Teacher Special Education Multi-Intensive Severe Center Director
Title: Multi-Intensive Severe (MI-S) Director (2020-2021)
STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of public charter schools that challenges every student to strive for college and thrive throughout life by helping them to discover and develop the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to succeed in college and beyond.
We seek dedicated educators that live STRIVE Prep’s core values every day:
Core Beliefs – Achievement
- Commitment 1: I commit to celebrating academic and personal success for all.
- Commitment 2: I commit to holding myself and others accountable to high expectations.
- Commitment 3: I commit to bringing passion and joy to my work.
Core Beliefs – Justice
- Commitment 1: I commit to intentionally disrupt inequity, bias, and systems of oppression.
- Commitment 2: I commit to creating an environment of safe body, mind, and heart.
- Commitment 3: I commit to building a community where each person can bring their full, authentic self.
- Commitment 1: I commit to the belief that we grow and get smarter through effort and by making mistakes.
- Commitment 2: I commit to showing up Con Ganas, where we never give up even when the work is hard.
- Commitment 3: I commit to showing up with integrity and doing the right thing even when the road is tough.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- 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 activities including feeding, toileting, communication, movement, etc.
- Collaborate with multiple staffing team members to ensure all services are being provided to each student.
- Refer to students using first-person language (i.e. “Josue is a student with autism” not “Josue is an autistic student).
- Actively listen to all directions given in the classroom and be ready to repeat these instructions to students multiple times, if necessary.
- Attend students’ lunchtime when possible in order to build relationships outside of the learning environment.
- Provide supervision of students during both lunch and recess activities.
- Communicate regularly and often with families to both solicit their input and share student social and academic progress.
- Attend and participate in weekly staff and grade level meetings.
- Participate in regular instructional coaching meetings and content-based department meetings.
- Participate in STRIVE Prep’s Summer Training Institute as well as professional development throughout the school year.
- A valid Colorado Teacher License with a Special Education Endorsement
- Two years of teaching experience, preferably in an urban setting
- Speaks Spanish and/or has experience working with English Learners
- Demonstrated success working with middle school students of color
- Experience using Enrich IEP online platform
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
- Competitive compensation package.
- Annual performance-based raises.
- Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program, including a PERA 401k contribution option.
- Funding of 100 percent of individual medical benefits and a wide range of insurance plans.
- Approximately eight weeks of summer vacation, approximately four weeks of school holidays and vacations, and eight days of paid time off annually.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION
STRIVE Prep works to make a college preparatory education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception. To achieve this we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse team by maintaining hiring and recruiting processes that are free from bias and seek to provide each candidate with a unique and equitable opportunity for employment.