Special Education Teacher for Neuro Diagnostic Institute
The state of Indiana currently owns and operates a statewide network of six facilities for the treatment and care of persons with mental illness. The state plans to replace one of the state’s six current facilities, Larue Carter Hospital in Indianapolis, with the new cutting-edge institute that will complement the development of a state-operated facility network and improve quality of care for all patients. That facility, currently being built on the grounds of Community Hospital East, will be called the Neuro Diagnostic Institute.
Neuro is a word that pertains to the brain. Diagnostic reflects the techniques used in diagnosing illnesses. This new institute will focus on the precise diagnosis and assertive treatment of brain-based disorders including acute and chronic mental illness; intellectual and developmental disabilities; traumatic brain injury and other neurological conditions. The institute will deliver expert neuro-diagnostic evaluation and treatment for patients upon their arrival and move them more efficiently into the most appropriate treatment settings within the community or state mental health system. The new institute will initiate a modern model of care focused on comprehensive diagnosis and expert-driven treatment plans.
The academic program at the Neuro Diagnostic Institute will provide individualized, direct, targeted and flexible instruction to develop proficiency and support students to become independent learners. Academic instruction is data-based and success-oriented, which in turn drives the selection of materials, the pace of progress through curriculum, how assignments and assessments are designed and administered, and the interactions between teachers and students. Students will be grouped in multi-age, flexible classrooms with peers who have similar learning profiles. Teachers will design instructional activities that are appropriate to students’ strengths and weaknesses and share formative assessment data with students to help them understand their own unique learning profiles.
Required Skill/Ability 1: Comprehensive knowledge of instructional principles and methodology for learners in grades K through 12. Ability to present lessons in a variety of modalities (auditory, visual and multisensory) to meet the needs of all learners.
Required Skill/Ability 2: Ability to prepare lessons appropriate for the ability and developmental levels of all learners. Devise diagnostic-prescriptive teaching plans based on student strengths and weaknesses. Write behavioral and academic objectives based on diagnostic findings. Intentionally address special education goals and objectives as stated on student IEPs. Progress monitor student growth using a diagnostic/prescriptive approach through the collection of student progress data.
Required Skill/Ability 3: Ability to utilize observation, rating scales and other formative data to monitor and record academic and behavioral growth. Ability to administer, score and interpret findings from a variety of standardized educational testing measures and formative assessments used by the school district.
Required Skill/Ability 4: Strong practical knowledge of behavior management and Trauma Informed Care principles. Utilize proactive response to avert crises within a limited time frame. Ability to assess the behavioral state of students and utilize crisis intervention plans when needed. Ability to maintain data on group and individualized behavior management plans as provided by the Treatment Team and reflected in IEPs.
Analyze each student’s specific academic and affective needs based on their social behavior, academic performance and known history.
Utilize diagnostic assessments, formal and informal evaluations, consultation with administrators and clinical staff to inform academic and behavioral goals.
Create targeted academic goals and evidence-based strategies to evaluate, monitor and revise goals based on student data. Adjust and revise curricula based on student performance and range of needs in each instructional group. Discuss and recommend modifications in methods and materials based on student data.
Observe, chart data and communicate student behavioral, cognitive and emotional responses with clinical staff.
Provide a stimulating classroom environment that maintains student interest, minimizes distractions and encourages student engagement.
Take suitable precautions to protect and maintain equipment, materials and facility resources.
Observe Neuro Diagnostic Institute and IPS standards of professional conduct in all instructional activities, including the protection of students’ privacy and exact observation of emergency procedures.
Required Licenses or Certification:
Indiana State Certification in Special Education
Preferred Licenses or Certifications:
Certification or training in Applied Behavioral Analysis and/or Orton-Gillingham
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education required and five years teaching experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience