducts individual and small group instruction as needed.
  • Serves on ARD committees to determine appropriate levels of services required to meet the needs of students with challenging educational needs.
  • Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping, grading, and reporting for all student activities, achievement, and attendance as required by District procedures and applicable laws.
  • Administers standardized tests in accordance with District testing programs.

Classroom Environment

  • Creates classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of special needs students.
  • Manages student behavior and administers discipline; intervenes in crisis situations and physically restraining students as necessary and according to IEP and/or federal regulations.
  • Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities.
  • Employs positive behavior supports to establishes and maintains standards of pupil behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom.

Parent Involvement

  • Encourages parental involvement in student's education.
  • Ensures effective communication with students and parents.

Professional Learning Community

  • Establishes and maintains open communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, principals, and teachers.
  • Keeps informed of and complies with federal, state, District, and school regulations and policies for special education teachers.
  • Compiles, maintains, and files all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents required.
  • Coordinates with other professional staff members to evaluate and assess students and curriculum; participates in faculty meetings and committees.
  • Selects and requisitions appropriate books, instructional aids, and other supplies/equipment; maintains inventory records.

Safety

  • Performs preventive maintenance on tools and equipment and ensures equipment is in safe operating condition.
  • Follows established safety procedures and techniques to perform job duties including lifting and climbing; operates tools and equipment according to established safety procedures.
  • Corrects unsafe conditions in work area and promptly reports any conditions that are not immediately correctable to supervisor.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervises and assigns tasks to Teacher Assistant after demonstrating or teaching the task.

Personal Work Relationships

  • All Fort Worth ISD employees must maintain a commitment to the District's mission, vision, and strategic goals.
  • Exhibits high professionalism, standards of conduct and work ethic.
  • Demonstrates high quality customer service; builds rapport/relationship with the consumer.
  • Demonstrates cultural competence in interactions with others; is respectful of co-workers; communicates and acts as a team player; promotes teamwork. Responds and acts appropriately in confrontational situations.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Performs all job-related duties as assigned and in accordance to the Board rules, policies and regulations. All employees are expected to comply with lawful directives in rare situations driven by need where a team effort is required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of federal and state guidelines and District policies and procedures regarding special population students' services and programs.
  • Knowledge of Special Education principles, theories, testing, and proven methods of maximizing the educational experience of students with special needs; as well as differentiation of instruction necessary to create effective and productive student-centered learning environments.
  • Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis, and the formulation of action plans.
  • Skill in professional learning, technical assistance, and consultation.
  • Skill in talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Ability to work with students with physical, emotional, educational, and/or intellectual disabilities.
  • Ability to provide information and assist office personnel, parents, and students related to District programs and activities.
  • Ability to effectively assist in and develop IEP for students and to conference with teachers, parents, and students.
  • Ability to lead, develop, and direct/deliver professional learning.
  • Ability to use software to create spreadsheets, databases, and do word processing.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written forms.
  • Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.

Travel Requirements

  • Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.

Physical & Mental Demands, Work Hazards

  • Tools/Equipment Used: Standard office equipment, including computer and peripherals.
  • Posture: Prolonged sitting and standing; occasional stooping, squatting, crouching/crawling, kneeling, bending, pushing/pulling, and twisting.
  • Motion: Use hands for fine manipulation, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms using a keyboard and video display terminal; frequent walking; occasional climbing stairs.
  • Lifting: Frequent light lifting and carrying (less than 10 pounds); occasionally up to 35 pounds.
  • Vision: performs tasks requiring close vision.
  • Environment: Works in an office setting; noise levels in the office are usually low to moderate; frequent talking and listening; may require occasional irregular and/or prolonged hours.
  • Attendance: Regular and punctual attendance at the worksite is required for this position.
  • Mental Demands: Maintains emotional control under stress; works with frequent interruptions.

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university.
  • Certification/License: Valid Texas Teaching Certification in Special Education and level of assignment.
  • Experience: Experience working with diverse students and special populations preferred.
  • Language: Bilingual (English/Spanish) working proficiency preferred in some settings.

This is a grant-funded position

Application and Selection Process

Complete an online application at www.fwisd.org and attach a rsum, transcript, copy of certification, and letter of interest.

A thorough review of all applications will occur in order to determine which applicants will be invited to move forward in the selection process. All teacher candidates will be required to participate in a personal interview with the principal, and may be asked to submit a lesson plan and demonstrate a lesson. For additional information about the selection process, please visit: TeachFortWorth.org

All chosen teacher candidates will be asked to complete the ZeroRisk Hiring System Profile during the selection process. The information collected during this 20-minute exercise will help us select the right person for the right position, which will help us reach our District goals. In no way will this information be the sole basis for an employment decision with the Fort Worth ISD.

Upon request and prior to being placed in the teacher pool, selected applicants are required to submit and complete the following:

  • Copies of the appropriate license(s), certification(s), and/or approval form from the alternative certification program
  • Copies of transcripts; all foreign transcripts need to be equivocated prior to hiring.

Before applying to this position, thoroughly read the information below

By applying to this position, you are requesting to be considered for a teaching position in the Fort Worth ISD for the 2020-2021 school year. This position is district-wide, and you are not applying to a specific school. Upon submission of the application, all reference checks will be automatically sent. All candidates must complete our full selection process, which includes acceptance into the teacher pool before engaging principals. Once candidates have completed our full selection process, principals will have access to your information.

Every candidate will receive a response from the Fort Worth ISD. You will be contacted through email, as this is our primary method of communication. Fort Worth ISD will not be able to contact you if your contact information is inaccurate. Please verify and update your information as needed. Candidates who meet our standards will proceed to the next step in the selection process.

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