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Special Education Advisor/Teacher - Vermilion Country School, Tower

Posted on 8/8/2017 10:44:07 AM

Listing expires 9/5/2017

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Vermilion Country School


Teacher/Advisor – Special Education


The Vermilion Country School (VCS), a grades 7-12 public charter school serving the Lake Vermilion area in Minnesota’s North Country.


Teacher/Advisors work as mentors for approximately 15-18 students in the completion of VCS curriculum and Minnesota graduation requirements.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • facilitating academic and personal goal-setting
  • providing skills instruction
  • monitoring progress
  • communicating with parent/guardians
  • teaching classes
  • leading field explorations (possibly)
  • records maintenance
  • SpEd Specific Duties:
    • Maintaining SpEd paperwork including third party, compliance, MTSS, PARs, TSES,  and SpEd Forms.
    • Requesting SpEd supplies/materials and keeping inventory in regards to special funding requirements
    • Coordinating with administrators for testing, meetings, and transition responsibilities
    • Supervising and training paraprofessional staff members
    • Workload analysis to ensure proper delegation and documentation of service time
    • Ensuring students are receiving appropriate services through the year


Teacher/Advisors take on additional duties as necessary according to availability, interests, and talents; while also performing an active role on site-based leadership and service teams.  


Teacher/Advisors will take part in additional training in the EdVisions Project-Based-Learning model; as well as specific training in data management software, health and safety, and teaching and learning processes.


Specific Special Education Responsibilities:


The Teacher/Advisor – Special Education shall possess strong curriculum planning, classroom management, and communication skills. The Teacher/Advisor – Special Education will develop and foster the appropriate skills and social abilities to enable the optimum development of children according to the age, ability, and aptitude. The Teacher/Advisor – Special Education will link students’ knowledge of learning, and develop ways to encourage it further. The Teacher/Advisor – Special Education will challenge and inspire students to help them deepen their knowledge and understanding.


The Teacher/Advisor – Special Education must understand how to use individualized educational program plans to design and implement developmentally appropriate instruction and guidance, and how to evaluate the program's effectiveness. He/she must understand how to adapt and modify curriculum, projects, and instruction to meet individual learner needs; as well as apply remedial methods, strategies, and accommodations including assistive technologies to meet individual learner needs.


The Teacher/Advisor – Special Education must be able to apply behavioral theory and ethics in developing and implementing school behavior management plans, while teaching/advising in a variety of environments. Also, the Teacher/Advisor – Special Education must be able to help general education teacher/advisors and other special education teachers serving students in grades 7-12 adapt and modify curriculum and instruction to accommodate student needs; and apply systematic procedures for compiling data on a student or a group of students for the purpose of continuous program evaluation and improvement.


Required Qualifications:


Current MN licensure in Special Ed, LD, EBD, ASD, or DD; or able to obtain.

Skills and demeanor to maintain a positive and nurturing school climate.

Successful background check.

Demonstrate a willingness to go “above-and-beyond” the role of a typical traditional classroom teacher.


Preferred Qualifications:


Current MN licensure and experience in a subject area beyond SpEd.

Experience or familiarity with project-based and experiential learning, or a passion for innovative and student-centered educational models.

Ability to drive school vehicles and/or obtain CDL/Bus license for driving a small school bus.

Interest or background in Indian Education (highly preferred).

Experience in working in a team based model

A strong desire to actively participate in the creation of a supportive learning community, including possible service on the school’s governing board.


Position will remain posted for as long as there are openings.

Please e-mail resume, cover letter, and any letters of recommendation to:

Vermilion Country School

P.O. Box 629, Tower, MN 55790



Thank you for your interest!

VCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

This initiative is made possible (or is funded in part) with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding, CFDA 84.282A, Minnesota’s Federal Charter Schools Program Grant Project.