Educational Specialist/Special Education Teacher
Alpha Public Schools is a public charter school network of four schools educating approximately 1,800 scholars in east San Jose. Guided by the belief that our students belong in college, we ensure safe, inclusive, and student-centered learning environments to help our students thrive. What sets us apart is the very thing that makes us who we are– our community. Alpha was founded by a group of mothers on the eastside of San Jose who sought better educational opportunities for their students. We maintain a strong connection to our community and engage families in a collaborative approach to offer a holistic education to our students.What we offer:At Alpha we care deeply about our scholars and staff. To support our team (and hopefully you!) we offer:Competitive salary commensurate with experience and credential status (as well as compounding retention incentives for returning Alpha teachers) See our 2022-23 Teacher Salary Scale Summary Sheet Health benefits plans for medical, vision, and dental insurance coverage for staff and their families Retirement matching options Paid time off for holidays and breaks (6 weeks throughout the school year in addition to 6 weeks during the summer) Generous paternity/maternity leave benefits including 4 weeks of paid parental leave in addition to the state and federal leave allowances Paid tuition for Induction and reimbursement for passing scores on credential required exams Employee Assistance Program that provides access to professional services for workplace, life, and wellbeing support and services Relocation assistance for teammates moving from 250+ miles away $3,000 sign-on bonus for Education Specialist About this Role:As a teacher at Alpha you will join a team that upholds high expectations, fosters social development, and facilitates the intellectual growth of our scholars while leading from a place of empathy and understanding. We are seeking passionate individuals who embody Alpha’s mission, vision and core beliefs, and who are reflective in their practice. If you are committed to amplifying and celebrating the diverse experiences of our scholars and their families, and you care deeply about educational equity and inclusivity, Alpha is the place for you!What you’ll do…Lead an academically rigorous classroom through activities such as:Provide specialized academic instruction to identified students with disabilities who meet the eligibility criteria established by federal and state law Provide push in, pull out, and/or consultative specialized academic instruction for students with exceptional needs Serve as a special education teacher, which includes creating lesson plans based on provided unit plans, planning assessments, grading and maintaining a gradebook, and supporting a small classroom of learners Collaborate with general education teachers to ensure consistent implementation of IEPs across all school environments Establish and maintain standards of student behavior for a productive learning environment during class sessions Assess and analyze students’ performance and progress to ensure they are mastering developmental skills regularly, and responding to data to support all scholars to achieve academic success Develop and monitor behavioral systems and interventions to support scholars’ behavioral growth Case ManagementProvide legally defensible implementation of services, supports, accommodations, and modifications as provided by students’ IEPs Demonstrate knowledge of and compliance with special education laws, as well as school policies and procedures Participate in all professional development meetings/retreats and opportunities to further enhance your expertise as a teacher and leadership skills as an Alpha employee Collect data on and monitor individual student performance, adjusting instruction and supports as necessary to ensure progress toward IEP goals Utilize assessment results, both formal and informal, to develop legally defensible and data-driven IEPs Build relationshipsSupport school community in managing larger-scale Tier 2 behavior interventions Create a safe, fun and academically challenging classroom culture Hold all students to high expectations both academic and behavior Develop positive relationships with students, families, and colleagues Grow ProfessionallyEngage in professional development opportunities provided by Alpha Receive and implement feedback from experienced educational coaches Seek opportunities to collaborate with and learn from colleagues Be committed to growing your teaching through independent study and research You possess...A Bachelor’s degree A valid (or eligible for) California Teaching or Education Specialist Credential (Special Education - Mild to Moderate with Autism Authorization) A strong commitment not only to our students, but also to your own continuous professional development. You possess the ability to receive and implement feedback quickly. You stand out by being...Committed: You are committed to working with students in traditionally underserved communities. Approximately 80% of Alpha’s students are from under-resourced communities and will be the first in their families to go to college. The majority of our students identify as Latinx and/or Vietnamese. Collaborative: You are team-oriented and are able to implement school-wide systems effectively and consistently. Organized: You are self-motivated and reliable, with the ability to plan and execute tasks. Experienced: You have taught in an under-resourced community, and/or you have a background of shared experience with our scholars. Bilingual: Conversational Spanish or Vietnamese a plus Join our team…To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter online.Alpha Public Schools is a network of four high-performing public charter schools founded by a group of East San José mothers dedicated to helping transform their community. We have a strong growth mindset – as individuals, as an organization, and on behalf of our students and families. We want to be better tomorrow than we are today.As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.Salary is competitive and compensation includes a comprehensive benefits package.