Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate), 2018-2019

Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate), 2018-2019

Rocketship Public Schools is a network of elementary schools serving primarily socioeconomically disadvantaged students so that we can meet our mission of eliminating the achievement gap in our lifetimes. We are hiring outstanding K-5 Mild-Moderate Education Specialists in the Bay Area, Nashville, Milwaukee, and Washington, D.C. for the 2018-2019 school year.The Education Specialist is a full time position that reports to the Principal. The Education Specialist will work with one school site, and will be responsible for managing the IEP caseload for Rocketship students who require special education services as outlined in their IEPs. The role of the Education Specialist is to improve student outcomes through targeted academic and behavioral support.

Partnering with Families:

Rocketship’s collaborative learning environment reaches well beyond the four walls of our classrooms. We are deeply committed to parent engagement. Teachers new to our network are always amazed by how deeply our Rocketeer parents are engaged in their school’s community. Annual teacher home visits, monthly parent community meetings, and a vibrant parent volunteer network create solid relationships, a rich school culture and a devoted community that propels student achievement.

Career Pathways:

At Rocketship, you are joining a network and a community committed to excellence. We have ambitious plans to scale our system to serve more communities in need every year. We prioritize developing leaders from within and have invested in multiple career pathway programs for our teachers and school leaders. If you are looking for the chance to drive transformative change in underserved communities and contribute to a national movement to close the achievement gap in our lifetime, look no further than Rocketship.

Essential Functions:

  • Ensure that all students realize the academic goals outlined both within their IEPs and by Rocketship Public Schools and realize significant gains (1.5+ years of progress)
  • Collaborate with school personnel, parents, and other service providers for the purpose of improving the quality of student outcomes, developing solutions and planning curriculum.
  • Coordinate referral and assessment procedures and facilitate the coordination of IEP team meetings and the implementation of special education services (Speech, Occupational therapy, etc.)
  • Evaluate students’ abilities in basic academics for the purpose of assisting other personnel in the diagnosis of learning disorders, development of remediation plans and/or student progress
  • Provide one-to-one or small group instruction, direct services and push in or pull out intervention as required by IEP
  • Co-teach with general educators and related service providers to ensure inclusive education practices for all students
  • Administer standardized achievement tests, interpreting results to determine learners’ strengths and areas of need for initial, annual and triennial assessments
  • Provide accommodations and/or modifications to learners with disabilities for assignments and testing as determined by the IEP team
  • Draft and write professional and compliant IEPs, as well as finalize the data in SEIS
  • Instruct students for the purpose of improving their success in assigned basic academic subject areas of reading, writing and/or math
  • Manage student behavior for the purpose of providing a safe and optimal learning environment, develops behavior support plans as needed
  • Participates in various meetings (IEP, Parent Conferences, In Service Training, Staff Meetings etc.)
  • Provide leadership for assuring full compliance with legal requirements as prescribed by federal law under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act 1997) and IDEIA (Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act, 2004) and State of California Education Code
  • Collaborate with parents as educational partners and provide ability awareness as needed

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Valid Education Specialist Credential or enrolled in an accredited teacher preparation program working towards a credential. Must be qualified for Intern Credential at time of application.
  • Knowledge of curriculum, education code and special education law/policies
  • Perform a variety of specialized and responsible tasks: maintain records, establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, parents, other school personnel, meet schedule and compliance deadlines.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license: willingness to provide own transportation in conduct of work assignments.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally climb ladders. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.