[nfbwatlk] Teacher of the Blind Opening at WSSB

Nightingale, Noel Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov
Fri Mar 26 11:36:06 CDT 2010


Mike:

I think that words matter.  They are the tape recorders in our head that subtly influence our perceptions, thoughts, and actions.  I would prefer that WSSB students be influenced by a strong, assertive, positive school motto.  I know that no one would put up with that motto in my children's regular education programs.  Every child is starting from some pint in their education and the job of the school should be to keep their expectations high and move their further along the education spectrum.

Noel 

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From: nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Mike Freeman
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 7:17 PM
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Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] Teacher of the Blind Opening at WSSB

I think it depends upon where one is coming from. If one has a 4-point student, I could see it. Having Shanthi as my daughter, it is perfectly appropriate. The question is whether it's worth getting hot-under-the-collar about.

Mike

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>
> Noel,
>
> I have to agree with you.
>
> Bob Sellers
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> Behalf Of Nightingale, Noel
> Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 11:34 AM
> To: 'NFB of Washington Talk Mailing List'
> Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] Teacher of the Blind Opening at WSSB
>
> I don't like the use of the word "striving."  shouldn't the motto be
> "Educating blind and visually impaired children for independence
> and success."
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> Behalf Of Mike Freeman
> Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 8:22 PM
> To: NFB of Washington Talk Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] Teacher of the Blind Opening at WSSB
>
> MMM ... what doesn't grab you about it?
>
> Mike
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Nightingale, Noel" <Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov>
> To: <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Monday, March 22, 2010 11:59 AM
> Subject: [nfbwatlk] Teacher of the Blind Opening at WSSB
>
>
> Below is a posting for a teacher at the Washington State School for the
> Blind.  I hope I am not stepping on anyone toes when I say that I have a
> negative reaction to the motto that precedes the announcement.
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf 
> Of
> Hyde, David W. (ESC)
> Sent: Monday, March 22, 2010 10:58 AM
> To: 'jobs at nfbnet.org'
> Subject: [Jobs] Opening in Washington State
> Importance: High
>
>
> From: Dean Stenehjem [mailto:Dean.Stenehjem at wssb.wa.gov]
> Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 9:42 AM
> To: TOVI: Administrative Question; cosb at tsbvi.edu
> Subject: TVI - WSSB Outreach Position Announcement
> Importance: High
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Logo%20Template%20-%20Logo_10
>
> Striving to educate blind and visually impaired children for independence
> and success!
>
>
>
> Recruitment Announcement:  Teacher of the Visually Impaired
>
>
>
> Agency:                       Washington State School for the Blind
>
> Location:                     Spokane WA and surrounding areas (itinerant)
>
> Salary:                         Paid in accordance with Vancouver SD 
> salary
> schedule (Salary schedule is available at
> http://www.k12.wa.us/safs/PUB/PER/SalAllocSchedule.pdf
> <https://email.wssb.wa.gov/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.k12.wa.us/sa
> fs/PUB/PER/SalAllocSchedule.pdf>
> )
>
> Position details:               Scheduled between 182 to 190 days per 
> year;
> full-time; permanent after successful completion of 12 month probationary
> period.
>
> Open Date:                       March 10, 2010
>
> Closing Date:                    March 25, 2010
>
> ________________________________
>
> Agency profile:  The mission of the Washington State School for the Blind 
> is
>
> to provide specialized quality educational services to visually
> impaired/blind youth ages birth-21 within the state of Washington.  Our
> purpose is to serve as a statewide demonstration and resource center and
> provide direct/indirect services to students both on campus and in the
> children's local communities.
>
> Philosophy:  WSSB believes that all students can benefit from a menu of
> diverse services that can be provided through partnerships with LEAs and
> ESDs.  The ease of movement between LEAs, ESDs, and WSSB is critical to
> overall programs for BVI within the entire state.  No one school or agency
> can accomplish what these children need without this spirit of cooperation
> and sharing.
>
> Benefits:  Employees of the WSSB receive State of Washington employee
> benefits including medical, dental, long term disability, and life
> insurance.  Teachers are eligible for enrollment in the Teachers 
> Retirement
> System Plan 3 and deferred compensation plan.  Optional programs also
> include Washington Guaranteed Education Tuition Program (GET), Dependent
> Care Assistance Program (DCAP) and medical flexible spending account 
> (FSA).
> Teachers accrue 8 hours of sick leave per month and 1 personal holiday per
> calendar year.  For more information about WSSB, please visit our website 
> at
>
> www.wssb.wa.gov.
>
