Learning Specialist 2020-2021

Learning Specialist 2020-2021 BACK TO JOB BOARD




Elementary School




Impact Public Schools | Puget Sound Elementary






To join our team, please visit our website (impactps.org) and follow the link to the careers page. From there, you can click on the Lead Teacher job and upload your cover letter and resume.

Who You Are?

You are a passionate special education teacher with a desire to pursue teacher leadership opportunities. You want to support a growing charter organization in its mission to serve scholars well. You are passionate about equity, have incredibly high expectations for kids and colleagues, and value both rigorous academics and social emotional learning.


Why This is a Unique Opportunity

  • We are a growing charter organization. This person will help us continue to improve our approach to special education and intervention services.
  • Learning Specialists can apply for Impact’s Leadership Fellows program, where they receive leadership training and help form a pipeline of future org leaders.
  • Impact Public Schools has received extraordinary results in its first year and a half of operation. Be part of an excellent organization fighting to end the opportunity gap.


Commitment to Diversity:

IPS seeks individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization and recruiting a team that reflects the diversity of our student movement.


Our Schools

Impact Public Schools currently operates a high performing charter elementary school in Tukwila, Washington. This position is for our new school, opening in Seattle in SY 2020-21. Our schools are tightly-knit families where every child is known, loved by an adult mentor and guided to achieve their unique, limitless potential. Our strong community is rooted in joyful rigor and committed to the following core values:


  • Bold Ambitions – We envision self-driven students and adults who develop the skills, habits and mindsets to impact communities and invent the future; we support one another in achieving step-by-step excellence along the way.
  • Brave Solidarity  – Diversity strengthens and enlivens us. Dissatisfied yet optimistic, we bring a lens of equity and inclusion to each decision and each day.
  • Team WA – All of Washington is our team. We are powerful when we work together, so we build relationships based on empathy and strive together towards outstanding outcomes for all public school students.
  • Everyone Grows – We approach each day as an opportunity to learn and grow. We work hard towards our own just-right goals, cheering each other on as we redefine potential.
  • Play Big – We celebrate. We wonder. We ask. We make and invent and imagine. We play big.
  • Intention – In the tiny and the huge, we keep the end in mind and reflect on the potential effects of our choices.


Through over thirty days of paid professional development, consistent high-impact instructional coaching, and personalized career pathways, we are deeply committed to each team member’s growth.


Core Job Functions

Serve as Resident Expert for Special Education 

  • Provide special education instruction, interventions and support to students in alignment with their IEPs
  • Plan and execute special education programming at school site, including compliance with all applicable laws and coordinating site-specific evaluation efforts and program model implementation.
  • Assist in spreading inclusion best practices through collaborating with colleagues and delivering targeted professional development
  • Support in the development and implementation of site RTI plan

Serve as Resident Expert for English Language Learner (ELL) Supports

  • Provide interventions and supports to students during the school day, and on an ongoing basis as needed for student development.
  • Plan and execute English Language Learner programming at school site, including compliance with all applicable laws and coordinating site-specific evaluation efforts and program model implementation.
  • Provide professional development to teachers and teaching fellows through training, modeling and coaching the delivery of instruction and supports to ELLs in accordance with curriculum identified by IPS using various coaching methods
  • Provide individualized materials and coaching to faculty to support ELL learning across different school settings
  • Facilitate professional development for teachers and teaching fellows on ELL strategies to support academic success of each student

Engagement and Communication

  • Proactively establish and maintain working relationships with community and social service organizations, professional partners, and families in support of special education and ELL program initiatives at IPS 

Commit to Professional Learning, Development, and Growth

  • Actively engage in a strong, supportive community of adult learning, professional development, and team planning
  • Review school special education and ELL data from multiple sources to inform and guide Response to Intervention special education programming and adjust coaching practices and priorities as needed


Skills and Characteristics:

  • Master of and enthusiasm for elementary special education, RTI, and ELL supports
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Ability to connect with a diverse student population
  • Strong belief in the IPS mission and educational model, including a desire to learn how to integrate elements of project based learning, personalization and social emotional learning into instruction
  • High moral character
  • Values the importance of working in a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment
  • Exhibits a growth mindset 
  • Positive and effective collaborator


Educational Background/Work Experience and Eligibility:

  • Bachelor’s degree with an outstanding record of academic achievement and     extracurricular leadership
  • Experience as a special education teacher
  • Washington teaching certificate
  • SPED credential
  • Deep knowledge of Response to Intervention, special education, ELLs, child development and learning frameworks
  • Experience planning and conducting professional development
  • Must pass background check