Teacher(s) – All Programs
Date posted: 05/04/2021
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Posted by: Overbrook School for the Blind
Salary: Based on Teaching Experience
6333 Malvern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19151
6333 Malvern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19151
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.
The Application is for all Teaching Positions within Overbrook School for the Blind for the 2020-2021 School Year, ESY Summer Programs and 2021-2022 School Year
Position Title: Teacher
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Reports to: Program Coordinator
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 Duties and Responsibility:
Develops and implements Individualized Instruction Plan for each student based upon assessment of students’ strengths and needs. Develops classroom goals and objectives which reflect the IEP. Provides written lesson plans for coordinators’ approval on a weekly basis. Determines age appropriate curricula and modify to suit individual goals, and provide specially designed instruction on an individual basis when required. Organizes collection of student data. Develops and/or implements discipline or behavior goals/plans for students. Completes report cards or progress reports as required. Communicates with parents/others about child’s progress.
Assigns duties to classroom Paraeducator(s), Intervener(s), 1:1’s and instruct and support them in their roles. Works with Specialty Teachers including Therapists to develop programs for students and to assist in implementing the programs in the classroom. Acts as Team Leader throughout the year and at the yearly IEP meeting.
Maintains a safe and age appropriate environment for students. Use school equipment and facilities properly. Follows OSB Handbook and guidelines.
Perform other essential duties as assigned.
The teacher will always 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.