Special Education Teacher

Special Education Teacher BACK TO JOB BOARD




Elementary School








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Impact Public Schools is hiring special education teachers in Seattle and Tacoma for the 2021-22 school year.

Please visit Impact’s careers page to submit an application.

Who You Are?

You are a dedicated special education teacher who deeply believes that all students can thrive with the right supports in place. You love leading small group instruction and supporting general education teachers in implementing accommodations in an inclusive classroom. You are a detail oriented case manager who builds powerful relationships with families. You are fiercely committed to equity and closing the opportunity gap in Washington.

Why This is a Unique Opportunity

  • Learning Specialists are leaders in special education on campus. Learning Specialists provide teachers and admin with expertise on best practices in special education programming and play an integral role in RTI and IEP processes,
  • Our team is mission driven and this is an organization that lives it’s values each day.
  • Impact Public Schools is closing the opportunity gap – our scholars exceeded national expectations on multiple growth measures, including Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Assessment and the national norm-referenced NWEA MAP assessments. You can be part of a team that is truly achieving exceptional results in Washington.

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 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

  • Provide exceptional instruction to scholars in accordance with IEP goals and services
  • Support school leaders in implementing an RTI program aimed at providing targeted interventions for scholars deserving additional supports
  • Support teachers and school leaders in spreading best practices in inclusion instruction through co-planning, PD facilitation, and other mechanisms
  • Serve as case manager for scholars with IEPs
  • Ensure students are consistently receiving supports, accommodations, and/or modifications as delineated in each scholar’s IEP
  • Consult with general education teachers meet the unique learning needs and styles scholars with IEPs
  • Collaborate with school staff, related service providers and parents to collect information and monitor the progress of scholars with IEPs
  • Lead the development and design of IEPs for a caseload of scholars receiving special education services, including facilitating IEP meetings
  • Administer and interpret academic diagnostic assessments to determine scholar’s 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
  • Collaborate with external service providers to ensure strong service delivery

Skills and Characteristics

  • Strong knowledge of special education and inclusion practices
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • High level of instructional and classroom management skills
  • Strong belief in the IPS mission and educational model, including experience implementing – or a passionate desire to learn how to integrate elements of project based learning – personalization and social emotional learning into instruction
  • Ability to connect with and motivate a diverse student population
  • Value the importance of working in a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment
  • Exhibit a growth mindset as an educator and lifelong learner
  • Effectively collaborate with others

Educational Background/Work Experience and Eligibility

  • Gap closing teaching experience with proven record of student growth
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Passionate about learning
  • Washington special education teaching certificate (or commitment to obtain one)
  • Must pass background check
  • Must pass background check


Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. IPS offers all teachers a full benefits package and extensive opportunities for professional growth.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal employment opportunity and respect in the workplace are fundamental principles at Impact Public Schools (IPS). IPS prohibits and does not tolerate harassment, intimidation, bullying, discriminatory, or retaliatory behavior. All aspects of your employment are based upon your personal capabilities and qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, sex/gender (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, disability, age, military status, marital status, partnership status, status as a victim of domestic violence, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or any other protected class as established by federal, state, or local law. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Jen Wickens, CEO, 3438 S. 148th St., Tukwila , WA 98186, (206)712-7640, careers@impactps.org.