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Visual Impairment Specialist - Rio Grande Valley (21-22)

Company: IDEA Public Schools
Location: Weslaco
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Job Description:

Description Position at IDEA Public Schools About IDEA Public Schools : At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years - that's 8 times the national rate for students in our communities! IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve over 65,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you-with continued growth in our current regions an d new launches in Tampa Bay , FL (2021) , and Jacksonville, FL (2022) ! When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality. To learn more about IDEA, check out this . About the Rio Grande Valley: Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a school of 150 students in Donna, TX, to the fastest- growing family of tuition-free, public charter schools in the United States. In the Rio Grande Valley, we are a nucleus of four counties (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy Counties) that work as one unit to support our children academically and holistically. RGV is home to a population of just over 1.3 million residents. Children across the region truly benefit from IDEA's mission of college for all, as only 1 out of 17 students currently graduate college ready. Our mission holds true as we have over 5,000 IDEA alumni that currently attend, or have graduated from, 300 colleges and universities across the country. Join our passionate team of changemakers in south Texas as we prepare to expand our home region to 55 schools, serving over 38,000 students in 2022. Role Mission : The IDEA Visual Impairment Specialist ( VI ) demonstrates knowled ge and skill in assessment, eligibility for Special Education Visual Impairment , academic interventions for students with Visual Impairments , state and feder al legal frameworks for Special Education, and ensure compliance with Special Education related to their work as a VI teacher . The IDEA VI Teacher will oversee support and case management of students with Visual Impairments as primary disabilities and secondary disabilities. In addition, the VI teacher will helping track student progress towards goals along with compliance goals . Accountabilities The VI Teacher will demonstrate knowledge of and aid in the development, completion, and monitoring of ARD/IEP for Special Education Services for VI students as per State and Federal Guidelines.

  • Develop IEP goals for VI
  • Ensure VI IEP services are being provided as indicated in the ARD .
  • Meet 100% compliance in VI Annual ARDs and ensure all paperwork is submitted in a timely manner.
  • Works in conjunction with other providers to ensure completion of all ARD paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Follows correct procedures for maintaining records and services. The VI Teacher will plan and complete 100% of Direct and Indirect VI services.
    • Ensure all VI services are tracked
    • Complete VI service notes per session
    • Track VI Indirect services
    • Consult and train teachers and other school staff in visual impairments.
    • Consult and train parents in visual impairments.
    • Train teachers & school staff in brailing The VI Teacher will complete and gather all relevant evaluation information when assessing a student for a Visual Impairment.
      • Provide support with getting up to date Eye-Medical from the Ophthalmologist or Optometrist
      • Completes a Functional Visual Evaluation in accordance with current guidelines.
      • Completes evaluation in Frontline Management System
      • Tracks that evaluations stay within the 3 year timelines.
      • Provide support to 504 Point Person for students with suspected visual impairments.
      • Provides support for RTI for students with suspected visual impairments. The VI will follow all compliance expectations as indicated through the state and federal guidelines for certification and support IDEA in district wide implementation and tracking of VI services.
        • Complete yearly VI registration
        • Ensure VI budget is utilized to purchase needed equipment
        • Maintain communication with the Regional Service Centers
        • Maintain communication with the school for the blind
        • Maintain all certification requirements Live values of IDEA
          • Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
          • Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
          • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
          • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
          • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
          • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
          • Embodies IDEA's core values Qualifications:
            • Education: BA or BS degree from an accredited university
            • Experience: Training in specialized techniques for teaching students with visual impairments.
            • Licenses and Certification : Valid Texas teacher certification required. One of the following certifications required:(1) DeficientVision; (2) VisuallyHandicapped; or (3) Teacherof Students with Visual Impairments Supplemental: Early Childhood-Grade 12 Compensation:Salaries for people entering this role typically start between $51,900 and $61,800, commensurate with relevant qualifications and experience. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational goal attainment. IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.

Keywords: IDEA Public Schools, Edinburg , Visual Impairment Specialist - Rio Grande Valley (21-22), Other , Weslaco, Texas

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