Secondary Special Education
Job Description – Secondary Special Education Teacher
Responsibilities listed may include, but are not limited to the following:
1. The Secondary Special Education teacher serves students with special needs in 7th grade through 21 years of age. Students may be diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, various learning disabilities, rare syndromes, and medical fragility. As appropriate, inclusionary practices are supported through co-teaching and community-based instruction. Students receive academic instruction, speech therapy, training in life skills, self-help skills, transition plan, and vocational skills.
2. As needed, the special education teacher follows a functional life skills program with adopted curriculum and suggest appropriate changes. The teacher provides pre-vocational opportunities, teach functional academics and be able to differentiate instruction for students with severe emotional, behavioral and developmental needs.
3. The special education teacher co-teaches and collaborates with classroom teachers in planning for specific student learning outcomes based on assessed needs of individual students and the use of data and information to determine each student’s current knowledge and skill level, set student learning goals, and assess student progress.
4. The teacher leads or assists in identifying and in complying with teaching and learning and student accommodation requirements under Individual Education Program (IEP) and 504 accommodation requirements.
5. The special education teacher serves as the special education case manager and conducts all services to students, including meetings, as required under Nebraska Rule 51 and district procedures.
6. Special Education teachers may, as needed, conduct classroom instruction either for direct learning by students or for demonstrating effective intervention and teaching practices for classroom teachers.
7. The teacher works collaboratively in a professional learning community with other teachers, support staff, and others as appropriate, in addressing the needs of students, developing effective teaching and learning practices, and developing and implementing best practices.
8. The teacher assists teachers in using research-based instructional and learning strategies and content specific differentiated instruction in assisting teachers in planning, delivering, and assessing lessons and individual student success.
9. The teacher develops, obtains, maintains and provides student data related to the specific content area(s).
10. The teacher provides leadership in assessing the data on a school-wide basis to participate in and support the school improvement plan.
11. The teacher integrates district approved and/or required technology into planning, learning, progress reporting, and required record-keeping activities including the preparation of IEP’s in the case of students with special needs.
12. The teacher will actively participate as an advisor, resource specialist, and facilitator in faculty, grade level, department, and/or professional learning community meetings.
13. The teacher is constantly observant of the needs and challenges of students and promptly engages an administrator or appropriate educational staff associates when the teacher suspects or reasonably believes that a student is at risk or in danger due to such issues as bullying, sexual harassment/misconduct, depression or suicide ideation, or academic failure.
14. The teacher serves as a positive role model for students and practices the behaviors that are expected of students.
15. The teacher assists in the supervision of students at school activities and events during school hours. The teacher remains vigilant of students throughout the school day and the school location, taking the initiative to engage students when students are acting inappropriately or are in inappropriate locations for the time of day.
16. As a leader and specialist in an assigned content area(s), the special education teacher develops and presents training to administrators, teachers, and support staff in assessment and intervention strategies to improve learning for students struggling or lagging behind in the content area.
17. The teacher will establish a professional growth plan and annually review the plan and progress with the administrator.
18. Required to follow Board policies and stay abreast of updates and changes.
19. Performs other duties as assigned.
Salary per Negotiated Agreement.