Special Education Teacher

Job Description:  Exceptional Child Services        

Purpose Statement:

The Exceptional Child Services (ECS) /K-8 Special Education certified teaching position is an integral part of the Special Education team that collaboratively provides interventions and educational support to special education students in order to assist them in making progress in general education and finding success in and out of the classroom.  This position supports special education students by  instructing them in the necessary academic and behavioral skills specified on their IEP  in order for them to be successful learners in the regular education classrooms.  This position will also work alongside the Lead Special Education teacher, special education assistants and general education teachers to determine appropriate accommodations, adaptations and interventions for the students to help them successfully access the general education curriculum and become independent advocates for their own learning in an inclusive setting.

Essential Functions:

  • Maintains a high level of communication with students, parents and teachers, creating and ensuring compliance with intervention plans, 504 plans and IEP’s. Facilitates meetings and works with students and teachers to ensure a successful learning environment for every student, while at the same time maintaining confidentiality.
  • Supports the Lead Special Education teacher in managing the paperwork, files, data input, special education deadlines and due dates and instruction for a flexible caseload.  Provides push in and pull out interventions and services across our K-8 grade levels.
  • Assists in overseeing related services for their caseload; including the necessary special education paperwork, data entry, file maintenance, service oversight and meetings.
  • Works with a high degree of independence in Special Education while also collaborating with the other members of the ECS team.
  • Maintains a strong knowledge of the State of Idaho Special Education Manual and current information on the State of Idaho Education website and Idaho Training ClearingHouse.
  • Possesses strong collaboration skills and participates as a member of an innovative and creative school team and is open to ideas that best meet the needs of special education students. Evaluates, creates and implements innovative approaches and refines instructional strategies accordingly in collaboration with the Lead Special Education Teacher.  This includes the effective use of technologies to increase student learning, involvement, and the confidence to learn.
  • Demonstrates appreciation for and sensitivity to, the diversity among individuals and strives to ensure equitable opportunities for student learning.
  • Maintains and improves professional competence through attendance at professional development events and through self-generated learning activities that meet the district expectations and the requirements for recertification in the State of Idaho.
  • Implements EL Education practices into the teaching of their caseload.
  • Collaborates with general education teachers to support special education students in creating high quality work in the classroom.
  • Shares responsibility for accomplishing goals, attending faculty and committee meetings as required and/or needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Candidates must hold, or be eligible for, an Idaho K-12 or K-8 Special Education certification, and meet all Idaho State Department of Education standards for a Highly Qualified Teacher.
  • Preferred: Master’s Degree in Special Education
  • A strong commitment to remain current in special education law, content and teaching practices.
  • Experience in utilizing special education paperwork platforms.

Preferred Endorsedments:

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • School Counselor (K-12)
  • School Nurse
  • School Psychologist
  • School Social Worker
  • Speech-Language Pathologist

Palouse Prairie Charter School may be a good fit for you if you:

  1. Flourish in a collaborative environment that deems alignment, consistency and fidelity to programs and school design integral to school and student success.
  2. Thrive in a diverse, intellectually challenging environment where reflection and improvement of professional practice are regarded as hallmarks of individual and group growth and development.
  3. Believe all children – regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, or home language – can achieve at high levels, AND believe that the teacher must actively engage students to make that happen.
  4. Have knowledge of child cognitive, social, moral and ethical development as well as different learning styles and can implement this knowledge in a caring and collaborative community.
  5. Demonstrate competence using qualitative and quantitative data to inform instruction and to assess students’ progress over time.
  6. Have the desire to work in a nontraditional, school environment.
  7. Can develop curriculum that is engaging, rigorous and aligns with Common Core State Standards and school expectations.
  8. Are passionate about what PPCS has to offer staff, students and families.
  9. Believes in the EL Education model of education

Why Teach at Palouse Prairie Charter School?

EL Education schools were founded on the ideals of Outward Bound and organize their curriculum around rigorous, multidisciplinary learning units called expeditions. The Palouse Prairie School faculty enjoy a high degree of autonomy and responsibility in all aspects of the school program, including team-teaching; caring for students; developing curriculum and standards; leading students in service on and off campus; experiential methods of learning in environments outside the classroom; participating in shared decision-making; and engaging in professional development.

