Special Education Teacher (#250419)
About Purpose Prep Purpose Preparatory Academy Charter School is an academically challenging, disciplined, and joyful elementary school in Nashville, TN. Through rigorous curriculum, high-quality instruction, and positive character development, Purpose Preparatory Academy ensures that all Kindergarten through grade four students achieve the academic skills, knowledge, and ethical foundation to be set on the path to college. Be the Special Education Teacher at Purpose Prep. Change the World. The Special Education Teacher ensures the successful mastery of Purpose Prep’s rigorous academic program for all students, focusing specifically on students with academic learning gaps or deficiencies and students with disabilities through the provision of strategic and intensive supports. The Special Education Teacher possesses the unwavering belief that all students at Purpose Prep, regardless of deficits or disabilities, can achieve greatness and provides effective academic, emotional, and physical services to students to support their mastery of Purpose Prep’s academic and character program. Qualifications Purpose Prep has launched an urgent search for a dedicated, intelligent, hard-working Special Education Teacher. We will consider candidates who: Embody Purpose Prep’s mission, vision, and RISE with Purpose values (Purpose, Respect, Integrity, Self-Determination, Excellence) Believe that there is not a more urgent task than providing an outstanding academic and character education to students from urban backgrounds Take ownership for the achievement results of their students Have a track record of producing dramatic, demonstrable student achievement gains or comparable results in their current field Work well within a team of high-performers Are goal-driven, analytical problem solvers, and embody a can-do spirit and strong work ethic Promote continuous improvement by being open to feedback; are self-reflective and humble Willingness and flexibility to adapt to schedule changes to best support scholars Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues. Bachelor’s degree is required TN State Certification preferred but not required Responsibilities: Embody Purpose Prep’s mission, vision, and RISE with Purpose values Demonstrate unwavering commitment to the success of underperforming, disabled students Implement ambitious, rigorous, and standards-aligned curricula, lesson and unit plans, and activities to meet and exceed academic standards Participate in collaborative curriculum development process Implement rigorous assessments aligned to academic targets Provide engaging, differentiated, appropriately paced, and rigorous instruction in whole-class, small group, and individual settings. Uphold school-wide and class systems, rules and consequences, disciplinary codes, and rewards at all times Analyze student achievement data collaboratively with colleagues and Head of School to critically and strategically respond to the learning needs of students Create, conduct, and monitor the successful implementation of 504 Plans and Academic Intervention Plans and Schedules Facilitate Support Team Meetings to ensure intervention plans are created for scholars who need additional behavioral support Serve as a Special Education Case Manager; create Individualized Education Plans and manage compliance paperwork Implement data tracking system and use data to inform instructional development and delivery Excellent verbal and written skills Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues. Collaborate with other staff members and actively participate in training, professional development and learning activities Work to continuously improve effectiveness in all instructional practices. Use feedback to make productive changes in performance Complete all administrative requirements by given deadlines Be accountable for students’ mastery of academic standards Participate in additional school activities including field trips, intensive academic support sessions, and other required programs as needed throughout year. Participate in school-related community events, such as recruitment fairs, canvassing events, and fundraiser events as needed throughout the year Compensation: We offer a competitive compensation package, including a salary above the district scale and comprehensive health benefits.