Middle School Special Education Teacher
About Great Oaks Charter Schools
The mission of the Great Oaks Foundation is to launch and support a network of charter schools that prepare students for college success through high-dosage tutoring. By design, our schools contribute to the vitality of the urban neighborhoods where they are located by attracting and creating social, human and investment capital.
What sets Great Oaks schools apart from other college preparatory charters is our high-dosage tutoring model; the Great Oaks Tutor Corps is a selective cadre of recent college graduates who deliver at least two hours of individualized instruction to every student every day. This academic model was inspired by the Match School of Boston, which has a proven track record of success in preparing students for college success using the Tutor Corps model.
The Great Oaks Foundation has successfully replicated this model in Newark, NJ and New York, NY, Bridgeport, CT and Wilmington, DE.We are seeking hard-working, tenacious people who share the belief that all students deserve a high-quality education.
About Great Oaks Charter School – Wilmington
The Great Oaks (GO) Charter School - Wilmington opened in downtown Wilmington in the fall of 2015. This school year, Great Oaks – Wilmington serves 550 in 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grades. Great Oaks - Wilmington will grow to serve students in all grades from 6th-12th by adding on one grade level each year until we reach full enrollment.
Great teachers are at the heart of what we do, and are the key to our students’ college success. The Special Education Teacher is responsible for ensuring that every student at Great Oaks is supported in their academic development. He/she will be responsible for maintaining records for students with special needs, participating in IEP implementation and evaluation, co-teaching, scheduling services, and will be responsible for ensuring that students with special needs receive the proper accommodations within the classroom and during tutorial sessions. He/she will also work closely with classroom teachers to develop assessments that are aligned to the Common Core standards, analyze student results, and work with teachers to make data-driven curricular decisions. All teachers will also take on additional responsibilities around the school such as advisory, lunch duty, enrichment classes, and after school activities. Our most successful teachers are those who operate with a team mindset – we are all in this work together and it will take each and every one of us to achieve college success for our students.
Throughout the year, the Special Education Teacher will:
Ensure that the school is meeting the needs of all students by:
- Facilitating necessary testing for placement
- Reviewing the needs of incoming students, and monitoring student performance data
- Maintaining consistent communications with families regarding student progress
- Facilitating the evaluation/reevaluation process
- Leading tutorial groups, co-teaching sessions, intervention programs, and professional development sessions
- Ensuring that all general education teachers and tutors know and understand the needs of their students with special needs and appropriate accommodations to use
- Clearly and consistently communicating and upholding school rules, values, and expectations in and out of the classroom
- Setting an urgent, respectful, and positive tone in the classroom
- Displaying extraordinary time management to maximize student learning and sense of urgency
- Building relationships with students that communicate that succeeding in college is important, that the student can do it, and that we will not give up on a student
- Demonstrating solid knowledge and understanding of the content matter
- Using a multitude of instructional strategies that are academically rigorous and highly engaging
- Working with the Dean of Instruction to create a year-long, standards-aligned, academic plan
- Executing detailed, scripted lesson plans mapped to a year-long plan to address learning needs
- Taking responsibility for student progress; constantly working to respond to students’ needs
- Tracking and analyzing student data both publicly and internally to identify learning needs
- Using student achievement data to set ambitious goals for the students
- Planning and implementing strategies to achieve targets related to student learning outcomes
- Collaborating with other teachers to develop and revise curriculum based on assessment data
- “GRIT” – must have the ability to persevere and succeed at a challenging task
- Relationship-building; must show evidence of building and leveraging strong relationships
- Relentlessness – must be willing to do whatever it takes to constantly improve student achievement, including occasional evening and weekend commitments
- Communicate Effectively – must be able to clearly communicate with peers and supervisors
- At least two years of teaching experience in an urban school with a proven track record of improving student achievement
- Special Education Certification issued by the state of Delaware
- A strong academic record with a bachelor’s degree from a competitive college or university required; advanced degree in subject area preferred
- Extremely strong classroom management abilities
- A strong belief that all students can succeed
- Exceptional ability to respond well to feedback and implement it immediately