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Founding Special Education Teacher

Company: Global Citizens Public Charter School
Location: Washington
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Position: Founding Special Education TeacherSupervisor: Founding Director of Special PopulationsStart Date: August 1, 2022Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 30, 2022. However, the position may be closed prior to that date if a qualified candidate is hired.The Opportunity: We are seeking a Special Education Teacher with experience in early childhood education to provide specialized instruction and support for our students at Global Citizens Public Charter School (Global Citizens PCS). Global Citizens PCS is the first dual language immersion elementary school in Washington, DC, to offer language immersion in both Mandarin Chinese and Spanish pathways - exposing students to the top three languages spoken in the world. Paired with a focus on social justice and whole child wellness, Global Citizens PCS equips children to become empathetic, globally competent, and socially-minded leaders who are prepared for a future we cannot yet imagine. Global Citizens PCS opened in Ward 7 to provide children and their families living east of the Anacostia River with equitable access to dual language immersion programs. This position offers an incredible opportunity to work alongside a founding team, within an entrepreneurial and collaborative environment focused on improving educational opportunities for all students, especially those who are most marginalized and undervalued.Mission: The mission of Global Citizens PCS is to inspire and prepare the next generation of global citizens. We will do this by supporting students, ages 3-11, to reach their full academic and leadership potential in a nurturing learning environment. We will immerse them in the Mandarin and Spanish languages, promote the value of diversity, and equip them with the knowledge, skills, and mindsets they need to contribute to a better world. Vision: We envision academic excellence, language acquisition, and authentic inclusion of a diverse student population. We will build a strong community of learners who are confident in their ability to communicate in the Chinese, Spanish, and English languages. Our children will use language to liberate and advocate for themselves and those most marginalized. All of our children will develop a sense of self and a sense of belonging, build empathy and emotional resilience, learn to understand and appreciate diverse perspectives, and challenge themselves to take action to improve the world.Philosophy: We believe that all cultures have richness and value, deserve respect and consideration, and do not belong to a hierarchy. We are aware of white supremacy culture and the systemic oppression that exists - even in the current education system. At Global Citizens PCS, we will critically examine our biases and then actively work on counteracting these biases and disrupting the dominant narrative. We will continually examine our teaching and curricula to ensure we incorporate multiple perspectives from diverse cultural backgrounds and life experiences, including the experiences of our students, families, communities, and staff. We will create an environment in which all students will yearn for intercultural connections and see their benefits.Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are our core values and central to our learning, development, and growth:Diversity: All children, of all backgrounds, learning abilities, and physical capacities, will thrive and contribute to a positive, inclusive, and supportive learning community.Equity: All children are capable of reaching high levels of academic excellence and whole child wellness. Thus, all children will have the opportunity to gain fluency in more than one language/culture and learn from and with each other. All children will be held to high expectations - ensuring equally high outcomes for all and removing the predictability of success or failure that currently correlates with social, cultural, or socio-economic factors.Inclusion: We will live our core value of diversity by creating an environment of connection, belonging, empowerment, and respect - where the richness of different ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives are harnessed to create value.The core values live in our Global Citizens PCS educational model through four key pillars: Globally Competent Bilingualism, Academic Excellence, Social Justice, and Whole Child Wellness.Founding Special Education Teacher Job DescriptionThe Special Education Teacher is one of the primary instructional and people leaders that influence the lives of children at Global Citizens PCS. Special Education Teachers will work with general education teachers to foster a student-centered learning environment that respects the culture and identity of each and every child, so they can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. In early childhood, our children will learn all content areas in the partner language for approximately 90% of the school day. They will learn their early literacy and math skills in English for approximately 10% of the school day. The lead language teacher will teach all content areas in the partner language and will serve as the instructional lead and model for the partner language (Mandarin Chinese or Spanish). The lead English teacher will teach literacy and math skills to all children. Together, each teacher will work in tandem to positively impact student development by creating a warm and inviting learning environment; building relationships with students and families; creatively designing and implementing effective lessons within a free and liberating classroom environment; analyzing and interpreting data; collaborating professionally with colleagues; and, participating in the larger school-wide community. Special Education Teachers, under the direct supervision of the Principal, will work collaboratively with all instructional leadership team members to fully understand and respond to the needs of students and families.Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:School Mission and VisionImplement a shared school mission and vision to promote each student's social, emotional, and academic developmentActively participate in data-driven instruction and methods of continuous improvement to ensure we meet the needs of each studentReinforce the mission with students and families, inspiring them to act on the mission every single dayReflect on instructional practices and adjust behavior and systems accordingly: ask regularly for feedback; model humility and admit mistakes; seek out thought partners; and, engage in professional learningCollaborates with support teachers, lead teachers, and other staff to ensure proper and consistent implementation of our instructional programEquitable and Inclusive School CultureModel ethical, equitable, and professional behavior and acts with integrity, fairness, cultural competence, and empathy with students and colleagues Contribute to a professional school culture focused on developing relational trust with colleagues and building each other's capacity to promote each student's social, emotional, and academic development; serves as a mentor teacher for support teachersSet personal and professional learning goals to promote wellness and enhance professional practice; attend summer institute and weekly professional development sessionsParticipate in professional development and coaching cycles led by Principal and other instructional leadersEncourages