High School Special Education Teacher (Immediate Start - SY 20-21)
Company: Uncommon Schools
Posted on: June 6, 2021
Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of high-performing,
public charter schools providing an outstanding K-12 education in
historically under-resourced communities. We have proudly built
schools that reflect our student population, with more than 60% of
our teachers and staff across our network identifying as a person
of color. Uncommon currently manages 55 schools serving more than
21,000 students in six cities: Boston, Camden, New York City,
Newark, Rochester, and Troy. We are proud that Uncommon graduates
persist in and graduate from college at five times the rate of
their peers nationally. We achieve this by offering strong
academic, co-curricular, and social-emotional learning that
prepares students for success in college and beyond.
North Star Academy currently manages fourteen schools in Newark,
NJ serving students in grades K through 12. We believe in strong
authentic relationships between teachers and students, supported by
effective school systems and an engaging instructional model that
enables students to flourish academically and personally. North
Star Academy is NJ's #1 highest performing public charter school
and has served Newark families for over 20 years.
Uncommon Special Education teachers are passionate about
developing and monitoring accommodations for students with special
needs. Special Education teachers advocate for students and believe
that specialized instruction and related services increase academic
achievement. Special Education teachers offer academic, emotional,
and physical support while maintaining high expectations.
- You'll modify, differentiate, and teach an inclusive curriculum
that emphasizes diversity.
- You'll collaborate with families and Special Education teams to
develop 504 and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) that offer
appropriate accommodations and modifications.
- You'll create an inclusive and safe environment where students
feel empowered to become self-guided learners.
- Special Education Specific Responsibilities
- You'll collaborate with general education teachers, school
leaders, and families to analyze and respond to trends in student
work samples and assessments and ensure compliance with
Individualized Education Plans.
- You will gather academic growth data and write goals to prepare
for annual IEP meetings.
- You will teach pull-out, push-in, small group, and one-on-one
instruction and implement strategies to differentiate instruction
for all learners in your classroom.
- School Culture
- You'll build positive relationships with students to ensure
they feel seen, loved, and heard.
- You'll partner with students' families to ensure appropriate
resources are available to support their child's learning
- You'll engage in practice-based professional development,
mentorship, and coaching sessions.
- You'll participate in weekly, school-wide meetings to cultivate
community, model our core values, and encourage student
- You'll partner with your grade level team to develop academic
goals and practice instructional strategies.
- A commitment to the mission of Uncommon Schools and investment
in our vision for being an anti-racist organization
- A demonstrated commitment to supporting students' social
emotional and academic development
- An enthusiasm for collaborating with internal and external
partners in the best interest of students
- A self-directed learner who solicits and implements feedback to
improve outcomes and achieve objectives
- Required Experience:
- A demonstrated interest in impacting K-12 students in urban
schools and communities (1-2 years experience preferred).
- Academic expertise in Special Education, the Humanities, Social
Sciences, STEM, or related fields of study.
- Prior to the start of employment, you must have a bachelor's
degree from an accredited college or university. Teacher
certification is not a prerequisite for consideration at Uncommon
Schools in the state of NJ, but you do need to meet NJ state
certification eligibility requirements (a final undergraduate or
graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 for graduates on or after 9/1/16, or
2.75 if you graduated prior to 9/1/16). All instructional staff are
required to become certified in the state of New Jersey within a
reasonable period after beginning employment.
Uncommon Schools offers salaries commensurate with experience
and a comprehensive benefits package. All staff members receive
extensive professional development, and are equipped with a laptop
computer and all necessary supplies.
Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse,
equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and
staff to thrive. We are committed to building an exceptional team
that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our
students. We also strive to ensure an inclusive community by
creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and
identity for our staff and students. 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. We also ensure that
individuals with disabilities receive all privileges and benefits
associated with employment and are provided reasonable
accommodations for the interview process and to perform core job
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