[nobe-l] FW: Early Childhood TVI position for Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Hyde, David W. (ESC) david.hyde at wcbvi.k12.wi.us
Tue Feb 12 13:46:41 UTC 2013

Hear is an opening in south central Wisconsin. The school is located in Janesville, about 45 minutes south of Madison, and an hour and a half west of Milwaukee.

Public Instruction, Department of

Teacher - Early Childhood Visually Impaired Outreach Job Announcement Code(s): 13-00557
Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
TEACHER 13-00557 
Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting salary will be between $19.00 - $24.00 per hour ($39,672 - $50,112 per year), plus excellent benefits. Additional compensation up to $2.97 per hour may be given for credits relevant to the position beyond a Bachelor's degree. A six month probationary period will be required. This position is in pay schedule 13, pay range 04. 
Laura Tetting, Human Resources Specialist, 608-266-2189 or laura.tetting at dpi.wi.gov.
Bargaining Unit:
Education 13
Area of Competition:
Deadline to Apply:
Applications will be accepted until the needs of the department are met. To ensure your materials are included in our initial review, applications must be received by March 5, 2013.
Exam Information:
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The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is committed to ensuring every child graduates ready for further education and the workforce. We must align our efforts so students are learning the skills and knowledge necessary to become contributing members of our communities. To build on our long-standing commitment to public education, we strive to recruit and retain quality employees. Our employees are vital to the success of our students, schools and communities. For more information about DPI, please go to http://www.dpi.wi.gov. 

The Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WCBVI) Outreach Team is currently seeking a full-time year-round Teacher of the Visually Impaired. This position is located at 1700 W State Street, Janesville.

The WCBVI operates the Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WSBVI) residential school for state residents ages three to twenty who are blind or have visual impairments. The school provides academic and career education on site. WCBVI also offers instructional and technical assistance, teaching materials and evaluations of pupils to local school districts and other agencies through the outreach program.
Job Duties:   
This position's main duties are to coordinate, plan for, and provide individualized instruction to students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities ages 3 to 6 enrolled in the early childhood practices and environments addressing needs unique to sensory impairment program (Little PEANUTS). Under the direction of the WSBVI Principal and in accordance with the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, the individualized education program (IEP) and best practice recommendations from the field of visual impairment, evaluate and align student skills and needs, participate in preparing measurable goals and objectives with local school districts, follow through with and/or direct the provision of instruction and complete progress reports. Coordinate consultation and collaboration with WCBVI/WSBVI staff, other professionals and parents to ensure that all student needs are communicated and met. Work closely with other WSBVI and local educational agency (LEA) instructors in a team approach in order to deliver the most effective programming for students. As appropriate, travel to local school districts or homes to observe students and collaborate with family and LEA staff. Directing and coordinating staff activities is required to provide leadership, direction and a collaborative environment for other staff working in the program. Coordinate professional development opportunities for the Little PEANUTS staff.  Plan, provide and assign vision specific instruction in areas of expanded core curriculum while overseeing the planning and preparation of daily lessons and instructional materials that meet individual student IEP goals. Provide direction for the integration of Little PEANUTS into the flow of the WCBVI/WSBVI culture where applicable to participate in school activities and celebrations, picture day, etc. and connect parents to the school as a whole.

Special Notes:   

Licensure or eligibility for licensure in Visual Impairments (825) by the Department of Public Instruction is required. Questions regarding licensure may be directed to DPI licensing staff at 608-266-6794. 

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of hire.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:   

Knowledge of the impact of visual impairment on development; the role of the environment in facilitating development; appropriate teaching methods to use with young students who are blind and visually impaired, including core and expanded core curriculum; early childhood curriculum and practices; appropriate materials and adaptations necessary to teach young children with visual impairments; state and federal guidelines for IEP assessment; exceptional education needs of children who have additional disabilities including blindness; and the sensory system, sensory integration, sensory diets and therapeutic protocols. Ability to work cooperatively with parents, local school districts and WSBVI staff on programs and challenges associated with student needs; lead other staff in a shared vision; observe and carry out all school rules and policies; attend to the needs of young students such as diapering, lifting, and carrying and sitting on the floor for extended periods; and implement/infuse music into daily schedule. Knowledge of and the ability to learn age-appropriate assistive technology applications.

How To Apply:   

Submit an Application for State Employment form (OSER-DMRS-38), current resume, transcripts and a copy of your license or documentation verifying your eligibility for licensure in Visual Impairments (825) through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Mail completed application materials to: Laura Tetting, DPI Human Resource Services, 5th Floor, 125 South Webster Street, PO Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707-7841 or fax to (608) 266-5856 Attn: Laura Tetting.


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