Reading School District is seeking qualified applicants for the following position:
Emotional Support Teacher
Position Goal: To teach basic social, academic, and home living related skills to students in schools and centers using a variety of teaching techniques, materials, and equipment to initiate and reinforce learning; provides appropriate therapeutic or instructional activities to teach other life skills; develops or modifies curricula and prepares lessons and other instructional materials according to ability levels, disabilities, and impairments of students.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Other duties may be assigned.
The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to the following fundamental duties:
Participates in eligibility process, as assigned, and after student is determined eligible for special education program, participates in the in-take process
Assesses student abilities as related to desired educational goals, objectives, outcomes and disability or impairment
Collaborates with staff and parents to develop Individual Education Programs for each student assigned
Collaborates with staff and parents to develop Fuctional Behavioral Assessments, Evaluation Reviews and Manifestation Determinations as needed
Plans appropriate instructional/learning strategies and activities including determination of appropriate kind and level of materials and equipment
Participates in and/or chairs Individualized Education Program (IEP) and evaluation report meetings
Implements an instructional, therapeutic, or skill development program which provides appropriate experience
Manages the behavior of learners in instructional setting to ensure environment is conducive to the learning process, and assists and participates in management of student behavior in other parts of the school and school grounds
Coordinates educational activities with other professional staff, both school and no school based, as required to maximize learning opportunities
Continually assesses student achievement through use of formal and informal testing, maintaining appropriate assessment and evaluation documentation for institutional and individual reporting purposes
Utilizes a variety of instructional materials and available multimedia and technology to enhance learning
Requests assistance of and works with resource personnel both school and nonschool based as needed
Works in a self contained, team, departmental, or itinerant capacity as assigned (may work off site as an extension of any of the above)
Participates in inservices and staff development activities and staff meetings as required or assigned
Continual learning of technology, programming and information related to the field of education and special education
Ensures confidentiality of information in reference to HIPPA/FERPA and IDEA regulations
Communicates with all school personnel in reference to the students IEP, with continual monitoring and reporting of progress
Ensures continuous communication with parents and school personnel, both written and oral, to keep them informed in the studentís progress
Communicates with students on expectations and keeps them informed of their progress in meeting those expectations as appropriate
Manages allotted learning time to maximize student achievement
Assigns work to educational assistants, attendants, and parent and student volunteers as needed
Ensures classroom and/or instructional environment are attractive, healthful, safe, and conducive to learning, and that materials are assessable to students and in good condition
Provides or supervises care and feeding of students who, because of age or disability, do not have feeding and self-help or abilities, may include tube feeding
Performs other duties as assigned by the Superintendent or his/her designee. This job description does not constitute an exhaustive list of responsibilities and management may revise it at any time.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Possession of appropriate degree and certification
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Current Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate; valid PA Driverís License.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common professional and technical journals, governmental regulations and legal documents
Ability to respond to common inquiries from staff and regulatory agencies
Ability to write reports, and correspondence
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from administration, students, and parents.
Ability to work mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference
Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions for practical situations.
Ability to interpret and present mathematical curriculum to students
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:
Ability to develop and maintain required records and reports
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, parents and the community
Ability to work as a team member
Ability to maintain personal self-control in stressful situations
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and sit. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Some driving is necessary. May require lifting minimum of 25 pounds or more. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception. Occasionally, yet essential to this position, the individual must meet deadlines with severe time constraints. (The position frequently requires the employee to work irregular or extended hours.)
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet but may be moderate to loud at times. The employee is frequently required to interact with the parents, public and staff during and after the normal workday. The position requires the individual to meet multiple demands from several people and exhibit good human relation skills including courtesy, tact and patience. (The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being and work output of subordinate staff.)
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