High School Special Education Teacher

*Immediate Openings [2020-21 School Year]* High School Campus, East Boston, MA


Description

Organizational Overview

Excel Academy was founded in 2003 with the mission to provide a high-quality education to students in East Boston and Chelsea. Over the years, we have grown from one middle school to a network of four schools with 1,400 students in grades 5 to 12. At Excel Academy Charter Schools, we believe that when a student has the support and tools to pursue a productive post-secondary pathway aligned to their personal identity and values, it can fundamentally change their life trajectory. 

We present our students with educational experiences that allow them to grow and discover their best selves so that when they leave our halls, they can successfully navigate all of the post-secondary options available to them. You can read more about the impact of the Excel Academy model here.

At Excel Academy we learn from our students, families, and staff and make improvements. We have increasingly adapted to provide a holistic education that values our community as collaborators in the learning process, social-emotional support, equity for diverse learners, and fosters identity development. We prioritize an approach that is both rigorous and inclusive. Our team of passionate, intelligent, driven, and loving staff are at the core of the work we do. 

Growth Happens Here.

Duties and Responsibilities

Excel teachers are responsible for delivering effective, high-quality, rigorous college-preparatory instruction designed to foster the success of their students.  Teachers who thrive at Excel tend to be entrepreneurial instructors and hungry learners who crave frequent high-quality feedback on their practice.  Excel Academy High School is seeking a strong Learning Specialist to be responsible for ensuring that all Special Education students make significant academic gains through classroom (inclusion) support and additional out-of-class support.  

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Instructional Responsibilities

  • Teach self-contained courses.
  • Serve as an inclusion co-teacher as needed to more effectively support the learning abilities of students with high needs;
  • Work closely with general education teachers to differentiate curriculum, help create effective accommodations, and modify curriculum when appropriate; and
  • Ensure that all work with students with special needs is aligned with the school’s academic goals for student achievement.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Monitor and track student performance and develop action plans, as needed, to support individual students academically and behaviorally (in self-contained and co-taught programming);
  • Collect data and report on student IEP goals and objectives, quarterly;
  • Provide IEP or 504 plan input and consult with students to develop and make changes to their transition plans
  • Communicate with staff members supporting Special Education students, including but not limited to, related service providers, school counselors, and the Dean of Students; and 
  • Maintain regular communication with students’ parents/guardians and families.

Team Member Responsibilities

  • Enforce school-wide systems and procedures to effectively manage the classroom;
  • Continually communicate with students and families regarding academic and behavior performance and progress;
  • Serve as a homeroom teacher and student advisor; and
  • Serve as a productive member of the Excel Community.

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree and certification in Special Education are required; a Master’s degree is strongly preferred;
  • A minimum of two years teaching experience in an urban public school or charter school setting preferred;
  • The ability to speak Spanish preferred but not required;
  • A commitment to achieving equity in education;
  • An unwavering commitment to and belief in the mission of Excel Academy Charter Schools, including Excel’s values and educational model;
  • The ability to focus and thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment;
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment and the willingness and desire to support others in doing their best work; and
  • An entrepreneurial spirit that reflects an openness to change, a willingness to problem-solve, and an interest in developing new ideas & programs.

Excel Academy Charter Schools is committed to its work as an anti-racist organization. One critical element of that commitment is building and empowering a diverse staff that reflects the community that we serve.. We strongly encourage applications from candidates whose experiences share important points of intersection with those of our students. Staff who demonstrate fluency in Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic (languages spoken widely by our diverse community of families) will receive additional compensation, as will staff who are alumni of our schools.

Excel Academy Charter Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language or prior academic achievement.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.