Employer: KIPP Austin Public Schools
Please note: This role is for the 2018-19 school year and will start 7/16/2018.POSITION OVERVIEW: The Special Education Teacher is responsible for ensuring that all special education students receive comprehensive, compassionate and equitable services in order to achieve breakthrough academic achievement and character development. The Special Education Teacher will serve as an intervention specialist to assist teachers in helping every child meet grade level goals and will oversee the program and systems for all students who receive special education services. All KIPP Austin staff has a responsibility for ensuring that every KIPP Austin student achieves the academic skills, intellectual habits and character traits necessary to succeed in the nation’s top colleges and universities.KIPP Austin teachers are on duty in school Monday through Friday from approximately 7:15 am to 4:45 pm (exact start and end times vary slightly by school), with most arriving before and staying after these hours. Though they face demanding schedules, all KIPP Austin teachers are strongly supported by dedicated leadership and staff. KIPP Austin students have an extended school day and a brief mandatory summer session. This extra time allows KIPP Austin to develop innovative and highly effective instruction for all of our students. At KIPP Austin, we value college starting from Kindergarten and keep it top of mind as students continue to grow as learners. QUALIFICATIONS:-At least 2 years of experience working as a special education teacher (preferred-Experience teaching underserved students (preferred)-Experience with and strong knowledge of local and national special education laws and mandates-An active, valid Texas Standard Special Education certification or Probationary Special Education certification (required)-Bachelor's degree (required); Master's degree (preferred)-Bilingual in Spanish (preferred)RESPONSIBILITIES:-Collaborate with a team of teachers to develop effective whole group practices, small group interventions, and individualized learning activities-Assist teachers with tracking data to determine the effectiveness of interventions-Plan and teach small groups during guided reading-Develop, coordinate and track individual student plans for all special services-Provide direct student support through small group instruction and inclusion in the general education classroom-Collaborate with teachers so that they provide instructional support that leads to dramatic academic gains for students-Collaborate with teachers so that they provide instructional support that leads to dramatic academic gains for students-Coordinate dissemination of information on student needs to principal and teachers-Maintain all documentation and records for individual students; ensure confidentiality in reporting-Advise teachers and principal on accommodation processes for state and school-wide assessments-Accommodate and/or modify a curriculum that is aligned with the standards of KIPP Austin and Texas-Assess individual student's progress and learning needs; demonstrate a relentless focus on helping students achieve-Communicate students' progress toward realizing academic and character development goals with families on a weekly basis-Some teachers may manage and support other Special Education teachers and/or paraprofessionals on the Special Education team OUTCOMES:-Increase student growth and achievement-Meet desired goals/benchmarks on Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and district-wide, state, and national assessments and measures of growth-Ensure growth, development, and demonstration of character traits and KIPP Austin values COMPETENCIES:-Unwavering commitment to KIPP Austin’s mission, students, families, and community-Strong record of helping students achieve academic success, primarily with minority and low-income students-Strong desire to teach an academically intense curriculum and commit to an extended school day, week, and year-Desire to continuously learn and increase effectiveness as a teacher and professional; offer and receive constructive feedback-Willingness to be flexible and to go above and beyond to meet the needs of KIPP Austin students BENEFITS AND PERKS:-Competitive salaries-Teacher Career pathway with expert teacher development and opportunities for career advancement-Competitive Medical, Dental and Vision coverage options with 79-95% of monthly medical premium costs (depending on the plan) paid by KIPP Austin-100% KIPP-paid short-term disability-Paid parental leave (amount paid based on tenure)-On-campus dry cleaning pick-up-Retail discounts-Gold’s Gym individual and family plan discountOUR MISSION: KIPP Austin Public Schools believes that every child, regardless of economic background has the right to an exemplary education. We will empower our students to thrive in and graduate from college, choose their paths, and positively impact their communitiesNo phone calls or emails please. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability.