Special Education Teacher (2020-2021)
ABOUT US The Primary School is expanding the boundaries of traditional education. Our holistic model weaves together education, health, and family support services to ensure underserved children have the system of care they need to lead meaningful and emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy lives. The Primary School was founded in 2015, and we received seed funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.Our approach has three defining characteristics:We start early. We start working with parents and enroll children into our program as early as birth to reach them at their most critical stage in development. We work with - not around - families. We know that parents and caregivers are the most important people in a child’s life. We partner with them to enhance the education and health of their children. We integrate multiple systems to serve the whole child. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs. In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four-year-olds. We have grown to serve nearly 300 children and their families via a 0-3 parent/child program, a preschool and elementary school.Our ultimate goal is to create a game-changing system of care for children that can be replicated across the country. To that end, we are building a model that can be effectively implemented in diverse communities and sustained on public funding. In 2019, we plan to both expand our student and family population in East Palo Alto and pursue opening our next site in Hayward, California. It’s an exciting time to join the team!ABOUT THE ROLE The Special Education Teacher reports to the Director of Mental Health and Integrated Supports and is responsible for delivering direct services to children with identified needs, collaborate with teachers and support staff on integrated support plans, and serve as case manager for students with IEPs. The SPED teacher will provide significant out of classroom supports through a resource room model while also collaborating with classroom teachers on in class supports.In the 2020-2021 school year we will be expanding and strengthening The Primary School’s Special Education program, meaning that this role is an opportunity for someone looking to be engaged both in direct service and program design and innovation. As a growing school we need a Special Education teacher who will thrive with the opportunity to share their perspective while working with a team to build the program.ResponsibilitiesThe SPED teacher will be part of our Integrated Supports team, helping ensure that all children at The Primary School receive the support they need to be successful at school. Reporting to the Director of Mental Health and Integrated Supports will allow the Special Education Teacher to work in close partnership with the mental health and behavioral supports teams.Develop and deliver direct services to achieve both academic and behavioral goals (for children in pre-K, kindergarten, first grade, second, and third grades). Set targeted goals based on need. Ensure interventions/accommodations are delivered with fidelity. Provide a range of supports which may include small group instruction and individual intervention. Evaluate effectiveness of interventions. Tailor supports to continue to improve efficacy. Collaborate with teachers to ensure instruction and classroom environment to optimize learning for all children. Build systems for goal tracking, collaboration, family communication, and staffing allocations for the Special Education program. Work with parents to ensure understanding of child's needs and progress and provide tools to support children at home. Build a safe and effective environment through resource room support, delivering direct support as well as coordinating with related service providers. Observe and evaluate students to more deeply understand. Other responsibilities related to growing our Special Education practices. QUALIFICATIONS 3 years experience working in a Special Education environment (identifying needs, setting goals/plans, and delivering aligned supports). A strong commitment to supporting the highest need students in succeeding at school. A background working with young children (aged 5 - 8), English Language Learners, and supporting both schools and families. A drive to work in a high energy start-up environment. A plus if experience in a special day or cross-categorical classroom. A plus if you are bilingual (Spanish speaking) and have worked with a diverse population of kids and families. A flexible mindset and desire to jump in across programming wherever support is needed. A Plus If You speak fluent Spanish. You have Early Childhood Education credits Compensation Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.