SPED Certified Teacher 2022-2023
Epic Charter Schools
Job Title: Special Education Teacher, 1:1
Reports To: Principal
Compensation Range: Paid on a per student basis; bonus paid based on the criteria outlined in the EpicU bonus training.
We are a unique learning environment that provides a non-traditional educational setting utilizing Internet- based, individualized self-paced instruction provided in nearly any location in Oklahoma. Epic Teachers are remotely based and travel to the student’s home or other designated location to work with each student and meet with parents on a regular basis throughout the year. Each of our students is assigned only one teacher for a personalized, one-on-one approach to learning.
Successful candidates should also have the following experiences and characteristics:-Have an eagerness to learn and a growth mindset;
-Hold exceptionally high standards for the quality of work and a reflex to improve at every turn;
-Have well-developed emotional intelligence and moral character;
-Possess an ability to build strong relationships, thoughtfully navigate challenging situations, and get excellent results from others; and
-Have problem-solving and clear communication skills.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.-Work with assigned students to provide instruction in a virtual learning environment
-Provide learning experiences and teach students in pre-reading, reading, language arts, social studies, mathematics, science and other electives.
-Use technology as an everyday tool for teaching, learning and communicating
-Directs the distribution of curriculum to students
-Teach students and their families how to use online curriculum and supplemental curriculum
-Provide consultation and/or technical assistance to students and families
-Adapt instruction and curriculum to the needs of the student
-Serves as a liaison between the school and family
-Assists families with the interpretation of Epic Charter School’s policies and procedures
-Communicate with each student through Zoom, instant message, email, and/or phone on an as needed basis
-Meet with each student for face to face instruction at a minimum of every three weeks for regular education students and weekly for those on an IEP unless otherwise directed by the family.
-Work to coordinate, schedule, assess and implement appropriate instruction for each student
-Conducts assessments of student needs, including those with English as a second language
-Counsels with students to promote self-awareness, self-identity and positive social and academic skills
-Promote parental involvement in the learning process and parental responsibility
-Identify opportunities for additional tutoring for assigned students
-Communicate with parents, in a professional manner, through conferences and other means to discuss the student’s progress and interpret the school program.
-Assist students and families to select credited course work to advance the student towards graduation
-Perform administrative tasks for day-to-day management including: tracking student grades, managing schedules and meetings, conferring with the school, while scheduling and monitoring student course progress
-Translate lesson plans into learning experiences so as to best utilize the available time for instruction.
-Review course work for every student
-Design, deliver, evaluate and revise a planned sequential developmentally appropriate program in accordance to district standards and indicators.
-Select and requisition books, instructional aids, instructional supplies for the student and assist with the collection of school property when the relationship between the school and the student ends
-Closely monitor and review student transcripts
-Maintain grades on the required database for school record
-Systematically develop, deliver and evaluate student planning Pre-K through 12th grade addressing academic goal setting and transition plans
-Develop and follow Individual Learning Plans to assist in developing measurable goals for continuous improvement of assigned students
-Stay current with relevant research and teaching/learning trends as required to improve academic achievement
-Understand school resources
-Maintain updated curriculum training
-Analyze data to evaluate the effectiveness of curriculum and teaching methods
-Develop guides and other support materials necessary for relevant programs while locating additional learning resources
-Work closely with other teachers in the development of lesson plans that encompass the use of technology
-Monitor progress of small groups using DIBELS Assessment
-Formulate new strategies to ensure that teaching to Epic Charter School standards is evident throughout the academic school year
-Meet with the family and special education team twice a year to address IEP paperwork within a timely manner so as to remain in compliance with the Oklahoma State Department of Education
-Type IEP’s twice a year and update monthly
-Give student grades based on IEP modifications
-Give accommodation information to the testing coordinator
-Attend IEP meetings
-Identify potential at-risk students using common risk factors and frequently observed characteristics
-Design interventions for individual students
-Assess student behavioral needs
-Ensure that proper placement is provided for students with special learning needs
-Provide assistance for parents of students identified as being at risk
-Be an adult advocate for assigned students
-Inform students and parents about pertinent test results, academic programming, behavior intervention strategies and their implications to the overall academic success
-Identify opportunities for additional tutoring for assigned students
-Work with parents to use positive behavioral techniques to strengthen the student’s ability to succeed academically in a positive manner
-Emphasize the use of proactive, educative and reinforcement-based strategies to achieve meaningful outcomes
-Report suspected child abuse/neglect
Supervisory Responsibilities:-There are no supervisory responsibilities for this position.
Education and/or Experience-Bachelor's Degree in Education or a related field required
Qualifications-Ability to collect and analyze data from a variety of sources
-Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
-Demonstrated ability to think creatively and demonstrates leadership abilities
-Ability to build effective relationships, work collaboratively and gain credibility quickly to instill confidence of teaching ability
-Strong decision making, organizational, planning, analytical and problem solving skills.
-Use effective positive interpersonal communication skills
-Resolve issues and conflicts
-Strong technology skills in up-to-date computer software including Zoom, word processing and spreadsheets
-Current on new instructional technologies
-Ability to coach, mentor and teach students ages 4 – 21
-Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others
-Demonstrates self-discipline and initiative
-Passionate commitment to the mission of school choice
-Ability to maintain professional confidentiality and comply with FERPA guidelines
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to communicate effectively with students, families and coworkers, both verbally and in writing. Ability to effectively present information to students, families and supervisor.
Basic math skills required
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Google applications, Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Must have a high aptitude to learn new software as necessary for the business operations of the school.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
-Current driver's license and valid car insurance
-Google certification preferred
-Valid Oklahoma Teaching Certificate - Standard or Alternative (not Emergency) - in one of the following areas:
-Severe /Profound Disabilities
-Must be able to pass a state-mandated background check after a conditional offer of employment is made
-Must have favorable employment references
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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Epic Teachers are remotely based and travel to the student’s home or other designated location to work with each student and meet with parents on a regular basis throughout the year. This requires spending a significant amount of time in the car, driving in various conditions and at various times of day. The noise level is quiet to moderately loud (when students are present.)