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Middle School Special Education Teacher

KIPP Austin Public Schools
Job Description
To learn more about our middle schools, tune into a webinar recording from last spring featuring KIPP Austin's middle school principals: www.tinyurl.com/middlewebrec.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Special Education Teacher is responsible for ensuring that all special education students receive comprehensive, compassionate and equitable services in order to achieve breakthrough academic achievement and character development.  The Special Education Teacher will serve as an intervention specialist to assist teachers in helping every child meet grade level goals and will oversee the program and systems for all students who receive special education services. All KIPP Austin staff has a responsibility for ensuring that every KIPP Austin student achieves the academic skills, intellectual habits and character traits necessary to succeed in the nation’s top colleges and universities.
 

QUALIFICATIONS:
  • At least 2 years of experience working as a special education teacher (preferred) in an urban school (preferred)
  • Experience with and strong knowledge of local and national special education laws and mandates
  • An active, valid Texas Standard Special Education certification or Probationary Special Education certification
  • Bachelor’s degree (required); Master’s degree (preferred)
 
COMPETENCIES:
  • Unwavering commitment to KIPP Austin’s mission, students, families, and community
  • Strong record of helping students achieve academic success, primarily with minority and low-income students
  • Strong desire to teach an academically intense curriculum and commit to an extended school day, week, and year
  • Desire to continuously learn and increase effectiveness as a teacher and professional; offer and receive constructive feedback
  • Willingness to be flexible and to go above and beyond to meet the needs of KIPP Austin students
 
OUTCOMES:
  • Increase student growth and achievement
  • Meet desired goals/benchmarks on Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and district-wide, state, and national assessments and measures of growth
  • Ensure growth, development, and demonstration of character traits and KIPP Austin values
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Work with a team in a two-way immersion language educational program that promotes English and Spanish biliteracy and bilingualism
  • Collaborate with teachers to develop effective whole group practices, small group interventions, and individualized learning activities
  • Assist teachers with tracking data to determine the effectiveness of interventions
  • Lead professional development for grade level teams and the school (Chair)
  • Plan and teach small groups during guided reading
  • Develop, coordinate and track individual student plans for all special services
  • Provide direct student support through small group instruction and inclusion in the general education classroom
  • Collaborate with teachers so that they provide instructional support that leads to dramatic academic gains for students
  • Manage additional resources and support (OT/PT, etc.), where necessary (Chair)
  • Monitor and lead all IEP processes; serve as lead communicator with teachers and principal (Chair)
  • Coordinate dissemination of information on student needs to principal and teachers
  • Maintain all documentation and records for individual students; ensure confidentiality in reporting
  • Monitor for compliance with state and federal laws, ensuring consistent, fail-safe and quality documentation; provide comprehensive, work with staff to provide holistic reporting of student performance data to principal; serve as lead contact for authorized visits (Chair)
  • Advise teachers and principal on accommodation processes for state and school-wide assessments
  • Accommodate and/or modify a curriculum that is aligned with the standards of KIPP Austin and Texas
  • Assess individual student’s progress and learning needs; demonstrate a relentless focus on helping students achieve
  • Communicate students’ progress toward realizing academic and character development goals with families on a weekly basis
  • Some teachers may manage and support other Special Education teachers and/or Paraprofessionals on the Special Education team 

 
BENEFITS AND PERKS:
  • Teacher Career pathway with expert teacher development and opportunities for career advancement
  • Competitive Medical, Dental and Vision coverage options with 79-95% of monthly medical premium costs (depending on the plan) paid by KIPP Austin
  • 100% KIPP-paid short-term disability
  • Paid parental leave (amount paid based on tenure)
  • On-campus dry cleaning pick-up
  • Retail discounts
  • Gold’s Gym individual and family plan discount  

ABOUT KIPP AUSTIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS: KIPP Austin is a network of free, public, open enrollment schools for low-income and historically underserved students in Austin, Texas. There are currently nine schools in the KIPP Austin network: four elementary schools, four middle schools and one high school. We will open a second high school in the summer of 2016, thus expanding our network to include ten schools serving students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. When fully enrolled, KIPP Austin will serve over 5,000 students – more than doubling the number of college-ready low-income, minority students in Austin. KIPP Austin Public Schools is part of the national network of charter schools, KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program (www.kipp.org).
 
OUR MISSION: KIPP Austin Public Schools believes that every child, regardless of economic background has the right to an exemplary education. We will empower our students to thrive in and graduate from college, choose their paths, and positively impact their communities.

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As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability.
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