Special Education Teacher - Start Date 1/2/13 or sooner
Memphis Grizzlies Preparatory Charter School - Memphis, TN

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ABOUT GRIZZLIES PREP
Educating young men in grades 6-8, Grizzlies Prep prepares all students to excel academically and demonstrate integrity. Within a rigorous and disciplined middle school, students become equipped for success in high school, college, and life.
Grizzlies Prep holds all students to exceptionally high expectations. Grizzlies Prep offers an extended school day and double blocks of math and English Language Arts designed to advance all students to or above grade level performance. Financial Literacy, Science, Social Studies, “Crew” (small group mentoring), Physical Education, and electives (Art, Music, Gardening, Cooking, and Debate), round out course offerings. By integrating lessons on our Core Values –Courage, Commitment, Integrity, Responsibility, Grit, and Excellence – into daily instruction through precise routines, systems, and rituals, the staff ensures that Grizzlies Prep is an emotionally safe, physically safe, and joyous environment that primes our students to learn.
Grizzlies Prep’s exceptional teachers sharpen their skills through daily observation and feedback and through individual weekly data meetings with the school director. These meetings generate teacher-specific goals and actionable steps for immediate implementation. Weekly staff meetings focus on school-wide data, instructional and cultural themes, and specific, targeted support individual students. Daily Crew meetings and weekly community gathering meetings with our students provide a forum for character development and recognition of students who support our vision of every student excelling academically and demonstrating integrity.

POSITION OBJECTIVES
The special education teacher, in collaboration with other teachers and administrators, is an instructional leader in the school. Teachers manage and ensure the most important part of the school - the education our students receive – is of the highest quality and is expertly executed. The special education teacher spearheads the interventions and remediation plans for our scholars who are academically behind and/or not meeting academic expectations at Grizzlies Prep. The special education teacher will implement the Wilson Reading lessons to small groups of scholars each day.

POSITION SUMMARY
The special education teacher takes responsibility for the daily execution of thoughtfully planned lessons and ensures that students and staff adhere to Grizzlies Prep’s systems, structures, and procedures at all times. Teachers give and receive feedback daily, and strive to grow and constantly improve their craft.
The staff at Grizzlies Prep is a team; teachers are able to count on one another and always have the backing and support of the administration. Clear, honest communication is a must.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Read Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov before Teacher Preseason (i.e., inservice) begins and consistently integrate the teacher actions described therein into all instruction.
  • Read Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry before Teacher Preseason begins.
  • Participate in Grizzlies Prep’s curriculum design and integration process during Preseason.
  • Integrate feedback generated through weekly classroom observations by the school director into all instruction.
  • Break down all content standards to create student-friendly goals. Backwards plan from TN state standards, Core content standards, ACT standards, and interim and final assessments to create a year-long scope and sequence.
  • Create and manage spreadsheets to track our students in need of the most academic growth and work with all teachers, students, and the students’ family to ensure there are systems and interventions in place for academic growth.
  • Observe then conference with every teacher every week to discuss individual student progress and interventions.
  • Create, administer, and track weekly and unit assessments.
  • Hold IEP meetings and manage a caseload of scholars with IEPs.
  • Update parents/guardians on the progress of their student(s) frequently and log documentation (at least 10 contacts a week, half of which will be positive).
  • Prepare and maintain a welcoming classroom that is clean and organized.
  • Attend all Grizzlies Prep professional development sessions, on and off campus.
  • Manage time effectively so deadlines are met, classes begin and end on schedule, and all professional responsibilities are fulfilled.
  • Update grades in Teacher Ease weekly at a minimum; enter grades in PowerSchoolSMS quarterly.
  • Record all turnovers and buckets (i.e., merits and demerits) daily.
  • Lead a section of daily Crew, Gym, and participate in Friday Community Gatherings.
  • Monitor all transitions and homeroom, breakfast, lunch, and Overtime (i.e., detention) on a rotating schedule.
  • Hold all students and coworkers accountable for all Grizzlies Prep expectations.
  • Be a team player: share, assist, ask for help when needed, provide insights and ideas, be solution oriented, be flexible, hungry, kind, and humble.
  • Make all decisions in the best interest of our students.
  • Meet daily (approximately 15 min or less) with the school director or dean of students.
  • Spend a period in another teacher’s class at least once a week.
  • Tutor after school at least once a week.
  • Represent Grizzlies Prep with Pride and Professionalism at all times.

QUALIFICATIONS
Successful applicants:

  • hold a bachelor’s degree
  • hold a either a full/permanent teaching certification OR a renewable transitional/alternative that will eventually convert to a permanent certification and is valid at least through the end of the academic year
  • provide four references that can speak to the quality of the applicant’s teaching ability
  • provide thoughtful and thorough answers to all the applicant questions

Core content teachers are expected to attend three weeks of professional development during business hours prior to the school year and to be in the building from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm during the school year.

SALARY AND BENEFITS
Grizzlies Prep offers extremely competitive starting salaries and a generous performance-based raise structure.
Grizzlies Prep staff are eligible for subsidized health, dental, vision, and life insurance. Per state law, all charter school employees must contribute to the state pension system; Grizzlies Prep offers a generous matching contribution.

TO APPLY: submit a copy of your resume, answer the following applicant questions, and submit 4 references in the format below.

Directions: Respond in writing (1 to 2 paragraphs) to each the following.

1. Why do you want to be a special education teacher at Grizzlies Prep?
2. Which is more important for students: self-confidence or academic success? Why?
3. Are you warm or strict? Explain.
4. Suppose you are the School Director and are charged with evaluating the school's special education teachers. How would you define effective teaching in your evaluation?
5. What do you think are the key factors to ensuring success working with a population of all male students ranging greatly in academic ability? Be as specific as you possibly can.
6. After logging into Easy IEP, you realized you have 3 IEPs that are up for re-evaluation next week. You need to teach Wilson reading classes in the morning and promised the Science teacher you would assist in differentiating the lab she is working on this week in the afternoons. How do you organize your time to get everything done?
7. Devin, a student at Grizzlies Prep has a learning disability and has previously been in self-contained classes at his elementary school for the past 5 years. Grizzlies Prep is a full inclusion model where students stay in their regular classes unless they are being given direct reading instruction. It is apparent that Devin is capable of learning based on his growth in reading, but he only puts forth effort when he is being given his one on one reading instruction. Otherwise, he refuses to take notes, quizzes, tests, and participate in class activities. When you talk to Devin, he claims that he can't learn and he shouldn't be in the majority of classes because everyone else will call him names if he does anything. Describe what you will do.
8. Darren, a student at Grizzlies Prep is generally well organized, cooperative, friendly, and works extremely hard. He has an IEP stating he has a moderate learning disability and has ADHD. Darren takes the majority of his quizzes and tests with you where they are accommodated by having larger font, more spacing between questions, and are read aloud. As you begin reading the questions aloud to Darren, he becomes extremely frustrated. He claims that he always got hints at his old school on his tests and he cares so deeply about doing well that he becomes angry when he doesn't get any additional clues and claims he will get the answers wrong. He begins to cry, refuses to take the test and claims that you obviously want him to fail because you're not helping him with the test. Describe what you do.

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