Special Education Teacher (2020-2021 School Year)

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Special Education Teacher (2020-2021 School Year)

Posted date
November 14, 2019
School level
Location

Los Angeles, CA

Employment Type
Full-Time

ABOUT ALLIANCE COLLEGE-READY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools was founded based on the belief that all young people, regardless of zip code, are capable of achieving at high levels. Alliance is now one of the largest and more successful public charter school networks in the nation, operating 25 high-performing middle and high schools serving 13,000 scholars in Los Angeles’ more educationally underserved communities. In operation for over a decade, Alliance has a proven record of success: though our scholars come to Alliance schools on average four grade-levels behind in reading, 95% of Alliance graduates have been accepted to college—including 73% to a four-year university in 2018. We strive to truly change the life trajectories of our scholars and communities, with a goal of 75% of Alliance graduates completing a four-year college degree. Now is the time to join our collaborative community to make long-lasting change across Los Angeles.

ROLE SUMMARY

Alliance is seeking courageous educators who are passionate about creating transformative change through teaching in the Los Angeles communities where they are most needed. Alliance teachers don’t have to choose between the benefits of a small community school and a large, cutting-edge organization—teachers enjoy the supports of a large network of 28 campuses, with the close-knit feel of a small school of up to only 150 students per grade. Alliance is an ideal place for educators who thrive in an environment of high expectations and collaboration in service of strong results for our scholars. Alliance educators collaborate and mentor one another, and they embrace professional development and coaching to grow and hone their craft. Alliance’s social justice mission also supports our restorative justice approach to student discipline, keeping scholars where they learn best—in classrooms.

The Education Specialist plays an integral role in the success of scholars with disabilities at their school site. By providing individualized, rigorous, and high-quality supports and services, the Education Specialist helps to ensure that all of our scholars achieve at high levels.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Drive outstanding scholar achievement for all scholars in your classroom and/or on your caseload and support colleagues in driving scholar achievement school-wide.
Create a culture of high expectations and continuous improvement with a drive toward scholar achievement and college and career readiness.
Manage caseload of scholars with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) by ensuring that all IEPs are thoroughly compliant and serve as a true roadmap for a scholar’s achievement trajectory; this includes collaborating with others to write high-quality IEPs, holding robust IEP meetings with all team members as active contributors, maintaining up-to-date documentation on caseload, and partnering with related service providers to ensure high-quality services for scholars on the caseload.
Regularly gather scholar data to monitor academic growth and scholar progress toward IEP goals and to drive instruction and interventions.
Utilize a wide variety of teaching methods to create differentiated opportunities for deep understanding for all scholars, regardless of incoming achievement level or diverse learning needs.
Collaborate with general education teachers to plan rigorous lessons for scholars with disabilities.
Ensure that all accommodations and modifications for scholars with disabilities are implemented with fidelity across general education classes.
Leverage Alliance network and school site resources and supports to develop and implement powerfully engaging curriculum and lessons designed to prepare all scholars to succeed in college and beyond.
Ensure that all school, Alliance network, LAUSD, county, state, and federal special education requirements are followed with fidelity across the school.
Maintain up-to-date information on caseload of scholars with IEPs in Welligent, including updating scholar and IEP information, regularly tracking services, and running and analyzing compliance reports.
Create a positive, achievement-oriented, and supportive learning environment that excites and invests scholars in learning.
Work collaboratively with families and Alliance colleagues to support the achievement of all scholars and the mission and vision of the school.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

Ability to obtain a valid California Teaching Credential in the assigned subject area(s) and a valid English Learner authorization (e.g. CLAD, BCLAD) by August 1, 2019
Applicants who will hold any of the following credentials by August 1, 2019 are welcome to apply:
California Single or Multiple Subject Credential (Clear or Preliminary)
California University Internship Credential Eligible
California Credential in Progress
Non-California Credential Transferring to California (i.e., from other U.S. states)

Skills, Beliefs, and Mindset:

Strong instructional and classroom management skills, as well as content area expertise
Experience with Welligent electronic health record software for IEP and 504 management (preferred)
Deep knowledge of effective evaluation and assessment techniques to drive scholar learning
Strong interpersonal, communication, and relationship-building skills with both children and adults
Passion for and commitment to the success of all Alliance scholars, and specifically to raising the academic achievement of children from high-poverty communities
Open to feedback and eager to develop professionally
Flexible, optimistic, comfortable with change and ambiguity, and able to learn quickly
Entrepreneurial spirit to thrive in a fast-paced and achievement-oriented environment
Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team
Understanding of the nuances of urban school environments and school culture

COMPENSATION AND ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

Alliance schools offer a starting salary that surpasses our local school district’s starting salary by more than 3%. Alliance schools’ performance-based compensation system focuses on rewarding teachers for what matters most—making the biggest difference with scholars.
Alliance schools offer a comprehensive group benefit package, which includes excellent medical, dental and vision coverage. Alliance also participates in the California’s State Teacher Retirement System (STRS).
Alliance provides substantial professional development support for teachers, including two weeks of network-wide professional development before the school year starts for new hires, weekly school-site support, Alliance-wide training days, and a variety of paid teacher leader and career lattice opportunities.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply, visit www.laalliance.org/careers to submit a resume and cover letter. Please note that only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools are tuition-free public charter schools which do not discriminate against any scholar, parent, community member, or employee on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.