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2018-2019 Founding Certified High School Special Education Teacher
**KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth is seeking teachers and leaders for the 2018-2019 school year for the region’s first high school which will open with 9th grade this fall. However, we will not contact candidates regarding the status of their application until late October 2017**
Job Title: Founding High School Special Education Teacher
FLSA Status: Exempt
Department: KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth
Position Reports To: School Leader
KIPP DFW OVERVIEW
Provide children in under resourced communities with a free, rigorous, high-quality education that offers the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to thrive in school, college, and the competitive world beyond.
KIPP DFW is part of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a national network of 209 free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools serving nearly 70,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia. KIPP DFW is currently comprised of six public charter schools serving elementary and middle school students in the southern Dallas region, and is amidst a rapid growth plan that will result in a total of ten schools providing quality education options to 5,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in the most under resourced Dallas-Fort Worth communities by 2021. The region is excited to announce the founding and opening of its first High School, KIPP Oak Cliff Academy, for SY 2018-2019.
At KIPP DFW, there are no shortcuts: outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in college and career. Approximately 90 percent of our students are considered economically disadvantaged and most students come from neighborhoods where less than five percent of residents graduate from college. At a time when many have given up on public education – and the future of inner-city children – KIPP schools are raising expectations. Our students are outperforming their peers and advancing toward college because we set high standards, inspire achievement, and instill confidence.
KIPP OAK CLIFF ACADEMY OVERVIEW
We engage as conscious leaders, rooting our efforts in an understanding of self and others. Through a rigorous interdisciplinary, inquiry-based education, we will navigate and impact the social, economic, and political landscape of our local and global community.
Perspective ∙ Patience ∙ Perseverance ∙ Precision ∙ Principle
At KIPP Oak Cliff Academy we will be unafraid to confront the world unveiled. We will engage actively and respectfully through multiple perspectives. We will focus on consistently accurate and extensive academic content. We will rise by lifting ourselves and others. We will navigate ambiguity across social, economic and political, local and global contexts, acknowledging, supporting, and challenging the notion of truth. Self-awareness will grow our pride. Collaboration will inspire our hope. Reflection will build our confidence. A commitment to improvement and an ever expanding consciousness of our racial and ethnic identities will drive our optimism as we embrace and freely engage in the learning environment.
- A critical consciousness of our identity and personal narrative fuels passion and drive
- A strong understanding of self is key to accessing our intellectual and social capacity
- No two days, no two people, and no two places are the same. Our ability to navigate through differences is fundamental to our co-existence
- A strong balance between precise thinking and articulate communication can generate and sustain multifaceted relationships
- Teaching and learning is not an individual endeavor. We teach and learn as part of a team, recognizing and celebrating our collective effort
- Challenges and obstacles are part of the learning process. We creatively problem solve and find a way or make one to get our students and families what they need
- Excellence is obtainable through deliberate practice, giving and receiving feedback, and constant reflection
- In the power of our broader community. We actively and learn from and seek partnerships that will support our students, their families, and our vision
Through a deep rooted belief and commitment to our school vision and values, Founding Special Education Teachers are 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. Whatever it takes. No excuses.
- Express comfort with people who are both similar to and different from them and engage respectfully with all people
- Develop language and knowledge to accurately and respectfully describe how people (including themselves) are both similar to and different from each other and others in their identity group(s)
- Respectfully express curiosity about the history and lived experiences of others and will exchange ideas and beliefs in an open-minded way
- Respond to cultural diversity by building empathy, respect, understanding and connection
- Examine cultural diversity in social, economic and political contexts rather than in ways that are superficial or oversimplified
- Create bonds with each other, our families, our community, and our students through a sincere desire to understand others
- Believe that all students can and will learn
- Are eager and continuous learners of their content matter and of the broader community
- See students as people first and demonstrate respect, love, and joy for the people they are and will become. Our students and families should know that we love what we do
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Collaborate with 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
- Lead professional development for grade level teams and the school
- Plan and teach small groups in the general/special education setting
- 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 academic gains for students
- Manage additional resources and support (OT/PT, etc.), where necessary
- Monitor and lead all IEP processes; serve as lead communicator with teachers and school leader
- Coordinate dissemination of information on student needs to school leader and teachers
- Maintain all documentation and records for individual students; ensure confidentiality in reporting
- Monitor for compliance with state and federal laws, ensuring consistent, fail-safe and quality documentation; provide comprehensive, work with staff to provide holistic reporting of student performance data to principal; serve as lead contact for authorized visits
- Advise teachers and school leader on accommodation processes for state and school-wide assessments
- Accommodate and/or modify a curriculum that is aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Standards (TEKS)
- 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
- Some teachers may manage and support other Special Education teachers and/or Paraprofessionals on the Special Education team
- Perform other job-related duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree, required
- State of Texas Special Education teaching certification, preferred
- At least two years’ experience as a special populations educator in middle or high school classrooms in a traditionally disenfranchised community, required
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental certification or commitment to work towards ESL certification, required
- State of Texas teaching certification in content or commitment to enroll in preferred Texas certification program, preferred
- Demonstrated strong achievement results and documented growth with students on IEP goals, benchmarks, standardized tests, fluency measures, and reading assessments, required
- Spanish-speaking proficiency, preferred
- Instructional day: 8:24AM to 4:30PM
- Work day: Once a week, 7:00AM to 5PM. All other days, 7:45AM to 5PM
- Extended school year: Students attend from mid-August through early June
- Professional Development:
- Summer: 3 ½ weeks from mid-July through mid-August
- School year: Ongoing on a weekly basis, with the exception of monthly “wellness” days (Early release at 3:00PM)
Salary for this position is competitive and dependent upon prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Position will have periods of extended work week hours, which is required to support both the ongoing development of the school and the delivery of high quality education for all students.
The physical demands characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Position may require limited travel, periodic participation in activities to support the school vision, and long periods of standing and sitting.
The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies. Duties may be changed at the discretion of KIPP DFW at any time.
Please submit application, cover letter, and resume online at www.kippdfw.org/careers, including contact information for three references, including at least one current/former supervisor. For more information on KIPP, please visit www.kipp.org.
KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.
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