The Pinnacle School is a NEASC accredited, state certified special education school, grades 2 -12. Our enrolled students have learning profiles with a range of learning disabilities and diagnoses such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Auditory Processing Disorders, Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorders (SCD), and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our model of individualized behavior plans and our small group setting (classes are no more than 5:1, some are smaller) makes us unique, and 90% of our students are district-placed. Our unique model is supported by a strong interdisciplinary team comprised of special ed teachers, behaviorists, paraprofessionals, and clinicians, to ensure that every student's academic, social and emotional needs are met.
At The Pinnacle School, we focus on creating a caring community that supports students’ academic and social-emotional development. At the heart of our program is an emphasis on building resilience, self-esteem and an enthusiasm for learning. We accomplish this by identifying students’ strengths, creating opportunities for success, and building on these successes daily. Through these experiences, students begin to gain confidence, value their academic success and flourish.
Instructional Planning, Teaching and Practices
Plan, prepare and deliver lesson plans; create lessons that support each student’s learning style and academic needs.
Provide clear goals and objectives for each student; create progress reports and report cards for each student.
Assesses student progress including the need for additional support and the need for additional reinforcement or adjustments to instructional techniques.
Develop strategies for maintaining a classroom environment conducive to learning and utilize effective teaching methods; employ a variety of age appropriate instructional techniques appropriate to the maturity, interests and needs of each student.
Maintain accurate student records and complete all recordkeeping/ administrative responsibilities on time as required by law and school policies.
Consult with appropriate professional staff regarding student’s educational program.
Employ and implement a classroom environment and consistency to encourage student responsibility, cooperation and mutual respect consistent with school policies and procedures.
Establish and maintain student code of conduct in the classroom, school premises or during school activities.
Report incidents (e.g. fights, suspected child abuse, suspected substance abuse, harassment, zero tolerance offenses etc.) for the purpose of maintaining personal safety of students, providing a positive learning environment, adhering to state law and school policies.
Relationship with Students, Parents and Staff
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with children, students, parents, staff, administration and the general public.
Establish and maintain open and positive lines of communication with students and parents concerning academics and behaviors; communicate with parents on student progress at regular intervals.
Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with school personnel.
Uphold and enforce school rules and policies.
Current/valid CT State Certificate in Biology/Chemistry.
2 years’ experience teaching students in a school setting.
Experience working with students on the autism spectrum/related learning differences preferred.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Must have the ability and proven ability to report to work on a regular and punctual basis.