Multi-Intensive Severe (MI-S) Center Director/ Teacher

Location: Denver, CO
Date Posted: 08-28-2017
About STRIVE Preparatory Schools:
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 Frame work 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-Kepner
  • STRIVE Prep- Kepner will welcome its very first class of 6th grade scholars in the fall of 2016. As the seventh STRIVE Prep middle school campus, STRIVE Prep- Kepner will provide families in southwest Denver with a  world-class education in a compassionate and highly-structured environment.
  • At STRIVE Prep-Kepner, we ensure that scholars who are developing their English language skills are provided with dual-language instructional supports and a range of opportunities to acquire the English language proficiency that is essential for college.
  • To prepare for the academic and social demands of our rigorous program, STRIVE Prep- Kepner scholars will attend a 2-week culture camp as an opportunity to become familiar with the adults in our community and the high expectations of a world-class education.
 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Serve as the founding director of self-contained Multi-Intensive Severe (MI-S) center at STRIVE Prep – Kepner for middle school students, working collaboratively with the current Kepner Legacy MI-S center teacher as the school phases out over the next 2 years.   This will entail:
    • Beginning with 6th grade MI-S students and providing them services in a shared center while also working to build inclusion opportunities in STRIVE Prep - Kepner’s 6th grade General Education classes
    • Phasing into a full STRIVE Prep MI-S program over the next 3 years as Kepner Legacy phases out.
  • Implementation of this program will include:
    •  Provides instruction and services for students who frequently present with multiple disabilities. Curriculum emphasis is in skill development in the domain areas of: basic skills and concepts (including functional academics), recreation and leisure, community, vocational and domestic. Motor, communication and social skills are infused throughout all areas.
    • Managing and leading a team of paraprofessionals in providing one-on-one instructional and behavioral support to center students, including teaching social and adaptive skills, providing small group or one-on-one academic instruction, and pushing-in and supporting students in a general education setting, as needed.
    • Work closely with district support staff and managing DPS transportation services.
    • Collaborate with school leadership, teachers, paraprofessionals, and the special education team to ensure that instruction is always meeting the needs of all learners, including supporting student inclusion in general education classrooms and supporting the team in tracking students on their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals on a daily basis.
    • Collect and use data to track student growth, and create or modify student IEPs.
    • Provide fair, accurate, and constructive feedback to students on their progress.
    • Build relationships with students and families through consistent partnership and communication.
    • Work in collaboration with para-educators to support students in daily living activites including feeding, toileting, communication, movement, etc. 
    • Collaborate with multiple staffing team members to ensure all services are being provided to each student.
    • Participate in Summer Training Institute as well as professional development throughout the school year.
 
Our Aspiring Center Directors:
  • Are passionate about education and hold at least a bachelor’s degree (required).
  • Are licensed and certified to teach Special Education in the State of Colorado (required)
  • Have at least two years of teaching experience (required), preferably in an urban setting and in a center.
  • Have experience in using the Enrich IEP online platform (highly preferred)
  • Speak Spanish or have experience working with bilingual students (highly preferred).
  • Are committed to constant growth and reflection through regular coaching and professional development.
  • Are dedicated to educational success for first generation college-bound urban students of color.
  • Are fired up about social justice, eager to empower our scholars, and committed to being change-makers.
  • Bring enthusiasm, professionalism, and positivity to their classrooms 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.
  • Are effective at building relationships with students and families through consistent partnership and communication.
 
What We Offer our Center Directors:
  • Competitive compensation package.
  • 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 starts immediately for the 2017-2018 school year. 
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.
To apply, visit our website at www.striveprep.org/careers.
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