About Great Oaks Charter Schools
The mission of the Great Oaks Charter Schools is to prepare students to succeed in college. What sets Great Oaks Charter Schools apart from other charters is the use of a high-dosage tutoring model implemented by the Great Oaks Tutors Corps, a group of recent college graduates who provide two hours of daily tutoring to every student. At Great Oaks, we are committed to providing a rigorous 6-12 academic program, fostering a positive school culture and building authentic relationships with families. 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 225 students in 6th-8th grades.  At scale, Great Oaks - NYC will serve students in grades 6th-12th.  The school has a focus on serving English Language Learners with about half the students coming from a home where a language other than English is spoken. 

Special Education Intervention Lead Position Summary
The Special Education Intervention Lead is responsible for ensuring that every student at Great Oaks is supported in their academic development and that all special education services are in compliance with mandates. S/he will be responsible to oversee, monitor and evaluate all special education instruction and implement changes to further improve instruction. S/he is the primary person responsible for ensuring that students with special needs receive the proper accommodations within the classroom and during tutorial sessions. S/he will also be responsible for leading professional development to support and enhance  co-teaching strategies. S/he will work closely with the Deans of Instruction to develop assessments that are aligned to the Common Core standards, analyze student results, and work with teachers to make data-driven curricular decisions.

Key responsibilities include:

Ensure that the school is meeting the needs of all students by:

  • Working closely with special education teachers, general education teachers and Fellows to ensure they understand the needs of their students and how to implement appropriate accommodations
  • Equipping teachers and Fellows with intervention and differentiation strategies to implement with students who need additional support
  • Reviewing all special education services provided to ensure that services appropriately matches students’ IEPs and are in compliance with all mandates
  • Assessing and reviewing the needs of incoming and existing students and monitoring student performance data
  • Maintaining consistent communications with families regarding student progress
  • Leading tutorial groups, co-teaching sessions, intervention programs, and professional development sessions
  • Working collaboratively with the Deans of Instruction and Director of Special Education

Drive student outcomes by:

  • Teaching targeted data-driven interventions (including online programs/software) to small groups and individual students
  • Working with teachers to use data to identify the individual needs of students, to set ambitious academic goals, and to track progress
  • Collaborating with teachers to develop effective strategies to ensure all students are achieving academic growth
  • Meeting with classroom teachers and Fellows to plan effective instruction strategies for students being supported by the mathematics intervention program and support in differentiating lesson plans
  • Maintaining complete and up-to-date records of students’ academic progress
  • Maintaining consistent communications with families regarding student progress
  • Working collaboratively with the Deans of Instruction and Director of Special Education

Maintain strong classroom and school culture by:

  • Clearly and consistently communicating and upholding school rules, values, and expectations in and out of the classroom
  • Setting an urgent, respectful, and positive tone in the classroom
  • Displaying extraordinary time management to maximize student learning
  • Building relationships with students that communicate the importance of college success and your belief that they will succeed
  • Building a collaborative, respectful advisory classroom community
  • Taking on responsibilities outside of their content area instruction such as advisory, lunch duty, enrichment classes, and after school activities

Plan a rigorous curriculum and deliver strong instruction by:

  • Demonstrating solid knowledge and understanding of the content matter
  • Using a multitude of instructional strategies that are academically rigorous and highly engaging
  • Executing detailed lesson plans mapped to specific Common Core standards
  • Taking responsibility for student progress; constantly working to respond to students’ need 

Qualifications and Competencies

The successful candidate will have proven success in implementing high-quality instruction that led to the improvement of student achievement in an urban school. S/he will possess exceptional relationship building skills and the ability to communicate clearly to multiple stakeholders.

The successful candidate will also have:

  • At least two years of experience improving student achievement at an urban school
  • A strong academic record with a Bachelor’s degree from a competitive college or university required; advanced degree in Special Education preferred
  • General Ed or Special Education certified or working towards teacher certification
  • Experience with student support and/or intervention services
  • A strong belief that all students can succeed
  • A do-whatever-it takes attitude including a willingness to work occasionally on the weekend or in the evening
  • An exceptional ability to respond well to feedback and implement it immediately

Compensation
Great Oaks provides a competitive compensation and benefits package; exact compensation will vary based on experience and education.

General Information
This position is for the 2021-2022 school year and the successful candidate will start in the beginning of August, 2021. Selected candidates will be contacted to set up a virtual or in-person interview.

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