Middle School Special Education Teacher SY 2019-2020
What You Will Do
Serving our most vulnerable scholars, Achievement Prep Scholar Support (Special Education) Teachers seek to eliminate the achievement gap everyday by supporting scholars with IEPs (Star Scholars) via push-in and pull-out services. Scholar Support Teachers are a part of a determined team of educators who push one another to create and sustain an outstanding environment for teaching and learning characterized by joyful rigor. As the content expert for her/his scholars, the Scholar Support Teacher is driven by the belief that the quality of instruction has the most immediate impact on Achievement Prep’s ability to achieve our mission.
Reporting to the Scholar Support Coordinator, you will:
- Serve as expert in differentiating ELA or math content for star scholars daily
- Modify and implement a coherent, research-based curriculum
- Supplement curricular materials to enhance scholar learning experience
- Support in the design, refinement, and implementation of ongoing assessment, data collection and data analysis to ensure mastery of standards across content areas
- Utilize a variety of assessment data to adjust short-and long-term plans, refine curriculum, and diversify instructional practice to meet scholars’ learning needs
- Work with leadership to set data-driven academic goals and outcomes for self and scholars, monitor progress, and adjust as necessary towards the same
- Exhibit an unwavering commitment to high academic achievement and character development in our scholars
- Embody our core values of Determination, Respect, Enthusiasm, Accountability, and Mastery
- Create, monitor, and sustain a disciplined classroom culture of high academic and behavioral standards
- Adhere to classroom and school-wide behavior management systems with fidelity to reinforce rules, incentivize positive behavior, and dis-incentivize negative behavior
- Hold yourself and peers accountable to create and sustain an outstanding environment for teaching and learning
- Collaborate, plan and co-teach with Scholar Support (SPED) Teachers
- Establish and maintain relationships with scholars and families based on trust and respect
- Communicate effectively, proactively, and often with families to communicate scholar progress, triumphs, and challenges
- Call and/or meet immediately with parents/guardians when scholar grades decline significantly or when a scholar is failing
- Attend and support monthly Family Nights/events that invite families into the building
- Collaborate, co-plan, and co-teach with general education teachers
- Work with colleagues on a daily basis to improve scholar achievement
- Improve professional practice through regular formal and informal observations, weekly coaching sessions, weekly professional development and data-driven reflection
- Participate actively in weekly professional development sessions, grade-level meetings, content team meetings and other opportunities to analyze scholar work, data, and goals.
- Receive continuous feedback from peers and school leaders on your practice and be expected to give the same
General School Support
- Fully integrate into the school community
- Support Associate Teachers with the management of 2 advisories (homerooms)
- Assume additional school-wide responsibilities, such as lunch/recess duty, hallway posts, events committees, etc.
- Manage time, tasks, deadlines and responsibilities in a fast-paced environment
- Be on campus from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and until 5:00 PM on Wednesday
Be willing to take on additional responsibilities as necessary to fulfill Achievement Prep’s mission for our scholars
You Must Have
- Appropriate credentials
- Bachelor’s degree in special education
- Bachelor’s degree in any field with teaching license or passing Praxis scores in special education
- 1+ years of experience as a special education teacher of record in a K – 12 setting
- 1+ years of experience working with children in historically underserved communities
It Would Be Nice for Your to Have
- A Master’s degree in education
Who You Are
You know and understand the power of education and have seen, first hand, that power manifested either in your life or in the lives of others. You are committed to serving historically underserved communities knowing that your work is part of a larger ecosystem committed to change. You believe in a quality public education for all and are determined to serve every child that comes your way. You are unapologetically mission driven and will do whatever it takes to advance the work and ensure scholar achievement. You are excited about not just the work, but doing the work at Achievement Prep. You are familiar with our community and are not afraid of or by all the beauty and challenges that come with living in impoverished communities. You value and respect everyone and demonstrate that respect in words and actions.
You are a results-driven educator who holds scholars to consistently high academic and behavior expectations because you know they can rise to the challenge and grow up to change the world. You pride yourself in being an expert in your craft. You do whatever is needed to ensure that you are fully abreast of the latest pedagogy and instructional techniques needed to increase scholar achievement. You approach your practice with a sense of urgency to maximize instructional time because every minute counts for our scholars and receipt of a quality education is paramount to their options, opportunities, and ability to push beyond systemic oppression to live a fulfilling life. You respect timelines and know that meeting the same are not optional or to be taken for granted. You are open to feedback, eager to grow, and bring your best to everything you do. You know the work isn’t easy and don’t expect for it to be. The grind of our mission ignites you. You are not only capable of performing but thrive in circumstances involving ambiguity and nuance. You look for or create the joy in your day-to-day and want to work with others who do, too.
What We Value
- 100% Scholars: You prioritize what’s best for scholars first.
- Results Without Excuses: You set, track and achieve ambitious goals; and you own the mistakes.
- Sweat the Small Stuff: You pay attention to the smallest details to ensure smooth, predictable, and effective outcomes.
- Community Matters – Mightily: You show care and respect for others – even when the work is taxing.
- Unapologetically Mission-Driven: You have a “whatever it takes” mentality in achieving the mission.
- Many Minds, One Mission: You value and partner with parents and the community for the good of scholars.
Why Platinum Teachers?
Our teachers are worth more than gold, they’re platinum!
- Development: Teachers receive ongoing (weekly or bi-weekly) development from school leaders:
- Formal and informal observations and feedback
- 1:1 meetings to discuss teaching practice, scholar data, curriculum, and goals
- Content team meetings
- Wednesday afternoon professional development tailored to teacher needs
- Compensation & Benefits: Achievement Prep offers highly competitive compensation and benefits
- In SY18-19, our lead teachers will be compensated at the top 5% of public school teachers in Washington, D.C.
- Medical, vision, dental benefits
- Flexible spending accounts for transit, dependent care, and medical expenses
- 401k with automatic immediate employer matching up to 4%
- It Pays to Stay: Upon completion of 2 full school years of service, employees become eligible for annual loyalty incentives
- Gifts and Achievement Prep swag