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Teacher-Mild Moderate Needs/Learning Specialist

SALARY INFORMATION: SEE CERTIFIED SALARY SCHEDULE
STANDARD HOURS PER WEEK: 40
FTE: 1.0
MONTHS PER YEAR: 9
JOB CODE:
176099
POSITION TYPE: REPLACEMENT - REGULAR
LOCATION: THORNTON, CO.

Internal Candidates Only:

  • 13.2.5 Voluntary transfers that occur fifteen working days before the start of the school year and until the end of the school year shall happen once the position being vacated has been filled, for a duration of no more than four weeks. This four week time period could be adjusted in consultation with the educator, current and receiving supervisor and with approval from the Chief Human Resources Officer and the Association President.


SUMMARY: Learning Specialists design and facilitate specially designed math, literacy and social/emotional instruction for students with disabilities and demonstrate competencies in advocacy, assessment, collaboration and compliance. Learning Specialists deliver specialized instruction inside and outside of the general education classroom, and consult and collaborate with general educators and other members of the special education team. Learning Specialists act as case managers and develop IEPs for students. They are responsible for monitoring progress toward goals and supporting implementation of accommodations in the general education setting.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Advocacy
  • Advocate for students with disabilities to ensure access to learning opportunities and equity in discipline processes
  • Model and promote inclusive language
Assessment
  • Administer formal assessments and analyze/report data in order to support the IEP Team in determination of eligibility of students with disabilities
  • Develop and monitor progress of SMART learning goals for each student
  • Collect and analyze universal data to determine student growth patterns and support IEP development
Collaboration
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers, school psychologists, speech/language pathologists, school social workers and other special education service providers to develop integrated plans for students with disabilities
  • Collaborate with families to ensure students' strengths, needs, services and progress are regularly communicated
Compliance
  • Implement IDEA and ECEA regulations
  • Develop and implement legally compliant, instructionally sound IEPs
  • Ensure IEP implementation across settings
  • Abide by all district/policies/procedures
Instruction
  • Identify students' current instructional levels
  • Develop appropriately ambitious trajectories toward grade level standards
  • Plan lessons incorporating evidence-based practices and identify resources for instruction
  • Implement specially-designed instruction in a continuum of special education/general educational environments
  • Understand or be willing to learn the foundations of literacy instruction
  • Understand or be willing to learn how math instruction relies on the integration of knowledge to solve problems
  • Differentiate instruction for learners with diverse needs
  • Demonstrate an understanding of student behavior and classroom management structures
  • Participate in ongoing professional development sessions

EDUCATION AND RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE:
  • Bachelor's degree or higher.
  • Must be a minimum of 18 years old.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS or CERTIFICATIONS:
  • Criminal background check required for hire.
  • Must possess, or be able to obtain from, or be in process with, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) for a valid Colorado Educator License within 30 days of hire.
  • Must possess the required license and endorsement. If highly qualified by content test or semester hours, with no endorsement: applicant must possess a Colorado educator license with a passing score on a CDE approved content test or 24 semester hours in specific core content classes as determined by Human Resources.

Preference given to candidates with ELL Training and/or an ESL or (LDE) Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement.

SALARY INFORMATION (FOR EXTERNAL CANDIDATES):

All salary placement on our Certified Salary schedule is dependent on the employees' education and/or work experience. Certified/licensed employees will be granted one (1) year for each full year of contractual and/or work experience up to a maximum of ten (10) years, which includes in-district and out-of-district contractual teaching and/or work experience. Responsibility for verification of outside experience shall rest with the individual employee. For further explanation of salary placement please refer to our Certified Master Agreement that can be found on our district website.


BENEFITS INFORMATION:
Adams 12 Five Star Schools is committed to providing an environment that promotes a healthy employee population able to serve our students at the highest level. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision and life insurance as well as other programs for benefit eligible employees. The employee assistance program, voluntary life insurance through PERA, and 401(k), 403(b) & 457(b) plans are available to all employees regardless of hours worked and are available immediately (upon hire date).

To learn more about our benefits including paid time off, please see our Benefits Overview.


THIS POSTING IS NOT INCLUSIVE OF THE JOB DESCRIPTION.

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Posted
06/23/2022
Location
Thornton, CO, 80241, US