Special Education Preschool Teacher (INR)
The mission of Academy District 20 is to educate every student in a safe and nurturing environment and to provide comprehensive, challenging curricular and extracurricular opportunities that meet the unique needs of every individual by expanding interests, enhancing abilities, and equipping every student with the knowledge, skills, and character essential to being a responsible citizen of our community, our nation, and the world.
A licensed professional who designs and delivers learning experiences for students in a grade level and/or content area; organizes and facilitates the learning process utilizing a variety of evidence-based instructional practices and applicable technology; participates in a community of learning to develop and refine knowledge and skills for the academic, civic, social and emotional success of students; consistently evaluates student progress, makes appropriate adjustments, and communicates student progress; regularly collaborates, reflects, and grows to improve learning opportunities for students
The job description information below is under review by the Human Resources Department and may not necessarily contain all elements of the position. The district reserves the right to modify or change the duties or the essential functions of this job at any time. This information does not create a contractual relationship with the staff member and includes such duties, services, activities, tasks, and related assignments that shall generally be assigned by an administrator as part of the functions of this position.
The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and other key duties that may be required. The description may not include all functions performed by the incumbents in various locations. The district reserves the right to modify or change the duties or the essential functions of this job at any time.
- Consistently shows for work as scheduled
- Performs other duties as assigned
- Attains proficient or higher evaluations on established Performance Standards
- Demonstrates mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content taught; at elementary is an expert in literacy and mathematics and is knowledgeable in all other content; at secondary has knowledge of literacy and mathematics and is a content area expert
- Provides instruction aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards and the organized plan of instruction
- Develops and implements lessons that connect to a variety of content areas and disciplines; emphasizes literacy and mathematical practices
- Demonstrates knowledge of the content, central concepts, inquiry, appropriate evidence-based instructional practices, and specialized characteristics of the disciplines being taught
- Establishes a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students
- Fosters a predictable learning environment characterized by acceptable student behavior and efficient use of time in which each student has a positive, nurturing relationship with caring adults and peers
- Demonstrate an awareness of, a commitment to, and a respect for multiple aspects of diversity, while working toward common goals as a community of learners
- Engages students as individuals, including those with diverse needs and interests, across a range of ability levels by adapting their teaching for the benefit of all students
- Works collaboratively with the families and/or significant adults for the benefit of students
- Plans and delivers effective instruction and creates an environment that facilitates learning for their students
- Demonstrates knowledge about the ways in which learning takes place, including the levels of intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of their students
- Uses formal and informal methods to assess student learning, provide feedback, and to use results to inform planning and instruction
- Integrates and utilizes appropriate available technology to engage students in authentic learning experiences
- Establishes and communicates high expectations and use processes to support the development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills
- Provides students with opportunities to work in teams and develop leadership
- Models and promotes effective communication
- Demonstrates professionalism through ethical conduct, reflection, and leadership
- Demonstrates high standards for professional conduct
- Links professional growth to professional goals
- Responds to a complex, dynamic environment
- Demonstrates leadership in the school, the community, and the teaching profession
- Instructs, assesses, and differentiates for all students' academic, social, emotional, and health needs
- Complies with applicable state and federal laws, district administrative policies, procedures, and practices, and location requirements
- Ensures that students are supervised at all times
- Follows established policies and procedures regarding the health, safety, welfare, and education of students
- Maintains accurate records
- Manages materials and supplies
- Models appropriate conduct at all times
- Performs duties as directed by supervisors and administrators
- Performs non-instructional duties as directed
- Responds as directed and as necessary in safety and/or crisis situations
- Supervises volunteers and paraprofessionals where applicable
- Uses and integrates technology to support professional responsibilities, instruction, data interpretation, and student learning
- Uses effective conflict resolution
- Uses feedback and reflects about professional practice to improve teaching and learning
Valid and active Colorado Teaching license, or eligible for at time of hire
Meets subject, grade level, and/or content area qualifications consistent with Colorado Department of Education and Academy District 20 requirements
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
- Ability to create, access, input, retrieve, and manipulate information in various software systems
