Structured Academics Integrated Life Skills Special Education Teacher

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Education - Excluding Post Secondary

Position:  Structured Academics Integrated Life Skills (SAILS) Special Education Teacher

Dept/Campus:  McAdams Junior High School 

Wage/Hour Status: Exempt 

Immediate Supervisor: CampusPrincipal 

Pay Grade : Per the compensation plan

Days Employed:  187


  • Provide special education students with learning activities and experiences designed to help them fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth
  • Develop or modify curricula and prepare lessons and other instructional materials to student ability levels
  • Work in a self-contained, team, departmental, or itinerant capacity as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Valid Texas teaching certificate, with required special education/general education endorsements for grade-level assignment
  • Demonstrated competency in the core academic subject area assigned
  • Meets the requirement of “highly qualified” as defined under the No Child Left Behind Act
  • Special Knowledge/Skills:

  • Knowledge of a variety of disabilities and the special needs of students in assigned area
  • Knowledge of Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee process and Individual
  • Education Plan (IEP) goal-setting process and implementation 
  • General knowledge of curriculum and instruction
  • Knowledge of behavior management skills for special populations
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience:

    At least one year of student teaching or approved internship 


    Instructional Strategies:

  • Collaborate with students, parents, and other members of staff to develop draft copies of IEP components through the ARD Committee process for each student assigned
  • Implement an instructional, therapeutic, or skill development program for assigned students and show written evidence of preparation as required
  • Plan and use appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect an understanding of the learning styles and needs of students assigned
  • Work cooperatively with classroom teachers to modify regular curricula as needed and assist special education students in regular classes with assignments
  • Participate in ARD Committee meetings on a regular basis
  • Conduct an assessment of student learning styles and use the results to plan for instructional activities
  • Present subject matter according to guidelines established by IEP
  • Record grades for each student following district guidelines
  • Employ a variety of instructional techniques and media to meet the needs and capabilities of each student 
  • Plan and supervise assignments for paraprofessional(s) and volunteer(s)
  • Provide guided instruction for paraprofessional duties such as; teaching strategies, behavior management, and providing personal care
  • Use technology in the teaching/learning process
  • Student Growth and Development

  • Conduct ongoing assessments of student achievement through formal and informal testing
  • Provide or supervise personal care such as; assisting with toileting needs, diapering and personal hygiene, medical care, and feeding of students according to the individual needs of students
  • Assume responsibility for extracurricular activities as assigned
  • Sponsor outside activities approved by the campus 
  • Be a positive role model for students; support the mission of the school district.
  • Classroom Management and Organization

  • Create a classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students
  • Manage student behavior and administer discipline. This includes intervening in crisis situations and physically restraining students as necessary according to IEP.
  • Consult with classroom teachers regarding the management of student behavior according to IEP
  • Consult district and outside resource people regarding education, social, medical, and personal needs of students
  • Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities
  • Assist in the selection of books, equipment, and other instructional materials
  • Communication

  • Establish and maintain open communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, principals
  • Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents, and community members
  • Use effective communication skills to present information accurately and clearly
  • Other

  • Participate in staff development activities to improve job-related skills
  • Keep informed of and comply with federal, state, district, and school regulations and policies for special education teachers
  • Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents required
  • Attend and participate in faculty meetings and serve on staff committees as required

  • Supervise assigned Paraprofessional(s). 

    Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:

  • Maintain emotional control under stress
  • Frequent standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, pushing, and pulling
  • Move small stacks of textbooks, media equipment, desks, and other classroom or adaptive equipment
  • May be required to lift and position students with physical disabilities; control behavior through physical restraint, and assist non-ambulatory students
  • Exposure to biological hazards
  • * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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