Nevada Connections Academy Special Education Teacher, 2020-2021 School Year in Home-based, Oregon
Oregon Connections Academy is a free public online school serving students in grades K–5 throughout Oregon. Connections Academy schools are supported by Connections Education LLC, which is accredited by Cognia, formerly AdvancED. Oregon Connections Academy is authorized by the Prairie City School District to serve students throughout Oregon.
Position Summary and Responsibilities
Working from your home office within Oregon, the Special Education Teacher will virtually manage instructional programs for students with special needs. Through use of the telephone, Internet and various curriculum tools they will consult regularly with learning coaches and students to ensure that each child successfully completes his/her instructional program. The Special Education Teacher will participate in all steps of the IEP process. They will work closely with other teachers and district professionals to ensure that the school’s special education program is successful and operating in compliance with federal and state regulations. The Special Education Teacher will utilize technology to deliver virtual instruction.
Oregon Connections Academy is set to open in January 2021, serving K-5 students in Oregon for the 2nd semester of the 2020-2021 school year. Oregon Connections Academy will service K-12 students starting in the 2021-2022 school year.
The Special Education Teacher will be responsible for the successful completion of the following tasks:
Manage and provide instructional guidance, virtual teaching and general strategies for a caseload of students;
Develop, write and help implement IEPs and 504 plans;
Evaluate tests and assessments, complete report cards and conduct parent conferences;
Communicate regularly with parents/learning coaches of students with special needs to insure that their IEP goals are being met, and that their needs are addressed in a timely and appropriate fashion;
Consult with teachers and coordinate the implementation of specially designed instruction as defined in the IEP regarding students with specific needs and potential learning issues;
Provide direct services to students, including services delivered through web-conferencing software, as needed;
Schedule, organize and conduct IEP related meetings in a virtual environment, as needed;
Participate in the school’s Student Support Team; help teachers and learning coaches develop and implement program modifications and strategies for all students;
Assist, as needed, with the organization and proper implementation of all paperwork, documentation and procedures for the IEP process;
Assist with locating service providers for students needing related services as mandated by their IEPs;
Assist with negotiating and executing contracts with service providers for students requiring such services;
Maintain accurate and up-to-date data in the school’s Learning Management System and special education software;
Assist with administering state testing and coordinate the special adaptations that are required based on the IEP; and
Other duties as assigned.
Degree in Special Education or related Education Field
Valid Special Education credential in Oregon
Experience in policy (IDEA) and/or administration with Special Education
Strong technology skills (especially with Microsoft Office products and Google Suite)
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
Highly organized and punctual
Customer focused approach
High degree of flexibility
Demonstrated ability to work well in fast paced environment
Team player track record
Willingness to travel for marketing and state testing events (may require occasional overnight travel)