Autistic Support Teacher
Autistic Support Teacher - Open Position
The primary function of this position is to provide a specialized, intensive instruction model, using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in collaboration with staff trained in this methodology. This Autistic Support Teaching position is responsible for planning instruction and adaptation of the general/special education curriculum to accommodate students in the learning process. The AS teacher will function as the case manager for students with individualized education programs (IEPs) and oversee their compliance.
Autistic Support Teacher
10-month schedule; Monday thru Friday; 7 hours per day
Reports directly to the Lower/Emotional Support School Principal
A bachelor’s degree in special education is required. A master’s degree in special education is a plus.
- Valid current and active Pennsylvania Certification in Special Education PK-12, PK-8, or N-12 required.
- Autism certification required.
- Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in an autistic support education environment with students who may have significant social, behavioral, and emotional needs.
Professional Skills Required
- Planning and implementing curriculum aligned with Pennsylvania Curriculum Frameworks.
- Planning and implementation of discrete trial programming.
- Working knowledge of the ABA Framework.
- Effective utilization of paraprofessional staff assigned to the classroom.
- Completing Educational Assessments, VBMAPPS, and collaborative FBAs.
- Ability to Manage Change.
- Ability to Provide a High Level of Customer Service.
- Ability to Provide Professional Services to both internal and external customers.
- Ability to be Innovative and Creative.
- Must comply with Act 168 and submit a completed Sexual Misconduct Form.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a satisfactory PA criminal background check, Child Abuse & FBI clearances and pass a drug test, as well as a TB Test.
- Must be able and willing to drive and have a valid PA driver’s license.
This position requires a high level of energy. Physical activities can include both sitting and standing for long periods of time, lifting, climbing, bending/stooping, grasping and pulling. Must have full range of motion to provide possible emergency care and/or administer effective/safe CPI techniques. This position requires walking and could include working in both an indoor environment as well as an outdoor environment (cold/hot).
- Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students.
- Act as liaison for a caseload of students, to ensure full implementation of student IEPs, monitor student progress, support student programming, and alert the Special Education Supervisor of any need to convene a team meeting.
- Participation in the development of Individualized Education Programs, Progress Reports, and other formalized documentation requirements.
- Implement and deliver an appropriately broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum to students.
- Prepare classroom lesson plans applying differentiated teaching techniques and specifically designed instruction.
- Monitor and support the overall progress and development of students.
- Maintain up-to-date records of assessment, attendance, planning, reports, conferences, and communication with parents.
- Make records and report on the personal, academic, behavioral, and social needs of students.
- Communicate and co-operate with people or entities outside the school.
- Provide or contribute to oral and written assessment, reports and references relating to individual students and groups of students.
- Maintain accurate and up to date student records. Track student progress and use the data to inform teaching.
- Meet regularly with the student’s team regarding issues and concerns around student needs.
- Assist the administration in implementing all policies and rules governing student life and conduct, and, for the classroom, develop reasonable rules for classroom behavior and procedures, and maintain order in the classroom through implementation of positive behavioral supports, as well as implementation of individual student behavior intervention plans.
- Regularly update knowledge base to improve their practice by attending workshops and training sessions to keep abreast of new developments in the field of autism education.
- Actively participate in activities designed to improve policies and procedures that affect school climate, family partnering, and student learning.
- Use positive behavior supports and other research-based interventions to manage student behavior effectively.
- Utilize technology for instructing students, maintaining records, communicating information to parents, and promoting student and program achievements.
- Communicate and liaise on a regular basis with fellow team department/grade members with regards to planning, assessment, parent and community contact, subject organization and classroom issues including discipline, expectations, and routines.
- Communicate and liaise with other school colleagues to promote social, behavioral, and emotional awareness.
- Attend, and constructively contribute to, staff meetings.
- Requisition tools, instructional materials and supplies as needed through established procedures.
How to Apply
Apply at Get.Hired@pathwayschool.org. Please indicate the Job Posting that you are applying to by providing HR with the Job Title in your email. If you are being referred by a Pathway employee, please indicate who referred you.
It is the policy of The Pathway School to provide equal opportunity in all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or the presence of any disability.
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