Position contingent upon availability of funding/ programming
SY20-21 Empowerment Zone Middle School Special Education Teacher
Grade Level: 6-8
Start Date: August 2020 (anticipated)Teaching in SEZP
SEZP is seeking educators who are excited and ready to make an impact in a collaborative, engaging, diverse, and high energy environment. We are seeking educators who believe teachers are activists - promising instructional access, rigor, advocacy, and a tenacious commitment to anti-racism for all students. SEZP teachers are expected to:
- Create a safe, purposeful classroom environment that prioritizes learning for all students
- Collaborate with other teachers, instructional leaders, and partners to ensure instruction is meeting the needs of all students
- Assess students regularly, analyze data, and determine appropriate next steps for instruction
- Ensure that instruction meets the needs of all students, including students with special needs, English Language Learners, and students performing below grade level
- Build relationships and communicate regularly with students and their families to solicit input and share academic progress
- Engage in learning about issues of racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion in education to examine your own biases; reflect on how those biases affect you, your students, and their families; and plan and deliver instruction in a culturally responsive way
- Participate in and learn from regular professional development opportunities before and during the school year
- Experience teaching Special Education at the middle and/or high school level preferred
- Expertise in or experience teaching Math or English at the middle and/or high school level preferred
- Appropriate content/program area educator license (Special Education) and grade level licensure from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education preferred
- Experience as an active anti-racist or advocate for equity preferred
- Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
- Bachelor's degree required
If you meet some of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply or to reach out for more information. We know that historically marginalized groups - including people of color, women, people from working class backgrounds, and people who identify as LGBTQ - are less likely to apply unless and until they meet every requirement for a job. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.
We encourage you to reach out to [email protected]
if you have questions about the role or your qualifications. We are happy to help you feel ready to apply!Benefits
SEZP offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience; salaries for new teachers start at $50,500. Teachers in SEZP qualify for benefits (personal/sick days, retirement, health insurance, etc.) offered to other teachers in the Springfield Public Schools.
In addition, there are several opportunities unique to SEZP schools to increase earnings above base salary. While not guaranteed, those opportunities currently include, but are not limited to:
- Advanced and Master Teacher positions: These are awarded following an application process that typically takes place each winter, and come with salaries of up to $87,000
- Expanded Learning Time stipends at some schools, based on the yearly schedule
- Annual stipends for Capstone Projects associated with national-level professional development opportunities, following an application and selection process
- Empowerment Academies: Intervention and instruction opportunities we implement during February, April, and summer breaks, following an application and selection process
Positions will be filled on a rolling basis; applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Please contact [email protected]
with any questions.About the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership
While Massachusetts is consistently ranked as one of the top states for education results in the country, we have one of the highest and most persistent opportunity gaps. The Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership (SEZP) - established in 2015 as a collaboration between Springfield Public Schools (SPS), the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and the Springfield Education Association (SEA) - seeks to improve the longitudinal life outcomes of the more than 5,000 students in our eleven middle and high schools.
As a "zone" of schools within the city of Springfield, SEZP's approach draws on a deep and embedded partnership with the school district and local teachers' union, while harnessing the flexibility and innovation found in autonomous school models. As a result, each school within SEZP is accorded significant school-based autonomies - in curriculum, talent, calendar, schedule, and budget - while being held accountable for realizing achievement gains for historically marginalized students. In all of our work, SEZP is in pursuit of equity and anti-racism - acknowledging the systemic oppression our students and families encounter daily and working to disrupt these provision gaps urgently and courageously.Nondiscrimination Statement
The Springfield Public Schools does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, age, disability or military service or marital status. The Springfield Public Schools does not discriminate in admission to, access or treatment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation, disability or homelessness. Title IX Notice of Nondiscrimination
Springfield Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in admission, administration of its educational programs or activities or employment. Springfield Public Schools is required by Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 not to discrimination on the basis of sex in admission, administration of its educational programs or activities or employment. The Senior Administrator of Human Resources, Kathleen O'Sullivan, Springfield Public Schools, 1550 Main St. Springfield MA, 011103, 413-787-7100, ext. 55428, has been designated as the employee responsible for coordinating Springfield Public Schools efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 to Springfield Public Schools may be referred to Kathleen O'Sullivan or to U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 400 Maryland Ave., SW Washington, DC 20202-1100, telephone 800-421-3481.
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Thank you for your interest in the Springfield Public Schools. The Springfield Public School district is committed to hiring a diverse pool of qualified educators, administrators, and non-instructional support staff. The Springfield Public Schools is a large and diverse urban district with over 4,800 employees. We serve over 25,000 students in 52 schools. The district has a highly committed staff, a strong school committee, and very supportive community partnerships. The Springfield Promise: A Culture of Equity and Proficiency will ensure the delivery of an educational experience in which all learners achieve success. Springfield is proud to offer some of the most progressive educational programming in the nation, including specialized magnet schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Springfield offers the International Baccalaureate program, Montessori, STEM, Expeditionary Learning Schools, and non-traditional educational programs. Be part of The Springfield Promise--If you are committed to fostering excellence in all students, effective in enabling your students to achieve high levels of academic success, like to work collaboratively as part of a team, have strong content and pedagogical knowledge, and embrace and value diversity-- The Springfield Public Schools is the place for you. VISION : The Springfield Promise: A Culture of Equity and Proficiency MISSION To provide the highest quality of education so that all of our students are empowered to realize their full?potential and lead fulfilling lives as lifelong learners, responsible citizens and leaders in the 21st Century. STRATEGIC PRIORITIES To accomplish this work, it will take the support and assistance of everyone: students, parents, teachers, support staff, administrators and the community. Through an aligned management system, each of the following strategic priorities will serve to help ensure system?wide accountability: • High Academic Achievement For 21st Century Success • Safe Learning and Working Environment • Highly Qualified and Effective Staff • Effective Parent and Community Partnerships • Appropriate Use of Resources and Equitable Funding • Accountable Leadership • Effective Communications CORE VALUES • Our Students Will Always Come First • Teamwork, Trust and Mutual Respect are Expected • Everyone will Share in the Accountability • Our Core Business is Teaching and Learning • Parents and Community are our Partners THEORY OF ACTION If WE are clear in our expectations, focus on the instructional core, provide appropriate support, monitor performance with shared accountability? Then... WE will dramatically improve student achievement and close the achievement gap. The Springfield Promise: A Culture of Equity and Proficiency. Raise the Bar and Close the Gap Learn more about us...Equal Opportunity Employer
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