KIPP Austin Public Schools

Austin, TX

Type: Instructional
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: Immediate
Subject: Special Education
Grade: 9; 10; 11; 12

Organization: KIPP Austin Public Schools
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High School Special Education Teacher (Immediate)

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KIPP Austin Public Schools

Austin, TX

Type: Instructional
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: Immediate
Subject: Special Education
Grade: 9; 10; 11; 12

Organization: KIPP Austin Public Schools
Preferred Locations:

Contact:  
Email:

*This role is for the 2018-19 school year with an Immediate start date. The role will serve KIPP Austin Collegiate at our North Campus location (183 & Cameron Rd).

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Special Education Teacher is responsible for ensuring that all special education students receive comprehensive, compassionate and equitable services in order to achieve breakthrough academic achievement and character development.  The Special Education Teacher will serve as an intervention specialist to assist teachers in helping every child meet grade level goals and will oversee the program and systems for all students who receive special education services. All KIPP Austin staff has a responsibility for ensuring that every KIPP Austin student achieves the academic skills, intellectual habits and character traits necessary to succeed in the nation’s top colleges and universities.
 
KIPP Texas - Austin high school teachers are on duty in school Monday through Friday from approximately 8:15 am to 5:15 pm (exact start and end times vary slightly by school), with most arriving before and staying after these hours. Though they face demanding schedules, all KIPP Austin teachers are strongly supported by dedicated leadership and staff.  KIPP Austin students have an extended school day and a brief mandatory summer session. This extra time allows KIPP Austin to develop innovative and highly effective instruction for all of our students.  At KIPP Austin, we value college starting from Kindergarten and keep it top of mind as students continue to grow as learners.
 
  
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • At least 2 years of experience working as a special education teacher in an urban school (preferred)
  • Experience with and strong knowledge of local and national special education laws and mandates
  • An active, valid Texas Standard Special Education certification or Probationary Special Education certification (required)
  • Bachelor’s degree (required); Master’s degree (preferred)
  • Spanish Bilingual (preferred)
 
COMPETENCIES:
  • Unwavering commitment to KIPP Texas - Austin’s mission, students, families, and community
  • Strong record of helping students achieve academic success, primarily with minority and low-income students
  • Strong desire to teach an academically intense curriculum and commit to an extended school day, week, and year
  • Desire to continuously learn and increase effectiveness as a teacher and professional; offer and receive constructive feedback
  • Willingness to be flexible and to go above and beyond to meet the needs of KIPP Austin students
 
OUTCOMES:
  • Increase student growth and achievement
  • Meet desired goals/benchmarks on Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and district-wide, state, and national assessments and measures of growth
  • Ensure growth, development, and demonstration of character traits and KIPP Austin values
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Collaborate with teachers to develop effective whole group practices, small group interventions, and individualized learning activities
  • Assist teachers with tracking data to determine the effectiveness of interventions
  • Lead professional development for grade level teams and the school (Chair)
  • Plan and teach small groups during guided reading
  • Develop, coordinate and track individual student plans for all special services
  • Provide direct student support through small group instruction and inclusion in the general education classroom
  • Collaborate with teachers so that they provide instructional support that leads to dramatic academic gains for students
  • Manage additional resources and support (OT/PT, etc.), where necessary (Chair)
  • Monitor and lead all IEP processes; serve as lead communicator with teachers and principal (Chair)
  • Coordinate dissemination of information on student needs to principal and teachers
  • Maintain all documentation and records for individual students; ensure confidentiality in reporting
  • Monitor for compliance with state and federal laws, ensuring consistent, fail-safe and quality documentation; provide comprehensive, work with staff to provide holistic reporting of student performance data to principal; serve as lead contact for authorized visits (Chair)
  • Advise teachers and principal on accommodation processes for state and school-wide assessments
  • Accommodate and/or modify a curriculum that is aligned with the standards of KIPP Austin and Texas
  • Assess individual student’s progress and learning needs; demonstrate a relentless focus on helping students achieve
  • Communicate students’ progress toward realizing academic and character development goals with families on a weekly basis
  • Some teachers may manage and support other Special Education teachers and/or Paraprofessionals on the Special Education team 
 
BENEFITS AND PERKS:
  • Competitive salaries and bonus program
  • Teacher Career pathway with expert teacher development and opportunities for career advancement
  • Competitive Medical, Dental and Vision coverage options with 79-95% of monthly medical premium costs (depending on the plan) paid by KIPP Austin
  • 100% KIPP-paid short-term disability
  • Paid parental leave (amount paid based on tenure)
  • On-campus dry cleaning pick-up
  • Retail discounts
  • Gold’s Gym individual and family plan discount

ABOUT KIPP TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

KIPP Texas Public Schools is a nonprofit public charter school network, dedicated to preparing students in educationally underserved communities for college success and choice-filled lives. Today, KIPP Texas operates 52 public charter schools educating over 27,700 students across four regions – Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income families. www.kipptexas.org


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