Amana Academy – Special Education Teacher (full time) Fulton County
Special Education Teacher – Full Time
- Employer/School Name: Amana Academy
- Position Available: Special Education Teacher – Full Time
- Date Posted: October 7, 2013
- Date to Remove (each job will be removed after 3 months if not specified): November 15, 2013
Named 2011 Georgia Charter School of the Year by the Coca-Cola Foundation, Amana Academy is a well-established K-8 public charter school in its 8th year serving 700+ students (by August, 2013) in Alpharetta, Georgia – a northern suburb of metro Atlanta. Amana Academy is part of the Fulton County Schools system, and is accredited by SACS-CASI.
Amana Academy utilizes the project-based Expeditionary Learning instructional framework aligned to the Georgia Performance Standards. Our intent is to “push down the 4 walls of the school” by taking students out into the community to BE authors, scientists, researchers, mathematicians, and world citizens. Our established partners—local, state, and national—benefit our Crew of students, parents, teachers, and community.
Amana’s mission, focusing on high academic achievement through project-based learning expeditions, strong communication skills, world language learning—we teach Arabic, one of the 6 official languages of the United Nations, to all students grades K-8—community service, citizenship, environmental awareness, and character-building, is a school that attracts especially dedicated and talented professionals.
The Special Education Teacher will provide quality services to students with disabilities in grades kindergarten through 8th grade; assume responsibility for the knowledge and application of the appropriate curriculum and the instructional programs for students with disabilities in compliance with all State and Federal laws, State Department of Education, and Fulton County Board of Education policies, rules, and regulations, including the Georgia Performance Standards.
The Special Education Teacher with work with a commitment to team participation in planning and implementation of student programs including push-in special instruction, tutorial assistance, and consultation to general education staff. The ideal candidate will have the ability to plan with colleagues to modify/accommodate the general education curriculum to the needs of the students based on IEP requirements, and to work with support personnel, community agencies, and parents. Candidates must provide evidence of strong behavior management and positive discipline skills.
- Models and supports special education instructional staff in organizing, identifying, and implementing curriculum including Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) and the adapted curriculum
- Participates in professional learning activities and plans/delivers professional learning activities to staff, parents, and others to increase achievement for students with disabilities
- Collaborates with parents and local school staff regarding instructional decision-making for students with disabilities
- Assists school staff in organizing curriculum and utilizing effective teaching strategies for students with disabilities
- Assists teachers in improving classroom management and climate through the implementation of effective instructional methods
- Maintains communication with special education staff, local school personnel, and parents regarding the referral, evaluation, identification, and effective programming for students with disabilities
- Consults with local instructional staff regarding Individual Education Program (IEP) development, extended school year, behavioral interventions and transition plans for students with disabilities
- Collaborates with appropriate school-based personnel to assure timely data input/submission for students with disabilities (eSchool Plus, Encore)
- Completes educational assessments for students referred for testing/evaluation
- Monitors assessment timelines to ensure adherence to State regulations
- Assigns and/or conducts staffings to develop IEPs, as required within assigned school(s)/cluster
- Coordinates/participates in the development of functional behavioral assessments/behavior intervention plans within assigned school(s)
- Consults with local school staff and coordinates/conducts discipline review/manifestation determination meetings with the appropriate Services for Exceptional Children (SEC) Department Coordinator
- Assists and supports special education teaching staff with the accurate documentation of data to reflect student progress for students with disabilities
- Collaborates with appropriate school-based personnel to assure accurate FTE reporting for students with disabilities
- May collaborate in the Student Support Team (SST) and/or Comprehensive Building Team (CBT) process
Education: Master’s Degree required
Certification/Licensure: Must hold or be eligible to hold Georgia certification in one or more areas of Special Education; Leadership certification strongly preferred
Experience: Minimum of 3 years teaching experience or related educational experience providing services to students with disabilities required
- Ability to apply critical thinking skills in rendering solutions to various issues
- Ability to plan and implement short and long-range goals and objectives
- Ability to work with collaborative teams
- Ability to use Microsoft Office and other system software programs
- Excellent interpersonal skills needed to work effectively with students, parents, administrators and staff
- Excellent organizational skills
- Excellent communication skills both orally and in writing
- Evidence of experience in and philosophical alignment with Amana’s charter and Expeditionary Learning School principles
IMPORTANT: Please follow this format for efficient consideration.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org Be sure to put your LAST NAME and TEACHING POSITION you are applying for in the Subject line; eg, “Smith Special Education”
- In the cover letter, indicate how your past experiences connect with Expeditionary Learning principles (www.elschools.org) and the Amana philosophy (http://www.amanaacademy.org/philosophy.htm).
- Attach your current resume.
After initial screening of resumes, the hiring committee will conduct phone interviews immediately, and follow with collection of documentation and live interviews. (For internal Amana applicants we will review the completion of their current file and go directly to the face-to-face interview.) For more information, please visit our web site at www.amanaacademy.org.
School Contact Info
285 South Main Street
Alpharetta, GA 30009