High School Special Education Teacher
DSST Public Schools (DSST) seeks a High School Special Education Teacher to join one of the leading charter school organizations in the nation. We serve 6-12th grade students across Denver and Aurora. Our mission is to transform urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century.
Overview of Position:
DSST Public Schools seeks teachers with a track-record of raising student achievement to join a team of educators dedicated to providing a rigorous college preparatory program to a diverse population. Our teachers are leaders who play an integral role in ensuring student success through supporting our school culture, developing and instructing a rigorous core curriculum, and using data to drive their daily practice. Our Special Education teachers see and grow the potential of all students by providing differentiated support and by building inclusive spaces and strong relationships with each student and family.
Our Special Education Teachers serve students from all eligibility categories. You may need to teach literacy, math, language skills, behavioral skills, daily living skills, and/or adaptive skills, and may also provide physical care needs. Our teachers provide instruction at the large group, small group and individual level, and collaborate with general education staff for successful inclusion of students.
We will inquire about your grade level and campus specific preference at the time of interview.
- Demonstrate relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of students
- Take holistic accountability for student success- taking ownership of each student's academic success or failure.
- To live and model the school's core values with colleagues, students, parents and the larger community
- To reinforce the school's core values, guiding philosophy, rules and school spirit
- Exhibit mastery and enthusiasm for the assigned academic subjects and classes
- Plan and implement targeted curriculum and assessments for each student which adheres to the school's curriculum and standards.
- Work to implement and master DSST Public Schools' core instructional practices
Collaboration and Communication
- Building the capacity of highly professional team of support specialists (paraprofessionals) to ensure student behavioral, social and academic lessons and curriculum are consistently implemented with the use of continuous data collection to drive the effectiveness of interventions.
- Engage parents in their student's learning through proactive communication structures, creation and refining of vision documents, and working with potential families when placement is being considered.
- Delegate effectively while also serving as the lead teacher for the students in the center-based program.
- Exhibit excellent communication skills to provide direct, frequent feedback to general education teachers and para-professionals on effective instructional practices to implement accommodations and modifications for student IEP goals with students are included in the general education classroom or in center based classroom.
Curriculum and Assessment
- To implement a variety of targeted assessments and root cause analysis that measure progress towards learning outcomes and that adhere to the DSST Assessment Framework.
- To use assessment data to adapt curriculum and instructional practices to help students meet the school's performance standards. Such use of data includes re-teach weeks, spiraling skills, and changing daily instruction to meet student needs.
- To devote the necessary time and energy required to master the craft of teaching. To be open to innovative approaches to teaching, feedback from colleagues and school administration.
- To actively participate in the school's professional development programs including data analysis and planning, leading and participating in best practice sessions, peer coaching, and attending conferences.
- Model, live, and reinforce the school's core values and policies inside and outside the classroom with colleagues, students, parents, and the larger community.
- Student Advisor
- Perform as an advisor to a small group of advisees by overseeing their academic and student life.
- Taking attendance
- Checking homework completion
- Holding regular academic and behavioral conferences
- Meeting with advisee's parents and communicating with families regularly
- Leading reading and culture circles
- Leading weekly Advisory activities and lessons.
- Grade level "House" teammate
- Participate in weekly meetings to support student culture and academics for the whole grade
- Data tracking and observations in between meetings will be likely
- Participate in planning and execution of grade level events
- Weekly Staff Meetings
- Participate in weekly whole school staff meetings to support school culture, and teacher initiatives
- Participate in planning and proctoring extra teacher "duties" throughout the week
- Lunch Duty
- Morning Duty
- After School Duty
- Academic Interventions
- College Prep
- Mandatory Tutoring
- Behavioral Support Intervention
- Serve as a recruiter for new students; actively engage prospective families in an effort to draw more students to choose your school; be willing to take on additional tasks to support recruitment, as needed
**there may be additional duties depending on the DSST campus**
DSST Public Schools seeks candidates with strong character, passion for excellence and a relentless commitment to student achievement.
Have both a license and a special education endorsement:
Type of License:
- Candidates are required to have a Bachelor's Degree.
- Applicants for Special Education teaching positions must meet the following requirements:
- A7- Special Education Teacher in Residence
- ATL- Alternative Teacher License
- ATLW- Alternative Teacher License Waiver
- INTL- Initial Teacher License
- PFTL- Professional Teacher License
- PFTM- Professional Teacher License- Master
- Special Education Generalist
- Special Education Specialist
- Teacher 1-Moderate Needs
- Teacher- Educationally Handicapped (EH)
Commitment to Equity
- We believe that if we actively commit to equitable and inclusive practices aligned to our mission and values, our students and staff will achieve at high levels.
