HS Special Education Teacher/Case Manager at Maya Angelou Public Charter School SY 16-17

Posted by: Maya Angelou Schools and See Forever Foundation

Washington, DC, US

The Organization

Since it began operating in 1997, the See Forever Foundation’s mission has been to create learning communities in lower income urban areas where all students, particularly those who have not succeeded in traditional schools, can succeed academically and socially. The Foundation operates the Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools in DC, as well as the Maya Angelou Academy at New Beginnings’ secure facility for committed youth in Laurel, MD. Our students develop the academic, social, and employment skills they need to build rewarding lives and promote positive change.

If you are interested in learning more about See Forever, please visit our website at www.seeforever.org.

The Touchstone

At the Maya Angelou Schools, the key to our success is rooted in building trusting, respectful and nurturing relationships with each other. We strive to create safe spaces for all to be able to reach their limitless potential. We are at our best when we work together to ensure the unique needs of our community are met. We empower each other to grow successfully so we can see forever! This is how we live the Maya Way, even when no one is watching.

Position Overview

Maya Angelou Public Charter High School is seeking teachers for all subjects to fill vacancies for the 2016-2017 school year. Maya Angelou Schools and See Forever Foundation operate three campuses serving students in 9th through 12th grades (high school diploma and/or GED) and are accepting applications for our high school campus.

Our special education teachers will work as co-teachers in the high school classrooms and will collaborate with content teachers to serve special education students. Students who are not identified as special education students may require academic remediation and need creative and careful instruction to accelerate their learning.

All teachers at MAPCS are expected to support the school-wide goals of emphasizing literacy and numeracy, helping students develop their critical thinking abilities, driving all students toward mastery and understanding, and helping students find their strengths and talents to use them to address weaknesses and overcome fears. There is an emphasis upon collecting and utilizing a broad range of data to drive instruction, upon weaving social justice themes into instructional content and assessment and collaborative team teaching to meet the needs of all of our students. In addition, MAPCS embraces a competency-based instructional program where students develop key skills and competencies to prepare them for postsecondary and career success.

Teacher Responsibilities:

  • Plan backward to align all lessons, activities, and assessments
  • Design assessments that accurately assess student progress and/or incorporate digital assessments
  • Identify and address individual students’ social, emotional, and behavioral learning needs and barriers
  • Communicate with students and keep them informed of their progress
  • Collaborate with other teachers, tutors, and lab monitor(s) to analyze data, group students, teach, and assign interventions
  • Participate in internal and external professional development opportunities
  • Assessing learning styles, modalities and interests of students and implement differentiated instruction to meet individual students’ needs
  • Work with general education teacher(s) to determine accommodations and modifications needed to meet the needs of students with disabilities in the general education classroom.
  • Co-plan with general education teachers and modify all lesson plans for various academic levels
  • Deliver student instruction in modalities instituted by school and assigned program (may include but are not limited to: Individual or Group Direct Synchronous Instruction, Learning Support, Life Skills Support, Itinerant Support, Resource Room Support, co-teaching, writing lesson plans, telephone conferencing and instruction, Parent Learning Opportunities).
  • Sponsor/Co-sponsor a student club/organization
  • Other duties as assigned

Case Manager Responsibilities:

  • Communicate with families regularly regarding grades, progress, and behavior
  • Facilitate IEP and Triennial Eligibility meetings
  • Notify all staff who have contact with the student regarding their individual responsibilities
  • Collect, analyze, and report data in a meaningful way
  • Complete all sections of IEP Progress section and Eligibility Determination sections in SEDS
  • Take copious notes in IEP, Eligibility, and MDT meetings to be faxed or uploaded into SEDS
  • Hold weekly meetings with students regarding academic and behavioral progress
  • Develop and Implement IEPs with measurable goals using Progress Monitoring.
  • Completes all special education paperwork accurately, according to regulations, and on time.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in special education, or a related degree with a heavy focus on literacy, basic computation or quantitative skills
  • Eligibility for certification in special education area
  • Teaching experience with youth at the secondary level
  • Familiarity with research-based instructional methods and curriculum development
  • Ability to work collaboratively to support student academic and personal development
  • Knowledge of student-centered instruction, performance based assessments and youth development principles
  • Highly-qualified as stipulated by No Child Left Behind in applicant’s core content area

Skills

In addition, teacher candidates should possess an unyielding belief that with the appropriate supports, coupled with high expectations, all students can significantly improve their academic skills, and can develop pro-social and culturally normative behaviors that will enable them to succeed at school and beyond. Candidates should also believe that all students have strengths and talents and that good teachers help students find them and use them to address weaknesses or overcome fears.

Competencies:

  • Honesty & Integrity: Does not cut corners ethically. Earns trust and maintains confidence. Does what is right, not just what is politically expedient. Speaks plainly and truthfully.
  • Analytical skills: able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it; exhibits a probing mind and achieves penetrating insights
  • Persistence: Demonstrates tenacity and willingness to go the distance to get something done.
  • Strategic thinking/visioning: Able to see and communicate the big picture in an inspiring way; determines opportunities and threats through comprehensive analysis of current and future trends
  • Flexibility/adaptability: Adjusts quickly to changing priorities and conditions; copes effectively with complexity and change
  • Enthusiasm: Exhibits passion and excitement over work. Has can do attitude.

Salary and Benefits

Our salaries are comparable to those of other public charter schools in the District of Columbia area. We also offer relocation funds in some cases. In addition, See Forever offers a robust benefits plan, including health care coverage, a 403(b) retirement savings plan, and the opportunity to positively impact students with a broad range of experiences and backgrounds.

Via:: Idealist