Special Education Teacher
SCHOLAR SUPPORT TEACHER
Who We Are
Achievement Prep is a college-preparatory public charter school network committed to historically underserved communities of Southeast Washington, DC. However, Achievement Prep isn’t just a school. We are a promise of progress. A promise to change the lives of our scholars, our community, and our future generations for the better. We promise to be the educational fuel that ignites a love for learning and knowledge. We believe that our teachers and faculty are the keys to closing the achievement gap. Not only do they encompass our vision but believe in it and live by it to help create the most impactful environment possible. Change begins now. Change begins here. Our mission is to prepare students to excel as high-achieving scholars and leaders in high school, college and beyond.
What You Will Do
Serving our star scholars, Achievement Prep Scholar Support (Special Education) Teachers seek to eliminate the achievement gap everyday by supporting scholars with IEPs (Star Scholars) via push-in and pull-out services. Scholar Support Teachers are a part of a determined team of educators who push one another to create and sustain an outstanding environment for teaching and learning characterized by joyful rigor. As the content expert for her/his scholars, the Scholar Support Teacher is driven by the belief that the quality of instruction has the most immediate impact on Achievement Prep’s ability to achieve our mission.
Reporting to the Director of Scholar Support, you will:
Your Work Matters!
Every week, you will…Be the content expert!
- Serve as expert in differentiating ELA, Math, or other disciplines as needed for star scholars daily
- Modify and implement a coherent, research-based curriculum
- Supplement curricular materials to enhance scholar learning experience
- Support in the design, refinement, and implementation of ongoing assessment, data collection and data analysis to ensure mastery of standards across content areas
- Utilize a variety of assessment data to adjust short-and long-term plans, refine curriculum, and diversify instructional practice to meet scholars’ learning needs
- Participate in the development of and implementation of scholars’ Individualized Education Program (IEP), Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA), and/or Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs)
- Work with leadership to set data-driven academic goals and outcomes for self and scholars, monitor progress, and adjust as necessary towards the same
- Exhibit an unwavering commitment to high academic achievement and character development in our scholars
- Embody our core values of Determination, Respect, Enthusiasm, Accountability, and Mastery
- Create, monitor, and sustain a disciplined classroom culture of high academic and behavioral standards
- Adhere to classroom and school-wide behavior management systems with fidelity to reinforce rules, incentivize positive behavior, and dis-incentivize negative behavior
- Hold yourself and peers accountable to create and sustain an outstanding environment for teaching and learning
- Collaborate, plan and co-teach with Scholar Support (SPED) Teachers
Every week, you will…Be the “Family Whisperer”!
- Establish and maintain relationships with scholars and families based on trust and respect
- Communicate effectively, proactively, and often with families to communicate scholar progress, triumphs, and challenges
- Call and/or meet immediately with parents/guardians when scholar grades decline significantly or when a scholar is failing
- Attend and support monthly Family Nights/events that invite families into the building
Every week, you will…Grow!
- Collaborate, co-plan, and co-teach with general education teachers
- Work with colleagues on a daily basis to improve scholar achievement
- Improve professional practice through regular formal and informal observations, weekly coaching sessions, weekly professional development and data-driven reflection
- Participate actively in weekly professional development sessions, grade-level meetings, content team meetings and other opportunities to analyze scholar work, data, and goals.
- Receive continuous feedback from peers and school leaders on your practice and be expected to give the same
To be considered, you will need...
- Appropriate credentials
- Bachelor’s degree in special education
- Bachelor’s degree in any field with teaching license or passing Praxis scores in special education
- 1+ years of experience as a special education teacher of record in a K – 4 setting
- 1+ years of experience working with children in historically underserved communities
It would be nice for you to have...
- A Master’s degree in education
- Experience with developing and implementing Present Levels of Performances and IEP goals
- Experience with using Special Education Database System (SEDs)
You’ll be a great fit if…
- You understand the power of education and have seen that power manifested either in your life or in the lives of others.
- You are committed to serving historically underserved and marginalized communities knowing that your work is part of a larger ecosystem committed to transforming tomorrow today. .
- You believe in a quality public education for all and are determined to serve every child that comes your way.
- You are unapologetically mission driven and will do whatever it takes to advance the work and ensure scholar achievement.
- You are excited about not just the work, but doing the work at Achievement Prep.
- You are a results-driven educator who holds scholars to consistently high academic and behavior expectations because you know they can rise to the challenge and grow up to change the world.
- The grind of our mission ignites you to look for or create the joy in your day-to-day and want to work with others who do, too.
You’re Worth It!
Our teachers are worth more than gold, they’re platinum!
- Development: Teachers receive ongoing (weekly or bi-weekly) development from school leaders:
- Formal and informal observations and feedback
- 1:1 meetings to discuss teaching practice, scholar data, curriculum, and goals
- Content team meetings
- Wednesday afternoon professional development tailored to teacher needs
- Compensation & Benefits: Achievement Prep offers highly competitive compensation and benefits
- Our lead teachers are competitively compensated among public school teachers in Washington, D.C.
- Medical, vision, dental benefits
- Flexible spending accounts for transit, dependent care, and medical expenses
- 401k with automatic immediate employer matching up to 4%
- It Pays to Stay: Upon completion of 2 full school years of service, employees become eligible for annual loyalty incentives
- Gifts and Achievement Prep swag
Achievement Prep encourages individuals of all identities and backgrounds to apply for this position. We are an equal opportunity employer fully committed to hiring a talented and diverse group of individuals. Achievement Prep does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.