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Special Education - Language Arts/Reading

Alexandria City Public Schools
Alexandria City, Virginia, US
Closing date
Jan 15, 2022

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Academic / Research, Training / Education
Education / Training
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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*Job Description:*

The Special Education Teacher develops special education students' success in academics, interpersonal skills, and activities of daily living by implementing district approved curriculum; documenting teaching and student progress/activities, outcomes; addressing students' specific needs; providing a safe and optimal learning environment; and providing feedback to students, parents, and administration regarding student progress, expectations, goals, etc.

This job reports to the Principal.

*Note: This position involves both Language Arts co-teaching and Tier III reading intervention.*

**Must be endorsed in Middle School Language Arts or English 6-12. *


* *Education:* Bachelor's degree; Master's degree preferred.
* *Certificates & Licenses:* Valid Virginia Department of Education License with an endorsement in Special Education, or eligibility to obtain one.
* *Compensation: *This position qualifies for an additional step placement on the Licensed Salary Scale under the umbrella of Specialized Instruction.

*Essential Functions:*

* Adapts classroom work to provide students with instructional materials that address individualized learning plans within established lesson plans.
* Administers developmental testing programs, subject specific assessments, etc. to assess student competency levels and/or develop individual learning plans.
* Advises parents and/or legal guardians of student progress to communicate expectations; student achievements; develops methods for improvement and/or reinforcing classroom goals in the home environment.
* Assesses student progress towards objectives, expectations, and/or goals and provides feedback to students, parents, and administration.
* Collaborates with instructional staff, other school personnel, parents, and a variety of community resources to improve the overall quality of student outcomes and achieve established classroom objectives in support of the school improvement plan.
* Counsels students to improve performance, health status, problem-solving techniques, and a variety of personal issues.
* Demonstrates methods required to perform classroom and/or subject-specific assignments to provide an effective program that addresses individual student requirements.
* Directs assistant teachers, student teachers, instructional assistants, volunteers, and/or student workers to provide an effective classroom program and address the needs of individual students.
* Instructs students to improve their success in academic, interpersonal, and daily living skills through a defined course of study.
* Manages student behavior to provide a safe and optimal learning environment.
* Monitors students in a variety of educational environments (e.g. classroom, playground, field trips, nap times, etc.) to provide a safe and positive learning environment.
* Participates in a variety of meetings to convey and/or gather information required to perform functions.
* Prepares a variety of written materials (e.g. grades, attendance, anecdotal records, etc.) to document student progress and meet mandated requirements.
* Reports incidents (e.g. fights, suspected child abuse, suspected substance abuse, etc.) to maintain the personal safety of students, provide a positive learning environment, and adhere to the Education Code and school policies.
* Performs other related duties, as assigned, to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.

* Clearances: *

* Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance.
* Tuberculosis Skin Test.

*Public Health Compliance*

* Proof of COVID vaccination. Exemptions for religious/medical will be reviewed.
* Must follow safety and health protocols.


*Primary Location:*
George Washington Middle School
*Salary Range:*
Teachers and Other Licensed Staff Salary Scale (
*Shift Type:*
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