Beacon Heights Elementary School ( learn more )

Salt Lake City School District

Salt Lake City, Utah ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3896542
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : May 20, 2022
  • Starting Date: Immediately


Job Description

At Salt Lake City School District educating children is our primary business.  Salt Lake City School District proudly employs four of the past seven Utah Teachers of the Year and the 2021 Utah School Nurse of the Year, and many of our schools have been recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools. At Salt Lake City School District, our strength is in our diversity.  Our 20,000 students include students from across the globe who speak over 80 different languages. Most of our students come to our District from historically underserved populations.  We invite you to join our world-class learning organization as we prepare our students for life, learning and citizenship.


As a certified teacher, you will work with students in the Salt Lake City School District to personalize learning, strengthen critical thinking, and foster creativity. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues to ensure every student receives the necessary skills to prepare for life, learning, and citizenship beyond high school. Teachers generally work standard work hours that coincide with the school calendar, including breaks during holidays, school recesses, and weekends. 


Salt Lake City School District

Special Education Teacher (ASCEND)



Contract Days185 Days

Anticipated Start Date: August 23, 2022

FLSA Status:  Exempt

This position is benefits eligible

Starting Salary:  Certified Schedule

Priority Screen Date:  Close of business on May 25, 2022


SUMMARY:  This position plans and provides instruction to students based on state, District, and school curricula and requirements, and based on the students’ social and other formative skills.

