Adapted Physical Education Consultant
Reports to: Regional Administrator
Partners with educators, families and communities to provide effective learning environments for all students. Helps ensure success for all learners. Facilitates provision of a diversified program of developmental activities, games, sports, aquatics, and rhythms suited to the capabilities and limitations of students with disabilities whether in a segregated or integrated setting. Populations served range in age from 2 to 21 years and exhibit varying degrees and combinations of cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities.
- Master's degree in physical education with specialization in adapted physical education or special education.
- Iowa instructional license with physical education endorsement.
- Three years of professional experience in physical education/recreation for students with disabilities.
- Supports total school/community efforts to create a positive learning environment for students/children.
- Serves as liaison among AEA, district building(s), families and community and collaborates with various teams to assure positive outcomes for all learners.
- Models, implements and assesses strategies related to learning, social, emotional and behavioral needs to enhance educational programming for all students.
- Provides ongoing support to educational staff related to applicable rules and laws.
- Integrates research into the design of best practices.
- Consults with teachers and administrators regarding best practices for classroom and building educational programs.
- Follows policies, procedures, standards and rules in accordance with national and state laws, the Iowa Dept. of Education and GWAEA, which includes but is not limited to developing and maintaining proper and adequate records and documentation.
- Provides on-going counsel and assistance in physical education curriculum activities and methods.
- Provides information and/or recommendations for instructional program adjustments upon request or referral.
- Plans and/or delivers inservice activities designed to improve teaching skills and student outcomes, which includes modeling prescriptive teaching techniques.
- Identifies appropriate goals and objectives with child study team members in response to referrals for individual student assessment.
- Assists in adaptation of activities, equipment, and teaching methods to insure success in the least restrictive environment (LRE).
- Designs, develops, and implements model programs and curricula for use with specified disability groups.
- Communicates with students, parents, teachers, medical personnel and support staff as needed for student assessment and program planning.
- Participates in projects, committees or activities to support the Agencyâs mission, goals and priorities.
- Demonstrates self-discipline and initiative to produce high-quality, organized and dependable results.
- Conveys a positive and professional image to staff and public.
- Handles information in a confidential manner in accordance with established policies and legal requirements (FERPA, HIPAA, etc).
- Pursues professional growth opportunities and relationships to keep current with and influence educational directions.
- Performs such other duties as may be assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to communicate effectively and maintain effective working relationships.
- Ability to function effectively as a team member and work collaboratively with others and independently as appropriate.
- Ability and willingness to be flexible and respond to the changing needs of clients and the Agency.
- Ability to integrate educational theory, research and expertise into appropriate practices for local contexts, in a service style that facilitates positive change and continuous improvement.
- Effective presentation and group facilitation skills.
- Ability to use data to make educationally sound decisions.
- Knowledge of best practices in curriculum, instruction and assessment.
- Knowledge of applicable rules and laws that govern educational decisions.
- Ability to read and interpret documents, write reports and correspondence, and apply appropriate mathematical concepts.
- Ability to use and integrate technology appropriately in daily work which includes, but is not limited to, efficient operation of telephone and voice mail systems and application of basic computer skills to effectively use e-mail, internet and word processing.
- Knowledge of child development.
- Ability to travel between schools/sites served.
- Normal, routine levels of activity related to bending, carrying, climbing, hearing, reaching, sitting, standing, vision and walking, and may also involve above-average levels of activity at times that canât always be anticipated.
- Ability to apply principles of safety to assist with wheelchair transfers.
- Ability to lift or assist with lifts as needed when individual with disabilities participates in physical activities (minimum 50 pounds).
- Ability to engage in physical education activity to serve as a model, partner, or assistant in physical education classes.