2023-2024 Education Specialist Mild/Moderate

Elk Grove, CA
Rex & Maraget Fortune Early College High /
SL 11 (Salary 11 month Calander TEACHER FULL Benefits) /
On-site
About the Employer
Rex and Margaret Fortune School of Education is a comprehensive education system including, non-profit preschools, a network of tuition-free, public charter schools (TK-12th), and a school of education with a masters programs and educator preparations programs accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. in Sacramento/San Bernardino County. We prepare students for college starting in preschool Transitional Kindergarten in San Bernardino and Sacramento Counties and are focused on closing the African American achievement gap.

Our Mission:
To graduate high achieving students of good character prepared for college and citizenship in a democratic society.

Our Vision:
To prepare teachers for service in public schools with competence and sensitivity that will enable them to develop students to their fullest potential.

Our Approach:
At Fortune School our education philosophy is The Five Pillars--1) High Expectations, 2) Choice and Commitment, 3) More Time, 4) Focus on Results, 5) Citizenship. We follow this philosophy in all our academic programs in service to the wide range of people we serve from preschool to masters.

Job Summary: The Education Specialist is responsible for providing quality instruction to students with various disabilities. Specialist is responsible for implementing curriculum to ensure that students are successful in academics, develop interpersonal skills and participate in activities of daily living; responsible for documenting student progress/activities, outcomes; addressing specific needs of students; providing a safe and optimal learning environment and providing feedback to students, parents and administration regarding student progress and goal.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Develop, maintain IEPs, quarterly reports, progress monitoring for measuring goals.
    • Collect and report progress monitoring data for all student goals.
    • Conduct IEP meetings within mandated timelines.
    • Make data-driven instructional decisions to improve student outcomes.
    • Complete Quarterly Progress Reports
    • Complete mandatory reporting as required by state and federal guideline.
    • Complete all special education paperwork accurately, according to regulations, and on time.
    • Develop and monitor appropriate transition plans for students of transition age.
    • Serve as a liaison and resource to Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA’s)
    • Adapts lesson for the purpose of implementing the IEP goals and meeting the special needs of students.
    • Advises parents and/or legal guardians of student progress for the purpose of supporting teacher’s expectations, developing methods for improvement and/or reinforcing classroom goals in the home environment.
    • Assesses student’s social needs (e.g. behavioral, motor development, communication, etc.) and academic needs (developmental level, vocational abilities, etc.) for the purpose of evaluating students and family requirements, placement and success of the program.
    • Collaborates with school personnel, agencies and community agencies (e.g. social service agencies, caretakers, etc.) for the purpose of developing and modifying the program to maximize the quality of student outcomes, developing solutions and planning curriculum.
    • Directs instructional assistants, volunteers and/or student aides for the purpose of providing an effective school program and addressing the needs of individual students.
    • Instructs students with individualized special needs for the purpose of developing appropriate academic interpersonal and daily living skills through a defined course of study.
    • Manages student behavior for the purpose of providing a safe and optimal learning environment.
    • Prepares teaching materials and reports (e.g. grades, attendance, anecdotal records, etc.) for the purpose of implementing lesson plans and providing documentation of teacher and student progress.
    • Reports incidents (e.g. fights, suspected child abuse, suspected substance abuse, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining personal safety of students, providing a positive learning environment and adhering to Education Code, district and/or school policies.
    • Assists other personnel as may be required for the purpose of supporting them in the completion of their work activities.
    • Participates in various meetings (e.g. individual education plan meetings, conferences, in-service training, site meetings, etc.) for the purpose of receiving and/or providing information and/or meeting credential requirements.

Education and Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree 
    • Valid California Teaching Credential - Special Education (Mild/Moderate) Credential Required.
    • Appropriate certification for teaching English Language Learners
    • Three or more years' experience serving students with special needs.

Required knowledge, skills & abilities:

    • Skills to motivate students, communicate with individuals from varied educational and cultural backgrounds, direct support personnel, evaluate performance, address student needs.
    • Knowledge of appropriate special education category (learning, severely, communication, visually and/or physically handicapped), age-appropriate teaching methods, state curriculum framework, education code and relevant laws.
    • Abilities to stand and walk for prolonged periods, perform a variety of specialized and responsible tasks, maintain records, establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, parents and other school personnel, meet scheduling deadlines.

Physical Abilities:

    • Hearing and speaking to conduct group training, exchange information in person electronically and on the telephone
    • Ability to read printed material and computer screens.
    • Ability to understand speech at normal levels
    • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment
    • Kneeling, bending at the waist, and reaching overhead above the shoulders and horizontally to retrieve and store files and supplies.
    • Ability to climb stairs, walk, and sit for extended periods of time. Ability to lift and carry 10 pounds
    • Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions

Working Conditions:

    • Office environment: constant interruptions
    • Outdoor environment: driving a person vehicle to conduct work; visit school sites; travel to other organizations and companies; meetings and workshops
    • Classroom environment: constant interruptions
    • Outdoor environment: driving a personal vehicle to conduct work; visit school sites; travel to other organizations and companies; meetings and workshops
$63,403 - $90,424 a year

Fortune School of Education provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant.