Special Education Teacher (Tacoma)

Summit Public Schools Published: July 10, 2018
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Are you looking for an innovative and educational environment? Summit Public Schools is the place for you! We're excited to share our open Special Education teaching position at Summit Olympus in Tacoma, WA. Read on to learn more!


Who We Are:

What if all students graduated high school with not only content knowledge, but the habits and skills to successfully navigate college and career, with a sense of purpose to anchor them? This is the question at the core of Summit Public Schools. Summit is a leading charter management organization serving heterogeneous communities in the Bay Area and Washington state. We operate 11 schools serving over 3,600 students.

Are you looking for the opportunity to lead change? Do you want to help reimagine what schools should be? We put students in the driver’s seat, empowering students with the skills and habits they need to be successful in college and life. We need diverse, driven, and dynamic teachers to join our growing team to help realize our educational vision.

The Summit Learning Environment:

Teaching at Summit is unlike teaching in a traditional environment. Our teachers know the individual strengths and growth areas for each student. We empower students to own their learning.

At Summit, teachers are empowered to meet the needs of every student by teaching in a variety of ways. They teach content knowledgvia direct instruction to the entire class, small group workshops, 1:1 targeted interventions, and by supporting students as they work at their own pace using resources on the Summit Learning Platform. 

Most of our teachers' time in the classroom is spent teaching cognitive skills through real-world projects - using their expertise to help students apply their knowledge to the world around them. In addition to leading content and projects, Summit teachers also mentor students and help coach them towards their personal goals. 

By design, our schools are small communities where every student is known. Our schools are intentionally heterogeneous and reflect the diverse demographics of the communities they are a part of. As a teacher, this will require being culturally responsive and creating equitable learning pathways for all students.

We are committed to continual growth at Summit. We prioritize developing leaders from within and have invested in multiple career pathway programs for our teachers and school leaders. With dedicated days of professional development built into the academic year, we equip teachers with the tools necessary to improve their practice and tackle challenging issues.

What you’ll do:

The Education Specialist is responsible for acting as a full faculty member, across all school systems (such as grade level teams and weekly faculty meetings) by inputting advice, student status updates and personal opinions and ideas. In addition, the Education Specialist will have sole responsibility for, and be expected to:

  • A student school day is around 8-8:30am to 3-3:30pm, depending on the specific school. Teachers generally arrive around 30 minutes before school. See sample teacher schedules here.
  • Implement curriculum, instruction, and assessment to address the individualized education goals for students receiving special education
  • Provide case management for a caseload of students:
    • Ensure students are consistently receiving supports, accommodations, and/or modifications as delineated in the each student’s Individualized Education Plans (IEP)
    • Consult with general education teachers to adjust core curriculum, instruction and assessment to meet the unique learning needs and styles of a caseload of students
    • Collaborate with school staff, related service providers and parents to collect information and monitor the progress of a caseload of students in order to review and adjust educational plans at least annually
  • Lead the development and design of IEPs for a caseload of students receiving special education, including facilitating IEP meetings
  • Administer and interpret academic diagnostic assessments to determine learners’ strengths and areas of need for initial, and triennial assessments
  • Create and maintain notifications, records, files, and reports as required by federal, state and local regulations
  • Maintain knowledge of current regulations pertaining to special education
  • Serve on a professional development team with other Education Specialists across the Summit network to collaborate
  • Provide support to students in office hours before and/or after school one day each week
  • Utilize an instructional coach to develop educator skills and apply new practices to support students with exceptional needs and mentees.
  • Twice per week all teachers have after-school meetings: community decisions are made, professional development takes place, and faculty collaborates as a grade-level or mentor team. Once per week, teachers offer office hours before or after school. On these days, most teachers leave around 5pm; other days, most teachers leave around 4pm.
  • Occasionally, teachers will also participate in back to school nights, open houses, or other community events after school hours.

What you need:

  • Commitment to uphold Summit’s values, belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life
  • Teaching Credential in Washington or another US State (or a commitment to obtain a credential by completing an educator preparation program within 2 years of starting at Summit)
  • Bachelor’s Degree (a Master’s Degree in Education is preferred but not required)
  • Clear health and background check
  • Teaching experience in your subject preferred but not required

To Apply

Apply today for the 2018-2019 School Year: https://grnh.se/9bce9ab21

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