Itinerant Teacher for the Visually Impaired
Location: Southeast, MA / Rhode Island
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, the staff at Perkins have been providing quality services to students and clients who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind and multi-impaired.
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.
The TVI provides direct and consultative vision services to school age children and to their teachers/professionals and parents in the community. Some of the children may have multiple disabilities. The TVI travels in the community to schools and is responsible for scheduling and maintaining communications among team members in numerous agencies and school districts as well as completing all paperwork associated with evaluations, contract service, reports, and billing
As a Perkins Itinerant Teacher, you will:
-Read records, observe and assess students, consult with other generalists, specialists, and parents or other caregivers; review individual education plans (IEPs) 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.
-Produce or secure Braille, enlarged print, auditory or tactile 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 and 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; 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 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 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 staff 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.
-Submit required documentation for client service and any other associated expense in accordance with established due dates.
-To perform other related duties and tasks as assigned.
-Competitive salary range
-Medical and dental insurance
-LTD and Life insurance
-Professional development, training and mentorship
-Life and disability insurance
-Possible on campus housing (temporary if needed)
-Sign on bonus
-Supervision and evaluation by experienced professionals within the vision field
-MTEL support and tutoring
-Possible opportunities for remote teaching and learning
-Changing and impacting the way students experience and navigate the world
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 life experience are encouraged to apply.
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
Perkins School for the Blind does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin (including unlawful language proficiency requirements), age, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, disability, and military service in treatment or employment at Perkins, admission or access to Perkins, or any other aspect of the educational programs and activities that Perkins operates.
Perkins is required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and their respective implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Parts 100, 104, 106 and 110, not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, or age. A
compendium of those regulations can be found at https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=503a5e825dae16425ec0bfd2ca33c….
The following person(s) have been designated to handle inquiries and complaints regarding discrimination:
Name and Title: Michele Crews, Director of Human Resources
Address: 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Telephone Number: (617) 972-7671
E-mail Address: Michele.crews [at] perkins.org
Inquiries concerning the application of each of the federal statutes and their implementing regulations to Perkins may be referred to Ms. Crews or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights at (617) 289-0111 or 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109-39
The Role requires:
-Master’s degree in Education
-Two (2) years’ experience working with school age children with visual impairments who may have additional disabilities or who are Deafblind
-Ability to complete and maintain First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
Preference will be given to candidates with:
-Master’s degree in Special Education
-Dual TVI/O&M certification
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
-State Certification as a Massachusetts Teacher in Vision Impairment or commitment to acquire such certification within one academic year