Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), Inclusion TOSA
Salary range: Placement on the teacher's salary schedule, plus 14 additional days to provide professional learning
This position requires a credentialed teacher who has specialized knowledge regarding the current principles, techniques and best practices used in meeting the needs of students with significant disabilities who are served in general education classrooms. The specialist provides support to students, general education teachers and instructional staff to ensure that students benefit from their educational programs. This specialist provides support to students in all schools, and assists general and special education teachers and instructional aides to ensure that students have the appropriate support and accommodations to succeed in the least restrictive environment.
- Ability to pass a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint clearance
- Completion of a Bachelor's degree, Master's preferred
- Legal authorization to work in the U.S.
- Possession of a Clear and valid California Teaching Credential, in appropriate content area, as required by the California Education Code
- Possession of an English Learner Authorization (CLAD or BCLAD), as per by Board policy, may be required
- Within 60 days of hire, provision of TB (tuberculin) clearance, as mandated by the California Education Code
- Collaborate and consult with K-5 general and special education teachers, principals, specialists and specialists at four to six assigned sites to provide coaching support for the teachers and staff regarding modifications/accommodations for students with disabilities
- Become an integral part of school teams to provide coordinated support to teachers in implementing RTI interventions and instruction in the general education and learning center settings
- Design and present professional learning tailored to address identified needs for staff
- Remain current with research and best practices supporting effective and innovative instructional practices including the integration of technology in meaningful ways to challenge learners
- Train instructional assistants to provide support to students in classrooms
- Perform other duties as assigned
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Valid California teaching credential, Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe
- Minimum of 3-5 years of experience as a special education classroom teacher actively involved in the teaching of literacy and math and modifying curriculum preferably in both primary and intermediate grades
- Advanced training and expertise in instructional best practices, including modifying curriculum and social skills integration strategies
- Facility in using student work and other assessments to inform instruction
- Knowledge of and willingness to keep up-to-date with current research and new professional resources
- Experience/willingness to co-plan, co-teach and coach classroom teachers, grades K-5
- Experience leading workshops, presentations, study groups, and committees
- Strong organizational and communication skills required
- Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds
- Ability to use assistive technology as a tool to support student learning
- Experience supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in general education settings
- Knowledge of best practices, methods and techniques in educating children with ASD and other significant disabilities
- Knowledge of federal and state mandates for students identified as special education students
- Knowledge of procedures and regulations related to IEP development and timelines
- Ability to effectively communicate with staff and build positive partnerships with students and parents
- Ability to train and supervise instructional aides
- Knowledge and experience in supporting the implementation of positive behavioral support plans
- Knowledge and experience in developing effective accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities in general education classrooms to ensure that students access the general education curriculum
- Skill in facilitating and developing interactions and relationships between students with disabilities and peers with and without disabilities
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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employee will frequently work at a computer and travel to attend meetings.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work environment includes working directly with children. There are a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the employee must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. The employee must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time
The job entails potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes; exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases; and for interaction with disruptive and/or unruly individuals
Work Year: 200 days (requires a flexible calendar)
Revision Date: 11/01/2016
Initial date: 03/17/2017
Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.