Sep 30, 2020

Special Education Teacher

  • TrulyHired
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
Full-time School Support

Job Description


Special Education Teacher




School Principal via Director of Special Education


Full-Time, Exempt




The Special Education Teacher plans, organizes and implements an appropriate instructional program in an inclusive learning environment using a co-teaching model for students with disabilities, and guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential in accordance with Pan American Academy programs and initiatives within the general education classroom.

Essential Functions

( These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)

  • Communicates and plans with the co-teacher on a regular, ongoing basis (before school, during school hours, with the children, after school)
  • Utilizes a common approach to behavior management, time management, classroom organization and appearance, planning, teaching, and monitoring learning
  • Remains open and honest with co-teacher, speaking out when issues arise
  • Sees the classroom as a shared space
  • Provide direct and indirect instructional support to students in a positive environment.
  • Employ special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory.
  • Instruct students in academic subjects using a variety of techniques such as phonetics, multi-sensory learning, and repetition to reinforce learning and to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Teach socially acceptable behavior, as determined by the students' individualized education programs (IEPs) by employing techniques in an overall positive behavioral support system.
  • Modify the general education curriculum for students with disabilities based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining an environment conducive to learning for all students.
  • Meet with parents to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their individualized educational needs.
  • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and other professionals to develop individualized education programs (IEPs) designed to promote students' educational, physical, and social/emotional development.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, school policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Develop plans for effective communication, monitoring, and follow-up of students in inclusive classroom settings.
  • Provide crisis intervention, as needed, for students and those in inclusive classrooms.
  • Assist in collection of data for providing appropriate classroom interventions.
  • Serve as a member of a multidisciplinary team as appropriate.
  • Assist in preparation of data for local, state, and federal reports.
  • Perform related work as required.

Additional Functions
  • Keeps current in subject matter knowledge and learning theory and is willing to share this knowledge for continual improvement of the school's curriculum.
  • Keeps current with PA state standards and testing requirements
  • Participates in curriculum development and long-range planning
  • Respects the confidentiality of records and information regarding students, parents, and teachers in accordance with accepted professional ethics, and state federal laws.
  • Maintains appropriate work habits, including regular and punctual attendance andappropriate use of conference and planning time
  • Strives to communicate the positive aspects of our school program to the public in word and deed.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with other staff members.
  • Maintains professional competence through participation in in-service education activities provided by the School and/or self-selected professional growth activities.
  • Attends staff and committee meetings as required.
  • Participate in extracurricular school activities such as Home Visits, Family Nights, Exhibitions, Parent Workshops, Open Houses, Back to School Night, Report Card Conferences, etc.
  • Upholds and enforces board policy, administrative procedures, and school rules and regulations, and is supportive of them to the public.
  • Other Duties as Assigned

Education, Experience & Requirements
  • Bachelor's Degree with Instructional I or Intern Certification in related content area
  • Two letters of Recommendation
  • Be a team player: participate in meetings, flexibility with the number of meetings required to keep everyone on the same page, complete and follow up on all tasks necessary to keep collaboration healthy.
  • Strong desire to collaborate with a co-teacher and ability to articulate the benefits and challenges of this model.
  • Strong commitment to an inclusion model of education with an understanding of the urban learning environment.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

Pan American Academy Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, or disability.

Physical Demands

The physical demands 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 will frequently stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle, or feel objects, tools or equipment; reach with hands and arms; and balance. The employee will climb stairs frequently.The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.Operate related office equipment and use necessary tools.Specific vision abilities required by the job include frequent reading and close vision; distance vision; color vision; peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics 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.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.Although work is primarily indoors, you will be required to travel outside to client and community locations.Position may require occasional travel in and out-of-state to attend conferences, seminars, and meetings.Certain visits or work-related appointments might be scheduled outside of traditional work hours as necessary.
  • Position Type: Full-time
Job Category: Special Education > General Special Education
Contact Information
  • Lisandra Kelly
  • 2830 N American St
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19133

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