open, productive, collaborative, and trusting working relationships among administrators, teachers, and staff to promote an environment of continuous improvementDevelop a supportive and positive learning environment focused on uplifting student voice and using student data to drive student development, growth, and achievementCurriculum, Instruction, and AssessmentCase manage approximately 5-10 children with disabilities, including writing IEPs, consulting with general education teachers providing inclusion services and interventionsDesign and implement engaging instruction based on IEP goals and objectives for each studentAddress IEP and ILP goals by providing in-class support, small group instruction, and/or pull-out groupsCollaborate with general education teachers and the Director of Special Populations to assess every student's mastery of the content and diagnose areas of student misunderstandingServe as "owner" of all special education-related services, including writing and implementing rigorous, standards-driven IEPs, managing legal documents and files related to students' IEPs and 504 plans, liaising with external service providers, ensuring all services are in compliance with mandates, and coordinating annual IEP review processUtilize culturally sustaining and anti-bias/anti-racist practices (along with data) to inform and guide daily instruction; incorporate student cultures, interests, and experiences into lessons and activitiesSet clear and measurable goals throughout the year for every student in all areas of study; regularly assess the progress of each child and provide differentiated, child-centered instruction to meet the needs of each child on a daily basisActively participate in data-analysis cycles and protocols in order to evaluate and increase rigor, coherence, impact, and equity of curriculum, instruction, and assessmentCollaboratively plan weekly with teaching teams to develop holistic lesson plans that foster self-directed learningEnsure that each student has equitable access to classroom materials, texts, learning resources and opportunities, academic and social-emotional supports, and other resources in the target languageEquitable and Inclusive Student SupportImprove and sustain a school environment that is inclusive, equitable, caring, and culturally competent (and meets the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of each student)Maintain positive, fair, and unbiased student behavior policies that emphasize relationship reconciliation and behavioral changeWork with Lead Teachers, Support Teachers, and the English Learner Teacher to plan for and support all students' needsUse student performance and placement data, as well as school culture data, to promote greater inclusiveness, caring, equity, and closure of opportunity gapsServe as a member of the Student Support Team (SST) and implement a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to meet the needs of all children, including special populationsAttend IEP, Section 504, or other related meetings necessary for student assessment and/or compliance with federal and/or state lawStudent and Family Engagement Build rapport with students outside of the classroom (i.e., lunches with students, special events, etc.), so students understand that teachers care about themEnsure families receive all notifications and evaluation reports in advance of MDT meetings and SST meetingsPromotes relationships among students, faculty, parents, and others that build trust and value individuality and inclusivenessImplement family and community engagement strategies aligned to our mission and vision: Maintain open, welcoming communication with stakeholders in service of students and to advance the school missionEngage parents, families, and the community - especially those who are marginalized or traditionally unable to actively participate - in meaningful, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial ways to promote each student's social, emotional, and academic developmentProvides routine, two-way communication with families and community members about school activities and culture, student performance and development (including students' progress towards their IEP goals), and school challenges and accomplishmentsPlan, implement, and lead student recruitment initiatives, especially during the planning year to ensure we meet our enrollment goalEvaluate and improve the effectiveness of the student recruitment, family engagement, community outreach, and communications planCreates and sustains positive, collaborative, and productive relationships with families and community members for the benefits of students (and their families)The ideal candidate is highly knowledgeable in the following: Effective bilingual and language acquisition strategiesResearch-based, tiered instructional strategiesEarly Childhood curriculum, instruction, & developmentData analysis protocolsCulturally Sustaining PedagogyAnti-racist beliefs and practicesResponsive Classroom/Restorative Justice/Conscious DisciplineReaders and Writers Workshop & Play-Based CentersSpecial Education Teacher Requirements:At least three years of experience as a Special Education Teacher preferredMeet state educational requirements, preferably a valid state-issued license for Special Education in elementary education or meet eligibility, including undergraduate studies in Special EducationA Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree in Education and passing scores on Praxis I & IIDeep experience and knowledge of learning standards and student-centered curriculumAn energetic, flexible, creative, innovative individual who can develop strengths-based, student-centered support plans that support learning for students of various abilities, including those with various identified exceptionalitiesAbility to excel as a member of a multidisciplinary team and an instructional teamAbility to work in a multicultural, multilingual environmentAbility to collaborate and teach through a lens of diversity, equity, justice, and inclusionStrong communication skills (both oral and written)CompensationSalary for this position is competitive and ranges from $60K to $70K. Additionally, Global Citizens PCS offers a comprehensive benefits package.We are Deeply Committed to Diversity, Equity, and InclusionGlobal Citizens PCS is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. We strongly encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply. It is our policy to ensure that all individuals with whom we are in contact with are not discriminated against on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, disability, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, military status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, parenthood, or any other personal or professional status.How to ApplyIf you are interested in applying for this position, please click "Apply for This Job" on the top right. We'll review applications as we receive them until the position is filled. If you have any questions, please contact us at careers@globalcitizensschool.org.Global Citizens PCS is committed to building a team that reflects the varied backgrounds and experiences of the students we seek to serve. It is important to us that you use your application materials to clearly delineate ways in which your background and experience align with Global Citizens PCS's core values and key pillars, including our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Keywords: Global Citizens Public Charter School, Washington DC , Founding Special Education Teacher, Education / Teaching , Washington, DC

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