Middle School Special Education Teacher (2019-2020) [Immediate Hire] (#1917452)
Special Education Teacher DSST Public Schools (DSST) seeks a Special Education Teacher to join one of the leading charter school organizations in the nation. We serve 6-12th grade students across Denver and Aurora. Our mission is to transform urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century. Overview of Position: DSST Public Schools seeks teachers with a track-record of raising student achievement to join a team of educators dedicated to providing a rigorous college preparatory program to a diverse population. Our teachers are leaders who play an integral role in ensuring student success through supporting our school culture, developing and instructing a rigorous core curriculum, and using data to drive their daily practice. Our Special Education teachers see and grow the potential of all students by providing differentiated support and by building inclusive spaces and strong relationships with each student and family.
DSST Special Education teachers ensure that all students with disabilities are welcomed, known and challenged through rigorous academic instruction to achieve their most ambitious post-secondary path. Our teachers provide instruction at the large group, small group and individual level, and collaborate with general education staff for successful inclusion of students. Teachers may teach multiple grades or subjects. We will inquire about your grade level and campus specific preference at the time of interview.
Instruction • Plan and complete intellectual prep for co-teaching, push-in and pull-out classes. • Lead team in providing appropriate accommodations and modifications and ensuring consistency with implementation. • Focus constantly on student learning, thinking critically and strategically to respond to the needs of exceptional learners. • Ensure that students with disabilities receive a high number of learning at bats and practice opportunities in all classrooms. • Design and administer rigorous, standards-based assessments and use assessment data to refine curriculum and instruction. • Ensure students with disabilities receive all modifications and accommodations on assessments, including district and classroom-specific assessments • Monitor student progress by assessing and reporting on individualized education goals.
Collaboration and Communication • Provide each general education teacher with information regarding each student’s disability and unique needs. • Collaborate with colleagues to ensure that students are receiving all IEP mandated services. • Consult with and support grade level teammates to ensure students receive accommodations and modifications in all classes. • Attend house/grade level meetings at least once a month and advocate for student needs.
Case Management • Lead team in managing services for students on their caseload. • Develop and implement students’ IEPs including progress monitoring IEP goals. • Complete all IEPs and evaluations before Annual or Triennial deadlines. • Complete progress reports by the end of each trimester and send home copies to families. • Build strong relationships with students and families through frequent contact and support.
Culture • Collaborate with each student’s advisor to serve as a second trusted adult for students on their caseload by being a go-to and point person for the student as well as the family. • Advocate for the needs of students on their caseload and inclusive practices schoolwide. • Collaborate with culture leaders to educate all staff on how to best support students with disabilities so all staff feel equipped to support our students.
School Life - Model, live, and reinforce the school’s core values and policies inside and outside the classroom. - Build strong relationships with colleagues and leadership. - Provide feedback and coaching to center program paraprofessionals and staff. - Model inclusionary practices and facilitate problem solving to enhance inclusion. - Perform as an advisor to a group of advisees by overseeing their academic and student life. This responsibility includes taking attendance, holding regular conferences, meeting with advisee’s parents and communicating with students and parents regularly, leading reading circles, overseeing digital portfolios, and overseeing advisory competition activities.
