Special Education Teaching | Strategies Teacher | Dakota Ridge School | Closing: 10/04/2023


Special Education Strategies Teacher  (previously CIP/EBD/OHD) at Dakota Ridge

Effective Date of Employment:
 Beginning of the 2023-24 school year

Application Deadlines:
October 4, 2023 – 4:00 p.m.

Application Procedures:
Internal and External Candidates:  Apply on-line at

Job Summary:

  1. Dakota Ridge is a highly structured and specialized educational environment.
  2. Teach curriculum of Independent School District 196.
  3. Develop and demonstrate culturally responsive practices that lead to equitable outcomes for all students, particularly those groups of students that are over-represented in special education.
  4. Demonstrate proactive response to support students with emotional regulation difficulties.
  5. Provide instruction in strategies to support students in developing social emotional skills for success.
  6. Demonstrate current knowledge of various forms of assistive technology to support students in accessing the appropriate tools for efficiency.
  7. Employ high expectations for students using a variety of instructional techniques and instructional media.
  8. Collaborate with others to plan, teach and support students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment.
  9. Advocate for students with disabilities to ensure high levels of achievement.
  10. Promote and develop strong communication and collaboration with staff, parents and other professionals.
  11. Carry out responsibilities as defined by the master contract.


  1. Licensed by the Minnesota Department of Education in ASD, EBD, DCD, or LD (Dual special education licensure preferred).
  2. Strong general education background.
  3. Experience working with and providing service to persons of diverse cultures, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  4. Evidence of a growth mindset and ability to accelerate growth in academic and social/emotional skills using a strengths based model.
  5. Ability to work efficiently, effectively, and cooperatively with multidisciplinary teams.
  6. Strong oral and written communication skills.
  7. Ability to relate positively to students, staff, and community.
  8. Experience working in a school setting or with children ages birth through 21.
  9. Ability to follow directions and procedures and facilitate collaborative teaming around students.
  10. Ability to facilitate, write and implement Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Behavior Support Plans.
  11. Ability to collaborate with nursing staff to support and perform the necessary delegated health tasks.
  12. Ability to direct the work of paraprofessionals and an understanding of practices for training and supporting paraprofessionals.
  13. Knowledge of best practices in the field of special education and implementation strategies for sensory activities, positive behavior support, academic instruction, development of routines, etc.
  14. Willingness to complete training in Professional Crisis Management(PCM) and implement restrictive procedures, if needed.
  15. Understanding and ability to conduct a comprehensive evaluation.
  16. Thorough understanding of the laws, rules and regulations of special education..
  17. Demonstrated experience and proficiency working with a culturally, ethnically, racially and socioeconomically diverse school community is preferred.

Responsible to:
Building Principal and Special Education Coordinator

According to contractual agreement 
Health, Dental, Flexible Spending, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, Retirement, and Sick Leave

In District 196, the sky’s the limit for students and employees. That’s because our committed team of educators is dedicated to helping learners explore their infinite possibilities and reach their full potential. Our whole child, “Triple-A” approach provides students and staff boundless opportunities to learn, grow and pursue their interests in academics, the arts and athletics.
District 196 is a Minnesota public school district of choice, serving more than 29,000 students and 160,000 residents in the cities of Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Coates, Empire, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville and Vermillion townships. District 196 is the fourth largest school district in Minnesota and among the largest employers in Dakota County, with more than 4,000 full- and part-time employees. District 196 has been named to Forbes’ list of America’s Best-in-State Employers multiple times based on a survey asking employees to rate their employer and how likely they would be to recommend their employer to others.
District 196 has 19 elementary schools (grades K-5); six middle schools (grades 6-8); four high schools (grades 9-12); an optional School of Environmental Studies for juniors and seniors; an Area Learning Center high school program; a K-12 special education school for students with emotional and behavioral difficulties, and a special education program serving young adults ages 18-21. The district also operates three learning centers that provide early childhood and Adult Basic Education services, and offers extensive community education programs and classes for life-long learners of all ages.

Equal Opportunity Employer
As required by Title IX and other state and federal nondiscrimination laws, District 196 does not discriminate in employment or in any of its education programs and activities, including vocational opportunities, on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, familial status, disability, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, age or genetic information. District 196 provides equal access to designated youth groups.
The Director of Human Resources, Tom Pederstuen (651-423-7859 – is the designated Title IX Coordinator and has also been designated to respond to employment-related inquiries regarding the district’s non-discrimination policies. The Director of Elementary Education, Sally Soliday (651-423-7782 – and the Director of Secondary Education, Michael Bolsoni (651-423-7712 – have been designated to respond to student-related inquiries regarding the district’s non-discrimination policies. The Director of Special Education, Janet Fimmen (651-423-7629 – has been designated to respond to inquiries concerning the rights of a student with a disability. The mailing address for all directors is 3455 153rd Street W, Rosemount, MN 55068. Title IX inquiries may also be referred to the Assistant Secretary of the US Office for Civil Rights (OCR).