Academic Instructor, Special Education
LEAD Charter School is Hiring an Academic Instructor
Subject Area: K-12 Special Education
LEAD Charter School, seeks a high quality educator to join the efforts of a community that’s poised to transform equity through opportunity for young people in Newark as our Academic Instructor.
About LEAD: New Jersey’s first single sourced charter high school, designed to serve students ages 16-21 in grades 9-12 in Newark, NJ to master the essential skills crucial for success in career, postsecondary education, and community leadership. LEAD implements the YouthBuild Model, a guiding initiative under the Newark Opportunity Youth Network, (NOYN) which entails assurance of Graduate Success, Vocation skills, Rigorous and Relevant Education, comprehensive student support services and Leadership Development.
LEAD Charter School is committed to providing our students with a holistic approach through their transformative journey to become leaders within their own lives, their families and within their community. Through applied learning opportunities with partner organizations and corporations, LEAD prepares students to compete in the local economy and/or transition to postsecondary education. To learn more about LEAD, please visit: http://leadcharterschool.org/.
Our Values: At LEAD we acknowledge that the collective will of the community is the greatest force conceivable, which is why all staff embody our core values of Appreciation, Love, Dignity, Respect and Faith. Staff who want to work at LEAD should expect and be willing to raise the bar and challenge young people to reach the best versions of themselves—and should also expect to receive feedback, collaboration, and support from all colleagues in order to help them meet these challenges.
Position Summary: Academic Instructors at LEAD have:
- The commitment, energy, and heart needed to excel in our classrooms
- Knowledge of their role and demonstrate the ability to use diverse resources to plan and structure engaging learning opportunities
- An eagerness to contribute and collaborate with members of our team in order to develop a learning organization in which individual skills, attributes, and experiences are celebrated and highlighted.
REPORTS TO: Head of School
- Bachelors or related field
- State of New Jersey (Secondary Level) Teaching Certification in Subject Area or in the process of attainment
- Classroom experience with disconnected young adults who have dropped out of high school or similar group
- Ability (ideally experience) to prepare students to pass high stakes tests (i.e. TASC, NWEA, etc.)
- Ability to support, inspire, and motivate 16-24 year-old students to learn subject specific academic skills
- Ability to work with a diverse, multicultural staff and students
- Familiarity with alternative education and school-to-career practices
- Demonstrated success in raising student achievement with underserved populations in construction training or related field.
- Strong commitment to youth and ability to work effectively with parents.
- Commitment to NOYN school model and implementation with fidelity.
- Experience with and/or training in working with youth with special needs
- Ability to teach basic computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and incorporate computer skills across curricula
- Bilingual skills helpful and appreciated
- Ability to administer differentiated instruction to students of varying abilities (range of 4th to 12th grade level with most in the 6th to 9th grade-level range).
- Displays proficiency at identifying common sets of instructional goals and expectations, and a general plan for implementation.
- Provides ongoing assessment to determine which students are in need of additional or different types of teaching, and which would benefit from accelerated or enriched instruction. Uses dynamic assessment methodologies to identify student’s subject area mastery.
- Exhibits, through lesson planning and classroom management, the ability to acknowledge the common needs of students, while simultaneously recognizing their differences in ability, interest, and potential for growth in a particular subject area or skill.
- Demonstrates ability to develop and implement New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS)-based mechanisms to meet students’ individual needs and challenge each to reach their full potential. Incorporate civic engagement, leadership, job-readiness, and other life skills-related program competencies throughout.
- In conjunction with vocational and other instructors, design and implement cross-curricular instruction.
- Utilize formal and informal assessment strategies. Assess proficiencies and deficiencies; develop and execute lessons to meet multiple needs of learners – specifically identifying gaps and developing plans to fill the gaps.
- Employs flexible grouping to reinforce cooperative learning or other methods that encourage peers to learn from each other while simultaneously preparing students for success in State-mandated tests (e.g. NWEA, TASC, etc.) that will foster college and career readiness skills.
- Incorporates other skilled professionals and paraprofessionals (team teaching methodologies) into the educational milieu. Demonstrates acumen creating and maintaining a dynamic classroom environment for hard-to-reach populations.
- May work on 3-person interdisciplinary team as representative sharing classroom performance insight and developing individualized learning plans. Works hand-in-hand with Case Managers and Vocational Instructors to ensure that educational instruction is consistent with the individual learning plan for each student.
- Displays a high level of effort and commitment to performing work; operates effectively within the organizational structure; demonstrates trustworthiness and responsible behavior.
- Serves on 3-person interdisciplinary team as representative sharing worksite performance insight and developing individualized learning plans. Works hand-in-hand with Advocate Counselors and Academic Instructors to ensure that vocational instruction is consistent with the individual learning plan for each student.
- Works toward professional growth and meets the role model standards of a youth development practitioner and educator.
- Displays respect towards the rights and feelings of students, thereby encouraging students to develop attitudes of respect for the rights, feelings, opinions and property of others.
- Accurately maintains appropriate student records and submits required reports within designated time limits.
- Effectively contributes to the execution of the student registration process which is inclusive of Mental Toughness planning, facilitation and reflection activities.
- Participate in weekly education team meetings, full-staff meetings, interdisciplinary team meetings, and other small group/special project meetings, as assigned.
- Adheres to and promotes the philosophy and objectives of the school and the Board of Trustees.
- Performs such other duties as may be assigned by school staff in accordance with the contractual agreement or policies of the Board of Trustees.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
Twelve-month employee. Salary based on experience and board approval.
Performance of this job will be evaluated annually in accordance with the board's policy on evaluation.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Schedule a visit by emailing Shabani Stewart at email@example.com