Professional Development - Participate in weekly feedback sessions with an instructional coach. - Devote the necessary time and energy required to master the craft of teaching. To be open to innovative approaches to teaching and to feedback from colleagues and school administration. - Actively participate in the school’s professional development programs including data analysis and planning, leading and participating in best practice sessions, peer coaching, and attending conferences. Additional Duties:
School Life - Model, live, and reinforce the school’s core values and policies inside and outside the classroom with colleagues, students, parents, and the larger community - Serve as a recruiter for new students; actively engage prospective families in an effort to draw more students to choose your school; be willing to take on additional tasks to support recruitment, as needed
Student Advisor - Serve as an advisor to a small group of advisees by overseeing their academic and student life - Checking homework completion - Holding regular academic and behavioral conferences - Meeting & communicating with families regularly - Leading weekly Advisory activities and lessons - If applicable, leading reading and culture circles
Grade level teammate • Participate in weekly meetings to support student culture and academics for the whole grade • Participate in data tracking and observations for students via Multi-tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) • Participate in planning and execution of grade level events
Weekly Staff Meetings - Participate in weekly whole school staff meetings to support school culture and teacher initiatives - Participate in planning and proctoring extra teacher responsibilities throughout the week, as needed - Lunch Duty, Morning Duty, After School Duty, Enrichment, Academic Interventions (College Prep, Mandatory Tutoring), Hallway duty, etc. - Behavioral Support Intervention (depending on campus) - Refocus, silent lunch, core values point system, etc. - Act as a substitute teacher if necessary
**there may be additional duties depending on the DSST campus** - College Prep - Mandatory Tutoring - Behavioral Support Intervention - Refocus
**There may be additional duties depending on the DSST campus** Job Requirements
Candidates are required to have a Bachelor's Degree. Applicants for Special Education teaching positions must meet the following requirements: Have both a teaching license and a special education endorsement: Type of License: A7- Special Education Teacher in Residence ATL- Alternative Teacher License ATLW- Alternative Teacher License Waiver INTL- Initial Teacher License PFTL- Professional Teacher License PFTM- Professional Teacher License- Master
License Endorsement: Special Education Generalist Special Education Specialist Teacher 1-Moderate Needs Teacher- Educationally Handicapped (EH)
Applicants for teaching positions in core subject areas should generally meet the following requirements:
Commitments: Commitment to Equity - We believe that if we actively commit to equitable and inclusive practices aligned to our mission and values, our students and staff will achieve at high levels. Commitment to Continuous Growth - We believe that if we foster our own growth mindsets, our students and staff will develop a commitment to continuous improvement and thus maximize their potential. Commitment to Healthy Team - We believe that if we commit to modeling and fostering healthy teams, our students and staff will achieve a collective success that surpasses that of the individuals Drives to Results - We believe if we strategically develop systems and people with a driven sense of urgency and focus on results, our students and staff will achieve ambitious goals. Classification: Exempt Reports to: School Director
Compensation and Benefits: DSST Public Schools is committed to providing our staff with benefit offerings that empower each of our employees to make the choices that best meet their individualized and personal needs while also keeping cost in mind. DSST Benefit highlights include: · Medical Plans offered through Aetna · $0 employee cost option! · Annual Health Savings Account (HSA) gift from DSST Public Schools · 2 Dental Plans options offered through Aetna Insurance and Vision through the Eyemed network · Employee Assistance and Counseling Support · 401(k) retirement plan with 5% annual gift from DSST regardless of personal contribution · Family and medical leave effective immediately (6 weeks paid, 6 weeks unpaid) · Access to additional discounts through our benefit partners exclusively for DSST staff *Candidates placed in Aurora Science & Tech. will be eligible for a PERA Retirement Plan Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active and may require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching throughout the day. The employee must lift and/or move items up to 30 pounds. The employee must have sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. DSST Public Schools proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Denver School of Science and Technology does not exclude participation in, deny benefits to or discriminate on the basis of, ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. (Protected Classes).
DSST Public Schools does not unlawfully discriminate against a member of a Protected Class in admission or access to, or terms and conditions of employment, or in its programs and activities. DSST Public Schools shall operate as an equal opportunity employer and will provide and safeguard the opportunity for all persons to seek, obtain, hold and advance in employment within DSST without discrimination. DSST shall actively promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive, aggressive, continuing affirmative action program.
Further, DSST Public Schools affirms the rights of all Protected Classes to be free from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm and/or harassment. DSST Public Schools shall inform students, parents, employees and the general public each school year that the educational programs, activities and employment opportunities offered by DSST are offered without regard to ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. The announcement shall also include the name/title, address and telephone number of the person designated to coordinate Title IX and Section 504 and ADA compliance activities.
Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact the Assistant Superintendent or Human Resources.