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Improving Education for Individuals with Visual Impairments.

Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Teacher of the Visually Impaired
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
Under the general supervision of the Education Director or Assistant Education Director; Provides instructional services for students with sensory impairments based on individual needs. Evaluates students as required; Plans, prepares and implements appropriate educational goals for each student. Plans and provides a variety of adapted materials and aids as appropriate for each student.  Monitors individual student progress through ongoing assessment and revises instructional approach and techniques as appropriate.
Responsibilities include:
ACHIEVES GROWTH AND IS ACTIVE PROFESSIONALLY

  • Meets educational requirements; qualifies for certification/licensure; Updates and expands knowledge; Uses supervision constructively for professional growth; Is open to new ideas, changing methodology, and instructional tools.

DISPLAYS COMPETENCE IN SUBJECT MATTER/CONTENT/AREA OF EXPERTISE

  • Demonstrates understanding of the general curriculum; Demonstrates knowledge of expanded core curriculum; Demonstrates knowledge of disability area (VI, DB, MH, etc.); Demonstrates understanding of subject matter/area of expertise.

DEVELOPS INDIVIDUALIZED LEARNER PROGRAMS

  • Determines present levels of performance by reviewing background information and conducting informal and formal assessments; Develops and prioritizes measurable objectives for learners; Plans short term and long term instruction or clinical strategies to address individual objectives.

ESTABLISHES LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND PROVIDES INSTRUCTION

  • Establishes and maintains structures, rules, and procedures for learners; Sets and maintains high expectations and standards of behavior; Establishes and adapts the environment to make it conducive to learning; Establishes good rapport and maintains respectful relationships with learners; Adapts lessons for individuals with diverse needs and various backgrounds; Engages learners by using a variety of approaches and motivating strategies to convey knowledge and develop skills; Maximizes instructional/clinical time; Provides positive reinforcement and constructive feedback.  

MEASURES INDIVIDUAL LEARNER PROGRESS 

  • Develops performance measures and informs learners of the criteria for success; Evaluates learner performance, keeps records, and reports progress in learning; Revises instructional plans based on ongoing observation/evaluation information; Develops performance measures and informs learners of the criteria for success; Evaluates learner performance, keeps records, and reports progress in learning; Revises instructional plans based on ongoing observation/evaluation information.

ENHANCES INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

  • Helps create positive, inclusive interpersonal relationships; Shows respect for students, colleagues, administrators, family members, and others; Communicates well with, supports, advises, and/or advocates for learners; Collaborates, consults with, and maintains effective communication, and when indicated, provides training to staff at all levels; Collaborates, consults with, and maintains effective communication, and when indicated, provides training to family members; Collaborates and maintains effective communication with outside agency staff; Maintains effective communication and works cooperatively with administrators; Listens well and contributes positively to group decisions.

MAINTAINS A HEALTHY AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT

  • Maintains a safe environment and handles emergencies; Maintains a clean, neat, inviting, and well designed learning environment; Ensures learners’ medical needs are met by altering teaching/clinical strategies and following protocols.  

To perform other related duties and tasks as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities
This job has student supervisory responsibilities; on occasion, may supervise Teaching Assistants or   interns.
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

Qualifications: 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university and Masters Degree in Special Education  Teacher Visually Impaired (TVI) and/or Moderate and Severe Certification required with two years experience working with students with visual impairments who may also have additional disabilities or who are Deafblind or an equivalent combination of education and experience; First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Crisis Prevention and Physical Intervention (CPPI) Certification required; American Sign Language (dependent on program needs); Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing. 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Certification as Massachusetts Teacher in Vision Impairment and/or Moderate and Severe Certification; First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Crisis Prevention and Physical Intervention (CPPI) Certification; required, 

Location
City: 
Watertown
State: 
Massachusetts
Category: 
Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Contact Information
Name: 
Daniel O'Connell
Organization: 
Perkins School for the Blind
Email: 
daniel.oconnell@perkins.org
Resumes should be sent to address specified in the job description.: 
Send Resumes to address specified in job description
Phone: 
6179727762
Created: 
Wed, 2018-01-24
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