Successful applicants will join a strong faculty in Western Carolina University's Catamount School, a newly commissioned lab school that opened in August, 2017. The Exceptional Children (EC) Teacher/Coordinator will be expected to function as an integral part of The Catamount School's instructional leadership team, and will be responsible for overseeing programs that provide educational assistance to children with mental, psychological, learning, behavioral, or physical disabilities. Responsibilities include
Possess the ability to analyze data and work with The Catamount School's principal and faculty in understanding assessment data in order to generate effective responses to the school/students' needs through a Multitiered System of Support (MTSS) that includes data related to Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) and academic areas of need. Essential components are the possession of substantive organizational skills and the ability to oversee/supervise the effective implementation of required state and county and district assessments. Duties include being responsible for supporting school staff in conducting formative assessments to enhance and engage student learning as well as facilitate the administration of state mandated assessments.
Working collaboratively with content teachers as a coteacher of groups of students. This individual will share in the planning, organization, delivery, and assessment of instruction, as well as the physical space.
Overseeing/managing a caseload of special education students and the implementation of their Individualized Education Plan(IEP) in the full continuum of service delivery with an emphasis on inclusive setting when appropriate.
Ensuring appropriate delivery of both special education instruction and related services as stipulated on IEPs plans.
Ensuring compliance by the school with all local and federal laws and regulation relating to students with IEPs plans and students referred to special education.
Ensuring that services provided by contractual personnel are of high quality, provided in the Least Restricted Environment (LRE), and are aligned with students' IEPs.
Effectively communicating to parents and guardians the special education process including process for referrals, evaluations, annual IEPs plans, and reevaluations as well as parental rights granted by IDEA.
Facilitating IEP meetings using a strengths based and family centered approach
Coordinating with student's special education team to ensure all documents are completed in a timely manner according to policies and guidance from NC DPI, federal regulations and law, and district policies.
The successful candidates should possess a Bachelor's degree in special education from an accredited institution, should be eligible for a North Carolina Licensure within the field of special education and/or general education, should have experience teaching using the six models of co-teaching at the middle grades level of instruction, and understand how to develop specially designed instruction in the general education classroom to meet diverse needs.
Preference will be given to candidates eligible for dual licensure in special education and general education, experience with inclusive education practices, experience with implementation of Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), utilization of problems-based learning (PBL), and who are enrolled in graduate study in education related to special education, academically intellectual giftedness, and moderate to severe disability at an accredited institution. Consistent participation in all aspects of The Catamount School is expected. Applicants should provide evidence of experiences or the potential to: work collaboratively and across disciplines, contribute to the university's multicultural and diversity goals, advocate for students with disabilities, and fulfill leadership roles in the field of special education. Interest and experience in teaching in technology rich and flexible environments is a plus.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
10 months per annual school year.
Application must be made online. Applicants must include the following attachments:
1. A cover letter describing how the applicant's professional qualifications relate to the position and how the applicant can contribute to the mission, core values and goals of the Catamount School. 2. A current and complete resume. 3. Unofficial copies of transcripts of undergraduate and graduate degree programs completed. 4. Names, addresses (including titles and institutions), telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least five (5) references.
OPTIONAL Attachment: 5. Other supporting materials relevant to the candidate's scholarship and teaching.
Inquiries can be directed to: Dr. Tammy Barron, Search Committee Chair, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your interest in this position. Application materials sent by postal mail or e-mail cannot be accepted.
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.