Teacher Middle School Special Education Teacher
EQA is a New Orleans nonprofit with the mission of Providing struggling students with the skills, confidence and experiences to succeed in the education and career paths of their choice.
The organization currently runs two alternative high schools: The NET:Central City and The NET:Gentilly for students who have dropped out of, been expelled from, or who have otherwise struggled in a traditional school setting. In July of 2020, New Orleans Accelerated High School (formerly ReNEW Accelerated High School) will also join the EQA network.
EQA programs are built on the belief that alternative schools should not punish or “fix” young people; they should be vibrant, flexible, and restorative environments that support students in being their best selves.
The Bridge Middle School Program launched in August 2019 to serve 7th and 8th grade students during their expulsion terms. The program is rooted in restorative and therapeutic practices: students participate in intensive behavioral, social, and academic support and work to build skills that will help them transition successfully back to their home school.
This position is a unique opportunity to work intensively with students who haven’t excelled in traditional classrooms. You will join a dedicated and mission aligned team of professionals who believe that every student should have high quality, individualized supports.
Bridge Special Education Teachers are responsible for:
- Teaching, co-teaching, and tutoring to insure all students thrive
- Designing and implementing Behavior Intervention Plans and behavioral support strategies
- Collaborating with the team to insure all students receive the appropriate supports, accommodations, and modifications
- Managing student caseload for compliance and progress monitoring purposes
- Building and leveraging transformative relationships for student growth
- Constantly developing your own craft
- 3+ years teaching at risk students with a demonstrated record raising student achievement
- A BA or BS required
- Louisiana Special Education Teacher Certification completed or in progress preferred
- Extensive experience and skills working with students with significant emotional and behavioral issues
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, relationship building & management skills
- Learning mindset dedicated to effectively and innovatively problem solving and constantly improving
- Passion for improving educational opportunities for urban students and for being a part of a strong, mission-driven team
- Commitment to EQA’s mission, vision and growth
- Start Date: July 22, 2020
- Location: The Bridge: 2405 Jackson Ave. New Orleans, LA 70113
- Schedule: School is year-round with a generous leave schedule.
- Salary: $45,000-$55,000 depending upon experience. Initial salary is set based on years of experience and degrees. Future salary increases are based on performance and responsibilities.
- Benefits: Comprehensive benefits and 403b retirement plan
Teach, co-teach, and tutor to insure all students thrive
- Push-in, pull out, or co-teach for Math, Science and/or Humanities classes as needed
- Plan and teach small group interventions, individualized tutoring, test prep etc.
- Use the tenants of Differentiated Instruction to develop high quality long term and daily plans
- Develop rigorous, diverse assessments to accurately gauge student understanding & skills
- Collect and analyze a variety of data to assess student’s strengths, gaps, and weaknesses
- Use this information to appropriately adjust course curriculum and delivery and individualized approaches and supports
Collaborate with the team to insure all students receive the appropriate supports, accommodations, and modifications
- Consult with teachers and provide modifications and accommodations
- Develop and monitor FBAs/BIPs
- Support student scheduling
Manage student caseload for compliance and progress monitoring purposes
- Develop, manage and continually update legally compliant IEPs and files
- Work closely with staff, students, and families to identify students who have or should have IEPs or evaluations and to obtain the appropriate information
- Develop high quality IEPs and IEP goals which align with state policies, NET values, and student needs
- Monitor progress toward IEP goals to insure students are appropriately progressing
- Coordinate and lead IEP meetings to insure students and families are empowered in the plan development and implementation process
Building and leveraging transformative relationships for student growth
- Participate in all aspects of students’ experience including: intake, RtI, special education, internships, and post high school transition
- Conduct structured bi-weekly meetings with students’ to review their progress and develop plans for success
- Actively practice restorative approaches and collaborative problem-solving in order to teach students how to take responsibility for improving their behavior and communication
Constantly develop your own craft
- Actively reflect on your own work and monitor progress toward goals
- Productively seek, give, and use feedback
- Positively contribute to the school’s collegial community
- Participate in all scheduled professional development activities and seek out additional opportunities
- Involve yourself in the continual development and improvement of the school’s curriculum, culture, and program