Full Job Description
PAVE Academy Charter School, a public charter school in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY, prepares Kindergarten to 8th-grade students to thrive in competitive high schools and four-year colleges. PAVE provides its students with a rigorous academic program and a community built on the organization’s core values of Perseverance, Achievement, Vibrance, and Excellent Character (PAVE).
Founded in 2008, PAVE’s college preparatory school model prepares students to gain access to the competitive high schools that will place them on a path of expanded opportunities, and empower them to access lives of choice. PAVE educates 490 Kindergarten – 8th-grade scholars each school year. Across our student population, 87 percent of our students are eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program (FRLP); 23 percent are students with special needs, and 10 percent are English Language Learners (ELL).
PAVE Red Hook seeks a Middle School Dean of Student Support Services (DSSS) to be an integral part of the instructional leadership team. PAVE seeks an educator who is committed to education reform, believes that all scholars can and will achieve at high levels with joyful, rigorous instruction, and who can commit to a consistent school-wide culture that cultivates growth within our scholars. PAVE students’ success depends on the knowledge, skills, and mindsets of PAVE’s teachers and school leaders. The DSSS will ensure that all PAVE scholars have a great education, and are able to meet targeted goals through the support of the Learning Support Team, and all teachers at PAVE. Through coordinating, co-teaching, and supporting scholars with high needs, the PAVE DSSS will work with the school team to ensure we are building an integrated school environment that leads all kids to becoming citizens and scholars that have the skills and preparedness they need to meet PAVE’s mission acceptance to and graduation from top-tier high schools and colleges. The DSSS will report to the Middle School Principal.
ALL PAVE TEAM MEMBERS BELIEVE IN::
Our Core Values
Perseverance: We believe that reflection and refinement is key towards continuously growing and improving. We give and receive direct feedback and hold each other accountable. We are solutions minded, positive and allow ourselves to be vulnerable as we persevere to get better.
Achievement: We set ambitious goals and work relentlessly to attain them. We understand the key to student academic growth is great teaching; we obsess over the art and science of teaching timeless content well. We use data to drive all our decisions and measure our success.
Vibrance: We share gratitude with our colleagues, students and families. We recognize that complaining saps our collective strength and remain optimistic in the face of challenges. We focus on the joy of our practice and recognize the accomplishments of others. We believe that good humor and generosity of spirit are key to a positive culture.
Excellent Character: We always assume the best and take concerns to the source. We maintain emotional constancy and disciplined language in all situations. We treat all in our community with honesty
HOW YOU'LL CONTRIBUTE:
Plan and deliver rigorous, goals-driven lessons to highest need scholars
Implement interventions and accommodations (academic, social, or behavioral) for individual students based on needs
Communicate effectively and regularly with students and parents about student progress including keeping accurate grade book records and using school tracking documents
Coordinate CST meetings and the internal RTI process
Teaching responsibilities as needed as part of the Instructional Leadership Team
Co-Planning and Collaboration
Support teachers in developing or locating instructional activities and resources specific to struggling scholars and their individual needs
Provide written feedback on lesson plans to provide differentiation and suggestions as needed
Meet with coach and teachers regularly to check in on progress, debrief learning activities, and adapt plans as necessary including support for co-teaching teams
Support teachers in developing rigorous academic goals for individual scholars and plan benchmarks to meet goals
Provide school leaders with input on how PD activities can best meet the needs of teachers in order to ensure that we are consistently meeting the “all scholars” part of our mission
Lead PD sessions on selected aspects of instruction in an inclusive setting and differentiating teaching practices to meet the needs of our population as needed
Committee on Special Education
Communicate regularly with the Committee on Special Education regarding the needs of scholars with special needs, including referrals, evaluations, and reviews
Co-Write and update Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for all scholars on an annual basis, including facilitating and distributing conversations around Present Levels of Performance, goal-setting, and analyzing data for individual scholars
Participate in meeting with the CSE as well as the school-based team in advance of all CSE meetings to clearly communicate and discuss shared goals
Maintain accurate records of all communication with the CSE and all Related Service Providers
Ensure compliance with all pertinent special education laws and policies as outlined in the NYC Special Education Standard Operating Procedures Manual (SOPM)
Data Analysis and Maintaining Accurate Records
Support teachers in examining student work, observation checklists, exit tickets, and formal assessment data to identify student growth, diagnose challenges, and plan for future instruction and intervention
Co-Facilitate team analysis of achievement data with each IA cycle and as needed
Refer students for initial and repeat evaluations (for ESL services, 504 Plans, and Special Services) as needed and track scholar progress every 6 weeks
Promote dialogue and peer learning between special and general educators (and related service providers)
Maintain accurate, secure records of all scholars with special needs ensuring compliance throughout all aspects of the program (including ESL, 504, and IEP records)
WHAT YOU'LL BRING TO THE TEAM:
Outstanding instructional skills, including the ability to motivate and challenge students
Demonstrated ability to create and maintain a warm, strict, orderly classroom environment
Personal accountability for student achievement and a proven track-record for doing so in the classroom
A belief that all students can learn at a high level and should be held to high academic standards
Ability to communicate effectively (in writing and orally)
A strong commitment to PAVE’s mission and vision
Able to work effectively with students, parents, administrators, colleagues, community, and other school system staff
High expectations for student work and behavior with unwavering commitment to consistency
Optimistic, with the right blend of support and accountability
Bachelor’s Degree (required), Master’s Degree (preferred)
Experience teaching in an urban public school or charter school setting
New York State Teaching Certification in Special Education
PAVE Schools, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.