Secondary Special Education Teacher (Multiple Positions Available)

Battle Creek Public Schools

Battle Creek, Michigan

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Date Posted August 06, 2022
Industry K-12: Public Schools
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Description:

2022-2023 Secondary - Special Education Teacher

Location: Battle Creek Public Schools

Salary: $40,170 - $71,946 as determined by the current salary schedule

ABOUT BATTLE CREEK PUBLIC SCHOOLS (BCPS)

Great things are happening in Battle Creek Public Schools (BCPS), and this is your opportunity to be a part of it! Located in southwestern Michigan, Battle Creek Public Schools serve a diverse community of 4,000 students from Pre-K to adult education. BCPS is in the midst of an exciting, equity-driven transformation, aiming to increase student achievement and family engagement, and provide opportunities and pathways to success for all students, regardless of race or zip code. We are a mission-driven district seeking passionate and motivated leaders who are ready to be a part of transformational change that is already underway.

In 2017, BCPS received a $51 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which, over the five years of the grant period, is being invested to revitalize curriculum, implement project-based and experiential learning models, implement new professional development and mentorship programs for staff, bring onboard new programmatic partners, and open/transform schools with specialized magnet programming.

BCPS teachers benefit from a supportive community of educators that “Believe in the Change.” A host of new investments in schools, and robust professional development programs are provided to teachers. In addition to competitive base salaries, our educators enjoy a total rewards program that includes a generous healthcare and retirement plan, an Employee Assistance Program, Tuition Reimbursement, Sign- on and Retention Incentives, Housing and Rental Incentives and more. Our total rewards program also offers impactful professional development to support our continuous learners and a support network of teachers, administrators and staff who are laser focused on supporting each other to achieve student success.

ROLE SUMMARY

The BCPS District is seeking exceptional, inspired, equity-driven teachers to guide its schools into the next chapter of even greater academic excellence.

Teachers at BCPS enjoy a significant degree of support to facilitate academic achievement for students. Together we work to build an engaging, teaching and learning environment committed to college, career and life success for all students. BCPS teachers also receive substantial professional development to continue to hone their craft. Teachers receive robust support and resources from our District to enable student achievement including support with implementing research-based, rigorous curriculum and utilizing assessment data to facilitate instruction.

In addition, there are resources to support teachers.

These support resources include:

  • Early Career Teacher Mentors

  • Behavioral Interventionist

  • Counselors

  • Success Specialists

  • Bearcat Coaches (i.e., in-school mentors and intervention practitioners who bear caseloads of students)

  • A wide network of community and organizational support, including Healthcare Centers located in our schools

The transformation of our District depends on having inspired educators who can help push our schools towards equity and excellence--so every Bearcat graduates career, college, and community ready. Our vision is “100% success for every Bearcat.”

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Provides individual, small group, and whole-group instruction.

  2. Monitors student progress in the school environment including academic achievement and behaviors.

  3. Maintains a safe and orderly environment, which may include monitoring specific health concerns of students in the classroom and teaches social skills.

  4. Plans curriculum, lessons, behavior plans, and special education programs and teaching methods.

  5. Aligns goals and objectives from individual students to meet the needs of all students.

  6. Uses data-based decision making to problem solve challenging situations.

  7. Collects data, reviews, analyzes, and revises implementation plans and interventions.

  8. Maintains contact with parents/guardians of students.

  9. Evaluates student progress based on observations, data, and assessments, determines goals, objectives and directions.

  10. Prepares report cards, educational records, IEP procedures, data collection, behavior plans, classroom observation records, and other forms.

  11. Coordinates and collaborates with other staff for services.

  12. Conducts IEP team meetings.

  13. Uses technology to track student progress, prepare written reports, implement IEPs, and record progress.

  14. Attends staff and district meetings and trainings as required.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Complete application in Applicant Tracking.

Please note that only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BS or BA degree

  • Valid Michigan certificate with any special education endorsement for secondary education

  • Possess technology skills

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and cultivate positive relationships with students

  • Experience working with children who have disabilities.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Successful experience working with a diverse population in an urban setting.

  • Experience in handling students with challenging behaviors, and teaching social skills.

  • Experience in developing academic and behavioral interventions.

  • Knowledge of special education law

  • Background in learning and behavior management

  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with school staff

THE STRONGEST CANDIDATES WILL HAVE:

  • A belief that all children can achieve no matter their zip code

  • Deep understanding of the nuanced needs of low-income student populations,

and trauma-informed teaching practices and restorative justice

  • A willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to student achievement

SCHOOL SAFETY CLEARANCE:

The successful candidate will be subject to a fingerprint and background check as a condition of employment. All fees required for this check (estimated $73.00) will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.

The Battle Creek Public School District is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, handicap, sex, age, religion, national origin, weight, height, or marital status in its employment practices.