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Campus Bridge Special Education Coordinator (Immediate Start - SY 21-22)

Company: Uncommon Schools
Location: Camden
Posted on: May 12, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description

Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of high-performing, public charter schools providing an outstanding K-12 education in historically under-resourced communities. We have proudly built schools that reflect our student population, with more than 60% of our teachers and staff across our network identifying as a person of color. Uncommon currently manages 55 schools serving more than 21,000 students in six cities: Boston, Camden, New York City, Newark, Rochester, and Troy. We are proud that Uncommon graduates persist in and graduate from college at five times the rate of their peers nationally. We achieve this by offering strong academic, co-curricular, and social-emotional learning that prepares students for success in college and beyond.

Camden Prep currently manages four schools serving students in grade K through 10 (growing to grade 12). We believe in strong authentic relationships between teachers and students, supported by effective school systems and an engaging instructional model that enables students to flourish academically and personally. Camden Prep is consistently the highest performing of all district or Renaissance schools in Camden, NJ.

Job Description

The Campus Bridge position provides a unique opportunity for certified Special Education Teachers to gain hands-on practice and the training necessary to become a successful full-time Special Education Coordinator. Campus Bridge Special Education Coordinators have the opportunity to observe best practices in coordination, collaborative meeting structures, classroom instruction, and education reform from experienced teachers and school leaders at a leading charter management organization.

Campus Bridge Special Education Coordinators will receive their initial host school placement upon hire. At any point between September and June, the Campus Bridge Apprentice Teacher may be asked to teach at a different school in the region, depending on the staffing needs of the region.

Campus Bridge Special Education Coordinators observe and learn from Regional Special Education Leaders, co-teach with teacher-leaders, provide in-house substitute special education coordination coverage, and support with student identification and intervention, as well as individual or small group student instruction. Through full access to professional development, as well as regular meetings with the Regional Special Education Leader and instructional coach, Campus Bridge Special Education Coordinators will have many opportunities to gain the experience and support necessary to develop their teaching skills. By the end of the year, Campus Bridge Special Education Coordinators will be very strong candidates for full-time positions.

Specific Responsibilities

In addition to the duties set forth below, the Employee agrees that s/he will perform all the other duties that are assigned by his/her supervisors, the School's Principal and the Principal's designees, and/or the Board of Trustees, including, but not limited to:

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Ensure that all students receive the educational services that they need to succeed;
Identify incoming students' special education needs as indicated by family questionnaire responses;
Review the results of intake assessments of new students to identify special education needs;
Schedule and provide pull-out services as needed both in person and during remote learning
Schedule, coordinate, and chair team and pre-referral meetings in person and virtually
Conduct academic testing as part of the evaluation process in person and remotely in accordance with state guidelines
Coordinate and conducting classroom observations and testing (i.e. psychological) as needed in person and remotely in accordance with state guidelines;
Ensure that all general education teachers know and understand all classroom accommodations required by IEPs and how to deliver these accommodations in person and remotely;
Deliver one-on-one, small group, and whole class instruction as appropriate in person and remotely
Proactively identify and address individual students' needs in a remote learning setting (example: students need hard copy materials, students need hard copy anchor charts to have at home during remote instruction);
Maintain student records regarding special education issues and preparing reports for regulatory agencies;
Ensure compliance with all City, State, and Federal special education law and regulations;
Work with Director of Operations to plan for students who might need exceptions to the Health & Safety Guidelines (ie: students who are not toilet trained).
Contribute to the design of curriculum materials and provide coaching to special education teachers on delivering small group instruction and/or co-teaching both in person and during remote learning
Design and administer rigorous, standards-based assessments and using assessment data to refine curriculum and instruction and to monitor students' progress towards mastery of IEP goals and objectives;
Help to create a culture of order, structure, humanity, and academic rigor in the classroom and school as a whole; and
Collaborate with other teachers, other school staff, and administrators to ensure that all our students climb the mountain to high school and college.
Escalate to individual student cases to the principal when students are not making adequate progress towards their IEP goals and objectives and/or teachers have repeatedly been unable to provide instruction and services to students when on remote learning

Qualifications

Qualifications

Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom.
Proven track-record of high achievement in the classroom.
Mastery of and enthusiasm for academic subjects.
Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player.
Bachelor's degree is required; Master's degree is preferred.
Minimum of two years teaching experience in an urban public school or charter school setting preferred.
Special Education teaching certification required
Belief in and alignment with Uncommon's core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.
By the time that employment begins, candidates must have received a Bachelor's degree from a College or University. For teaching roles in New Jersey, candidates who have not already earned their NJ state teacher certification must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher (for degrees conferred before September 1, 2016) or a GPA of 3.0 or higher (for degrees conferred on or after September 1, 2016).

Additional Information

Uncommon Schools offers salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. All staff members receive extensive professional development, and are equipped with a laptop computer and all necessary supplies.

Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building an exceptional team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. We also strive to ensure an inclusive community by creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. We also ensure that individuals with disabilities receive all privileges and benefits associated with employment and are provided reasonable accommodations for the interview process and to perform core job functions.

Keywords: Uncommon Schools, Camden , Campus Bridge Special Education Coordinator (Immediate Start - SY 21-22), Education / Teaching , Camden, New Jersey

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