Education Specialist (Special Education Teacher)
Education Specialist (Special Education Teacher)
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.
At KIPP Bay Area Public Schools, the Special Education Teacher, or Education Specialist, is considered an integral part of the general education staff, therefore, they will be expected to collaborate and consult with all teachers on a regular basis. Students on Individual Education Plans are assigned to general education classrooms for a majority of the school day.
Responsibilities for Education Specialists include, but are not limited to:
Individual Education Program process
Responsible for academic progress of students while working with staff and families to provide excellent educational opportunities for exceptional students.
Appraise academic, behavioral, and executive functioning of an individual student.
Provide a standards-based curriculum program for special education students consistent with state and federal education code requirements.
Administer formal and informal academic assessments for the purpose of facilitating student learning in core academic subjects.
Analyze assessment results to drive and inform instruction and Individual Education Program development.
Develop Individual Education Programs in accordance with federal, state, SELPA and KIPP standards.
Facilitate Individual Education Program meetings.
Ensure Individual Education Program compliance and that all timelines are met.·
Monitor students’ progress utilizing data that reflects student performance and adjust instruction as needed based on analysis of data.
Complete progress reports in accordance with KIPP Bay Area Schools and school specific guidelines.
Lead and guide para-professional staff assigned to work with individual students or within program.
Work cooperatively with classroom teachers to support exceptional students in general education classes, interpreting the abilities and disabilities of these students to the entire staff, and assisting the student’s core curriculum instructional needs.
Manage compliance of accommodations and modifications for exceptional students in the general education classroom.
Develop and implement student appropriate behavior management techniques for students with special needs.
Assist other staff members in resolving the unique psychological and/or disciplinary concerns of such students.
Develop specialized professional development sessions for school and community personnel.
Assist with the development of parent education programs in the areas of prevention, understanding, and remediation of exceptional needs when appropriate.
Interpersonal and Agency Relations / Communications
Confer with parents (or guardians), staff members and members of related disciplines, including outside agencies regarding the educational, social, and personal concerns of exceptional students.
Manage relationships with contracted providers to ensure students receive all prescribed Individual Education Program services.
With the Director of Special Education, assist in referral of students with exceptional needs to available community agencies, as appropriate.
Coordinate and supervise transition programs and services for exceptional students as required by their Individual Education Program.
Keep attendance records, computerized Individual Education Program records and all other records pertinent to the special education program for the state reports and program accountability.
Participate in KIPP Bay Area Public Schools’ Special Education Community of Practice.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Desired Characteristics
Valid California Credential or license authorizing service in grade levels and areas assigned as an Education Specialist. Click here to learn more.
Willingness to teach in our extended day and year schedule (click here to view a sample schedule)
Bachelor’s degree, including all courses to meet credential requirements
Two years of successful, full time teaching experience in Special Education, preferred
Possession of either BCLAD or CLAD certification is highly desirable
Demonstrated success teaching students from educationally underserved areas;
Excellent organizational, planning, and implementation skills
Ability to manage the ambiguity and multiple priorities inherent in an entrepreneurial environment
Ability to communicate and interact effectively with multiple constituencies
Detail-oriented team player willing to roll up sleeves and get the job done
Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Bay Area Schools and our students.
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.
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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.
The mission of KIPP Bay Area Schools is to operate high-achieving public schools in educationally underserved communities, developing in our students the knowledge, skills, and character essential to thrive in college, shape their futures, and positively impact the world.