Education for Change is looking for several dynamic and visionary Speech Language Pathology Assistants who will engage students, families, and other members of our learning community to ensure high student achievement, as well as support mental health and behavior in an effort to ensure children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. Under the supervision of the SLP and according to the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) scope of practice in California, the SLPA will implement therapeutic plans designed to develop language skills, including speech production, vocalization, and social pragmatics in students with speech/language disorders. They will also assist with administrative work, meetings, and collaboration with families. They will know how to successfully work in an urban elementary school with a high English Learner and low-income population, including traumatized students.
About our Approach
EFC is committed to serving ALL students, regardless of need. Our approach addresses the diverse needs of our students by offering a myriad of program designs to meet individual need. We offer inclusion, resource instruction, combined programs that include both inclusive and small group instruction, and specialized programs for students with autism, those in need of emotional supports, and students with more moderate needs. Utilizing a Multi-Tiered System of Supports, our multidisciplinary team works collaboratively to analyze and problem solve around student and staff needs. We employ a whole child approach that not only meets the basic needs of our students, but also takes into consideration their socio-emotional, academic and behavioral needs.
About Education for Change Public Schools
Founded in 2005, Education for Change (EFC) is a charter management organization that was created as a partnership between Oakland Unified School District and the education reform community in order to leverage the flexibilities in charter law to facilitate greater innovation and to address the underperformance of our most vulnerable student populations. EFC is Oakland’s largest charter operator, serving over 3,000 students in the Fruitvale and Elmhurst neighborhoods of East Oakland. Five of seven of our schools were formerly OUSD schools that converted to EFC to leverage the flexibility and agility provided by charter law for greater outcomes for our students.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Provide specialized speech and language services to students as direct by the supervising SLP
Conduct speech and language screenings developed by the SLP without interpretation
Prepare therapy and instructional materials and strategies for students in the classroom setting or in pullout small group settings
Adapt or modify instructional materials as determined by student need and abilities for teacher use in the classroom
Consult with general ed teachers to co-plan instructional materials or implement strategies
Track performance data using progress monitoring tools and report progress on IEP goals
Communicate progress to parents, teachers, and SLP in regular meetings, phone conversations, and progress notes
Participate in IEP process; attend meetings when appropriate and attend family conferences
Creates and maintains safe, positive environment for students
Collaborates with members of the IEP team, Special Education team
Perform other related duties as required and assigned
Transport students, as necessary
Attend all mandatory professional development and supervision
Maintain strict student and parent confidentiality
Support the mission, vision, and core values of Education for Change
Minimum 3 years experience as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant, treating speech, language and cognitive-communication disorders in school-aged children
Associate degree and/or graduation from Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Minimum 1 year experience operating SEIS
CA state licensure
Personal commitment to driving positive outcomes for students
Strong oral and written communication skills
Must possess a growth mindset and be able to use feedback to refine practice
Successful experience working in a collaborative environment
Experience working with diverse communities
Valid California driver’s license
Own reliable transportation and verification of insurance coverage (mileage reimbursable)
Experience working with English Language Learners
Outstanding communication and organization skills
EFC Core Values - required by all EFC staff
We collaborate. We are a team. We plan together, observe and analyze each other’s work, collaborate with our coaches and site leaders, partner with our families, and together make decisions about our programming.
We are a learning organization. We approach or practice with an inquiry stance and a growth mindset; we analyze, innovate, and iterate every single day so that we continually improve. We believe in coaching and developing people at every level of experience, at every level of the organization.
We are solutions-oriented. We approach every challenge with a problem-solving orientation. We listen to and encourage each other. We are resilient in the face of adversity.
We are accountable. Our mission is to provide a superior public education to Oakland’s most underserved children. We assume personal accountability for student growth; we analyze multiple forms of data, and that analysis drives our instruction.
We are student-focused. We form close relationships, utilize personalized learning, differentiate instruction, make learning culturally relevant, engage families, and provide individualized interventions to meet the needs of every child.
We listen. We are a small, responsive organization that values students, family, and employee voice and input.
We are rooted in community. Ours is a place-based strategy that works deeply with neighborhood leaders and partners to serve our children. We understand that the cultures, values, traditions, and assets that our families bring must be leveraged and honored to reach and teach our children.
Compensation & Benefits
EFCPS offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package. For details, go to www.efcps.org/careers.