Middle School Special Education Teacher

Location: Denver, Colorado
Date Posted: 07-05-2017
Our Mission and Core Beliefs:
Founded in 2006, STRIVE Preparatory Schools (STRIVE Prep) is a Denver-based community of free, open enrollment, public charter schools committed to providing every student with an excellent, high-quality, college-preparatory education. We believe that students from all backgrounds deserve a college preparatory education regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement. We open our doors every day to prepare students for academic success from kindergarten through college with an excellent public education of high standards, structure and accountability.
In support of our students, we are passionately committed to three Core Beliefs:  every child deserves a demanding, standards-based education; accountable community develops character; and great teachers are essential for academic excellence.
Our Students and Results:
  • STRIVE Prep operates nine schools within Denver Public Schools (DPS) throughout Far Northeast, Northwest and Southeast Denver.
  • In order to realize our vision of making a college prep education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception, STRIVE Prep is growing from nine schools serving 3,200 students to 17 schools serving 7,500 students by the year 2022.
  • Approximately 97% of STRIVE Prep students identify as students of color, 91% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, 42% are English Language Learners and 12% receive Special Education services.
  • One or more STRIVE Prep schools have consistently ranked in the top 10 high performing secondary schools within DPS since the DPS School Performance Framework was introduced.
  • We welcome any scholar from kindergarten through twelfth grade who desires to STRIVE for college. Because STRIVE Prep participates in the DPS SchoolChoice process, enrollment is open to any student in the communities we serve regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement.
About STRIVE Prep-Montbello:
  • STRIVE Prep-Montbello is one of two STRIVE Prep campuses serving the Far Northeast communities of Denver.
  • STRIVE Prep-Montbello had the highest academic growth of all DPS middle schools during its opening year, 2012-2013, and received an award the past two years for, "exceptional success in supporting student TCAP growth."
  • The Montbello campus runs extensive after-school programming, which includes competitive sports and teacher-led clubs, such as tutoring, drum-line, step team, etc. Teacher stipends are available.
  • The Montbello campus serves 340 students in grades 6-8; the student population is approximately 70% Latino or Hispanic, 20% African American, and 10% Mixed-race or other races. Approximately 60% of students are ELL, and 10% receive Special Education services.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Create, review and implement Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for students with needs, including scholars academic needs and emotional or behavioral disorders.
  • Effectively progress monitor students and gather evidence in order to deliver specialized instruction and supports that are aligned to students’ individualized goals.
  • Establish systems and routines in order to create a safe, purposeful, and welcoming environment for students of all abilities.
  • Take responsibility for the safety and learning of all students in the school.
  • Lead a student advisory at the beginning and end of each school day, and serve as the main point of contact and advocate for students in your advisory.
  • Communicate regularly and often with families to both solicit their input and share student social and academic progress.
  • Plan and teach one section of Reader's Workshop or a specific intervention course (Math, ELA, or ELD).
  • Assist in planning and support of school-wide events including community/morning meetings, dances, and field trips.
  • Provide supervision of students during a daily break or lunch duty.
  • Attend and participate in weekly staff and/or grade level meetings.
  • Submit lesson-plans on a weekly basis.
  • Participate in STRIVE Prep’s Summer Training Institute as well as professional development throughout the school year.
Our Aspiring Special Education Teachers:   
  • Are passionate about teaching at the middle school level and hold at a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree.
  • Are certified to teach Special Education in Colorado, OR in the process of transferring a Special Education license from another state, OR enrolled in an alternative licensure program to obtain a Special Education license (required).out becoming Highly Qualified, see the Colorado Department of Education guidelines here.
  • Have experience teaching in an urban setting (strongly preferred).
  • Speak Spanish or have experience working with bilingual students (strongly preferred).
  • Are committed to constant growth and reflection as an educator through regular coaching and professional development.
  • Are dedicated to educational success for all urban students of color.
  • Bring enthusiasm, professionalism, and positivity to their classroom and our adult community.
  • Assume the best in others and are willing to have courageous conversations in order to do what is best for students.  
  • Are hard-working and view challenges as opportunities for improvement.
  • Have high expectations of themselves and others and a willingness to hold themselves and others to those expectations.
What We Offer our Teachers:
  • 120 minutes of structure planning time built into the school day to plan the highest quality lessons.
  • A laptop and access to classrooms equipped with Smartboards and document cameras.
  • Competitive compensation package and annual cost of living and performance-based raises.
  • Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program, including a PERA 401k contribution option.
  • Funding of 100% of individual medical benefits and a wide range of insurance plans.
This position begins July 2017.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
STRIVE Prep is an equal opportunity employer.
Visit our Careers Page at http://www.striveprep.org/join-our-team/lead-at-strive/ to learn more about who we are looking for and the hiring process.

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