Teacher – High School Program

Basic Information

Date posted: 07/26/2019

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Posted by: Overbrook School for the Blind

Salary: Based on Years of Experience

Contact Information

Address

6333 Malvern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Phone

215-877-0313 x235

More Details

Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Education in Visual Impairment preferred or Special Education.  Excellent interpersonal skills.  Must have PA Teacher Certification.  Experience working with students with blindness/visual impairments and additional disabilities. Must be certified in First Aid and CPR/AED.  A valid driver’s license is required.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS & PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

High School —– must be able to lift 50-lbs minimum. Participate in 2 person lifts.

Working Environment —- Employees are subject to accidents and/or injuries, which may be incurred during the performance of the essential functions of the position. Work is primarily indoors but some outdoor activities may be required.

Interested applicants can apply via on-line: https://overbrook.tedK12.com/hire/.

Overbrook School for the Blind  has, and will continue to follow, a policy of recruiting, employing, and promoting individuals best qualified for any position by reason of education, training, and experience without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, age, sex, sexual preference, national origin, or non-job related handicap or disability.

This policy applies to all employment decisions and all terms and conditions of employment.

Job Description

The classroom teacher is responsible for the management of the classroom which includes developing and implementing the IEP’s of the students, following and modifying prescribed curricula, maintaining student data, and leading the team of people who work with the students. The teacher assigns work to the Paraeducator(s), Intervener(s) and/or 1:1’s and shares with them pertinent information about the students. The teacher is responsible for the health and safety of children and for communicating with parents and others about the child’s progress.

Essential Functions: Develop and implement Individualized Instruction Plan for each student based upon assessment of students’ strengths and needs. Develop classroom goals and objectives which reflect the IEP. Provide written lesson plans for coordinators’ approval on a weekly basis. Determine age appropriate curricula and modify to suit individual goals, and provide specially designed instruction on an individual basis when required. Organize collection of student data. Develop and/or implement discipline or behavior goals/plans for students.  Complete report cards or progress reports as required. Communicates with parents/others about child’s progress.

Assign duties to classroom Paraeducator(s), Intervener(s), 1:1’s and instruct and support them in their roles. Work with Specialty Teachers including Therapists to develop programs for students and to assist in implementing the programs in the classroom. Act as team leader at the yearly IEP meeting.

Maintains a safe and age appropriate environment for students. Use school equipment and facilities properly. Follow OSB Handbook and guidelines.

Perform other essential duties as assigned.

EXPECTED SKILLS:

The teacher will maintain a professional attitude at all times and will fulfill assigned duties and special activities. The teacher will contribute as a member of the program team to the long range planning efforts of the program and the school.

The teacher will demonstrate problem solving ability and flexibility and a willingness to work with others to ensure the best program for the children. The teacher will demonstrate good time management skills.

The teacher will demonstrate good written and spoken communication skills.

The teacher will demonstrate competence in understanding the visual etiologies of the students. This information will be used to design and implement the student program.

The teacher will demonstrate skills in effectively interacting with the parents.

The teacher will demonstrate the ability to handle confidential information appropriately.

The teacher will demonstrate crisis intervention skills and leadership skills with respect to the classroom and the individual students in his or her charge.

The teacher will demonstrate knowledge of special educational techniques and adapted materials for working with the visually impaired students and students with additional challenges. These include but are not limited to providing appropriate instructional materials, using low vision aids and devices, communication devices, communication programs including American Sign Language, Braille curriculum and equipment for producing braille reading materials, daily living skills, orientation and mobility technique’s appropriate for the classroom, social skills, functional vision assessment and curricula for enhancing vision skills, providing field trips and community instruction to correspond to the classroom curricula.

The teacher will continue his or her professional development through attendance at in service training provided by the school and through seeking additional training pertinent to the children in his or her care. This would include obtaining certification in visual impairment if not already obtained and eventually obtaining Level II Certification.