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals from many diverse backgrounds and professions including supervisors, administrators, coworkers, staff, students, parents, and the general public
- Ability to follow oral and written instructions
- Ability to greet and interact with the public in a courteous and professional manner
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Ability to manage simultaneous demands and set clear priorities
- Ability to use technology to improve instruction and learning, and to interpret test data
- Ability to work days, hours, locations, and assignments as directed by the supervisor within the position responsibilities
- Ability to work independently without direct supervision
- Commitment to the education of students as a primary responsibility
- Communicates effectively with students and adults in a wide variety of settings
- Computer proficiency including office productivity applications
- Demonstrates citizenship, compassion, courage, discernment, excellence, honesty, hope, integrity, patience, perseverance, reliability, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness
- Demonstrates effective organizational and time management skills
- Energetic, creative, innovative, flexible
- Excellent cooperative, collaborative, and problem-solving skills
- Grade level, content/subject area, and inquiry-based skills
- Knowledge of and experience with how technology integration supports learning
- Knowledge of Colorado Academic Standards, curriculum, standards-based instruction, assessment, and differentiation
- Knowledge of effective classroom and positive behavior management
- Knowledge of Special Education, other educational programming, and associated legal requirements as related to the needs of the students assigned to the teacher
- Knowledge of the academic, emotional, physical, and social development of students
- Promotes a positive climate, culture, and community
- Strong organizational, interpersonal, written, listening, and verbal communication skills
- Student-centered and relationship-focused
- Understanding of data privacy laws and their implications for the educational community
- Willingness to participate in ongoing training as required
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a staff member typically encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive.
- The noise level in the work environment may alternate among quiet, moderate, and loud.
- The incumbent is frequently required to interact in person and through communication methods with the students, public, and/or other staff.
- The incumbent is required to work scheduled school/work hours and/or days.
- The incumbent may be required to work extended school/work hours and/or days as directed.
- The teacher operates primarily independently and frequently with others in a professional school environment indoors regularly and outdoors occasionally.
- The teacher routinely uses standard classroom and office equipment.
- The teacher is directly responsible to provide for the health, safety, and welfare and education of students, ensuring students are under supervision at all times.
Physical Demands: The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive. All physical demands, if listed, are considered essential functions.
- Sits, stands, walks, stoops, kneels, and crouches/squats while performing duties
- Has oral and auditory capacity enabling interaction interpersonally and/or through communication devices
- Uses eyes, hands, and finger coordination enabling the use of equipment and writing utensils
- The job is very active and regularly requires periods of standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing while on duty. While performing the duties of this job, the teacher is regularly required to talk and hear.
- Typical demands require staff to lift and carry up to 20 pounds, and may be higher for some assignments depending on position and student need; climb stairs, ladders, and/or stools; reach, hold, grasp and turn objects; use fingers to operate computer keyboards; feel the shape, size and temperature of objects; and physically restrain students when necessary.
- The teacher frequently is required to use hands and fingers, handle or feel; and to reach with hands and arms.
- The position requires the ability to speak and to be understood, to use normal or aided vision and hearing, and to detect odors.
Cognitive Functions: The following are some of the cognitive functions commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive. The staff member may be required to analyze, communicate, compare, compile, compute, coordinate, copy, evaluate, instruct, negotiate, synthesize, reason, and use interpersonal skills.
Hours per Week:
New Applicants: Please note that if you are hired by District 20, fingerprinting is required. You will be responsible for the cost of fingerprinting.
All special education positions require the ability to safely lift 50 pounds each in a two person lift.
Primary consideration will be given to transfer requests from schools that need to reduce staff.
|Current District 20 Staff:|
|Current District 20 staff members should complete a transfer request form and return it to the Human Resources Office. The transfer request form and important transfer information can be found on the District 20 Intranet site: Click on Resources and Forms, click on Forms and Documents, click on 20Net Human Resources Documents, click on HR_Other_Forms_Miscellaneous, and click on the document name HIRING - Transfer Request Form.|
|If you are a new applicant, you must register with the Academy District 20 Employment Opportunities site and complete the online application. A complete online application also includes the following uploaded documents in PDF format:|
|Please identify your interest in specific positions on the Preferences page of the online application.|
|Since school administrators will be able to access your completed online application, please do not call to request site visits or interviews at the school. Please direct all inquiries via the email address indicated on the posting.|