Special Education Specialist
Monarca Academy, which will open its doors to students in grade 6 in fall 2022 and grow by one grade level each subsequent year, is a community of social justice-minded and equity-oriented educators working to provide an identity-safe, and affirming, space that embraces and lifts up the brilliance of all students. At Monarca Academy, we eliminate barriers to success for all students; recognizing that our systems are what need to be “fixed” rather than our students. We recognize that these deficit perspectives have too long impacted the way in which we serve our students and communities. Inspired by the Latinx and immigrant experience, we develop leaders through high academic standards (Ganas), cultural responsiveness (Orgullo), and community building (Comunidad).
We are eagerly seeking a founding team to exemplify this model and build the culture to live out our mission. If you are interested in a collaborative environment that combines an asset-based philosophy with high expectations for learning, we hope you will consider applying to join our professional learning community in service of our students.
School Model –
At Monarca, we utilize the three values of Ganas (Perseverance), Orgullo (Pride), and Comunidad (Community) as our foundation. We want these values to be not only how we build our model for culture and academics, but how we operate and our way of being in all interactions, with our students, families, each other, and within ourselves. We leverage these three values to constantly reflect on how we show up for our students, how our teaching is shaped by our lived experiences and identities, and how we shape the sense of belonging we create for students. Please visit our website at https://www.monarcaacademy.org/ to learn more about each of the core components of our school model.
Job Responsibilities –
All Special Education Specialist work priorities revolve around the following domains:
Provide high-quality instruction to promote academic success for students
- Plan and facilitate training related to furthering knowledge around supporting exceptional learners, including, but not limited to: accommodation, modifications, and IEPs
- Collaborate with general education teachers and give feedback on lessons and/or instruction, as needed, to ensure students are receiving appropriate accommodations as dictated by their IEPs.
- Participate in weekly team and content area meetings, during which time special focus should be given to supporting, and monitoring progress of, exceptional learners.
- Provide as-needed direct, in-class support to students, via individualized/small group instruction or co-teaching, to differentiate instruction based on the needs of the exceptional learners in an effort to create a rigorous and identity-safe learning environment
Create the environment and relationships that encourage students to engage in cognitive risks
- Collaborate with teachers around lesson design to make instruction inclusive of students’ exceptional needs, leveraging students’ assets as a vehicle for learning
- Build and promote a culture of belongingness for students and staff, centered on an asset-based mindset about others, honoring the beauty and brilliance of their lived experiences, neurodiversity, and identities
- Actively contribute to Monarca’s commitment to developing a diverse and equitable environment
Build a collectivist culture that empowers and values our community
- Construct and update the Individualized Education Plans in coordination with families and teachers, disseminating these plans to all colleagues serving these students
- Organize and coordinate move-in conferences and annual case conferences to revise IEPs, review services and progress, and make any adjustments to need students’ needs, meeting state timeline for compliance
- Promote family engagement and community empowerment by developing a partnership with caretakers and stakeholders through ongoing positive communication, home visits, and other activities that encourage active participation in student learning
|Ongoing Development and Other Responsibilities
- Participate on various teams, such as the Core Leadership Team and MTSS team to coordinate services and provide perspective for exceptional learners
- Coordinate with the IDOE Special Education office and ensure that the IDOE Information & Resources for Parents is modified for use at Monarca Academy
- Keep documentation of IEPs, meeting notes, goals, and progress monitoring; update the IIEP system to meet all deadlines to remain in compliance with federal and state law
- Participate in collaborative coaching, reflecting on instructional practice and mindsets, receiving and providing critical feedback, and implementing shifts in instruction
- Engage in ongoing professional development and implement this learning in the classroom to best serve students. Topics include but are not limited to: Monarca Academy guiding philosophies, Universal Design for Learning and Culturally-Relevant Pedagogy, Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol
- Additional responsibilities may arise during the school year. This could include but not is limited to: arrival/lunch/dismissal duties, attending staff and student field trips, open houses, parent-teacher conferences, home visits, clerical duties, and other events involving parents and students as needed. These events will be communicated to all employees with as much notice and flexibility as possible.
- Other duties as assigned
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Teaching experience of 1 year in grades 6-8 is preferred
- Hold a valid current Indiana Teacher’s License with appropriate endorsement of Special Education in grades 6-8
LICENSURE, QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Proficient in computer software necessary for communication in person or online. Includes but not limited to Word, Excel, Powerpoint and online communication tools such as Zoom, Teams, Hangouts, or others
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- Strong verbal and written communication skills, extending to interpersonal skills with student, parents, and community members
- Ability to set and meet goals and deadlines
- Satisfactory completion of local, state, and federal criminal history checks
Alianza Community Schools offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.
As an equal opportunity employer, Alianza Community Schools hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability.
JOB TYPE: Full Time
Starting Teacher Salary: $48,000 (Commensurate with Experience)
- Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
Thank you for your interest in an open position.
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