Position at IDEA Public Schools
About IDEA Public Schools :
At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years - that's 3 times the national rate for students in our communities!
IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve over 65,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you-with continued growth in our current regions an d new launches in Tampa Bay , FL (2021) , and Jacksonville, FL (2022) !
When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.
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. About El Paso
In 2018, IDEA launched 4 schools that support our promise of college for all students in the El Paso region. El Paso has consistently been rated as one of the safest cities in the United States of America for over 20 consecutive years. In addition to this ranking, El Paso was also selected as a 2018 All-America City, earned the Governor's Achievement Award, and was named the fifth-best small city in America.
Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a school of 150 students in Donna, TX to the fastest- growing family of tuition-free, public charter schools in the United States. In 2020, we will grow to 8 schools serving El Paso and Socorro. Role Mission:
IDEA Flex Special Education Teachers are full time, additional Special Education teaching staff hired by IDEA Public Schools with the intent of eventually filling a permanent Special Education teaching role on a campus when an aligned vacancy arises. This is a TEMPORARY role for the 2021-22 academic school year from August to December. This allows IDEA to put a qualified Special Education teacher into the classroom immediately after a vacancy is determined and minimizes the number of days that students miss out on valuable instruction by a qualified teacher.
Once hired by IDEA, our Flex Special Education Teachers are assigned to a "home-campus" to fulfill various educator responsibilities as outlined below. When a permanent Special Education teaching vacancy arises either at the "home-campus" or other campuses in the region, our Flex Special Education teachers participate in a matching interview with a campus leadership team for a permanent teaching placement. Vacancies may arise before or after the start of school year.
All I DEA Special Education teachers are responsible for the achievement and support of critical students. Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, cognitive, emotional, and physical disabilities. They teach various subjects, such as reading, writing, and math, to students with gaps of 2 or more years. The main goal is to close that gap by 2 years in just one school year. The IDEA Special Education teacher provides the crucial bridge between home and school for our highest need students and their families.
IDEA teachers set ambitious goals for student achievement and invest students and families in accomplishing them; create a powerful learning environment; plan and deliver purposeful, rigorous instruction; assess for mastery and track student progress toward goals; analyze data to intervene and adjust instruction; and seek excellence as an educator and an IDEA team member. Responsibilities of Flex Special Education Teachers:
Responsibilities of all IDEA Special Education Teachers :
- Report to the "home-campus" daily.
- Report to temporary teaching assignments determined by the regional staffing team that are not at the "home-campus"
- Participate in matching interviews when there is a permanent teaching position available at one of your top 4 site locations.
- Shadow a great teacher on the "home-campus"
- Work with a small group of students on the "home-campus"
- Substitute for a daily absence
- Cover an e xtended ab sence/FMLA
- Other instructional duties as assigned by the "home-campus" or regional staffing team.
We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics:
- Adapt lessons to meet the needs of students.
- Develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for a caseload of 12-15 students
- Implement IEPs, assess students' performance, and track their progress
- Update IEPs throughout the school year to reflect students' progress and goals
- Assess students' skills to determine their needs and to develop teaching plans
- Teach Critical Student Intervention (CSI) small groups consisting of students that are academically at risk in reading and/or math to include students in general education, 504, response-to-intervention, Special Education and English Language Learners.
- Collect and analyze student data in order to make effective decisions to maximize achievement
- Discuss student's progress with parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators
- Prepare and help students transition from grade to grade and after graduation
- Implementstate learning standards and IDEAcurricula and assessments to meet ambitious academic expectations
- Submit weekly lesson plans two weeks in advance for feedback
- Implement formal and informal assessments to track each individual student's progress and learning needs, adjust lesson plans accordingly and update gradebook weekly
- Communicate students' progress with student and family on a weekly basis
- Effective facilitation and personal use of technology as a communication and educational tool to improve student achievement and manage work related tasks.
- Implement a clear and consistent behavior management system that aligns to campus- wide initiatives while developing students' character and sense of community in the classroom
- Help shape and develop a school wide culture that fosters a productive and enthusiastic learning environment for each student
- Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with students and families based on trust, understanding and respect for the communities in which they identify.
- Host necessary tutoring sessions to meet all students' needs
- Participate in weekly manager check-ins, grade-level meetings, before and after-school duties, and school wide meetings and functions
- Engage in summer and year-long district, school and personal learning and development
- Minimum of 40+ hours spent at school per week
- Additional responsibilities may include: after-school tutoring or Saturday school and are based on the needs of our scholars.
- Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
- Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
- Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
- Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes
- Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
- Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
- Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
- We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students.
Knowledge and Skills:
- Education: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution
- Experience: Experience in a Special Education classroom setting
- Licenses or Certifications: valid state certification in Special Education and content is required
- Knowledge of core academic subject assigned and ability to pass an IDEA content assessment
- Knowledge of curriculum and instruction
- Ability to instruct students and manage student behavior
- Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
- Ability to adjust and adapt to a multitude of situations in the school environment
- Salaries for this role typically fall between$52,050for 0 years of experience and$61,350for 17 years of experience. This role is also eligible for various stipend opportunities and incentives through our Teacher Career Pathway Program.
- For more information about our total rewards, vis itour benefits page.
- Additional hourly compensation is provided for after school tutoring or Saturday school as assigned
IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.