Evergreen Middle School is a community hub located in the Bergen park neighborhood of Evergreen, Colorado. With 750 students, EMS is a comprehensive 6-8 neighborhood school. A perennial recipient of the CDE John Irwin School of Excellence Award, EMS consistently is ranked amongst the top neighborhood middle schools in Jeffco. EMS is also one of two mountain area GT Center schools, serving over 200 students annually in that respect.
Evergreen Middle School runs a seven period day designed to meet the needs of our academically diverse population. Teachers have two planning periods within that day which allows for collaboration and planning at both the department and grade level.
Evergreen has a deep commitment to school climate and culture, indicated by our WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) program as well as a daily atmosphere that is student focused on kids, inspired by music, and balanced with a “work hard, play hard” attitude.
Jeffco is a learning organization in which all staff must grow in their capacity to support and educate all students including those with special needs. Special Education professionals are committed to providing equal educational opportunities for students with disabilities who have the right, and deserve the opportunity, to meet the challenging expectations that have been established for their non-disabled peers. Highly efficacious educators understand that their knowledge and skills can assist students in overcoming educational barriers. Maintaining a strong academic focus with quality instruction including frequent progress monitoring produces more successful outcomes for all students. A robust continuum of services driven by student needs is essential.
Learning Specialist for grades 6, 7 and 8.
Must have Math Endorsement
SUMMARY Develop, implement, and support individualized practices for achieving learning outcomes for students with communication, cognitive, physical, and/or social/behavioral needs, based on the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). This teacher will utilize evidence-based best practice and rely on frequent progress monitoring for programming adjustments. The Learning Specialist teacher will take a leadership role in collaboratively problem solving interventions for students.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES may include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Design and implement specialized instruction in one-on-one, small group and large classroom settings.
Work collaboratively to plan and modify curriculum, team teach with general educators and to communicate the abilities and needs of special education students.
Develop, implement and review for appropriateness the behavioral plans for designated students.
Work in conjunction with a multidisciplinary team to conduct IEP and referral meetings, conferences, and to develop a multidisciplinary approach to the educational enhancement of the student.
Maintain ongoing communication with regular educators, school staff, students and parents.
Create a safe supportive and understanding environment for disabled students.
Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS Hold valid Colorado teaching license with Special Education Generalist endorsement. If teacher is the teacher of record for a specific content area, they must meet content-area qualification, which could include the appropriate content endorsement, degree in the content area, Colorado State Board of Education-approved content exam, or 36 credit hours as determined by the district. Training emphasis in Learning Disabled/Perceptual Communicative preferred.
EXPERIENCE Experience/supervised internship in working with educationally disabled children. Training in understanding/interpreting educational assessments and prescriptive teaching. Demonstrated ability to collaboratively work with a multidisciplinary team in developing appropriate materials, facilitating inclusion, creating educational plans, and designing and implementing behavioral plans. Training and experience in working with students with a variety of, disabling conditions. Complies with the Special Education Department and district policies and procedures (e.g., Medicaid billing, accident reporting).
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Normal routine levels of activity related to bending, carrying, climbing, hearing, reaching, sitting, standing, vision and walking, and may also involve above-average levels of activity at times that can not always be anticipated. Ability to meet physical needs of students.