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Special Education Teacher

May 27, 2022

Full-Time
Chelsea, Lawrence, Springfield, MA

Who We Are:

Phoenix Charter Academy aims to show the world what all young people can do, and to defy the limitations of societal assumptions, classism, and racism. Phoenix Charter Academy was founded on the unwavering belief that all students can succeed at high levels. While this mantra is typical of high-performing schools, particularly those in the charter sector, Phoenix truly endeavors to reach every student, focusing on a growing number on the margins of the traditional public district education system: students who have dropped out of high school, students who are parenting children of their own, students who are or have been involved with the juvenile justice system, students who are older and new to the country and cannot gain access to public schooling, and students who are under-credited relative to the number of years they have spent enrolled in high school. To learn more visit: https://www.phoenixcharteracademy.org/

Commitment to DEI:

At Phoenix, we recognize the importance of forming a school community inclusive of all visible and invisible identities. We act to ensure that our students and staff always see reflections of themselves and their communities.

At Phoenix, we aim to break down systemic barriers by providing access to resources, experiences, and differentiated supports for historically marginalized groups.

At Phoenix, we solicit, value, understand, connect, and leverage multiple perspectives and experiences. We invite all perspectives except those that perpetuate oppression or dehumanization.

At Phoenix we do not just accept differences - we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our scholars and the communities we serve. We believe difference makes us stronger. Phoenix Charter Academy is an equal opportunity employer and as such, we do not discriminate against any team member or candidate because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. Phoenix Charter Academy is committed to making any reasonable accommodation necessary to support an individual's employment. 

Who you are:

  • Unwavering belief in our students - You operate with the deeply held belief that all youngpeople want to and can succeed even in the face of substantial systemic barriers and societal constraints.

  • Continuous Improvement - You approach problem solving with curiosity and desire to understand the perspectives of others. You carry an internalized sense of “I can always learn more” and know that adults must model the qualities of being open-minded and willing to make mistakes and learn from them. You embody a “lifelong learner” mindset and strive for constant improvement.

  • Eager to Learn - You are excited to learn and grow in a fast paced, ever evolving, urgent environment. You have the desire to receive direct feedback and the ability to implement the feedback into practice quickly.

  • Committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - You commit to understanding the ways that your self-identity and experiences impact and interact with your daily work, your colleagues, and your students, and work toward furthering initiatives that promote a more equitable society.

What you’ll do:

The Special Education Teacher will teach at one of our Network campuses. The Special Education Teacher will be responsible for planning lessons and curricula, administering assessments, collecting and analyzing data, and relentlessly supporting students to achieve academic excellence. In addition, the Special Education Teacher will be responsible for the following:

Curriculum and Instructional Responsibilities:

  • Design and deliver rigorous instructional content including lessons, curriculum supplements, weekly overviews, scope and sequence plans, and performance assessments in alignment with curricular framework and IEP requirements

  • Support the social-emotional learning connected to college and career readiness, including 1:1 support as needed 

  • Participate in weekly professional development on Fridays from 1:30– 4:30 PM

  • Participate in supervision, weekly coaching cycles, and formal mid-year and end-of-year evaluations in alignment with goals and deliverables set by the Director of Curriculum and Instruction

  • Collaborate frequently with English as a Second Language Teachers, general educations teachers, and other Academic Support staff to ensure appropriate supports are in place for all students

  • Collect and analyze student academic data and use it to inform instruction and meet student needs

  • Provide push in support across subject area as needed

  • Educate all necessary staff on specific needs of each scholar on caseload and plan necessary interventions (both academic and behavioral); oversee the implementations of interventions

  • Write all IEPs, 504s and attend all necessary meetings; maintain records of all meetings, meeting invites and other staff responsibilities; coordinate and invite necessary staff outside of Academic Support Office for the caseload.

  • Track all scholars on caseload throughout each quarter in terms of holistic progress (academic and social emotional): reach out to parents/adult supporters for these scholars after each progress report 

Non-curricular Responsibilities:

  • Communicate with parents and other adult supporters through phone calls, email correspondence, and/or in-person meetings 

  • Provide school support and coverage duties deemed necessary by the Head of School or administrative staff

  • Publicly display evidence of great scholarship in and around your classroom

  • Build meaningful and supportive relationships with students to facilitate academic growth and achievement

  • Communicate scholar support needs with Director of School Culture and Social Worker whenever necessary

What you’ll bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.

  • At least 1 year of direct scholar-serving (teaching, tutoring, academic support, etc.) experience preferred.

  • Bilingual/Spanish-speaking candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

  • Communication - Conveys information effectively and efficiently using verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills; has knowledge and flexibility to communicate across lines of difference. 

  • Scholar Orientation - Works to deepen understanding of scholars and centers the needs of scholars in all aspects of how the work is done.

  • Adaptability - Adjusts and strategically aligns work to the school's mission while navigating complex and changing environments internally and externally.

  • Employment is based on qualifications for the role as well as a successful background check.

What you’ll get:

We want you to be the best you can so you’ll receive professional development, coaching, and the resources needed for you to succeed. An open, curious and celebratory culture that embraces diversity as a leading asset and fosters equity and inclusion through affinity groups and continuous capacity building supported by our Racial, Justice and Equity working group. Competitive market comp, medical, dental, vision, mental health and wellness plans, a 403b, and employee perks such as longevity bonus and pet insurance.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and as such, we do not discriminate against any team member or candidate because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. Phoenix Charter Academy is committed to making any reasonable accommodation necessary to support an individual's employment.

Apply here:

https://phoenixcharter.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx

**The Network retains the right to modify this job description at any time, for any reason, at the Network’s sole discretion**