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Speech and Language Clinician, .6 FTE - Spring Lake Park Schools

Posted on 9/8/2017 4:02:15 PM

Listing expires 10/6/2017

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Date of Availability: As soon as possible
Date Closing: Open Until Filled

About Spring Lake Park Schools
 
Welcome to Spring Lake Park Schools! We are a vibrant school community serving about 5,800 students from the suburbs of Blaine, Fridley and Spring Lake Park, in the northern Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Our district purpose -- “High expectations, high achievement for all. No excuses” – provides our focus to meet the unique and varied needs of each student. 
 
Spring Lake Park Schools is recognized for our commitment to personalized learning, creating a culture of innovation and creativity through human-centered design thinking. We are working to create a system – a culture with a methodology and set of processes – where teachers and staff have the freedom, flexibility and invitation to design new ways of learning centered around deepening student engagement to continuously improve student success.
 
Position Overview
 
The successful candidate will be an individual who …
 
… firmly believes:

  • all students can and will learn, and that their learning can be directly influenced by focusing on factors over which we have control;
  • in the need to work interdependently with teachers, school, and district leaders throughout the system, aligning the work of adults around improving student learning by meeting the needs, interests, and aspirations of students;
  • in the need to work in partnership with staff to continuously improve practices to enhance student and family engagement, creating the conditions for equity, excellence and student success; and
  • in personalizing learning for students, meeting academic, social, and emotional needs and aspirations so that each student feels valued and has a sense of belonging, leading to academic success
Primary Responsibilities
The ideal candidate will provide excellent instruction (in Spanish) and case management skills to students with speech/language and other types of disabilities at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion.  This includes providing direct instruction to students, providing consultation to school staff and parents, working collaboratively with school staff in the general and special education environments, and managing all aspects of due process procedures and mandates. This position requires that the teacher be committed to a providing a classroom and school environment that is multicultural/gender and ability fair/developmentally appropriate, is favorable to learning and growth and is based on a commitment that all children can learn.  The candidate must be knowledgeable in types of behavioral and academic interventions appropriate for secondary students and must be proficient in aspects of instruction including student and classroom management, assessment, instructional delivery, and intervention.  The candidate must be willing and able to work with students with different types of disabilities who need behavioral, mental health, social skill, and academic interventions.  The candidate must also be committed to continuous improvement and professional learning.
Program Information
The teacher in this position will work in general and special education programs with students who primarily have speech and language needs. Students receive special education services in individual, small group, and large group environments in the school setting and sometimes in the community. Special Education teachers work collaboratively with school staff and parents to implement students' individual education plans and manage the due process requirements for students on their caseloads. The ability to work with students with emotional/behavior issues is essential as well as the ability to assist students with the acquisition of academic, study, and social skills commensurate with pre-college academic content in mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies.
Essential Functions
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties to be performed. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Establishes developmentally appropriate instructional and behavioral expectations for students and for him/herself and communicates those to students and their families.
  • Creates lessons and learning environments that are safe, respectful, and engaging as well as multicultural/gender and ability fair/developmentally appropriate. Selects, adapts and individualizes materials appropriate for diverse student populations and skills.
  • Collaborates and communicates regularly with school staff and students' families in making educational decisions and uses family and community resources to support learning.
  • Assesses students' developmental, cognitive and social needs and provides developmentally appropriate instruction to meet those needs.
  • Regularly assesses student learning by using multiple forms of assessment.
  • Facilitates positive interactions between students and teacher, student and peers and student and other adults.
  • Responsible for case management and maintaining appropriate due process files.
  • Work effectively as a member of a high performing team.
  • Models learning and behavior consistent with the expectations for students.
  • Assesses own instructional effectiveness through the District's Learning Community Framework.
  • Participates in ongoing and regular staff, team and individual professional development and pursues continuous improvement of one's professional practice.
  • Collaborates with peers to develop, plan and implement best practices based on the needs/abilities of the students.
  • Works in partnership with school administration, teacher colleagues, and other school support staff.
  • Always keeps the students' needs and rights first and foremost in any educational decision-making.
  • Has a working knowledge of and implements the Minnesota State Standards and the Graduation Rule.

Acquires knowledge of the goals of the Spring Lake Park Public School Strategic Plan and site/school goals.
Preferences
We strongly prefer candidates who have exhibited excellence in collaboration with colleagues and an enthusiasm to work with students.  Preferred candidates will also have a demonstrated commitment to ongoing learning as evidenced by graduate-level work or an earned degree, as well as participation in professional organization conferences or seminars related to the content area. Working knowledge of the subject matter, classroom management techniques, current researched best practices and strategies, as well as students' learning styles and needs, both academic and affective. Prior successful experience student teaching or teaching in urban, multicultural education setting. Demonstrates continued professional development through course work, research, peer collaboration and/or job-embedded staff development.
Qualifications
 
The successful candidate must have earned a M.A./M.S. or Ph.D. degree and current Minnesota State Licensure in Speech Language Pathology.  Additional demonstrated qualifications include:  commitment to the equitable education of all students; creative planning and organizational skills, and highly effective interpersonal skills. Previous experience working with elementary level students using differentiation, guided reading, and technology skills preferred.   Prefer candidate with experience working with diverse learners.

Licensing Requirements
Current Minnesota Speech Language Pathology license or eligibility is required.
 
Salary
Highly competitive salary and benefit package for the region
 
How to Apply
Position will remain open until filled.
Individuals who wish to be considered for this position must apply online at https://www.applitrack.com/district16/onlineapp/default.aspx
Only qualified and appropriately licensed individuals will be considered for an interview.
 
For any inquiries or questions regarding the position, please feel free to contact Mike Callahan, Director of Student Support Services, at mcalla@district16.org.
 



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