Commitment to Continuous Growth
- We believe that if we foster our own growth mindsets, our students and staff will develop a commitment to continuous improvement and thus maximize their potential.
Commitment to Healthy Team
- We believe that if we commit to modeling and fostering healthy teams, our students and staff will achieve a collective success that surpasses that of the individuals
Drives to Results
- We believe if we strategically develop systems and people with a driven sense of urgency and focus on results, our students and staff will achieve ambitious goals.
Compensation and Benefits:
DSST Public Schools is committed to providing our staff with benefit offerings that empower each of our employees to make the choices that best meet their individualized and personal needs while also keeping cost in mind.
DSST Benefit highlights include:
- Medical Plans offered through Kaiser
- $0 employee cost option!
- Annual Health Savings account (HSA) gift from DSST Public Schools
- 2 Dental Plans options offered through Principal Dental Group and Vision through VSP
- Employee Assistance and Counseling Support
- 401 (k) retirement plan with 5% annual gift from DSST regardless of personal contribution
- FMLA effective immediately (6 weeks paid, 6 weeks unpaid)
- Access to additional discounts through our benefit partners exclusively for DSST staff
- Candidates placed in Aurora Science & Tech. will be eligible for a PERA Retirement Plan
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active and may require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching throughout the day. The employee must lift and/or move items up to 30 pounds. The employee must have sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
DSST Public Schools Overview:
DSST Public Schools (DSST) operates a network of tuition-free, open-enrollment public STEM charter schools. All DSST schools operate within the Denver Public Schools (DPS) district and students are admitted through DPS' School Choice process. Our schools focus on building a community where students and staff are valued for their unique talents. Meaningful relationships are at the core of our model which is why our schools are small enough to ensure every student is known and valued for their individuality. We have developed systems and structures to ensure our students will be prepared for college, career and life. The student population across the DSST network is 83% students of color and 71% qualify for free and reduced lunch. This year, DSST will serve approximately 5,700 students at fourteen schools on eight campuses across Denver, and DSST will open its first campus in Aurora, Colorado in the fall 2019. At full enrollment, DSST Public Schools will serve over 10,000 students and will more than double the number of four year college-ready DPS graduates.
DSST Public Schools employees support each other not only to have fulfilling careers, but more importantly, to lead fulfilling lives that combines deeply meaningful professional work with personal well-being. Our core values are central to our program and to our results. These values are embedded in everything that we do and how we do it, both for our students and our staff. The six DSST core values are:
Respect - We appreciate each person and their story through our words, actions, and attitudes. We value their unique perspective and treat others with dignity.
Responsibility - We acknowledge that our actions and choices impact ourselves and our community. We take ownership for what we do and how we choose to do it.
Integrity - We act and speak with honesty, fairness, and thoughtfulness. We consistently align our words and actions.
Courage - We possess the confidence and resolve to take risks, push ourselves, and persevere in the face of pressure, adversity or unfamiliar circumstances.
Curiosity - We are eager to learn, questions, and explore. We have a thirst for knowledge, a love of investigation, and a desire to learn about ourselves, our community, and our world.
Doing Your Best - We put our best effort into everything we do. We know that individual and collective effort are required for our community to thrive.
DSST Public Schools proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Denver School of Science and Technology does not exclude participation in, deny benefits to or discriminate on the basis of, ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. (Protected Classes).
DSST Public Schools does not unlawfully discriminate against a member of a Protected Class in admission or access to, or terms and conditions of employment, or in its programs and activities. DSST Public Schools shall operate as an equal opportunity employer and will provide and safeguard the opportunity for all persons to seek, obtain, hold and advance in employment within the district without discrimination. The District shall actively promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive, aggressive, continuing affirmative action program.
Further, DSST Public Schools affirms the rights of all Protected Classes to be free from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm and/or harassment.
DSST Public Schools shall inform students, parents, employees and the general public each school year that the educational programs, activities and employment opportunities offered by the district are offered without regard to ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. The announcement shall also include the name/title, address and telephone number of the person designated to coordinate Title IX and Section 504 and ADA compliance activities.
Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact the Assistant Superintendent or Human Resources.