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Special Education Teacher - Academic Life Skills Categorical 2020-2021 School Year

Company name
Wichita Public Schools

Wichita, KS, United States

Employment Type

Disability, Education

Posted on
Mar 23, 2020

Valid Through
Jul 06, 2020

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Special Education Teacher - Academic Life Skills (Categorical) (2020-2021 School Year)

JobID: 16892

Position Type:

Special Education Teaching/

Multiple Disability (MD)

Date Posted:



Beech Elementary School


Job Title:

Special Education -

Academic Life Skills Teacher (Categorical) 2020-2021 School Year

Position Function:

The person filling this position plans, leads, facilitates, and provides instruction for maximum student learning in his/her least restrictive learning environment. This position follows each student’s standards-based Individual Education Program (IEP) to ensure appropriate curriculum-based instruction.

Essential Performance Responsibilities:

Plans according to state standards and student IEPs

Participates, as appropriate, on pre-assessment teams to determine necessity for comprehensive student evaluation; initiates, schedules, and attends IEP meetings; works with multi-disciplinary team to diagnose need; structures/implements IEP for each student identified

Defines, structures, and communicates daily expectations according to state standards and IEP including, but not limited to, course goals, objectives, learning methods, and activities

Communicates with parents, regular education staff members, special education staff members, and other appropriate stakeholders on course instructional strategies and objectives, students’ grasp of material, outcomes and perspectives for applications of materials learned

Receives and reports student progress; in-puts student data via computer; negotiates schedules and communicates with all pertinent participants (administration, parents, staff, students, etc.)

Provides differentiated instruction based on the student’s individual level of functioning and preferred/necessary learning modalities

Controls classroom and teaches individual behavior through classroom structure, routine, communication opportunities, and individualized behavior methods; adapts and adjusts course content and reading levels to specify skills to be taught; discerns learning styles and means of building memory and study skills; assists individual students in achieving academic, daily living, and social skills learning objectives by working with them individually and in small groups

Presents various learning opportunities appropriate to each student’s IEP including, but not limited to, classroom structure, multi-media, assistive technology, alternative communication opportunities, support of regular classroom teachers, and other presentations and/or opportunities inside or outside

Prepares and displays events and reinforcement activities which encourage participation

Evaluates according to state standards and student IEPs

Plans assessments for evaluation to include, but not limited to, various diagnostic techniques; standardized survey and criterion-referenced test; teacher-developed oral and written tests; student personal indices (effort, potential, interests, memory)

Designs subject-based reinforcement to follow assessments and student’s learning objectives (computer, lab activities, working independently or on group projects, field/community reinforcement)

Designs a grading system which encourages motivation and participation; collects and enters student data in computer from charts and observations; reports progress on a regular basis as required

Provides a positive role model of appropriate and respectful interactions with students and staff

Develops, teaches, and reviews clear and concise classroom structure, rules, routines, procedures, and expectations individualized to student need

Designs classroom rules for student interaction (courtesy and respect for belongings, space, and ideas), self-control, working independently, and appropriately gaining the floor; designs systems for handling all the behavior (from simple infractions to severe behavior)

Prepares physical condition of classroom to reflect subject matter to facilitate student learning and maintains a clean and organized classroom

Keeps daily records on, but not limited to, student attendance, learning and social needs, assignments, assessments and discipline; supervises paraprofessionals

Manages all job duties with the mobility, agility, dexterity, and focused observation necessary to adequately perform the essential duties as described above

Additional Duties:

Participates in teacher committee work and attends teacher meetings

Daily lunch activities as assigned

Prepares and/or escorts students to travel to special classes as required

Supervises bus loading and unloading as required

Attends programs and events related to school

Additional duties as assigned


This position may require the ability to use SMART boards and iPads in addition to basic office equipment such as computers, copiers, scanners, and fax machine. Must always comply with USD 259’s guidelines for equipment use.


Limited travel between schools and central offices may be required.

Physical and Mental Demands:

Good physical health and ability to implement behavioral strategies as well as to lift, dress, and position students as needed for self-care and safety.

Works in standard office and school building environments

Ability to work outdoors during outdoor student activities

Additional demands upon request of Principal, Superintendent

Must be able to respond rapidly in emergency situations

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Ability to work with diverse populations

Must possess the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing

Ability to plan, organize, make decisions, and prioritize effectively to achieve meet deadlines and achieve greater results

Proficient time management skills, good judgment and problem solving abilities

Detail and quality oriented


Contact with personnel within the district and with customers and vendors

Will be working under the direct supervision of the department supervisor in order to complete day to day tasks

Will be working with a diverse population requiring the ability to handle all situations with tact and diplomacy

Must understand and respond appropriately to customer needs and maintain a positive attitude with all customers and colleagues

Expected to interact with all internal and external customers in a friendly, professional manner and provide quick, responsive customer service

Employee Punctuality and Appearance:

In order for schools to operate effectively, employees are expected to perform all assigned duties and work all scheduled hours during each designated workday, unless the employee has received approved leave

Any deviation from assigned hours must have prior approval from the employee’s supervisor or building administrator

All employees are required to report to work dressed in a manner that reflects a positive image of USD 259 and is appropriate for their position

Qualification Profile:

Valid Kansas Teaching license to teach Elementary Special Education at the Functional/ Categorical Level required

Master’s Degree in Special Education or Enrolled in a Special Education Degree program with Plan of Study on file with District and Special Education Waiver obtained

Prior teaching experience preferred

FLSA Status:


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