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Special Education Learning Specialist

Department: Scholar Success
Dept./Subject: Elementary
Role Type: Full Time
Grade: 1 2 3 4 K
Reports To: Director of Student Success
School Year: 2020-21 School Year 2021-22 School Year
Start Date: Immediate

Position Overview

The Special Education Learning Specialist will support students with disabilities across multiple grade levels over the course of the school year. The Special Education Learning Specialist al will support students to success in an inclusion and/or resource setting in partnership with the classroom teachers, content learning specialist, and ARI Reading Specialist.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead small-group instruction for grades K-4 as required by the Alabama Literacy Act and/or Individualized Education Plans and 504 plans
  • Support students’ access to instructional and classroom activities as directed by teacher(s) across an entire grade level
  • Assist with direct academic, functional and/or specifically designed instructional or physical activities
  • Provide intervention services to all students through participation in the Response to Intervention (RTI) process
  • Communicate regularly with classroom teacher(s), related service professionals, and parents regarding students’ needs and progress
  • Support administrative and instructional duties, which may include developing accommodated/modified lessons, providing individual and small group instruction, and delivering student assessments
  • Teach a rigorous academic curriculum, which combines the school’s standards and the Alabama State standards, in a high-quality, exciting way
  • Commit to constant professional and personal growth through working closely as part of a team of teachers
  • Constantly assess and analyze student progress, and communicating results to families and colleagues
  • Assist in creating personalized learning plans for students
  • Provide an educational program for students with disabilities as defined in the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or 504 plan
  • Regularly assess student work and track student achievement data to improve student academic performance
  • Work cooperatively with lead classroom teachers and other staff, interpreting the abilities and disabilities of students, assisting in classroom intervention strategies, modifying general education curricular as necessary, and assisting students with regular class assignments
  • Build authentic relationships with families and collaborate regularly with families and teachers regarding the educational, social, and personal needs of students
  • Work closely with the Director of Scholar Success to serve as case manager, maintaining relative special education student files, completing necessary reports and record keeping as required by state and local policies and procedures
  • Performs other duties as assigned (e.g. substitute teacher, lead guided reading groups, etc.)

Additional Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with dean of teaching and learning and school team to improve instructional, culture-building and leadership skills
  • Attend all professional development, team planning and data analysis meetings
  • Participate enthusiastically in structured and informal learning and development opportunities

Employment Qualifications:

Education
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year educational institution
Experience
  • At least two years of special education teaching experience (highly preferred, not required), preferably experience working in an educationally under-resourced community
  • A track record of success in the classroom, with data that you can explain
  • Model effective and high-quality teaching
  • Demonstrated success in raising the achievement levels of traditionally under-served students
  • Extreme flexibility to accommodate multiple priorities and a strong work ethic to accommodate high level of responsibilities
Skillset
  • Strong instructional and classroom management skills
  • High level of personal organization and planning
  • Deep knowledge of literacy and math curriculum and implementation
  • Organizational and people leadership: Understand what makes schools succeed/fail, able to build strong classroom environment and positive contribution to school culture, drive classroom and school change, build strong relationships, and influence/develop others
  • Strong instructional and classroom management skills
  • High level of personal organization and planning
  • Team player: maturity, humility, strong work ethic, follow-through, sense of humor, willingness to respond positively to feedback and a “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude
  • Adaptable: Manage uncertainty; demonstrate resilience, resolve, and flexibility in face of change
Mindset
  • Self-aware: Aware of own strengths and areas of growth, work relentlessly to improve upon areas of growth, are open to feedback, willing to take personal responsibility, show balance in confidence vs. humility, and behave professionally
  • A passion for being part of a team-oriented, mission-driven school culture
  • Strong belief in the Legacy Prep 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
  • High moral character
  • Values the importance of working in a diverse, inclusive, and equitable
  • Exhibits a growth mindset as an educator and lifelong learner
  • Positive and effective collaborator
  • Communication: Speak and write effectively. Inspire through communication
  • Personal organization: Prioritize and multi-task effectively. Punctual, prepared, and detail oriented
  • Passionate about continuous improvement

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