BROAD SCOPE OF POSITION:
This position reports to the Principal, School for the Deaf, and is responsible for providing standards-based instruction and support to K-12th grade learners who are Deaf/hard of hearing and who may have additional needs. Utilizes Colorado Academic Standards and benchmarks in establishing instructional goals; and provides assessments that monitor learner progress, in a safe and civil school environment.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Performs work associated with standards-based instruction: prepares lesson plans, develops input for and presents daily instructional/learning activities based upon the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and school reform tenets under the direction of the Principal, maintains a positive learning environment utilizing appropriate positive behavior support strategies, keeps learners on task and engaged.
Demonstrates knowledge / skill in the development and use of accommodations for learners who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing, and further, in the areas of: task analysis, assessment, progress monitoring, behavior management, organization / planning, curriculum development, current technology practices, parent relations and teamwork.
Utilizes technology to model, teach, and assist learners relative to instruction and activities.
Demonstrates knowledge / skill in the areas of project and technology-based learning.
Organizes the instructional environment for collaborative group work.
Works in co-teaching teams with others.
Works as part of the education / assessment team responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating individual objectives for assigned learners.
Utilizes appropriate communication skills with a commitment to literacy development for each learner.
Understands and supports learners’ social-emotional development.
Serves as an Advocate for assigned learners.
Coordinates effectively with other service staff in facilitating instruction, supporting school reform efforts, strategic planning, and positively contributing to co-curricular activities.
Positively serves as a team member in the School for the Deaf, and of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) as a whole; and participates in regular team and departmental meetings, school and instructional meetings as required.
Provides parent consultation; participates in selected parent-focused activities, etc.
Seeks opportunities for and participates in activities related to professional development and training/workshops as appropriate.
Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Master’s Degree in Education or closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university, with specialization in Deaf Education
Must hold or be eligible for appropriate educator licensure in the State of Colorado, endorsed as a Special Education Specialist: Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing, or comparable endorsement
Subject area endorsement or specialization
Experience teaching / working with children (in an educational environment) who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing, or/or who may have multiple disabilities
Proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) at the Advanced (3+) skill level as demonstrated through an appropriate assessment tool and according to school policy / procedures
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:
Knowledge and skill in best practices for providing developmentally appropriate instruction to learners
Knowledge of and ability to apply current standards-based educational practices associated with learners who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing
Knowledge of and ability to assess and apply technology to perform the requirements of the position; ability to effectively utilize a variety of computer software applications, which may include but is not limited to e-mail, Internet, word processing, electronic calendar, presentation development, spreadsheet, database, learning management systems, etc.; willingness to stay current and develop skills as needed with or without direct support from CSDB
Knowledge of and ability to effectively adapt and apply teaching skills, learning environment management and lesson preparation to a technology rich environment, which may include but is not limited to on-site classroom, telepresence, and multiple distance education technologies and delivery modes; ability to effectively implement technology necessary to model, teach, and assist learners relative to instruction and activities
Knowledge of literacy development, instruction and intervention for students in American Sign Language (ASL) and in Listening and Spoken Language
Ability to establish high standards for what learners must know and be able to do
Ability to communicate effectively with learners and staff, who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing
Ability to respond effectively and positively to feedback
Ability to work cooperatively with others and participate effectively in a team setting
Strong, positive interpersonal skills
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Full-time; scheduled to work the standard number of days in the academic year (as per established School Calendar, currently 195 days, August to June).
The annual base salary shall be established pursuant to the Teacher Salary Schedule, and based upon appropriate education and experience. Excellent benefits.
Employment is at-will, with no actual, expressed or implied contract.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Selected applicants must verify experience / highest degree held.
Direct deposit of paycheck is required.
CSDB is a non-smoking facility in its entirety.
Selected applicant must comply with the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind Drug-Free Workplace Policy, and other policies.
As required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), selected applicant must verify, within 72 hours of employment, his/her legal right to be employed in the United States.
Selected applicant(s) will be required to submit to and pass a background check, to include Colorado and Federal criminal history checks, employment verification, and professional/personal reference checks.
CSDB is accepting applications for vacancies for Teacher of the Deaf for the 2020-2021 school year.
Applications are accepted on an on-going basis for vacancies in all instructional areas, including but not limited to all core content areas:
Elementary Education (Early Childhood Education); English/Language Arts; Science; Mathematics; Social Studies