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Itinerant Teacher

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Location:
Central, MA
Address:
MA
Posting Date:
11/13/2017
Closing Date:
11/13/2022

Itinerant Teacher (TVI & COMS)

Program: Community Program, Central MA

Schedule: Full-time, 37.5 hours/week

Perkins School for the Blind, located near Boston, was the first school for the blind chartered in the United States in 1829. For over 180 years, Perkins School for the Blind has provided quality educational and residential services to students who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind, empowering them to reach their maximum potential. Perkins School for the Blind embraces diversity in ability, thought, culture and belief. We provide equal education and employment opportunities and value the unique talents and contributions of all of our students and staff. 

Summary

Provides direct and consultative vision services and/or orientation and mobility services to infants, preschoolers and/or school age children, their teachers/professionals and parents in the community. Some of the children may have additional disabilities. Responsibilities include: student assessments, development and implementation of individual family service plans, development and implementation of individual education plans, consultation to and in-service training for education professionals and early intervention professionals, scheduling, maintaining communications among team members in numerous agencies and school districts, traveling in the community to homes and schools, preparation of lessons and materials for each individual student, maintaining professional credentials, and paperwork associated with evaluations, contract services, reports and billing.

Responsibilities include:

  • Read records, observe and assess students, consult with other generalists, specialists, and parents or other caregivers, review individual education plans (IEPs) or individual family service plans (IFSPs) and the recommendations of supporting agencies to determine the capabilities, limitations, and needs of each student in the areas assigned to the teacher.  Utilize this information to prepare goals, objectives and lessons based on program approved curriculum or other appropriate resources to meet the students' needs.
  • Prepare and provide instruction through oral presentations, discussions, demonstrations, hand-on activities, modeling, and direct experiences such as engagement in hands-on instruction with various mobility devices and listen for oncoming traffic.  Produce or secure Braille, enlarged print, aural or tactual material or compensatory devices needed to help the student arrive at appropriate goals.
  • Using objective criteria, assess student progress through evaluation of tasks and assignments and report each quarter or according to IFSP, IEP or 504 requirements on student progress in meeting individual objectives.  Prepare other reports in the format prescribed by the program supervisor.  Meet the program deadlines for submission of completed reports.
  • Participate in meetings and serve as a member of the team which is responsible for development and delivery of programs for each student and for overall program planning.
  • Communicate with parents, agency staff, or others, to assure continuity of individual programs.
  • Recommend goals and objectives for future programming of individual students and submit these in writing.  Make scheduling recommendations when appropriate.

  • Promote the student's development of good work habits, good health habits, acceptable behavior and appropriate levels of independence.
  • Provide appropriate structure and discipline to maintain order and provide a positive learning experience in the teaching situation, in the community and in other activities which take place under the supervision of the teacher.
  • Plan and supervise activities in a manner which will safeguard the health and safety of students and assume responsibility for students under the teacher's supervision  in an emergency.
  • Design educational programming commensurate with the current best practice in the field of Special Education including: Functional curriculum; Age-Appropriateness; Community experience; Integration of related services; Context-based instruction; Expanded Core Curriculum, or as determined by appropriate assessments.
  • Maintain family and home and school contact through home visits, log books, or other communication methods, as recommended by the program supervisor; Maintain appropriate records and provide these to the program file.
  • Collaborate with families, early intervention staff, classroom and agency staffs to direct and coordinate their involvement with the students in the classroom setting.
  • Perform observations  and physically track students for safety hazards and mobility issues.
  • Submits required documentation for client service and any other associated expenes inaccordance with established due dates.
  • To perform other related duties and tasks as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university.
  • Masters Degree in Special Education.
  • First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) required; Ability to travel independently to client sites. 

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Two years of experience working with preschoolers, and/or school age children with visual impairments who may also have additional disabilities or who are Deafblind.
  • Dual TVI/O&M (eligible for ACVREP certification in O&M).

Benefits: We provide a complete benefits package which includes tuition reimbursement, medical and dental insurance, LTD and Life insurance, retirement programs and staff development and training.

Perkins seeks to enhance its community of intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse individuals to enrich the educational experience of our students.  Applicants from a multicultural background, are bilingual, and/or who have relevant life experience are encouraged to apply.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER