Education Specialist: Specialized Teaching Program (STP)

2019-20 Teaching Positions Oakland, California San Lorenzo, California


Education Specialist: Specialized Teaching Program (STP)

About KIPP Bay Area Public Schools

KIPP is a non-profit network of 224 college-preparatory, public charter schools across the country educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are united by a common mission, a commitment to excellence, and a belief that if we help children develop the academic and character strengths they need for college and choice-filled lives, they will be able to build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, and for us all.

There are currently 15 KIPP schools across the Bay Area educating nearly 6,000 students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City and supporting over 3,000 alumni around the country.

Position Overview

The mission of the Specialized Teaching Program is to prepare students with moderate/severe difficulties in academics, communication, socialization, life skills, and behavior for a lifetime of learning, employment, and civic engagement.  The Education Specialist will be an essential member of the Specialized Teaching Program’s development and implementation team. The Education Specialist will provide for the academic, social and emotional growth of each student manifesting behavior, academic and social deficits requiring a more restrictive setting.  The Education Specialist will continually monitor each student’s progress to maximize his or her fullest potential and collaborate with the general education team to create meaningful inclusion opportunities for each student.

The ideal candidate for this position is confident in assessing and teaching students with autism and other students with severe difficulties in communication, socialization and behavior as well as confident in advising others.  S/he will provide training to classroom teachers, school staff, paraeducators, parents and the students on pedagogy, learning styles and practical strategies to enable access to the curriculum and social opportunities. We are looking for someone who is passionate about developing a model program aligned to KIPP’s mission of preparing students to lead a choice-filled life.


Roles and Responsibilities

Program Development

  • Assist in the development of a model program for students with autism and other severe difficulties in communication, socialization and behavior with a heavy emphasis on communication and other developmental goals
  • Assist in the development of assessment protocols and criteria for entrance and transition from the program, and how student progress will be monitored
  • Create an effective learning environment including classroom set-up and scheduling
  • Advise on learning styles and appropriate teaching approaches, behavior management, classroom strategies, resources and whole school policies
  • Work with school community, parents, and students to ensure effective and meaningful inclusion/mainstreaming opportunities in the general education classroom
  • Initiate and model evidence-based teaching strategies for teachers and paraprofessionals, relating to individual students within the classroom and whole school.

Program Implementation

  • Implement with fidelity the individualized program established for each student in his/her Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Assess the abilities and needs of students using various assessment tools on an individual basis
  • Develop proposed goals and prepare written summary of present levels of performance, define areas of needs and strengths for presentation at IEP meetings
  • Develop/adapt curriculum to make it relevant for each student assigned to program
  • Teach academic subjects and functional skills, using carefully planned and evidence based teaching procedures to assist in generalization and maintenance of skills 
  • Facilitate and teach social skills and interactions  to promote health and safety concepts and social interaction with all students 
  • Plan for special activities, develop materials and lessons to meet the needs of each student
  • Observe students to evaluate, detect  and document signs of progress or regression
  • Work collaboratively with others including parents, DIS providers and agency representatives
  • Lead and guide paraprofessionals and overall classroom management

Mainstream Support

    • Collaborate with general education team for inclusion experiences for students participating in general education classes
    • Prepare appropriate supplemental instructional materials and experiences which will enhance learning opportunities for all students
    • Monitor student learning
  • Assist students in age-appropriate activities and behaviors

Perform related duties as required or assigned

Qualifications and Desired Characteristics

  • Education Specialist Instruction Credential, Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Authorization
  • A minimum of two years of experience working with children/adolescents diagnosed within the autism spectrum or other severe difficulties in communication, socialization and behavior
  • Experience as a general education classroom teacher desirable
  • Knowledge of AAC is a plus
  • Knowledge of autism spectrum disorders, evidence-based practices, appropriate teaching strategies and reinforcement procedures, techniques used to address and deal with behavior and communication disorders
  • Able to effectively interpret and communicate assessment results, evaluations, and proposed program and goals in a manner easily understood by team members and parents
  • Able to maintain appropriate and compliant records  
  • Able to stand for extended periods and lift up to fifty pounds
  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Bay Area Schools’ mission and values


We are dedicated to you and your family's well-being! KIPP offers a competitive salary as well as comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits. Although KIPP does not post salary scales, we are happy to walk candidates through the compensation package.

Questions? Email Ryan Weidmann at

KIPP Bay Area Schools does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin or ancestry, cultural background, religious creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital/registered domestic partner status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, primary language, citizenship or immigration status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.