Special Ed Teacher

The Opportunity:

Laboratory Charter School is seeking a dynamic teacher to fill a Special Education position. Our special education teachers are responsible for planning, developing, delivering and evaluating appropriate individualized educational services, learning programs and instruction for identified students in an inclusive setting in consultation with other school personnel.

Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities:

Identify the needs of assigned students through formal and informal assessments and case manage a group of assigned students

Review referral data, history and assessment data to develop appropriate goals and objectives for each student

Confer with general education teachers regarding the educational, social, emotional and physical needs and objectives of each student

Plan, develop and implement individualized learning plans for each student

Design appropriate teaching strategies

Prepare instructional materials and lesson plans according to Individual Educational Plans (IEPs)

Participate in  IEP meetings with parents/guardians, school administrators and general education/content area teachers

Utilize appropriate methods of instruction to meet the needs of each student in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

Monitor, evaluate and document each student’s progress utilizing appropriate measurements and assessment devices

Prepare timely progress reports for each student

Develop and implement necessary interventions and strategies to promote achievement of student objectives

Collaborate and consult with general school personnel regarding the implementation of the IEPs and special educational services

Modify and adapt conventional educational programs and curriculum to meet the requirements of special needs students

Maintain regular communication with parents/guardians by means of email, phone calls, conferences and progress reports

Assist parents/guardians with understanding and supporting educational objectives, learning expectations and behavioral standards

Ensure adherence to reasonable rules of classroom discipline and order to maintain a secure and effective learning environment

Manage student behavior through monitoring, supervising and assessing behavioral patterns

Utilize appropriate corrective methods to modify behavior

Develop and/or  implement Positive Behavior Support Plans where necessary

Instruct students on socially acceptable behaviors and personal development skills

Prepare special needs students for inclusion and transition to high school if appropriate

Maintain accurate and complete records in compliance with school district regulations and legal requirements

Maintain a current knowledge of special education best practices and trends

Qualifications and Experience:

Bachelors degree in the appropriate field

Appropriate PA Special Education certification

Knowledge of current special education practices and methodologies

Knowledge and understanding of PA, local and federal regulations and policies affecting special education

Working knowledge of educational technology applications

Key Competencies:

Organizational and planning skills

Collaboration and team work

Judgment and decision-making

Creative thinking


Laboratory Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.