Special Education Teacher
Great Oaks Charter School – New York City
About Great Oaks Charter Schools
The mission of the Great Oaks Foundation is to launch and support a network of charter schools that prepare students for college success. What sets Great Oaks schools apart from other college preparatory charters is our high-dosage tutoring model; the Great Oaks Tutor Corps is a selective cadre of recent college graduates who deliver at least two hours of individualized instruction to every student every day. This academic model was inspired by the Match School of Boston, which has a proven track record of success in preparing students for college success using the Tutor Corps model. We are seeking hard-working, tenacious people who share the belief that all students deserve a high-quality education.
About Great Oaks Charter School – New York City
The Great Oaks (GO) Charter School - New York City opened in the Fall of 2013 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The school currently serves students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade with a total population of 214 students. GO-NYC serves ALL scholars including those with special needs and English Language Learners.
Great teachers are at the heart of what we do, and are the key to our students’ college success. The Special Education Teacher is responsible for ensuring that every student at Great Oaks is supported in their academic development. S/he will be responsible for maintaining records for students with special needs, participating in IEP implementation and evaluation, and co-teaching. S/he will be responsible for ensuring that students with special needs receive the proper accommodations within the classroom and during tutorial sessions. S/he will also work closely with classroom teachers to analyze student results and work with teachers to make data-driven curricular decisions. Our most successful teachers are those who operate with a team mindset – we are all in this work together and it will take each and every one of us to achieve college success for our students.
Throughout the year, the Special Education Teacher will:
Ensure that the school is meeting the needs of all students by:
- Reviewing IEPs of incoming students and becoming knowledgeable about students’ recommended placements, services, and individual needs
- Ensuring that all general education teachers and tutors know and understand the needs of their students with special needs and appropriate accommodations to use
- Preparing for and participating in students’ IEP conferences
- Co-teaching with general education teachers to ensure students needs are met within the classroom
- Maintaining consistent communications with families regarding student progress
Maintain a strong classroom culture by:
- Setting a respectful and positive tone in the classroom
- Building relationships with students that communicate that succeeding in college is important, that the student can do it, and that we will not give up on a student
Co-plan a rigorous curriculum and deliver strong instruction by:
- Using a multitude of instructional strategies in response to students’ individual needs
- Taking responsibility for student progress and constantly working to respond to students’ needs
Contribute to the creation of a data-driven culture by:
- Tracking and analyzing student data both publicly and internally to identify learning needs
- Using student achievement data to set ambitious goals for the students
- Planning and implementing strategies to achieve targets related to student learning outcomes
- Collaborating with other teachers to develop and revise curriculum based on assessment data
- “GRIT” – must have the ability to persevere and succeed at a challenging task
- Relationship-building – must show evidence of building and leveraging strong relationships
- Relentlessness – must be willing to do whatever it takes to constantly improve student achievement, including occasional evening and weekend commitments
- Communicate Effectively – must be able to clearly communicate with peers and supervisors
- Teaching experience in an urban school with a proven track record of improving student achievement
- Special Education Certification issued by New York State
- A strong academic record with a bachelor’s degree from a competitive college or university required; advanced degree in subject area preferred
- A strong belief that all students can succeed
- Exceptional ability to respond well to feedback and implement it immediately
Great Oaks provides a competitive compensation and benefits package; exact compensation will vary based on experience and education.
This position is for the 2020-2021 school year and the successful candidate will start in the beginning of August 2020. Selected candidates will be contacted to setup a video interview.