The Providence Center
Job Title: SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER
Division: Child & Family
Department: TPC School
Location: Hope Street
Reports To: Team Leader
Position is full-time, 37.5 hours per week with a half hour for lunch. The hours for these positions are Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm.*
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Provide direct therapeutic educational service at school, in homes, or at community sites.
-Create learning experience using a broad base of general knowledge that reflects an understanding of the nature of the world in which we live.
-Create learning experiences that reflect an understanding of the central concepts, structures, and tools of the inquiry of the disciplines they teach.
-Create instructional opportunities that reflect an understanding of how children learn and develop.
-Create instructional opportunities that reflect a respect for the diversity of learners and an understanding of how students differ in their approaches to learning.
-Create instructional opportunities to encourage students’ development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
-Create a learning environment that encourages appropriate standards of behavior, positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
-Foster collaborative relationships with colleagues and families to support students’ learning.
-Use effective communication as the vehicle through which students explore, conjecture, discuss, and investigate new ideas.
-Use a variety of formal and informal assessment strategies to support the continuous development of the learner, completing triennial educational evaluations as assigned.
-Reflect on their practice and assume responsibility for their own professional development by actively seeking opportunities to learn and grow as professionals.
-Complete progress notes weekly, reporting both educational and behavioral data.
-Develop and implement IEP’s with IEP team input.
-Participate with Treatment Team in conducting functional assessments of students’ behaviors, developing specific behavior support plans, implementing behavior interventions, and recording behavior data to measure progress.
-Complete required reports and evaluations (IEP progress reports, grade cards, transition plans, and discharge summaries).
-Maintain professional standards guided by legal and ethical principles.
-Complete six month and annual evaluation of Teaching Assistant(s) as assigned.
-Collaborate with Lead Teacher regarding TA performance evaluations and goals.
Exhibit knowledge of health, safety, and emergency procedures of the learning environment.
-Demonstrate knowledge of universal health precautions.
-Demonstrate knowledge of lifting techniques.
-Participate in sustaining a clean, health, and safe learning environment.
-Recognize indicators of abuse (substance, physical, sexual, emotional) and demonstrate knowledge of RI reporting laws.
-Apply appropriate procedures regarding crisis management, including de-escalation procedures, therapeutic holds, time out, restraint, and seclusion.
-Complete and maintain required certifications such as CPR, First Aid, Crisis Management (Restraint), Teacher Certification, etc.
-Complete required training (initial and refreshers) in crisis management.
-Implement/perform appropriate crisis management techniques, including de-escalation procedures, therapeutic holds, time out, restraint (individually or with other staff), and seclusion according to policy and procedural guidelines and criteria for use.
Communicate with families regularly.
-Maintain regular contact through notes and phone calls.
-Incorporate family into education and therapeutic process.
-Conduct periodic home visits.
-Support family in developing positive relationships with child.
Respond appropriately to behavioral crises.
-Intervene in a calm and timely manner to prevent behaviors from escalating.
-Implement prescribed de-escalation procedures.
-Use physical management procedures in accordance with training model guidelines, Center policies, and clients’ behavior management plans.
-Provide clients with the opportunity to debrief following the incident, as appropriate.
-Document crisis interventions in accordance with Center guidelines.
Transport consumers in own vehicle or Center van to planned activities and appointments.
-Drive carefully and abide by traffic rules.
-Ensure that seat belts are worn by all traveling while traveling in Center or employee owned vehicles.
Complete record-keeping in accordance with Health Information Services (HIS) and other Center requirements within required time frames.
-Maintain ethical and confidential standards in accordance with Center and state regulations.
-Follow required office procedures in a cooperative manner.
-Initiate and process incident reports as per Center guidelines.
-Adhere to Infection Control protocols.
-Complete required documentation of crisis management procedures in a timely manner.
Maintain cooperative relationships with Center staff, clients, local agencies and the public.
-Communicate with various local agencies and other departments at The Center.
-Work in cooperation with co-workers and supervisory staff.
-Deal with co-workers regarding problems in a constructive manner.
-Accept and use direction and supervision.
-Benefit from constructive criticism and participate in developing corrective action plans as needed.
Attend trainings and conferences.
-Provide feedback to staff on the content of educational programs attended.
-Attend mandatory in-service trainings and other trainings required.
-Serve as a liaison with Providence Center therapists, program, and community agencies.
-Maintain active involvement in professional and lay educational and/or mental health organizations in the community.
OCCASIONAL DUTIES: Serve on appropriate Providence Center committees.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree in Special Education required. 3 years prior special education or clinical experience. Experience with special needs children preferred.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret, professional journals and other documents. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedures. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from students, parents, siblings and other Center staff.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
RI Special Education certification required, as well as Early childhood and/or elementary and/or middle school and/or secondary certification. Valid drivers license and valid auto insurance.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Demonstrate knowledge of human development for children in the classroom (ages 3-21). Demonstrate knowledge of state standards for curriculum development. Demonstrate knowledge of the learning process (skill hierarchy, etc.)
The physical demands 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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk and sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move, with the assistance of other staff, up to 50-100 pounds and perform restraints individually or with other staff. The number of staff needed depends upon the student and size/strength of the staff member. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 to loud.