Special Education Teacher
Victory Education Partners - New York, NY

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Start Date: August 2014


The Academy Charter School (“The Academy”) offers an exceptional interdisciplinary curriculum in a technology rich environment that challenges students to explore connections across subjects and use experiential learning to bridge the gaps between theory and practice.

In addition to core subjects, students benefit from high expectations in physical education, health, and the arts. The Academy’s focus on character development and community service cultivate a student body poised to be active, engaged and responsible members of the community. The Academy employs a committed staff whose teaching and high academic and behavioral expectations will promote the excellence known so the community’s children can achieve. Students graduate from

The Academy with the content mastery and life skills needed to move into the top five percent of their middle and high school classes.

Position Overview

The Academy Charter School Special Education Teacher understands and promotes the school’s mission, vision, objectives, and policies both within and outside the immediate school community. The Special Education Teacher Special Education Teacher is responsible for providing a classroom/instructional program that supports the individual needs of all children in accordance with the school’s mission and values established by the school.

Responsibilities & duties (including, but not limited to)

Instructional Planning -
  • Provide direct special education services to students directly to meet the requirements of their Individualized Education Plan, and to address other educational needs
  • Work with teachers, Principal, specialists, parents and CSEs to develop, implement, and monitor Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Assume personal responsibility for the academic progress of all students
  • Implement a coherent, research-based curriculum in consultation with Principal
  • Differentiate lesson plans for students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) in an inclusion setting and implement IEPs as necessary
  • Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement
  • Document all lesson plans, assignments, rubrics, and other instructional materials and methods
  • Use consistent school-wide practices and a variety of individualized methods to engage students in the classroom
  • Complete all annual reviews and behavior intervention plans required by Federal and State mandates
  • Provide SETTS (Resource Room) support for students with IEP’s
  • Implement all State and Federal mandates for students with IEP’s
  • Use the state standards and curriculum to create a rigorous and objective-driven arts program
  • Eagerly learn new uses and applications of technology tools
  • Establish, nurture and, manage student-directed classrooms in which students are working both independently and in groups, playing instruments, and using dance and movement to supplement and enhance the curriculum
Instructional Delivery –
  • Document all lesson plans, assignments, rubrics and other instructional materials and methods
  • Use consistent school-wide practices and a variety of individualized methods to engage students in the classroom
  • Use technology tools for instruction, planning, and communication and ensure student engagement
  • All duties encompassed under classroom teacher
Student Assessment –
  • Measure student achievement and progress towards learning objectives using the school’s formative and summative assessment tools
  • Evaluate academic achievement through detailed data analysis of student performance on a wide variety of metrics
  • Provide ongoing and timely feedback to students on their progress towards meeting expectations and achieving goals
  • Complete all reports in a timely manner
  • Use student data to reflect on effectiveness of lessons and student achievement progress in order to improve instruction and personal practice
Learning Environment –
  • Create, and manage a responsive learning environment that enables students to feel safe, to be creative, and to develop to their full potential
  • Establish, model, practice and reinforce age-appropriate rules and discipline using school approved procedures; create and consistently use individual behavioral management plans as needed
  • Implement classroom procedures, systems and routines that provide structure for students
  • Ensure smooth operation of all classroom instructional functions without exceptions
Student and Extracurricular Activities –
  • Organize and supervise approved field trips to enhance classroom learning.
  • Provide opportunities and supervise activities in order for students to demonstrate individually and in ensembles or large groups the skills and talents developed in the music program
Student Support & School Culture –
  • Communicate effectively and maintain strong relationships with students, families, colleagues and administrators
  • Establish, involve, and assist students in the development, maintenance, and evaluation of portfolios
  • Develop and use rubrics for evaluating student products and performances
  • Oversee and assist with student arrival / dismissal
  • Work closely with all members of school community, model citizenship, collaboration and support of one another
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Administration
Academic & certification qualifications
  • Bachelors Degree required, Masters Degree preferred
  • NY State Special Education Teacher Certification
Work experience & skills
  • Minimum of 2 years of urban special education teaching experience required with a record of high student achievement
  • Experience working with at-risk student population in some capacity preferred
  • Educational experience after college (fellowships, summer study, or graduate course work to pursue greater depth in a subject area, specific instructional methodology, curriculum development, special education, technology, etc.) preferred
  • Working knowledge and comfort level with instructional technology
  • Strong written, grammatical, presentation, and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills required to develop rubrics, examine data and metrics that will enhance student knowledge and promote performance of superior work products
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and flexibly with a diverse team of teachers and administrators
  • Knowledge of childhood development and demonstrated experience with executing planned lessons to meet the differential needs of each child
Personal qualities & behavioral traits
  • Passionately dedicated to school’s mission with a steadfast belief that all students will receive a rigorous elementary foundation and preparation for the college of their choice at the school
  • Driven educator with an unrelenting focus on organization along with a high level of student and school-wide performance in achieving/exceeding NY standards
  • Champions change, supports school leader in trying to apply new ideas and methods; actively motivates and encourages others to adapt to change
  • Demonstrates persistence in overcoming and removing obstacles that impact student achievement
  • Develops and maintains positive communications and working relationships with students, parents, and co-workers by being collaborative and maintaining a pleasant work attitude
  • Openness to feedback and willing to take responsibility for student success
  • Working knowledge of the charter school movement and culture

A competitive compensation package including base salary and complete benefits is available.


Complete an online application. Make sure your application is attached to the position for which you wish to apply.

We will need the following documents submitted for your application to be considered complete and eligible to advance through the screening/interview/hiring process.
  • Online Application
  • Copy of current resume
  • Names and complete contact information of at least three references.
  • Copy of your current NY State Teaching Certification
  • Copy of all university transcripts

An Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of The Academy Charter School to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, alienage and citizen status, age, marital status, disability, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as provided by law), sexual orientation, gender (sex), and to maintain an environment free of discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment, or retaliation as required by civil rights law.

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