Special Education Learning Specialist

The Special Education Learning Specialist teacher will develop, implement, and support individualized practices for achieving learning outcomes for students with communication, cognitive, physical, and/or social/behavioral needs, based on the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). This teacher will utilize evidence-based best practice and rely on frequent progress monitoring for programming adjustments. The Learning Specialist teacher will take a leadership role in collaboratively problem solving interventions for students.

Essential Functions:

  • Design and implement specialized instruction in one-on-one, small group and large classroom settings.
  • Work collaboratively to plan and modify curriculum, team teach with general educators and to communicate the abilities and needs of special education students.
  • Develop, implement and review for appropriateness the behavioral plans for designated students.
  • Work in conjunction with a multidisciplinary team to conduct IEP and referral meetings, conferences, and to develop a multidisciplinary approach to the educational enhancement of the student.
  • Maintain ongoing communication with regular educators, school staff, students and parents.
  • Create a safe supportive and understanding environment for disabled students.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Holds current CDE teaching license with endorsement in one of the following: Educationally Handicapped, Teacher 1-Moderate Needs, Severe Needs-Communication, Special Education Generalist or Special Education Specialist.
  • Elementary Learning Specialist teachers must also be Highly Qualified in Elementary Education.
  • Secondary Learning Specialist teachers may be required to be Highly Qualified in one or more core content areas, such as English, math, social studies or science.
  • Experience/supervised internship in working with educationally disabled children.
  • Training in understanding/interpreting educational assessments and prescriptive teaching.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaboratively work with a multidisciplinary team in developing appropriate materials, facilitating inclusion, creating educational plans, and designing and implementing behavioral plans.
  • Training and experience in working with students with a variety of, disabling conditions.
  • Complies with the Special Education Department and district policies and procedures (e.g., Medicaid billing, accident reporting).

Preferred Qualifications:

Training emphasis in Therapeutic Work and/or experience in Waldorf Education (Extra Lesson, INPP-Method, Music Therapy etc.)
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Requirements:
Normal routine levels of activity related to bending, carrying, climbing, hearing, reaching, sitting, standing, vision and walking, and may also involve above-average levels of activity at times that can not always be anticipated. Ability to meet physical needs of students.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The Jefferson County School District does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, pregnancy, sex, disability.

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to Dirk Angevine and include “Special Education Learning Specialist” in the subject of the email.