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Biology Teacher

Company name
collaborative for educational services

Worcester, MA, United States

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Posted on
Sep 21,2019

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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.

Job Description: 

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.

Essential Functions:

● 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.


Additional Responsibilities:

● 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

● 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.

Physical Demands:

● 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.

Working Conditions:

● 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

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