  1. Demonstrates Effective Planning and Preparation
    • Demonstrates knowledge of content pedagogy and knowledge of students and their developmental needs.
    • Develops clear and relevant instructional goals based on important content area concepts and suitability for students.
    • Uses a wide variety of resources appropriate for diverse learning styles
    • Designs coherent instruction for flexible groupings that includes, clear and focused lesson structure and appropriate timing according to student needs.
    • Plans lessons with assessment in mind.
  2. Establishes a Classroom Environment Conducive to Learning
    • Creates a respectful classroom environment by establishing positive and respectful teacher-student interactions that are appropriate to developmental and cultural norms.
    • Establishes a culture for learning by setting an expectation for learning and achievement, conveying the importance of the content, and displaying knowledge of students’ skills.
    • Manages classroom procedures and protocols, including those regarding instructional groups, transitions, handling materials and supplies, and performing non-instructional duties.
    • Be willing to implement the systematic classroom behavior level systems in addition to individual behavior plans with collaboration from therapeutic partners.
  3. Provides Effective Instruction
    • Communicates clearly and accurately, using appropriate vocabulary for age and interests.
    • Uses questioning and discussion techniques effectively to engage students.
    • Engages students in learning through use of content activities and assignments, student groupings, a wide variety of instructional materials, and the structure and pacing of the lessons.
    • Provides specific and timely feedback to students.
    • Is flexible and responsive to student learning by adjusting lessons, responding to student questions and interests, and persisting in providing a variety of approaches when students have difficulties.
  4. Demonstrates Professional Responsibility
    • Reflects on own teaching by assessing a lesson’s effectiveness and drawing on a repertoire of alternative approaches.
    • Maintains accurate records of students’ completion of assignments, student progress, and other non-instructional records.
    • Communicates to engage families in the instructional program by providing information about the instructional programs and individual student progress.
    • Contributes to the school and the District by establishing and maintaining professional relationships with colleagues and participating in District and school projects/extracurricular activities.
    • Grows and develops professionally by seeking out opportunities for professional development and by participating in professional service activities.
    • Shows professionalism by seeking out resources to proactively serve students, advocating for students, and actively participates in team or departmental decision making.
    • Maintain regular and predictable attendance to fulfill job requirements in an efficient and effective manner; required to attend activities, events and meetings outside of normal work hours on a regular basis.
    • Programs for and instructs students with disabilities, such as learning disabilities, behavior disorders, intellectual disabilities, communication disorders, orthopedic impairments, traumatic brain injury, visual and hearing impairments, other health impairments, and autism.
    • Monitors and reports progress on IEP goals.
    • Maintains special education files, student funding reports and other paperwork as required by District, State and Federal requirements.
    • Manages student behaviors in special education classroom. Follows all FBA/BIP plans for behavior with fidelity and follows recommendations of the district mental health provider.
    • Participates in individual education plan (IEP) meetings, multi-disciplinary team meetings, and other meetings as needed.
    • Works effectively with occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, district psychologists, and community agencies to develop, maintain, and evaluate student performance and IEP goals.
    • Effectively manages crisis intervention for students during episodes of extreme behavior such as elopement, physical aggression, destruction of property, etc.
    • Conferences with educational staff, parents, students, and outside agencies. Serves as a consultant to the general education staff, administrators, and parents.
    • Works closely with the bus driver and assistant for students riding the bus; communicates student information, if applicable, according to District procedures
    • Trains and over sees paraprofessionals assigned to the classroom.
    • Understands and applies legal concepts in Special Education timely and adequately.
    • Understands and implements District adopted Special Education techniques, instruments, processes, and procedures timely and adequately.
  5. Monitors Student Learning
    • Allows students different ways to demonstrate learning sensitive to multiple experiences and diversity, while holding high expectations.
    • Uses both formative and summative data sources to assess the effectiveness of instruction and to make adjustments in planning and instruction.
    • Documents student progress and provides descriptive feedback to students, parent and other stakeholders in a variety of ways
  6. Invest in Teaching Profession
    • Collaborates with families, colleagues and other professional to promote student growth and development.
    • Adapts and improves practice based on reflection and new learning.
    • Engages in learning experiences to enhance self and support others.
    • Participates actively in decision-making processes while building a shared culture that affects the school and larger educational community.
    • Advocates for the learner, the school, the community and the profession.
    • Is responsible for compliance with federal and state laws, State Board of Education administrative rules, state assessment polices, Salt Lake City School District board policies and supervisory directives.
    • Is responsible for compliance with all requirements of State Board of Education Rule R277-530 Utah Effective Educator Standards at all levels to teacher development.
  1. Is responsible for compliance with all requirements of State Board of Education Rule R277-515 Utah Educator Professional Standards.
  2. Maintain professional workplace etiquette and represents the department/district in a professional manner; communicate effectively and efficiently with diverse groups of people while maintaining confidentiality and positive working relationships with co-workers, students, parents, and other district employees.
  3. Demonstrates adaptability and understanding of cultural differences in working in a diverse environment while coping with stressful situations related to students and maintaining confidentiality.
  4. Perform other related duties as assigned to ensure the efficient and effective operations of the school 

Work Environment Requirements:

  1. Risks found in the typical work environment which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations.
  2. Driving to work locations
  3. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work: however, there may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying light items, etc…


  1. Valid Professional State of Utah Special Education Teacher License and an appropriate endorsement for subject(s) taught, an Associated Educator license or a license from another state that is transferrable to Utah.
  2. Professional communication skills including, but not limited to:  excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; confident, articulate, and professional speaking abilities; and empathic listening and persuasive speaking skills.


  1. Bilingual Speaker:  speaks, reads, writes and understands spoken Spanish or other language representative of student population
  2. Have an ESL endorsement or will obtain one within 4 years of hire
  3. Previous teaching experience
  4. Experience with grade level/content PLC’s/data meetings for analysis of student data to inform instructional practices for highest student achievement
  5. Knowledge of effective English Language Learners teaching practices; student social-emotional learning, accelerated/extended learning programs and special needs students, including laws and regulations of special education and 504 plans.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : Special Education > Behavior Specialist / EBD
    Special Education > General Special Education
    Special Education > Mild/Moderate Disabilities
    Special Education > Severe/Profound Disabilities
  • Job Requirements

    • No experience required

    Contact Information

    • Human Resources
    • 440 E 100 S
    • Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

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