collaborative for educational services
Worcester, MA, United States
The Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) is seeking a MA licensed secondary level Biology Teacher to work in adolescent Department of Mental Health (DMH) program site in Worcester, MA for the 2019-2020 school year. Our ideal candidate will value professionalism, social justice education, and culturally responsive teaching. Experience working in institutional settings a plus. We are a supportive, collaborative team who offer teachers growth through continued professional development, as well as excellent administrative support. Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Location: Worcester MA - SEIS/DMH; 309 Belmont St, 01604 Worcester , MA.
Department: Special Education Department
Title: Content Teacher, FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to: Program Director
Purpose: Design and implement content and curriculum for special education programs in alignment with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks via development of yearly, monthly, weekly, and/or daily lesson and unit plans.
● Develop and implement curriculum lessons and mini-units, assessing and modifying as designated in student IEPs.
● Provide content area instruction, integrating students’ IEP goals and objectives, learning style information, accommodations and modifications as appropriate.
● Implement effective instructional strategies and research based curriculum, in accordance with the Standards and Indicators of Effective Teaching.
● Make available units and lessons to instructional staff assigned to individual content groups; provide oversight and guidance to instructional staff for successful implementation of lessons.
● Support and implement with fidelity all behavioral programming and protocols as designated by administration (i.e. token and incentive systems, therapeutic behavioral interventions and supports, nonviolent crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques, classroom management, etc.).
● Evaluate student coursework, assign grades, and track progress.
● Collaborate as appropriate, with special education program teachers in the development of content-related IEP objectives or goals.
● Provide progress reports to special education program teachers on content-related IEP goals and objectives as appropriate.
● Consult with, and incorporate feedback from special education program teachers and learning disabilities specialist while designing/planning units and lessons; and, as needed for ongoing modification.
● Lead content groups as designated by administration.
● Provide oversight to instructional staff in implementation of daily lesson plans.
● Maintain professional boundaries and standards with students and others, in keeping with CES and special education departmental policies and practices.
● Develop and maintain positive, constructive, and ongoing communication with program-based colleagues as needed to improve student outcomes.
● Work cooperatively and effectively both as a team member, as well as independently to complete assigned tasks; actively support the work of others on the team and elsewhere in the organization.
● Create classroom environment conducive to learning and that provides for the healthy development of all students.
● Be a positive role model for students and staff.
● Communicate with administrator(s) and teaching staff daily, and during regularly scheduled meetings.
● Assist with emergency/crisis situations as directed, informing appropriate sources, obtaining assistance as needed, and filing appropriate documentation of same as requested.
● Maintain and complete all reports and paperwork as required and in accordance with your position and designated timelines (e.g. progress updates, student documentation, self evaluations, incident reports, timesheets, mileage/reimbursement, etc.).
● Utilize and maintain data as directed for all essential functions of the position.
● Use data to promote continuous improvement of job performance and program outcomes.
● Support, promote and uphold the policies of the agency and the special education department.
● Participate in and contribute as appropriate to professional development opportunities, and other trainings as designated; maintain a personal portfolio of professional development activities.
● Demonstrate dependability and reliability in all aspects of job function (e.g. arriving on time, carrying out tasks as assigned, communicating information, etc.).
● Development of competencies which support CES’s social justice and equity principles.
● Engagement with and/or participation in the CES Social Justice and Equity Initiative.
● Assume any additional responsibilities as directed by Director of Special Education or designee. Minimum Qualifications:
● Provisional license in content area.
● Bachelor’s Degree in education or related field.
● Demonstrated student teaching, or related classroom experience.
● Initial license in content area for grades being served.
● Education or experience working with students with learning, behavioral, and/or social emotional challenges.
● 7D License (or, willingness to pursue).
● Training in, or awareness of crisis intervention and de-escalation, CPR/First-Aid, and psychiatric management.
● Requires physical condition and mental stamina to endure job stress in the performance of duties, as well as periods of sitting or standing.
● May be asked to be part of the department’s restraint-trained team.
● Requires the ability to maintain composure and professionalism in response to emotionally-laden, challenging, and/or offensive student behaviors, which may include verbal abuse or physical aggression.
● Requires adaptability and flexibility in meeting daily program needs, and may include reassignment based on program need and enrollment.
● Ability to handle interruptions and maintain productivity.
Terms of Employment:
● 185 days; 35 hours/week, Monday through Friday – school calendar September through June.
● Work hours are from 7:30 - 3:00; some after school hours will be required to meet the demands of the school and/or special education department.
● Full benefits package as outlined in Personnel Policy
collaborative for educational services