We're looking for a dynamic and experienced special education teachers to join us at Summit Public Schools in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington for the 2019-2020 school year.
What you’ll do:
The Special Education Teacher is responsible for acting as a full faculty member, across all school systems (such as grade level teams and weekly faculty meetings) by inputting advice, student status updates and personal opinions and ideas. In addition, the Special Education Teacher will have sole responsibility for, and be expected to:
• A student school day is around 8-8:30am to 3-3:30pm, depending on the specific school. Teachers generally arrive around 30 minutes before school. See sample teacher schedules here.
• Implement curriculum, instruction, and assessment to address the individualized education goals for students receiving special education
• Provide case management for a caseload of students:
o Ensure students are consistently receiving supports, accommodations, and/or modifications as delineated in the each student’s Individualized Education Plans (IEP)
o Consult with general education teachers to adjust core curriculum, instruction and assessment to meet the unique learning needs and styles of a caseload of students
o Collaborate with school staff, related service providers and parents to collect information and monitor the progress of a caseload of students in order to review and adjust educational plans at
• Lead the development and design of IEPs for a caseload of students receiving special education, including facilitating IEP meetings
• Administer and interpret academic diagnostic assessments to determine learners’ strengths and areas of need for initial, and triennial assessments
• Create and maintain notifications, records, files, and reports as required by federal, state and local regulations
• Maintain knowledge of current regulations pertaining to special education
• Serve on a professional development team with other Special Education teachers across the Summit network to collaborate
• Provide support to students in office hours before and/or after school one day each week
• Utilize an instructional coach to develop educator skills and apply new practices to support students with exceptional needs and mentees.
• Twice per week all teachers have after-school meetings: community decisions are made, professional development takes place, and faculty collaborates as a grade-level or mentor team. Once per
week, teachers offer office hours before or after school. On these days, most teachers leave around 5pm; other days, most teachers leave around 4pm.
• Occasionally, teachers will also participate in back to school nights, open houses, or other community events after school hours.
What you need:
• Commitment to uphold Summit’s values, belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life
• Teaching Credential in Washington or another US State (or a commitment to obtain a credential by completing an educator preparation program within 2 years of starting at Summit)
• Bachelor’s Degree (a Master’s Degree in Education is preferred but not required)
• Clear health and background check
• Teaching experience in your subject preferred but not required
What you get:
Summit offers competitive salaries and benefit options, including covering 75% of the health, dental and vision plan costs. We fully cover life and disability insurance. We have a “take what you need” PTO policy, 11 paid holidays, 2 week-long organization closure during the year, and a summer break. We value our teachers’ Summit experience, offering stipends for teachers who have been with us for three or more years and helping teachers grow with us through designated time for paid professional development and regular coaching.
We strive to recruit a diverse team. Summit Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, parenthood, citizenship status, creed, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Summit will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.