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ORLEANS PARISH SCHOOL BOARD Success is The Only Option!

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Teacher of the Visually Impaired/Blind School Site Principal or Assistant Principal

Job Summary

To plan and provide educational services to students with visual impairments and to recommend/provide materials, supplies and equipment and training to each student who meets the criteria for visually impaired services. Vision Therapy is not a function of the school district’s vision program because it is a medical provision. The district’s vision program provides whatever the student can utilize, in order to best accommodate his/her educational needs. Essential Duties and Responsibilities

To follow mandated compliance standards established by either Federal, State, or District regulations.

To assists the IEP team in determining needs related to vision.

To provide direct instructional services to students as outlined in their IEP.

To obtain medical eye reports through the parent/doctor and requests further vision assessment based upon student need.

To evaluate, schedule and complete functional vision assessments.

To assist the general education teacher in planning curriculum, lesson preparation and modification of instructional materials according to the individual needs of the student(s).

To demonstrate the knowledge of the application of the concepts, processes and facts necessary for the proper implementation of IEP goals and objectives.

To instruct students in reading and writing Grades I and II Braille and Nemeth Code.

To train students to use various Braille writing devices and assist students in building proficiency with the devices that most effectively meet their educational needs.

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ORLEANS PARISH SCHOOL BOARD Success is The Only Option!

To introduce students to new Braille technology and to provide training and support in the use of these items.

To recommend specialized materials/equipment most appropriate for student use to maximize educational outcomes.

To provide training on the equipment or materials for students as needed.

To serve as the district’s liaison with agency personnel on specific issues related to students in the program.

To assist the administration in implementing all Board Policies.

To strive to maintain and improve professional competence.

To consult with administrator (s), colleagues, students and/or parents on a regular basis to coordinate services to students.

To assist school personnel in facilitating the appropriate placement and integration of the student in his/her “least restrictive environment”.

To read and interpret each student’s “Integrated Multidisciplinary Evaluation Report” from Student Evaluation and Support Services.

To develop and maintain appropriate and current records and reports.

To serve on and participate in professional staff committees/meetings as requested.

To successfully participate in the School Board’s process on Evaluation of Certificated Staff.

Perform other duties as required.

Supervisory Responsibilities NONE Qualifications The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.

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A. Education and Experience Bachelors Degree B. Certificates, Licenses

Louisiana Certification in the area of Visual Impairment/Blind. Three (3) to five (5) years of successful teaching experience with students who are VI/Blind. Proficient with Grades I and II Braille, Nemeth Code and Braille writing technology. C. Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities Required. Must demonstrate excellent verbal and written English and grammatical skills Work Environment Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and the work environment of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. • Required to use motor coordination with finger dexterity (such as keyboarding, machine operation, etc.) part of the work day; • Required to exert physical effort in handling objects less than 30 pounds rarely; • Required to be exposed to physical occupational risks (such as cuts, burns, exposure to toxic chemicals, etc) rarely; • Required to be exposed to physical environment which involves dirt, odors, noise, weather extremes or similar elements rarely; • Normal setting for this job is a classroom/school setting. • Required to work with children and adults.

Salary Range: Appropriate Teacher Salary Schedule How to Apply: Interested applicants should mail, e-mail or fax a letter of interest, resume and a copy their Louisiana Teaching Certificate to the Chief of Staff, Dr. Armand B. Devezin, 3520 General DeGaulle Drive, Suite 5055, New Orleans, Louisiana 70114. The e-mail address is job_applications@opsb.us and the fax telephone number is (504) 379-4171. Applicants not following the application directions or meeting the requirements in the job description will be eliminated from the process.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: FEBRUARY 1, 2013

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