The Emotional Support Special Education Teacher shows an unwavering commitment to students with emotional support needs and a commitment to improve the knowledge, skills, and lives of each of these students. The teacher ensures that students meet success in their classroom as measured by achievement on IEP goals and other classroom assessments.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Serving as the lead teacher for an emotional support classroom of 8-12 students
Establishing a positive, fun, structured, achievement focused classroom
Driving student achievement for students with emotional support needs in their class
Providing instruction to students with emotional support needs
Working together with other staff members to implement each student’s IEP
Monitoring and responding to progress monitoring results and student assessment data
Developing effective IEPs that drive the academic program and translate into measurable results for students
Collaborating with related services providers to implement strategies to increase student achievement on specialist IEP goals
Communicating regularly with parents about student’s progress and needs
Providing leadership as a member of the Special Education team
Strong knowledge of instructional strategies for students with emotional support needs
Familiarity with functional behavioral assessments and positive behavior support plans
Detail-oriented and highly organized with strong analytical writing skills
Has experienced a high level of measurable success working with urban youth
Has knowledge of PA Academic Standards
Results-oriented individual – a flexible thinker willing to do “whatever it takes.”
Belief in the Mastery Charter School mission and instructional model
A ferocious desire to provide our students with a world class education
Has zest and a sense of humor
Willingness to be an active partner and collaborator with staff from an outside organization in order to implement a structured program model based on teaching social and emotional skills
Ability to work well as a member of a classroom and school team
Belief in the primary importance of teacher-student relationships. Strong ability to build trusting relationships with students
Ability to provide high quality instruction in several subject areas: reading/literature, math, science, and social studies
Requires a candidate who is calm, present, predictable, and will not become escalated in response to challenging behavior from students
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
Requires special education certification
Background in teaching students with ED classifications, either as a lead or co-teacher
Experience working with special education population in an urban classroom setting
Documented experience using data-driven instruction to achieve significant student gains
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as maneuvering in classrooms and physically supporting students in the classroom; Standing, walking, sitting for long periods of time, speak loudly and clearly, seeing and hearing things both near and far away, stooping, kneeling, fine finger and hand manipulation in use of a computer, chalkboard, dry erase board or projector.
We believe educational inequity is the most pressing social problem facing our country and the civil rights issue of our day. Mastery exists to help solve this problem. Our ultimate goal is to create a model urban school district that serves all students with excellence. We are organized around one driving mission: All students learn the academic and personal skills they need to be truly prepared for postsecondary success and able to pursue their dreams. To fulfill this mission, we attend to the whole child – academically and emotionally – matching high expectations for students with high levels of support.
Mastery Charter Schools is a nonprofit network of more than 20 schools serving over 13,500 students in Philadelphia and Camden. We are the largest turnaround school operator in the nation and have been lauded by President Obama and the US Department of Education for our ability to dramatically boost academic achievement in historically low-performing schools.
We know neighborhood schools matter, all students deserve access to a great education, and the people in our building can grow and develop sustainably to make the biggest impact possible in this work.
Mastery Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. We offer a full benefits program and opportunities for professional growth.