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Portland Public Schools

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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3548927
  • Application Deadline: February 28, 2022
  • Re-posted: January 13, 2022

Job Description

Portland Public Schools


TEACHER - Breathe Behavioral Health Continuum

Pay Plan: T   Grade: K-5 Months: 183 days per PEA contract 

Dept: Portland Schools

Reports to: Director of Breathe

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF CLASSIFICATION: Under direction of the Director of Breathe the special education teacher plans and provides appropriate learning experiences for students with behavioral disabilities. Within the self-contained setting, they will create and sustain a therapeutic, educational climate that supports the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of every student.  Provides collaborative supervision to the instructional team.  Provides case management to each student in a manner that complies with state and federal laws and regulations.  Monitors and evaluates student outcomes. Communicates and interacts with students, parents, staff and community. Develops, selects and modifies curricula, instructional plans and materials to meet the needs of all students. Maintains appropriate records and follows required procedures and practices. Monitors appropriate use and care of equipment, materials and facilities.


  • Plans special education academic intervention plans that, as much as possible, meets the needs, interests and abilities of individuals to ensure success for every student.

  • Serves as the special education case manager for the students served on their caseload. 

  • On a regular and consistent basis, meets and instructs assigned classes in the locations and at the times designated.

  • Creates a classroom environment that provides for student involvement in the learning process and enables each student to achieve learning objectives.

  • Provides instructional programming to meet the needs of all students including students with disabilities.

  • Prepares for classes assigned, and shows evidence of preparation upon request of immediate superior.

  • Guides the learning process toward the achievement of curricular goals and in harmony with the goals, establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, projects and the like to communicate these objectives to students.

  • Establishes learning objectives consistent with an appraisal of student needs, requirements of PPS curricula framework, and knowledge of human growth and development.

  • Plans for and utilizes instructional methods, resources and evaluation techniques which motivate and enable each student to achieve learning objectives.

  • Takes all necessary and safety precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities.

  • Maintains accurate and complete records as required by law, PPS policy and administrative regulation.

  • Assists the administration in implementing all policies and rules governing student life and conduct and, for the classroom, follows programming assigned expected behaviors, procedures, and maintains order in the classroom in a fair and just manner.

  • Makes provision for being available to students and parents for education-related purposes outside the instructional day when required or requested to do so under reasonable terms.

  • Establishes relationships with colleagues, students, parents and community which reflect recognition of and respect for every individual.

  • Plans and supervises purposeful assignments for instructional assistants, teacher assistants, and volunteers. May evaluate assistant’s job performance with department heads and/or administrators.

  • Appraises their own effectiveness and demonstrates successful application of skills and information acquired to increase effectiveness. Strives to maintain and improve professional competence.

  • Participates in school management and shares responsibility for the total school program.

  • Attends staff meetings and serves on staff committees as required. Performs related work as required.



  • Demonstrated ability to develop working knowledge of PPS curriculum, techniques for integrating curriculum, PPS policies, and effective instructional practices.

  • Ability to develop and deliver standards-based, specially designed instruction (SDI) across curricular disciplines and grade levels.

  • Ability to lead therapeutic, instructional team via collaborative processes

  • Understanding of the teaching/learning process for students with disabilities.

  • Ability to provide instruction that reflects multiple perspectives and multicultural education.

  • Ability to infuse technology into curricula.

  • Ability to work effectively with administrators, colleagues, central office and school based staff, students, parents and community.

  • Excellent oral and written communication and human relations skills.

  • Willingness to reflect on personal implicit bias and a commitment to challenging personal perspectives and deepening self-awareness.

  • Knowledge of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).

  • Preferred qualifications: experience working with behavioral disabilities, experience with standards-based experiential and/or expeditionary learning


  • Bachelor's degree in an applicable field of special education from an accredited college or university.

  • Experience in special education case management

  • Experience with Adori, Google suite 

  • Experience implementing positive behavioral interventions and supports.

  • Certified in CPI and/or SafetyCare or able to be certified. 

  • Combinations of applicable education, training, and experience, which provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform effectively in the position, will determine salary.


  • Meets Maine state certification requirements 282 - Teachers of Students with disabilities. 


  • Heavy physical effort may be required


  • Required to attend school meetings, programs and activities outside the instructional day as needed.


  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Category: Special Education > General Special Education
  • Employer Description

    Maine’s largest school system has 10 elementary schools, three middle schools
    and four high schools serving nearly 7,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12
    and about 4,700 adult learners.

    The district takes full advantage of its location in a vibrant city with a thriving arts life. Schools draw on the resources offered by museums, theaters, local businesses and the city’s colleges and universities.

    Portland has a highly trained teaching staff. Many teachers hold advanced degrees. All of the district's teachers continue their education by pursuing professional development activities on a regular basis.

    The district provides technology to support instruction, including laptops for each student in grades seven through 12 and wireless access at all schools.

    Volunteers, parent-teacher organizations and businesses donate generously of their time and money to the district – an estimated 100,000 hours per year.

    Graduates of the Portland Public Schools attend the country’s top colleges and universities. See for colleges attended by recent graduates.

    The Portland Public Schools gives parents an array of program choices. The district as one of the first in the country to offer project-based Expeditionary Learning from kindergarten through 12th grade.

    High school students have access to one of the broadest selections of Advanced Placement courses in Maine. Qualified high school students may take up to two college courses with tuition paid by the state. A regional arts and technology high school provides hands-on courses in growth fields such as health care, robotics and “green” construction.

    More than 60 languages are spoken by students attending the Portland Public Schools. Multilingual students represent about a quarter of the district’s enrollment. The district’s diversity prepares all students for their roles as world citizens.

    Portland residents can pursue lifelong learning and professional success through the academic, jobs skills and enrichment courses offered by Portland Adult Education.

    Most of Portland’s middle and high school students participate actively in co-curricular activities such as athletics, drama, music and service clubs. Portland students regularly excel in academic and athletic competitions at the regional, state and even national level.

    See a list of recent honors, awards and recognition for the Portland Public Schools at: Join Portland ME Public Schools on Facebook. A focus on service learning-- connecting the schools to the wider community—results in students undertaking many projects that benefit greater Portland. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Portland Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Contact Information

    • Barbara Stoddard, HR Director
    • 353 Cumberland Ave
    • Portland, Maine 04101

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