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Special Education Teacher - Glickman

Location:Portland, ME
Employment Type:Full Time

Special Education Teachers at Spurwink must be sensitive to the needs of the students and mindful of individual differences. Teachers at Spurwink have responsibilities which go beyond their classroom work.


Duties and responsibilities include:
1. Plans and prepares for the classroom to include:
a) Demonstrates knowledge of content and pedagogy.
b) Demonstrates knowledge of students.
c) Selects Instructional and behavioral goals.
d) Demonstrates knowledge of resources.
e) Designs coherent instruction.
f) Assesses student learning and writes Individual Education Plans.
2. Develops the classroom environment to include:
a) Creates an environment of respect and rapport.
b) Establishes a culture for learning.
c) Manages classroom procedures and materials.
d) Supervises Ed Techs.
e) Manages student behavior.
f) Organizes physical space.
3. When Implementing Individual Education Plan:
a) Communicates clearly and accurately.
b) Uses questioning and discussion techniques.
c) Engages students in learning.
d) Provides feedback to students.
e) Demonstrates flexibility and responsiveness.
4. Fulfills professional responsibilities to include:
a) Reflects on effectiveness of teaching.
b) Maintains accurate records.
c) Communicates with families, Treatment Team members and school districts.
d) Collaborates with public school personnel.
e) Contributes to the Program and Agency.
f) Grows and develops professionally via participation in supervision process, steering committee and other activities.
g) Participates in 40 hours of annual Spurwink training.
h) Maintains professional certification.
5. Maintains a Therapeutic Milieu
a) Demonstrates knowledge of the treatment plan by implementing the Individual Service Plan.
b) Integrates the Individual Service Plan with the Individual Education Plan.
c) Applies behavior management plan, therapeutic holding and life space interviews.
d) Presents at and participates in consultations.
e) Consults with generalists and Treatment Team.
f) Visits residential units.
g) May be required to administer medication to clients.
6. Maintain current licensure and/or certification as required for the position.
7. And those other assignments appropriate to the position as determined by the Program Director.


Maine State certification as Teacher of Exceptional Students (282) or Teacher of Students with Severe Intellectual and Associated Impairments (286), as appropriate to the position and age level of students; 865 or 866 Voc – Special Needs I and/or II certification or eligibility for conditional certification as a special education teacher.

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