Feb 24, 2023

CA: Special Education (Mod/Severe) Teacher (current opening)

  • Green Dot Public Schools
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA

Job Description

Thank you for your interest. If you are a Green Dot employee, please apply using the Career Worklet on the Workday Home Page.

The opportunity to serve as a special education teacher with the Green Dot family is one of a kind. You will learn and grow alongside committed and passionate special education professionals that believe that equal access is the key to building the most effective and comprehensive programs for students with disabilities. We are committed to providing educators with the tools necessary to provide the best quality services to our students with disabilities. It is for this reason that we have developed a collaborative approach between teachers, school psychologists, paraprofessionals, school administrators, and all other service providers that are part of the service delivery model for our schools. As a learning organization, we are committed in the coaching of our special education teachers in the areas of compliance, program development, and collaboration. In Green Dot we believe that the inclusion of our teachers within our learning community is crucial to ensure our students' success. Recognizing the importance of professional empowerment, teachers are represented by the Asociación de Maestros Unidos (AMU), an affiliate of the California Teachers' Association, and the National Education Association. Visit https://careers.greendot.org/california-special-education/ to learn more about what it is like to be a special education teacher at Green Dot and https://tinyurl.com/2dbs2zyy to view our Los Angeles locations.

We have two Intellectual Disabilities (ID) positions: 1) at our Locke College Prep Academy in Watts, and 2) at our Ánimo Legacy middle school in South LA. These positions require a valid CA Intern, Level I/Preliminary or Level II/Clear Ed Specialist Moderate-Severe credential.

If you are/will be eligible for a CA Education Specialist Moderate-Severe Intern credential by July 2023, please apply now for our 2023-24 teaching positions.


Direct Instruction/Direct Services
Provide instruction and services for those pupils whose needs have been identified in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and are assigned to receive support in the Special Day Program (SDP).
Provide support in all academic, behavior, transition areas and effectively instruct students in a small group setting (i.e., academic success class) and/or the regular education classroom in collaboration with the general education teacher.
Work as part of interdisciplinary team and within content areas plans accommodations/modifications necessary to provide access to students with disabilities to the core curriculum and/or alternative curriculum and behavior support plans.
Co-teach general education classes to increase service delivery for special education students in the general education classroom.
Provide consultation services as follows but not limited to: (1) utilization of evaluation data for the accommodation and modification of instruction and curriculum (2); identification and assessment of behavior patterns in pupils (3) application of effective classroom management techniques; (4) identification of resources appropriate to individuals with exceptional needs to regular staff members, parents, and parents/guardians,
Collaborate with parents, administrators, testing specialists, school psychologist, social workers, and professionals to develop and monitor individual educational plans designed to promote students' educational, physical, and social development.
Provide direct support to student success teams (SST) and 504 teams by developing intervention plans for at-risk-students.
Provide workshops and professional development for staff in special education procedures/guidelines, accommodation/modification techniques and best practices on how to serve students with exceptional needs in the general education setting.
Provide paraprofessionals with training in special education guidelines and implementation of students' IEPs. Monitor paraprofessionals by developing system of accountability to ensure service delivery adhering to special education program requirements.
Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress. Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.

Coordination of IEPs/Services
Maintain accurate and complete student records, and prepares IEPs for students on caseload, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
Participate as a member of the IEP Team in decisions regarding placement and in the development of an individualized education program for students with disabilities. Analyzes data when revising IEPs to provide accurate present level of performance
Coordinate: referrals and assessment procedures, individualized education program team meetings, the implementation of special education services provided to students with exceptional needs, collection of relevant information for those students referred to the individualized education program team, organization and distribution of special education media and materials for resources in regular classrooms.

In addition, all Green Dot educators are expected to:
Exhibit and uphold Green Dot core values
Create a community culture of learning in the classroom
Engage in data-driven planning and assessment of student learning
Establish a culture of respect and rapport with the students which supports the students' emotional safety
Facilitate rigorous learning by delivering cognitively engaging lessons that incorporate GDPS instructional best practices
Engage in critical reflection, constantly revising practice to increase effectiveness
Participate in a professional community across the school site and network
Develop partnerships within the community by communicating with families and leveraging resources that support student success in college, leadership, and life

As an ideal candidate, you

have a bachelor's degree (required)
have a growth mindset and love of learning
have met the California Basic Skills requirement
hold a valid California Preliminary/Level I or Clear/Level II Education Specialist (Moderate-Severe) credential* OR you are eligible for a CA Education Specialist Intern credential (for Moderate-Severe)
*Applicants with a preliminary or clear multiple-subject credential are eligible for hire. However, Green Dot will require that you obtain an Education Specialist credential/authorization by June 30, 2024.
NOTE: Before applying, those with an out-of-state credential or no credential should visit the https://www.ctc.ca.gov/ to determine their eligibility to teach in a California public school.
have strong knowledge of the Individual with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, California Standards Base instruction, Response to Intervention Framework, and Behavior Modification Strategies
have strong content knowledge, pedagogical understanding, and the capacity to plan and deliver instruction to meet the needs of students
display a relentless commitment to and high standards for high quality execution
are passionate and demonstrate a high level of personal responsibility towards ambitious goals
have excellent collaborative and organizational skills
have excellent verbal and written communication skills
have a strong ethical base and self-awareness
are dependable, humble, have a sense of humor and a rock-solid commitment to Green Dot's mission and the communities we serve
will need to pass a TB test and background check at time of offer
will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (submission of proof of vaccination will be required)

The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to perform the job.

Our current step and column teacher salary scale ranges from $56,938 - $108,518, based on education and experience. (Visit https://careers.greendot.org/benefits-salary/ to learn more, as well as to obtain an estimate of your potential salary.)

In addition, Green Dot offers one of the most robust and comprehensive benefits packages in the industry (for both you and your dependents):

PPO, EPO and HMO choices for medical, dental and vision coverage - including a 100% employer-paid option (visit https://www.mygreendotbenefits.com/ for more information).
Employee Assistance Program (100% employer-paid)
Life and AD&D Insurance (100% employer-paid)
Optional Term Life & AD&D Insurance
Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance (100% employer-paid)
Flexible Spending Accounts (health and dependent care)
A CTC-approved mentor-based Teacher Induction Program (https://tinyurl.com/bx5r6w35), which is > > 100% reimbursable
Wellness programs and resources
Financial planning/coaching access
Student Loan forgiveness access
Asociación de Maestros Unidos (AMU) membership, an affiliate of the CTA and NEA
California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) participation, with both employee and employer contributions
Higher 'longevity' salary step increase in years 4, 8 and 12*
Annual 'exemplary attendance' bonus*
Potential 'returning teacher' bonus*
Potential 'new hire' signing bonus*
Potential opportunities for paid stipend work (as needed by each school site)
Approved family care and/or medical leave (unpaid)
~198-day work year*

Green Dot also offers generous paid time off for an overall work-life balance, while giving employees the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all students:

10 days of paid time off during the school year for personal illness/injury (a portion of which may be used for personal necessity)
25 days of paid time off during the school year for our Fall, Winter, and Spring breaks* (which include the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays) as well as an additional 6 annual paid holidays (MLK Day, President's Day, Cesar Chavez Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Veteran's Day)
3-5 days of paid bereavement leave (if needed)

*subject to change

Only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted and we are looking to fill this position as soon as possible.

Green Dot California Home Office, Los Angeles, CA

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