Silicon Valley Flex Academy
SUMMARY: The Education Specialist is a highly qualified and state-certified Teacher responsible for delivering instruction and supporting special education students in a blended educational environment that combines both virtual and face-to-face instruction. Education Specialists provide instruction, support students in meeting their goals, provide appropriate accommodations and modifications according to Individual Education Plans (IEP), participate in IEP meetings, and manage the overall learning process for designated students. They monitor student progress through K12's learning management system, and work actively with students and parents to advance each child's learning.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Provides instruction and direct services for all special needs students on an individual or small group basis;
- Assists regular classroom teachers in identifying those students who appear to have special needs; assists school personnel in the screening/assessment processes;
- Collaborates with general education teachers to ensure inclusion and success of students in the best fit setting;
- Works with school personnel to develop Individual Education Programs (IEP) for students as needed; Ensures the student's IEP is focused on attainment of appropriate academic standards as defined by the state;
- Evaluates and reviews student progress on a regular basis and at least annually and facilitates the revision of the IEP goals as necessary;
- Communicates regularly with parents, regular classroom teachers, and other specialists regarding students who may have special needs.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required; other duties may be assigned.
- Maintains records reflecting growth performance of each student in the Special Education program; collaborates with general education teachers on student progress and grade reports;
- May participate in the Response to Intervention process if asked;
- Attends special in-service training sessions and coordinates in-service sessions or workshops for staff and/or parents for working with special education students;
- Builds community by contributing to school message boards, newsletter and events;
- Participates in staff meetings, trainings, and all professional development sessions.
Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.
- Adaptability/Flexibility: Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, and adjusts plans to meet changing needs.
- Integrity/Ethics: Deals with others in a straightforward and honest manner, is accountable for actions, maintains confidentiality, supports company values, and conveys good news and bad.
- Teamwork: Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team leader to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor's degree AND
- One (1) year teaching experience with special education students
- Certificates and Licenses: Mild/Moderate Special Education Credential
OTHER REQUIRED SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- Proficient in principles, theories, practices, methods and techniques used in curriculum development and classroom instruction for special needs students
- Knowledgeable of classroom procedures which promote appropriate student conduct and motivation for student learning; versed in principles of training and providing work direction
- Strong interpersonal skills emphasizing tact, patience and courtesy; ability to establish a professional, effective rapport with students
- Understanding of applicable sections of the State Education Code and other pertinent regulations
- Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook as well as Internet research methods and report writing techniques; Utilizes computer software associated with curriculum
- Able to adapt learning plans to meet different needs and learning styles; create an instructional program and a class environment favorable to learning and personal growth
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- Demonstrates the use of good judgment in decision-making
- Maintains consistent, punctual and regular attendance
- Great organizational and time management skills
- Ability to pass required background check
- Experience teaching in a high school environment
- Experience using a student information system and/or other type of database
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 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.
- Working with Fingers: Ability to type, sort through pages/papers, or otherwise work with fingers (including thumb) and palm frequently each day.
- Repetitive Motion: Ability to move wrists, hands, and/or fingers such as in typing frequently each day.
- Sitting: Ability to sit much of the day.
- Visual: Ability to see and read PC screens, and normal type size print.
- Hearing: Ability to answer/route telephone calls, and understand what clients and co-workers are saying in normal conversation.
ESSENTIAL MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: The mental requirements 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.
- Comprehension: Ability to understand, remember, and apply oral and/or written instructions or other information. Ability to understand, remember, and communicate routine, factual information. Ability to understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore alternative solutions.
- Organization: Ability to organize thoughts and ideas into understandable terminology. Ability to organize and prioritize work schedules of self and others on short- and long-term basis.
- Reasoning/Decision-Making: Ability to apply common sense in performing job. Ability to make decisions which have significant impact on the classroom, and a moderate impact on the school.
- Communication: Ability to understand and follow basic instructions and guidelines. Ability to complete routine forms, use existing form letters and/or conduct routine oral communication. Ability to compose letters, outlines, memoranda, and basic reports and/or to orally communicate technical information. Ability to communicate with individuals utilizing a telephone and computer; requires ability to hear and speak effectively on the phone. Ability to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word, communicating orally with others accurately, expediently and at sufficient volume. Ability to make presentations/speak before groups. Ability to compose materials such as detailed reports, work-related manuals, publications of limited scope or impact, etc.
- Mathematics: Ability to count accurately. Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide and to record, balance, and check results for accuracy. Math instructors should demonstrate competency commensurate with the requirements to effectively teach in that area.
REQUIRED COMPUTER AND OTHER EQUIPMENT/DEVICE SKILLS:
- Computers/Peripherals/Other Office Machines: Computer
- Computer Software: Electronic Mail Software (Microsoft Outlook preferred); Spreadsheet and Word Processing Software, (Microsoft Excel and Word preferred); Presentation Software, (Microsoft PowerPoint preferred); Web proficiency.
- Other Tools/Devices/Machines (including Vehicles): No other tools, devices or machines are required in order to perform the essential functions of the position.
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. Typical classroom setting (computers, printers, light foot traffic, conversation, etc.).