Hillel Day School is a vibrant and joyful, early childhood-through-eighth grade Jewish day school in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Hillel is committed to embracing an authentic and rigorous education for the modern learner. Teachers at Hillel enjoy fostering an academic culture of innovation, collaboration, and creativity where learning is lasting and infectious.
The Special Education Teacher is a full-time employee promoting and nurturing the education of one student with disabilities, in an independent school with a dual curriculum. The teacher will assist the student, uniquely within a 1:1 ratio, in order to be successful in a general education setting. This is to be accomplished by planning and tailoring courses of study/curriculum specific to the child’s needs; partnering with classroom teacher(s) to adapt and modify lessons, monitoring, assisting with, and correcting, academic efforts; progress monitoring student growth; providing a safe environment conducive to learning; and keeping parents informed. This teacher reports to the Director of Student Services and works closely with the Leadership Team and the 3rd grade faculty.
Provide one-on-one support/instruction for student, both in push-in and pull-out environments. Pull-out time is most appropriate during scheduled times in Judaic Studies and Hebrew.
Assist classroom teachers in the differentiation of instruction to ensure effective delivery of content to a variety of learners. Regularly meet with classroom teachers for this collaboration and planning.
Develop Learning Plans, with measurable goals and objectives.
Regularly collect data to accurately monitor, assess, and report student achievement and progress.
Provide individualized instruction to student that require the highest level of intervention. Utilize scientifically research-based interventions to promote growth.
Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences to discuss pupil progress with parents, for student on caseload and to collaboratively present, with classroom teachers, on students supported in the general classroom.
Meet with individual parents, as necessary, to discuss the progress of their children.
Oversee and ensure the implementation of classroom accommodations.
Support teaching staff by offering resources, assistance, advice, and training to enable faculty to better meet the needs of all learners.
Coordinate with outside specialists/service providers when necessary, regarding Psychoeducational evaluations, and collaborate with tutors. Read and summarize all Psychoeducational evaluations.
Perform other duties as determined by the Director of Student Services.
Bachelor’s degree in Special Education or related field. Master’s degree in Special Education preferred.
Current Michigan Teaching Certificate with any of the following endorsements preferred: SM, SA, SV
At least three years of experience, as a Learning Specialist, or in a related role such as Resource Room Teacher.
Familiarity with legal responsibilities of independent schools related to IEPs, Nonpublic Service Plans, and 504 plans.
Preferred knowledge of Teacher College Running Record, Fountas and Pinnell, Leveled Literacy Intervention, Lucy Calkins, and/or Bridges Math.
Ability to effectively collaborate with faculty, staff, leadership, and parents.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Positive attitude, flexible approach, team-centered, and strong values needed.
Hillel Day School's mission is to deliver academic excellence in a caring Jewish environment. Fulfilling Hillel Day School's mission requires the support of talented people who share a common vision. Our faculty and staff are dedicated and knowledgeable, caring and innovative, collegial and generous of spirit. They are well-versed in their chosen areas of specialty, and they are energized by young people. They engage students and the community on a variety of levels and in a variety of settings. They are open to new approaches to curriculum and to new teaching strategies.
Hillel Day School faculty and staff are powerful role models. By being both demanding and compassionate, they bring out the best in their students and command their respect.