Project SEARCH Teacher
As a Project SEARCH Teacher with KenCrest, you will be a key member of a collaborative team working together on the Project SEARCH program. You will connect with Host Businesses, Employment Support Specialists, and student interns with disabilities in assigned community setting to improve the quality of training and student learning in any of the core content areas (reading, language arts, math, science, or social studies). Your focus will be on specially designed instruction to support student interns’ skill development during experiential learning rotations within the host business. You will communicate routinely and effectively with stakeholders, collaborate within the cross systems planning team, and assist in developing paid employment outcomes for student interns. This is a 10-month position located at Phoenixville Hospital.
What You’ll Need for Success in this Role
- You must be patient, able to motivate students, understanding of your students' special needs, and accepting of differences in others.
- You must be creative and able to apply different types of teaching methods to reach students who are having difficulty learning.
- Communication, cooperation, and collaboration are essential skills since special education teachers spend a great deal of time interacting with others, including students, parents, and school faculty and administrators.
Our team feels a deep sense of purpose and connection with our students as we work together to create opportunities for our interns in the community.
Other Things You’ll Do as a Project SEARCH Teacher:
- Seek an appropriate community job site consistent with the students’ interests and skills.
- Determine and refer to appropriate community support services for training and successful employment
- Work with local business and industry to meet student intern employment needs.
- Be responsible for positive classroom climate through effective classroom management and the implementation of effective instructional methods.
- Analyze student and skills trainer evaluation data to determine teaching and learning effectiveness for each concept taught.
- Analyze student/intern performance and advise skills trainers and appropriate staff of trends, outcomes, needs and effective practices.
- Recommend changes to current practices, approaches, methods, strategies, and assessments as needed.
- Demonstrate, monitor, and evaluate the application of effective teaching strategies.
- Recommend best practices to achieve the desired student learning outcomes.
- Serve as the liaison for professional learning between host business, school district, employment supports, and the community through identification of an appropriate community job site consistent with the student interest and skills, referral to appropriate community support services for training and successful employment.
- Work with local business and industry to meet their employment needs.
- Coordinate site-based professional learning activities as needed.
- Conduct professional development at the school as needed.
- Participate in periodic professional learning activities
- Perform other duties as assigned by the appropriate administrator
What You’ll Bring to KenCrest
- Teaching degree including Special Education Certification in the State of Pennsylvania
- Professional knowledge and proven use of effective teaching strategies
- Professional knowledge of curriculum-based assessments
- Strong desire to work with at-risk students
- Must meet all PA Department of ED standards, including IEP development, meeting and evaluation completion within required timelines providing instruction in functional academic skills that will support future employment, independence, and skills of daily living.