SpEd EC Strategies Teacher Full-time Standard

Washoe County School District (WCSD), Reno, Nevada

Date PostedJanuary 02, 2018
IndustryK-12: Public Schools
Job StatusNot Specified
SalaryNot Specified



Under the general supervision of an administrator, a special education teacher will be assigned a caseload and will implement school board policy regarding the educational curriculum of a particular instructional division and/or instructional unit.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: This list of essential duties and responsibilities is not exhaustive and may be supplemented.

Planning and Preparation

* Administer appropriate district curriculum which is aligned with Common Core State Standards and is consistent with IEP instructions as needed.

* Designs and implements the components of an effective lesson for instruction and student assessments aligned with Common Core State Standards.

* Designs coherent, differentiated, instruction and student assessments aligned with Common Core State Standards at the appropriate instructional level for the student.

* Provide appropriate instructions, modifications, adaptations, and implements Individual Education Plans (IEP) in an organized, systematic, and meaningful manner.

* Analyze student progress and ensure assessment regulations and guidelines are followed at all times.

* Demonstrates mastery of content and pedagogy, knowledge of students and resources, typical developmental patterns of student, and characteristics of students with disabilities.

* Sets instructional outcomes for diverse learners.

Classroom Environment

* Creates an environment of respect and rapport while developing a climate that promotes positive learning conditions.

* Maintains a positive, orderly, safe, accessible and academically focused learning, resource-rich environment.

* Manages classroom procedures and student behavior.

* Demonstrates cultural competency.


* Communicates learning expectations to students.

* Engages students in learning.

* Utilizes discussion and questioning techniques.

* Embeds assessment in instruction.

* Demonstrates flexibility and responsiveness.

* Demonstrates familiarity with Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.

* Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and accommodations to assist students with disabilities to access curriculum.

* Coordinates effectively with other service staff in providing student instruction.

Professional Responsibilities

* Maintains accurate records and IEP’s as mandated by state and federal guidelines, within established timelines.

* Demonstrates professionalism, integrity and ethical conduct.

* Supports, communicates and works professionally with administrators, staff and community and follows all protocols consistent with the WCSD’s procedures.

* Makes a focused effort to promote meaningful participation of parents in the IEP process.

* Reflects on teaching.

* Participates in a professional community.

* Participates in other job-related duties and activities related to the position as assigned.

* Works as part of an education/assessment team responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating individual objectives for assigned students.

Special Education teachers can be assigned as Resource Special Education teachers or can be assigned to specific specialized programs that are broken down from the Special Education umbrella in order to provide adequate supports for all students requiring special needs. In the case where a teacher is assigned to a specialized program, all of the above-mentioned job duties/responsibilities apply, as does the information tied to the specific program. Specialized programs within the Special Education umbrella at WCSD are described below.

When assigned to:

EC STRAT – Early Childhood/Strategies (for details on Strat, see Strat description)

The SPED Early Childhood Strategies Teacher provides instruction in developmentally appropriate curriculum that addresses all areas of child development including literacy and math readiness skills, gross and fine motor skills, self- help skills, communications skills, and social skills. The program focuses primarily on the development of communication and social emotional skills using a variety of strategies. The EC Strategies Program serves students with deficits in these areas, usually caused by Autism. This program also provides a small group setting and focuses on extensive data collection to document progress. When assigned to an EC Strat classroom, a combination of EC & Strat practices are followed. The descriptions mentioned for EC and Strat respectively should not be construed to believe that only one or the other will be followed. A combination of practices of both are followed by the teacher and other support staff to best suit student needs

STRATEGIES: (Designed to support students who may be on the autism spectrum) Program provides systematic, intensive instruction focusing on the following areas: receptive/expressive/pragmatic language, functional routines, pre-academic/academic skills, play concepts, social skills, fine/gross motor skills, and socially acceptable and functional behaviors. Highly structured and predictable instruction occurs in a small-group setting with a high adult-student ratio utilizing discrete trial teaching of academic, functional, and social skills. Teachers use visual supports, augmentative and alternative communication tools, positive behavioral supports, inclusive practices, and data-based decision-making with a focus on generalization and maintenance of skills and maximum student independence.


Education/Experience: Any combination of education and experience in teaching would provide the required knowledge and skills are qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:

Education: Bachelor's Degree from and accredited college or university with student teaching experience and the ability to obtain a valid Nevada teaching license.

Knowledge of: Child development; behavior and characteristics of students; subject area and/or credential area of teaching. (e.g., special education, math, science, etc.); effective teaching skills; planning and organizing; supervision and control; assessment and diagnosis; interpersonal relations.

Skill at: Creating an effective environment for learning, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with teachers, administrators, counselors, and other staff members. The ability to establish and maintain standard of pupil behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom. Effective utilization of technology in instruction, planning, data-based decision making and monitoring of student achievement.

License/Certificates: Possession of, or the ability to obtain a valid Nevada teaching license in the relevant subject area/and or grade level.

Special Considerations: When selected for Department chair of a high school, additional pay will be provided based on number of teachers supervised.


The Washoe County School District is committed to providing a safe and respectful learning and working environment for all students, staff, and visitors. The District prohibits bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, and/or discrimination based on an individual's actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veterans or military status, marital status, disability or the presence of any sensory, physical or mental handicap in any of its educational programs/activities and employment, or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The District prohibits discrimination against any youth group listed in Title 36, as a patriotic society, (i.e. Boy Scouts of America) from access to public school facilities use.

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