Teacher of the Visually Impaired

ESU 4, representing school districts in Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, and Richardson Counties, is accepting applications for a Teacher of the Visually Impaired at NCECBVI in Nebraska City. ESU 4 offers an outstanding salary and benefit package. For more information regarding this position, please contact Sally Schreiner. View the complete job description.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Nebraska Teaching Certificate
  • Must be willing to obtain the Special Education - Visual Impairment Endorsement

Preferred Requirements:

  • Special Education Degree with Visual Impairment Endorsement

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of consultation protocol and process of calling on LEAs, ESUs, and parents; basic technology for documentation and communication; various disabilities in addition to visual impairments; teaching and regulations of special education; and methods and techniques for assessing children with disabilities, and ability to interpret assessment data.
  • Basic skills related to leadership, problem-solving, organizational, time management, organization, and communication skills; self-motivated and self-starter; flexible; and work cooperatively with others as a team player.
  • Ability to operate a personal computer in order to complete all functions of daily operations and communication related to the job position; learn current technology devices and applications specific for those with disabilities; effectively teach students of a variety of ages and ability levels to include academics, functional life skills, and severe/profound disabilities; and be flexible in work hours as required to fulfill duties.
  • Coordinate with other professional and support staff in providing best practices for students; involvement in professional development activities and network with others; and maintain confidentiality of student records.
  • Completion of required training including: State of Nebraska Defensive Driving Course; Pupil Transportation Courses and Permits (small vehicle and school mini bus); CPR certification and Medication Administration; Suicide Prevention Course; and Basics of Blindness and Low Vision Course.
  • Represent the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired in a professional manner in dress, attitude, and actions.

Primary Function:

  • Provide classroom instruction for blind or visually impaired students at the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide daily instruction for the students based on their needs as identified by assessment and evaluation and stated in the IEP. Students may vary in age from 5 to 21. Students may vary in ability level to include students with multiple disabilities or severe/profound disabilities. Instruction will include the core curriculum and the expanded core curriculum.
  2. Perform requested assessments such as functional vision/ learning media, technology, behavior, expanded core curriculum and others in order to gather data and develop programming and instruction according to results.
  3. Based on assessment, develop and implement goals and objectives for the student IEPs. Monitor student IEPs and collect data to determine progress and attainment of goals and objectives.
  4. Prepare effective weekly lesson plans according to the student IEP goals and objectives and priority areas of need.
  5. Document student progress and provide progress reports and report cards as required by NCECBVI and the school district of each student’s residence.
  6. Participate in student IEP and MDT team meetings as requested.
  7. Coordinate with other teachers of the visually impaired, orientation and mobility specialist, speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, school nurse, and other staff regarding needs of the students.
  8. Communicate on a regular basis with residential staff and other center-based staff regarding the student’s progress and needs and to ensure comprehensive and consistent instructional procedures and programming.
  9. Communicate on a regular basis with parents regarding student progress, classroom activities, and provide samples/evidence of student work.
  10. Prepare and adapt classroom materials for instructional use. Coordinate with the Nebraska Instructional Resource Center for assistance in instructional materials.
  11. Assist with supervision of paraeducators and communicate relevant duties to assist in the development of classroom materials, the implementation of student goals/objectives and daily assistance of instruction.
  12. Inform the school nurse of any and all medical concerns of students on campus.
  13. Provide transition planning, instruction and services for students such as the development of post-secondary goals including education/training, employment and independent living. Collaborate with adult service agencies to promote a smooth transition from school to adult life.
  14. Provide dining and social skills instruction during breakfast and lunch meals.
  15. Participate in professional development activities such as attending conferences, workshops and regional/state/national offerings; accessing the professional library and the Nebraska Instructional Resource Center; and reading professional journals in the field of visual impairments and special education.
  16. Other duties as assigned by the Campus Administrator.

Salary:

  • 185 day school year contract.
  • Pay based on ESU 4 Salary Schedule

Applications will be open until the position is filled. Start date will begin with the 2022-2023 school year. Please send a request for the application form. Any questions regarding the application process can be directed to:

Sally Schreiner, Campus Administrator
NCECBVI
824 10th Ave.; PO Box 129
Nebraska City, NE 68410
800.826.4355