Lead Special Education Teacher
The Lead Special Education Teacher will lead academic interventions at their respective Summit Public Schools campus by using both preventative and responsive strategies to support students who are struggling with their academics.
The Lead Special Education Teacher is responsible for the creation of academic interventions, managing a small caseload of Special Education students, and leading high-level cultural strategies and initiatives. This role will report to the Executive Director and will collaborate closely with several other roles on campus, including the Deans of Instruction and Students, the Education Specialists, and the Program Specialist for matters regarding Special Education.
The ideal candidate is an experienced educator in the Special Education field. The ideal candidate is flexible, collaborative, and eager to work closely with students, families, and peer faculty.
Who We Are:
What if all students graduated high school with not only content knowledge, but the habits and skills to successfully navigate college and career, with a sense of purpose to anchor them? This is the question at the core of Summit Public Schools. Summit is a public school system serving heterogeneous communities in the Bay Area and Washington State and operate 11 schools serving over 3,600 students.
We share our personalized approach to teaching and learning for free through Summit Learning, with more than 330 partner schools across the country. Summit Learning forms the foundation on which Summit’s successful schools were built, with our schools consistently ranking among the best in the nation.
Are you looking for the opportunity to lead change? Do you want to help reimagine what schools should be? We put students in the driver’s seat and empower them with the skills and habits they need to be successful in college and life. We need diverse, driven, and dynamic talent to join our growing team to help realize our educational vision.
What You’ll Do:
Lead and coordinate the Student Study Team (SST) and Response to Intervention (RtI) processes. Approximately 35%. This includes:
- Identifying students who need support, including based on current academic performance or underlying skill deficits in reading, math, or English language acquisition
- Creating academic intervention plans for individual students.
- Monitoring the progress of academic intervention plans.
- Leading family meetings and communicating with families of students with plans.
- Coordinating with Grade Level Teams and individual teachers and mentors.
- Providing direct tutoring, support, and check-ins with students as necessary during appointments in the school day and also during Office Hours and after school.
Provide push-in academic support to students. Approximately 35%. This includes:
- Teaching mini-lessons on academic habits in Personalized Learning Time (PLT).
- Leading small group interventions around content or projects in PLT.
- Teaching literacy or numeracy interventions in Summit Reads or Summit Solves.
Provide support to the Special Education Department. Approximately 20%. This includes:
- Managing a small caseload of IEPs.
- Coordinating with service providers including therapist, SLP, etc.
- Collaborating with Education Specialists in the management of IEPs and the planning and implementation of Learning Center.
Lead professional development with faculty. Approximately 10%. This includes:
- Planning and implementing workshops during Leadership Team and/or Expeditions.
- Providing support to individual teachers focusing on accessibility and universal design, including planning for students who have IEPs, 504s, or are English Learners.
What You Need:
Key Qualities and Skills
- Commitment to uphold Summit’s values, belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life.
- Bachelor’s Degree is required.
- Special Education Teaching Credential in California or another US State is required.
- 3+ years Special Education experience is required.
- Experience delivering and interpreting academic screening and diagnostic assessments is required.
- Experience delivering dedicated literacy and number intervention programs is strongly preferred.
- Proficiency in Google Platforms, including Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Slides.
- Clear health and background check.
Who You Are:
- You maintain high expectations for all students and believe all students can find success in school, college, and life.
- You’re deeply dedicated to social justice and feel motivated by the challenge and impact of teaching in a heterogeneous community and working to close the achievement gap.
- You believe in every student, and can maintain and reinforce Summit's graduated discipline process, recognizing that student growth in all areas—academic, behavioral and community—are an investment and part of the work.
- You facilitate learning experiences, using a variety of method: project-based learning, direct instruction, small group and individual tasks, formative and summative assessment, direct teacher feedback, public presentation, and more.
- You are empathetic and culturally competent. You’re open to having hard conversations.
- You thrive in innovative environments and are comfortable with the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive workplace.
- You are a leader, and actively participate as a member of weekly faculty meetings
- You thrive while collaborating and are excited to work with your colleagues. You find positivity in share successes.
- You’re committed to continuous improvement, see feedback as a positive, and have a growth mindset.
- You have an ability to apply honest, actionable, and timely feedback that results in improved performance.
- You possess strong relationship skills, with the ability to motivate, inspire, develop, and communicate with a diverse group of teachers, leaders, staff members, and community members.
What You Get:
Summit offers competitive salaries and benefit options, including covering 75% of the health, dental and vision plan costs. We fully cover life and disability insurance. We have a “take what you need” PTO policy, 11 paid holidays, 4 weeks of vacation during the year, and a summer break. We value our teachers’ Summit experience, offering stipends for teachers who have been with us for three or more years and helping teachers grow with us through designated time for paid professional development and regular coaching.
We strive to recruit a diverse team. Summit Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, parenthood, citizenship status, creed, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Summit will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.