> Position profile:  This position requires a certificated teacher of the
> visually impaired who will provide specialized educational services to
> students and districts in Spokane, WA and surrounding areas.  Working
> independently under the direction of the Outreach Director, the incumbent
> will provide instruction and services to best meet the unique needs of 
> each
> visually impaired student and the districts being served
>
> Core responsibilities include but are not limited to:
>
> *         Perform or facilitate necessary assessments: learning media,
> functional vision, technology, and orientation and mobility.
>
> *         Provide direct and consultative services as per Individual
> Education Plans (IEP).
>
> *         Provide workshops and in-services as needed to assist families 
> and
>
> school district personnel in understanding the unique needs of the 
> visually
> impaired learner.
>
> *         Assist districts in obtaining necessary alternative format
> materials and equipment as identified through the IEP process.
>
> *         Work collaboratively with families, students, and district
> personnel to develop IEP goals and objectives in expanded core curriculum.
> Expanded core curriculum addresses the following areas:
>
> o        Literacy
>
> o        Technology
>
> o        Self-help/daily living skills
>
> o        Career and vocational education
>
> o        Self-advocacy skills
>
> o        Travel skills
>
> *         Prepare meaningful instruction geared to the student's assessed
> needs, as identified in the IEP.
>
> *         Provide consultation to the classroom teachers and other 
> involved
> personnel, and adapt materials as needed to enable the BVI learner to
> benefit from instruction.
>
> *         Maintain ongoing communication with all parties involved in the
> child's education including the parents.
>
> Key Competencies include but may not be limited to:
>
> *         Excellent communication and organizational skills
>
> *         Effective time management skills
>
> *         Ability to set high expectations that support the acquisition of
> student's independence and success.
>
> Required Qualifications:
>
> * Bachelors degree in educational or other relevant field of study.
> * Current Washington State Teaching Certification or can obtain a 
> Washington
>
> State Teaching Certificate.
> * Certification as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired from an accredited 
> and
>
> nationally recognized university program.
> * Three years of teaching experience as a teacher of the visually 
> impaired.
>
> * Must pass Federal criminal background check.
> * Must have Braille Literary Usage Exam Certification or Library of 
> Congress
>
> certification, or be able to obtain either.
>
> Desirable Qualifications:
>
> * Masters degree in Teacher of Visually Impaired Learner program.
> * Orientation and Mobility certification.
> * Five years teaching experience as an itinerant teacher of the visually
> impaired.
> * Experience working with children with multiple disabilities including
> blindness.
>
> Note: This position is covered by a union shop provision.  Therefore, as a
> condition of employment, candidates who are appointed are required to 
> become
>
> members of the WPEA, or arrange to pay to that union a fee equivalent to 
> its
>
> regular monthly dues.  The union shop provision shall be effective on the
> first day of the month following the employee's initial 30 days in this
> classification.
>
> How to apply:  Please send a completed State Application
> <http://www.wssb.wa.gov/Content/community/employment.asp>
> (http://www.wssb.wa.gov/Content/community/employment.asp
> <http://www.wssb.wa.gov/Content/community/employment.asp> ), letter of
> interest, detailed resume and references to the address or email listed
> below.  For more information please call Dee Amundsen, Outreach Director, 
> at
>
> (360)696-6321 ext 124 or Jessica Sydnor, Human Resources Manager, at
> (360)696-6321 ext 129.
>
> Applications must be submitted no later than midnight March 25, 2010.
>
>
>
> Please mail applications to:
>
> WA State School for the Blind
>
> Attn: Human Resources
>
> 2214 E 13th St
>
> Vancouver WA 98682
>
> FAX: (360)737-2120
>
>
>
> Or Email to:
>
> Jessica.sydnor at wssb.wa.gov <mailto:Jessica.sydnor at wssb.wa.gov>
>
> Attn:  TVI Position
>
>
>
> Background inquiries of convictions and pending criminal charges shall be
> completed on applicants prior to their appointment to positions in the 
> State
>
> of Washington which are directly responsible for the supervision, care or
> treatment of children.  Information obtained from background inquiries 
> will
> not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining
> the applicant's character; suitability and competence to perform in the
> position applied for and may result in the denial of employment. 
> Applicants
>
> are required to sign a release authorizing inquiry.  Failure to do so 
> shall
> disqualify the applicant from employment in these positions.
>
>
>
> This announcement is published by the Washington State School for the 
> Blind.
>
> The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a
> disability who need assistance in the application or testing process, or
> those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360)
> 696-6321 ext 129.
>
>
>
>
>
> Jessica Sydnor
>
> Human Resources Manager
>
> Washington State School for the Blind
>
> 2214 E 13th St
>
> Vancouver WA 98661
>
> 360-696-6321 ext 129
>
>
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