About Our School:  PPCS, a public school chartered by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission and demonstrates 11 years of successful operation.  The school serves approximately 190 students K-8. PPCS was founded by a group of parents and educators seeking a model of education that is grounded with a vision to use meaningful curriculum to create individuals to take their learning into the community to make a positive difference in the world.    We are located in Moscow, ID.  PPCS is an EL Education formerly known as Expeditionary Learning (EL) school rooted in effective teaching and learning practices as a means to ensure that all students are provided a rigorous curriculum embedded with components of strong character and service learning. The curriculum is organized around learning expeditions where collaboration, cooperation, and teamwork are integral to the school design.   Active pedagogy is supported by working with teaching partners and through a school culture that practices shared and distributive leadership, reflection, deep dialogue, meaningful social interactions and aligned professional development.  Equity and high expectations for every student is fostered through inquiry and project based learning; a safe, respectful and orderly community; adventure; service learning, civic responsibility, and engagement of families in the life of the school. To learn more about the school please visit www.palouseprairieschooll.org and https://palouseprairieschool.org/portfolio-intro/.

Position open until filled.

Compensation: Depends on Experience and Education. Employee benefits include; medical, dental, and optional vision insurance coverage as well as payment into the state employees’ retirement plan (PERSI).

Email cover letter and resume to jbranen@palouseprairieschool.org

Pursuant to Idaho Code 33-512(15), all first time employees of Palouse Prairie Charter School (PPCS) must submit to a criminal background check. PPCS  is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation in the education programs and activities it operates.




Special Education Support Staff/Paraprofessional Position

Palouse Prairie Charter School is seeking a passionate and dedicated individual to serve as a full-time Special Education Paraprofessional for the 2020–2021 school year. The Paraprofessional will support the Special Education teacher in providing Reading, Written Language and Math instruction related to IEP goals to the special education students in grades K-8. In addition, other school duties may be assigned, as needed.

Qualifications:

● Experience working with students in grades K-8 with exceptional needs.
● Ability to communicate in verbal and in written methods effectively and clearly.
● Computer skills necessary for managing google drives, producing google docs and
spreadsheets and running basic online programs with macbooks or chromebooks. Sufficient
computer knowledge to help students learn how to confidently use chromebooks in class to
complete assigned classroom work.
● Physical abilities: Ability to actively observe student behavior and monitor until professional
help is available. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds. Enough stamina to assist in classroom
teaching and maintenance assistance.
● Education: Must have a high school diploma or equivalent and have completed two years of
study (a minimum of 32 credits) at an institution of higher education or have obtained an
associate’s degree or higher, or have evidence of passing the ParaPro Praxis test.
● Knowledge of basic reading, writing and math instructional strategies. Evidence of basic
knowledge concerning learning styles and basic characteristics of special education students.

Compensation:

● $13.11-$14.46 per hour, DOE
● Employee benefits include; medical, dental, and optional vision insurance coverage as well as payment into the state employees’ retirement plan (PERSI).

Email resume and cover letter to Jeneille Branen: jbranen@palouseprairieschool.org

PALOUSE PRAIRIE IS SEEKING SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS
Eligibility Criteria.
1. Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
2. Have successfully completed an Idaho State Department of Education background check & fingerprinting, at employee’s expense (PPCS will provide State Department of Education fingerprinting forms)
3. Prior experience in schools is preferred
4. Preference is given to substitute teachers who have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree

Selection Criteria.
Experience in an educational setting and/or training in an educational program

General Duties & Responsibilities.
1. Assume the responsibilities for instructing classes when a teacher is absent
2. Assumes responsibility for overseeing pupil behavior in class and during lunch and other regular activities.
3. Consult with the director before initiating any teaching or other procedures not specified in the lesson plan

Compensation. $95 per day with current teaching certificate/$80 bachelor’s degree (prorated for partial days) 

Availability. As Needed 
Substitute Application Packet

None at this time