Special Education Teacher

Assabet Valley Collaborative - Marlborough, MA3.5



DIRECTLY REPORTS TO : Director of Satellite Programs

The REACH program provides an educational and therapeutic program for children 5-18 who have significant developmental delays. The current opening will be for a classroom serving elementary age students.

Credentials required : Bachelor's Degree required, Masters preferred. Massachusetts DESE licensure in Severe Disabilities, as set forth in 603 CMR 7.04.

SUPERVISES : Assigned Classroom Paraprofessionals

Primary Position Function :
The Special Educator is the instructional leader within the REACH classroom and is responsible for establishing the vision, tone, and teamwork within the classroom in order to deliver instruction, educational services, and build student skills and independence. The Special Educator facilitates team dynamics, collaborates with professionals from multiple disciplines, and is the primary contact with families and the host school.

The position includes the following responsibilities:
Service Delivery: Promote passion and enthusiasm for the work of the classroom. Promote development of motor, communication, self-help, and social skills throughout the day in all activities. Develop an instructional agenda and schedule that is current, comprehensive, and accessible to all staff that maximizes instructional time through individual, small group, and whole group activities. Design/Develop/Adapt curriculum that addresses the content of the Massachusetts Curriculum frameworks as well as functional skills, ADL’s, social skills, vocational skills, community skills. Develop and submit MCAS Alternate Portfolios for students enrolled in grades scheduled for MCAS testing. Attend training and implement annual revisions to MCAS Alt submission procedures as per DESE regulations. Collaborate with each student’s team to develop and present IEPs. Implement IEPs. Embed recommendations and interventions of related-service providers across all classroom activities. Collaborate with related service providers to allow for maximized opportunities for embedded/integrated therapies. Conduct 3-year re-evaluations through formal and informal assessments; coordinate the 3-year reevaluation process with related services providers (including OT, PT, SLP, TVI, music therapy, and nursing staff). Utilize assistive technology to maximize participation of students in instructional, social, vocational and self-help activities. Establish data systems, delegate data collection, and utilize data to generate MCAS Alt portfolios as well as progress reports. Perform other duties assigned by the Director of Satellite Programs
Communication: Write progress notes (quarterly – 4 x per year) with other members of the TEAM (including OT, PT, SLP, TVI, music therapy, and nursing staff). Communicate and disseminate the instructional agenda (schedule) to all staff in advance. Communicate and collaborate with families, sending districts, and collaterals. Facilitate weekly staff meetings that include paraeducators, nurses, and related service providers.

Program Management: Provide training, instruction, supervision, and evaluation to paraeducators. Develop and implement a data collection system. Train other staff on how to use it. Attend scheduled meetings for staff development and training. Delegate assignments and tasks to paraeducators, volunteers, or interns. Assist in daily operation to include ADLs, lifting and positioning, etc.
Professional Growth and Ethics: Adhere to established federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Refine and develop professional skills through training, professional reading, and continuing education. Maintain confidentiality of student information according to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Exchange professional information with peers through formal and informal means. Follow the standard operating procedures and protocol of the AVC. Perform other duties assigned by the Director of Satellite Programs.

EVALUATION: Evaluation to be performed annually in accordance with Assabet Valley Collaborative’s personnel handbook and pertinent regulations and statutes.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Physical ability to execute job responsibilities that may include: Independently lift or assist in lifting children to young adults requiring assistance to change positions. Assisting ambulatory children to young adults in maintaining gait steadiness. Assisting/lifting children to young adult students into and out of transportation vehicles (i.e. mini van seats) (if applicable). Continuously (67-100%): use hands to finger, handle or fell objects, tools, or controls; see (including close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus), key (i.e., computer, calculator, telephone). Meet the physical requirements necessary to safely and effectively perform required duties including assisting in lifting student weighing up to 50 pounds into and out of wheelchairs and special equipment (weight may not be distributed evenly between lifting partners given staffing variations). Ability to drive a 7D vehicle. Ability to see, hear and speak. Ability to report to work on time and fulfill contract days and hours.