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26 May 2022

Teacher K/1 Special Education Teacher

The Lang School
 New York, New York County, New York, United States

Job Description

K/1 Special Education Teacher

The Lang School is a progressive independent school located in lower Manhattan serving grades K-12. Our high potential and gifted learners also have learning challenges, such as ADHD, anxiety, EF difficulties, dyslexia, or high functioning autism. 

Twice-exceptional (“2e”) learners have a unique set of social-emotional and intellectual needs. We meet students where they are in both areas of strength and challenge, and we empower them to achieve their next levels of excellence with research-based supports, acceleration, and a robust Talent Development Program.

Our students are both unique and diverse, and we seek out and celebrate diversity in our community — in our identities (race, ethnicity, gender expression, socioeconomic status), as well as our backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

We have an opening for a Kindergarten/1st Grade Co-Teacher to work in our bridge K/1 class. Though technically an early childhood position, teachers in this position must be prepared to deliver content at a high level due to the strengths of our precocious learners. The K/1 Co-Teacher must exhibit absolute patience and a genuine interest in helping young children explore and achieve success across content areas. The position has growth potential; strong performers will likely transition to lead teaching over time. The K/1 bridge class is co-taught and capped at 12 students. The position will start in August 2022.

All Faculty at The Lang School:

  • Take personal responsibility to ensure that each child is supported and feels good about themselves, their learning, and their school community;
  • Enjoy working with children, especially those who present challenges; they like getting to know and “unravel” the mystery of 2e learners;
  • Value diversity in all forms and understand that people learn and grow best in an environment rich in differences — different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, experiences, cultures, abilities, genders, inclinations, interests, expertise, and perspectives;
  • Embrace inclusive practices and an inclusive mindset, extending that mindset to all staff, students, and their families;
  • Are committed to examining their work through an equity lens: looking at the intersections of their identities and the identities of their students and colleagues, and reflecting on opportunities to learn and grow in that analysis;
  • Are innovative outside-the-box thinkers — both in the way they approach content and topics and in the way they interact with students, colleagues, and families;
  • Work collaboratively to make sure that each child’s disparate needs are met, they are challenged, they achieve at a high level, and that they experience a sense of personal and academic achievement;
  • Have exemplary communication skills, written and spoken;
  • Are intelligent, accomplished, and profoundly curious;
  • Have deep knowledge in their area(s) of specialty;
  • Proactively seek and integrate feedback.

Teaching Position Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with others to develop rigorous and engaging plans and projects
  • Submit curricular materials for faculty and administrative review and reference
  • Maintain careful records of student progress
  • Provide regular feedback and updates to all interested parties
  • Proactively identify and work towards resolving student and learning challenges
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with students and colleagues
  • Participate wholeheartedly in all school and grade meetings, school functions, and opportunities for professional development
  • Be highly organized, with careful attention to detail

Qualifications — Mind & Skills:

  • Authentic connection with The Lang School mission and population
  • Excellent classroom management
  • Absolute tenacity — a “whatever it takes” attitude to student learning
  • Genuine appreciation for the perspectives of others
  • Adaptability, flexibility
  • Willingness to put a child and class’s needs about ego and inclinations
  • Exhaustive self-reflection
  • Exemplary time-management
  • Facility in incorporating multi-sensory approaches
  • Commitment to Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Dedication to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and practices
  • Absolute kindness and patience
  • Proficiency with classroom technologies (eg, SMARTBoard, Chromebooks, Google Suite)

Requirements — Education, Certification, & Work Experience:

  • MA/MS in education or a related field, including substantive coursework on diverse learners
  • Three+ years full-time lead-teaching experience
  • Special Education Degree, Certification, and/or extensive experience
  • Experience with Orton-Gillingham based reading remediation
  • Experience with TC Readers/Writers Workshop
  • Genuine interest in special education, gifted, and/or 2e learners
  • Willing to pursue to both OG certification and TCWRP training summer 2022 (school subsidized)
  • US teaching certification (consideration may be made for candidates with significant full-time lead-teaching in a K-2 classroom)
  • Minimum commitment of three years


Compensation is competitive and based on credentials and experience. We offer a competitive benefits package, including fully paid health and life insurance, employer-matched 401K, and ample opportunities for paid professional development.


Please submit a resume and cover letter specific to our population and program to All applicants follow the same process for submitting materials, and we review them using the same lens and rubrics.


Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $45,000.00 — $85,000.00 per year

The Lang School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Lang does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, unemployment status, or any other status protected by law.

COVID-19 considerations:

Lang students and staff must get vaccinated (barring medical exclusion) as vaccines become available.


How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter specific to our population and program to All applicants follow the same process for submitting materials, and we review them using the same lens and rubrics.

Bureaus: New York. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Teacher. Job Tags: 1st, 2e, elementary, gifted, K/1, kindergarten, and special education.