Special Education Teachers, All Other



Holyoke Public Schools (HPS) serves 5,400 students in 12 schools and employs nearly 1,500 people. The District was placed into receivership by the State of Massachusetts in Spring 2015, due to struggling performance well below the state average. Dr. Stephen Zrike Jr., a seasoned Massachusetts educator, was selected as Receiver to lead this exciting turnaround effort, which includes significant autonomy and flexibility from the traditional school system. Since being in receivership, the District has experienced many promising successes, including an 8-point increase in graduation rates and 29-point decrease in the number of students who drop-out. HPS has also extended the school day for students in preschool to 8th grade, expanded choice programs such as dual language and personalized learning, and offering new opportunities to students, such as computer science and many other enrichment programs. For more information about the HPS Turnaround Plan, please visit: https://www.hps.holyoke.ma.us/turnaround/.


Sets up classroom environment and materials conducive to student and IEP needs.
Creates and implements daily schedule, based on students IEPs.
Creates and implements daily lesson plans and BIPS (as applicable), based on students IEPs and IEP accommodations
Creates and organizes visual supports and other materials to ensure an effective learning environment
Supervises and trains classroom paraprofessionals
Supervises safe and efficient arrival and departure of ESY transportation
Supervises student safety and engages in positive reinforcement strategies to ensure a safe and productive learning environment
Oversees and maintains data collection and IEP progress reporting
Communicates and collaborates with ESY Site Supervisor(s) and all IEP team members to ensure effective implementation of ESY, as per IEPs.
Engages in daily communication with families, and maintains availability to answer questions and troubleshoot concerns
Other responsibilities, as assigned by ESY Site Supervisor(s), Special Education Coordinator, and Chief of Pupil Services

Strong knowledge of IEP implementation and special education processes
Effective leadership abilities in overseeing special education classroom staff and students receiving ESY services.
Strong organizational skills pertaining to both paperwork and daily classroom oversight
Effective problem-solving abilities that include: teamwork and communication with all IEP staff and ESY Site Supervisor, troubleshooting day to day issues, and planning ahead to prevent issues.
Effective and welcoming communication skills with families and community.
Candidate Requirements

Bachelors degree or higher from an accredited institution
Licensure in Moderate Disabilities, 5-12; or Severe disabilities grades , All Levels with SEI Endorsement.
Experience working with students with severe disabilities.
At least one year of full-time teaching experience
Familiarity with IEP process and reporting
Passion for teaching
Commitment to ensuring academic success for all students
Experience working in an urban setting, preferred
Experience working with diverse student populations, preferred
Skills in managing challenging student behaviors strongly preferred
Ability to read, interpret, and apply student performance data to instructional planning and execution
Strong written and verbal communication skills; excellent teamwork skills
Bilingual applicants (Spanish) strongly encouraged to apply
Compensation and benefits

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience

How to Apply

Please apply at: https://holyoke.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx