Position Profile: Special Education Teacher – Harvest Best Academy
kpCompanies is leading the search for the next Special Education Teacher for Harvest Best Academy. This will be a highly rewarding position for an educator who is responsible for creating a flexible program and learning environment that provides specialized instruction for students with disabilities, such that the students benefit from the general education curriculum to the greatest extent possible when supported with supplemental aides, accommodations, and other needed supports.
THE ORGANIZATION: Harvest Best Academy
At Harvest Best Academy our mission is to instruct, empower, enable, and guide children to achieve superior academic, social, and moral development.
Harvest Best Academy’s vision is for every child to be college and career ready.
Harvest Preparatory School was established as a private school in 1992. In 1999, Harvest Preparatory School became a tuition-free charter school.
The Best Academy was established in 2008 as a single-gender school to address the unique educational needs of African American boys. The same year that the Best Boys program was created, Sister Academy (a program for girls) was developed within the Harvest Preparatory School.
Best Academy East was established in 2010 after members of the East African Somali community in Minneapolis approached Harvest Preparatory School and Best Academy founders, Eric and Ella Mahmoud, and asked them to consider starting a program to meet the unique cultural and academic needs of their burgeoning English Language Learner (ELL) community.
In 2018, Harvest Preparatory School and Best Academy merged and became Harvest Best Academy, a free kindergarten through 8th grade school serving students in 3 programs: Harvest Prep (K-4), Best East (K-4), and Best Middle School (5-8).
Under the direction of the Special Education Coordinator, the special education teacher plans and provides for appropriate learning experiences for students with disabilities in a variety of educational settings. The person in this position is responsible for creating a flexible program and learning environment that provides specialized instruction for students with disabilities, such that the students benefit from the general education curriculum to the greatest extent possible when supported with supplemental aides, accommodations, and other needed supports.
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Provide direct and indirect instructional support to students in a positive environment.
• Employ special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory.
• Instruct students in academic subjects using a variety of techniques such as phonetics, multisensory learning, and repetition to reinforce learning and to meet students' varying needs and interests.
• Teach socially acceptable behavior, as determined by the students’ individualized education programs (IEPs) by employing techniques in an overall positive behavioral support system.
• Modify the general education curriculum for students with disabilities based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies.
• Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
• Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining an environment conducive to learning for all students.
• Meet with parents to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their individualized educational needs.
• Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and other professionals to develop individualized education programs (IEPs) designed to promote students' educational, physical, and social/emotional development.
• Maintain accurate and complete student records and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
• Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
• Develop plans for effective communication, monitoring, and follow-up of students in inclusive classroom settings.
• Provide crisis intervention, as needed, for students and those in inclusive classrooms.
• Assist in collection of data for providing appropriate classroom interventions.
• Maintain professional competence by participating in professional development staff development and other trainings as specified by The Harvest/Best network of schools.
SKILLS AND CAPABILITIES:
This position also entails significant walking, bending, standing, stooping, and possible physical interventions in order to maintain a safe learning environment Assignment may require the ability to physically move students or equipment weighing up to 50 lbs., position students in specialized equipment, and/or change diapers as needed.
Below are some of the typical requirements for a Special Education Teacher. We recognize that skill sets can be a complex combination of experiences. Even if your background does not exactly match these requirements but you have a passion for our work, we would love to hear from you and we recognize the value of transferable skills.