Teacher, Visually Impaired Resource
Teaches compensatory skills which will enable students to be successful in the regular classroom or other education placement. These skills include Braille reading and writing, use of assistive technology devices, keyboarding, listening skills, and orientation and mobility.
Essential Performance Responsibilities
- Collaborates with other supports (general education, special education, physical and occupational therapist) to meet the student needs.
- Positively fosters students’ self-esteem.
- Plans for and guides the learning process to help students achieve their visually impaired resource program objectives.
- Implements useful diagnostic and progress assessment measures.
- Selects and uses effective instructional methods and learning materials.
- Support the ongoing curriculum development of the program.
- Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research.
- Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping and lesson planning and student progress toward IEP goals as required by district procedures and applicable laws.
- Maintains compliance with all special education regulations (IEP, MDT, Progress Reports, FBA/BIPs)
- Maintains open lines of communications with parents, guardians and staff.
- Working with and understanding a diverse student population.
- Evidence of the willingness and the ability to comply with the standards with ethical and professional performance established by district policy as well as the State Board of Education.
- Works collaboratively to achieve the overall purpose of the visually impaired program and support the District’s vision, aims and goals.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education required.
- Obtain and maintain a valid Nebraska Teaching License with endorsement in Visual Impairment.
- Completion of the Orientation & Mobility Specialist program is preferred.
- Knowledge of current teaching methods and educational pedagogy.
- Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and special education students.
- Excellent attendance record.
- Professional verification of successful classroom teacher performance and/or student teaching experience.
- Evidence of the willingness and ability to comply with standards for ethical and professional performance established by the State Board of Education.
- This individual will exhibit skills pertinent to foster positive human relationships and the ability to work effectively with students, staff, parents and the community.
- Skill in organization, time management, communication, and positive interpersonal skills.
- Excellent skills in verbal and written communication.
- A demonstrated philosophy that all students can and will learn.
- Ability to understand the individual needs of each student.
- Ability to effectively use Microsoft Outlook and the student information system.
- Displays a significant degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
- Ability to conform to proper standards of professional dress and appearance.
- Knowledge of OPS’s mission, purpose, goals and the role of every employee in achieving each of them.
Job Title: Teacher, Visually Impaired Resource
Location: TAC- Teacher Administration Center
Reports To: Director of Special Education
Work Schedule/FLSA Status: 188 Day as per negotiated agreement / Exempt
Salary Schedule: Commensurate with experience and education plus 5 percent of the regular teaching salary (in 2021-22) / As outlined in applicable negotiated agreement