TITLE: Special Education Teacher
LOCATION: Washington High School
The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is a nationally recognized urban school district that serves approximately 22,000 students. With a Head Start program, three preschools, 29 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, and 5 college and career academies/high schools, the district serves a wonderfully diverse mixture of students. A remarkable 62 different languages are spoken in the homes of our students. To serve those students, the district employs approximately 3,650 staff, including more than 1,600 teachers.
The vision of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is to be one of the Top 10 School Districts in the Nation. Our goal is that “Each student will exit high school prepared for college and careers in a global society, and at every level, performance is on track and on time for success.” To help our students achieve this goal, the district is implementing a district-wide initiative called Diploma+.
JOB GOAL:
To provide students with the ability to obtain knowledge, information, skills and to have
a sense of self-worth and dignity that will help them be successful as they transition
from high school to the community.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • To advocate for the rights of students with special needs.
  • To develop and maintain a positive professional working relationship with student, parents, teachers, administrators and other service providers.
  • To be responsible for planning instructional programs for the classroom.  This includes, but is not limited to, individual plans as outlined on students’ Individual Education Programs.
  • To serve as a liaison between the school and the community.
  • Establish I.E.P./annual review meetings, affording parents’ and student’s right to input and notifying all service providers per local guidelines.
  • To serve as an active member on the I.E.P. team for students, served yet not on the caseload.
  • Develop and maintain all I.E.P.’s in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines.
  • Maintain close communication with mainstream teachers and other service providers, keeping them fully informed of student progress.
  • To carry out other responsibilities as assigned by the building administrator or special education administrator.
  • Perform additional duties which will provide a positive role model for the student to follow both in the classroom and outside of the classroom setting.
  • Evaluate student performance by performing diagnostic testing necessary in preparing for annual reviews and eligibility staffing’s, as well as quarterly updates on the I.E.P.
  • Monitor student progress in mainstreamed classes.
  • Assist in establishing class schedules.
  • Supervise, evaluate and help train paraprofessionals as assigned.
  • Request equipment and supplies as necessary to meet objectives as outlined on individual student’s I.E.P.s
  • Demonstrate curriculum knowledge and teaching strategies.
  • Implement behavioral intervention plans, as necessary
  • To be responsible for other duties deemed necessary and appropriate as outlined in federal, state and local guidelines and students’ Individual Educational Program.
  • Ability to work a full duty day in the location or locations assigned by the supervisor.
  • Physical and emotional ability to perform required work and move about as needed in the fast-paced, highly intensive school environment.
  • Maintain a neat and appropriate appearance
  • Other duties as assigned 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Meet the employment qualifications set forth by the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education and the Kansas State Department of Education.
  • Hold or be eligible for Kansas certification appropriate for the position
  • Must be tolerant and understanding of students with special needs.
  • Show initiative, creativity, self-motivation and good judgment.
  • Demonstrate good judgment, adaptability and flexibility.
  • Respect confidentiality.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, professional judgment, oral and written communication
  • Be efficient and organized in “paper management”

For more information, please go to www.kckps.org/careers or you can call Aaron Watkins at 913-706-5283 or Eric Tyler at 913-219-5242.