Lead Special Education Teacher
The Village School of North Bennington, North Bennington, VT
The Village School of North Bennington is a pre-K through grade six independent school “town academy” located in North Bennington, Vermont. We serve approximately 140 students, nearly all from the surrounding school district.
The Lead Special Education Teacher is responsible for leading special education services at the Village School and will work collaboratively with a team that may include the student’s teachers and family members, as well as the educational assessment or counseling professionals with whom the student may interact. The Lead Special Education Teacher will work to develop Individualized Education Plans (IEP) that address the students’ academic, social/emotional, and/or developmental needs. The Lead Special Education Teacher chairs the IEP meetings at the Village School and is responsible, as the case manager and coordinator of services, for the relevant planning, follow-up and documentation. This position is for the full school year and may extend into the summer as necessary, which may include administrative meetings, student IEP meetings, transition meetings, and potentially teaching summer school classes.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND KEY DUTIES:
- Serve as the main point of contact for inter-school communication regarding special education, as well as the liaison between the Village School and the Southwestern Vermont Supervisory Union (SVSU).
- Attend all meetings relating to special education planning, including acting as parent advocate, meeting with parents, educating parents about special needs rights, and educating parents about special education terminology and methodology.
- Develop IEPs and maintain special education files, as well as records of goals, objectives, accommodations and data on student progress with academic plans, in accordance with the regulations of the State of Vermont.
- Coordinate and lead yearly IEP meetings with parents, teachers, and administration to review and update students’ academic plans.
- Prepare and send reports of progress toward meeting the IEP objectives to parents and to the sending school districts, as required.
- Serve as a student advocate when transition issues, academic concerns, or accommodation issues arise.
- Consult with faculty and support staff, as needed, in order to provide summaries of student needs, educate teachers about student needs, clarify special education terminology, or to provide mentorship around instructional supports for students.
- Provide direct instruction for students as specified in the IEP goals and objectives.
- Serve as the Coordinator for Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at the Village School, as well as the SSD contact person for families with students at the Village School who wish to apply for testing accommodations.
- Bachelor’s degree in Special Education or a related field (required); a Masters degree in Special Education (strongly preferred)
- Valid Vermont Teaching License with a Special Education endorsement; a provisional or emergency license will be considered, but preference will be given to candidates who are licensed (or eligible for licensure) in Special Education in Vermont
- Experience in developing and/or providing IEP case management is required
- Preference will be given to candidates with an understanding and working knowledge of Vermont’s special education laws, as well as to candidates with an understanding of early elementary reading and writing development, along with intervention strategies.
WHY CHOOSE THE VILLAGE SCHOOL?
- Negotiable relocation cost reimbursement
- Partial tuition remission for the K-6 children of core staff members
- Medical and Dental insurance
- School-paid life insurance, as well as the option to purchase additional life insurance
- PTO and Sick Leave