Classroom Teacher - Topeka Public Schools 501
Position: Classroom Teacher
Subject Area: Special Education
Job Title: Adaptive and Functional Elementary Special Education Teacher
Job Location: Topeka Public Schools
Beginning: Immediately
Deadline: Open until filled **
District: Topeka Public Schools 501
Topeka, KS 66611
Telephone: 785-295-3019
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Job Description:
Position Purpose: Provide direct instructional services for students with exceptional needs.
  • Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in education with appropriate Kansas licensure in Special Education or be interested in becoming certified/licensed to teach special education students in the State of Kansas on a waiver.
  • ESOL Endorsement preferred.
Physical/Emotional Requirements: The incumbent may be required to use the following skills and abilities during any part of the working day: speaking, hearing, visual, reading, writing, word processing, mobility, consistency of temperament, ability to work with a variety of problems at the same time, stamina for working long hours and in stress-producing environments.

Performance Responsibilities:
  • Assists the Individualized Education Planning Team in designing an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) for students with exceptional needs.
  • Provides direct instruction and services for pupils whose needs are identified in a written IEP. Monitors the IEP of each student placed in the special education class and assumes responsibility for contacting and consulting with parents and the Individualized Educational Planning Team about indicated changes in the IEP.
  • Creates a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students.
  • Encourages students to set and maintain standards of classroom behavior.
  • Guides the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals and – in harmony with the goals – establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, projects, and learnning activities to communicate these objectives to students.
  • Employs a variety of instructional techniques and instructional media consistent with the physical limitations of the location provided and the needs and capabilities of the individuals or student groups involved.
  • Strives to implement, by instruction and action, the district’s philosophy of education and instructional goals and objectives.
  • Assesses the accomplishments of students on a regular basis, seeking the assistance of district specialists as required.
  • Assists the administration in implementing all policies and rules governing students; and, for the classroom, develops reasonable rules of classroom behavior and procedure and maintains order in the classroom in a fair and just manner.
  • Makes provision for being available to students and parents for education-related purposes when required or requested at mutually agreeable times.
  • Strives to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Attends staff meetings and serves on staff committees as required.
  • Must complete all Special Education paperwork, including IEPs and Medicaid billing.

** District reserves the right to close any Job Posting when a suitable applicant has been found before the deadline date.

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