Special Education Teacher-Cross Categorical
School District of the City of Highland Park
Barber Elementary / Middle School: Highland Park, MI (Dec. 2003 – Jan. 2010)
Position:Dec. 2003-June 2005 Permanent Sub. self-contained classroom
Aug. 2006 – Jan. 29, 2010 Certified Sp. Ed Teacher
Population: Grades 2 to 8 (Cross Categorical)
Duties:create and implement lesson plans (Lorraine Monroe’s BBC) that accommodate a wide range of skills and abilities, and includes emphasis on multi-sensory strategies in Language Arts (reading, reading comprehension, written expression) and curricular integration; elected as a building representative to Hope Foundation’s “…Failure is Not an Option” 4-day seminar in Orlando, Fl; disaggregate, collect, and report data for “Ed Yes” and “Comprehensive Needs Assessments’ (CNA) for mandatory state reports; facilitate inclusion (brain-based teaching and learning strategies) workshops, seminars, and in-services that model, practice, and monitor progress of best-practices to support achievement of all students; committee member Focus Monitoring Inclusion Mandate that placed district in compliance with Federal IDEA; co-teach core subjects with general education teachers; schedule, organize, and facilitate committees to discuss updates in best practices and procedures that provide support, while implementing new instructional methods for inclusion; benchmark with district educators and network with community leaders to brainstorm innovative ways to improve relationships and achievement within school community; conduct parent workshops to extend support for family and personal needs; represent district at Detroit Parent Network; mentor new teachers; develop behavioral and instructional strategies that proved effective in reduction of negative behavior; prepare, organize and participate in IEP and MET meetings; created student IEPs; administer district (Brigance Pre and Post-Placement) and state-wide assessments (MEAP, MI-ACCESS, IOWA); create and maintain records on Zangle, an application allowing access to various aspects of student information; chaired Teaching and Learning component of the School Improvement Plan (SIP); assist with district’s curriculum mapping, and alignment of IEP Goals and Objectives with Michigan’s GLCE’s’; conduct Parent-Teacher Conferences; facilitate Conflict Resolution sessions between students in the school community.