Special Education Teacher
KIPP TRUTH Academy - Dallas, TX

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It is the mission of KIPP TRUTH Academy (KTA) to equip scholars who have been underserved with the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to succeed in top-quality high schools, colleges, and the competitive world. KTA is a middle school that is part of KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth (KIPP DFW), an emerging network of high-performing, college-preparatory charter schools which serve under-resourced southern Dallas neighborhoods. At KIPP DFW, there are no shortcuts—outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our scholars make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college. Approximately 90 percent of our scholars are considered economically disadvantaged and most scholars come from neighborhoods where less than five percent of residents graduate from college.


KIPP TRUTH Academy seeks creative, entrepreneurial, and results-focused candidates who thrive on challenge and welcome the opportunity to be a part of a culture of continuous feedback, professional development, and innovation both inside and outside the classroom. We seek dedicated professionals with a passion for education, who are willing to do whatever it takes to help our kids climb the mountain to and through college.

We believe that excellent teaching at KIPP means…

• A commitment to long-term transformative outcomes for kids. We know the ultimate measure of our success is the lives our kids are able to lead.
• Teaching is not an individual endeavor. We teach as part of a team. Recognizing our collective effort, a student’s family must also teach our kids as well.
• Joy. We are lucky enough to do the hardest, most fun work imaginable. People should have their noses pressed up against the glass, begging for our jobs. Our students and their parents should know that we absolutely love what we do. More important, our students should revel in the joy of learning, struggling, and growing every day.

The four elements of excellent teaching at KIPP TRUTH Academy are:

• Self and Others - Excellent teaching requires understanding of oneself, one’s connection to others, and a growth mindset that allows the teacher to take ownership for the success of all KIPPsters.
• Classroom Culture - In an excellent classroom culture, the teacher focuses on countless tangible and intangible details in the space to create an environment where students are joyfully engaged, meaningfully on-task, and feel ownership for their individual and collective successes in college and in life.
• The Teaching Cycle - Excellent teaching means planning and executing rigorous, engaging lessons that fit into a logical scope and sequence, as well as using student data to assess mastery of objectives and movement toward big goals for student achievement and growth. Excellent teaching requires a 1/12 mindset, recognizing that even the tiniest details can dramatically impact student mastery.
• Knowledge - Teaching is an art and science. As the artists and scientists, we are responsible for building our understanding of child development, pedagogy, and content. We are responsible for knowing what we are teaching, how it fits in a PreK-16 continuum, and who we are teaching it to.

Skills & Qualifications:

* Bachelor’s degree, required
* Two years or more of teaching experience, required
* History of demonstrated significant scholar achievement results, required
* Meet the State of Texas’s qualifications for highly qualified teacher, required
* State of Texas Special Education teaching certification or equivalent
* Experience as a special educator in middle school classrooms in a traditionally underserved community for two or more years
* Experience writing Individual Education Plans (IEPs), leading Response to Intervention meetings, and coordinating support service delivery (OT, speech, etc.)
* Demonstrated strong achievement results and documented growth with scholars on IEP goals, benchmarks, standardized tests, fluency measures, and reading assessments (Fountas & Pinnell, etc.)
* Reading certification a plus, but not required
* Leadership experience, preferred
* Spanish-speaking proficiency, preferred

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

* Be goal-driven in instruction and focused on producing measurable results that close the achievement gap for ALL scholars.
* Interact respectfully with scholars, parents and faculty members, even in challenging circumstances.
* Create, utilize and reflect upon long-term plans, unit plans, unit assessments, and weekly lesson plans in instructional practice.
* Planning, preparing and delivering appropriate lessons using a variety of presentation methods in order to keep scholars engaged and meet their individual needs.
* Utilizing current examples that underscore lessons and makes learning relevant to the scholars.
* Articulately communicating higher level thinking strategies and problem solving techniques appropriate for challenging and building these skills in learners.
* Creating and maintaining a positive classroom environment that promotes good behavior.
* Managing scholar behavior in the classroom and on school premises, and applying appropriate and effective measures in cases of misbehavior.
* Informing and counseling scholars and parents when social issues arise, demonstrating a nurturing and concerned nature.
* Collaborate with general education teachers to support scholars with special needs in the general education classroom through a variety of methods, including: co-teaching, push-in, pull-out, teacher professional development, etc.
* Develop a strong knowledge of special education law, the Response to Intervention model, and IEP management.
* Maintain compliance with any and all school, local, state, and federal legislation regarding scholars with special needs.
* Develop an effective referral and Response to Intervention process for scholars considered at risk who have not been designated as having a disability.
* Collaborate with special education teachers at KIPP DFW’s partner schools to streamline processes and service provision.
* Communicate effectively with families, service providers, psychologists, director of special education, school leader, and general education teachers to support the needs of scholars with special needs.
* Set clear and measurable goals for scholars with special needs and document progress towards meeting these goals.
* Building relationships with parents by communicating frequently to inform them of scholar academic and personal growth.
* Supporting and encouraging scholars on an individual basis through academic or personal difficulties.
* Correcting work and giving appropriate encouraging feedback.
* Assessing scholar progress to inform scholars of growth and to modify instruction.
* Recording and posting grades.
* Maintaining records of scholars' progress and development.
* Researching new topic areas and maintaining up-to-date subject knowledge.
* Investigating and writing new curriculum materials.
* Selecting and using a range of different learning resources and equipment to challenge and motivate scholars.
* Preparing scholars for state and district mandated testing.
* Participating in and organizing extracurricular activities.
* Working honestly, enthusiastically, and collaboratively with peers in vertical and horizontal planning configurations.
* Active and positive participation in departmental meetings, parent conferences and whole school professional development.
* Enthusiastically seeking regular observation and feedback for continued growth; participating in regular professional development.

Teaching Hours:

* Weekday hours are from 7AM to 5:00PM
* Saturday school: once a month, from 8:45AM to 1:15PM
* Professional Development: 3 ½ weeks from mid-July through mid-August

Compensation & Benefits:

KIPP DFW’s salary is competitive. Full benefits package provided.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
* Long periods of standing and sitting and have the ability to lift items up to 25 lbs is required. There will be continued use of hands, wrist and arm movements.
* Requires normal/corrected vision and hearing.
* Position will require limited travel.
* Periodic participation in activities to support the KIPP team/mission (such as assembling lunches or rearranging lightweight furniture) is required.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

* Position will have periods of extended work week hours, which is required to support both the ongoing development of the school and the delivery of high quality education for all scholars.

General Sign-Off:

The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies. Duties may be changed at the discretion of KIPP Truth Academy at any time.

Contact Information:
Please apply online at www.kippdfw.org/careers.

Statement of Non-Discrimination:

KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

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