Middle School Exceptional Education Teacher (20-21)
Opportunity Academy Middle School
Intrepid College Prep is a network of free, open-enrollment, public charter schools committed to preparing scholars to excel in selective colleges, earn professional opportunities, and graduate as positive leaders. Our Intrepid Team currently educates nearly 800 students across two schools – Opportunity Academy, serving students in grades 5-8, and Independence Academy, serving students in grades 9-12.
Intrepid College Prep achieves remarkable academic growth for all scholars through our commitment to high expectations and high-quality support. Intrepid has been distinguished as a Reward School by the Tennessee Department of Education twice since our opening in 2013. This is a particularly notable achievement as we serve one of the highest English Language Learner populations among Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Our work grows scholars academically and socially – providing the skill sets needed to be game changing leaders in every facet of the future. Intrepid alumni will transform college campuses and the workforce, raising expectations for academic excellence and ethical leadership.
Succeed in Exceptional Education (Special Education) at Intrepid College Prep
At the core of Intrepid College Prep’s vision is the unwavering belief that all students, regardless of their socioeconomic status or educational background, deserve a high-quality, college preparatory education. With this core belief, we are targeting a student population that faces academic adversity based on factors such as income level or home language. Intrepid College Prep has approached development of the educational program very deliberately to meet prepsters where they are instructionally and accelerate them to achieve mastery at and above grade level.
The Exceptional Education Teacher reports to the Dean of Student Supports and collaborates with General Education Teachers, ELL Teachers, and the Principal to unlock the power of data in providing every student the right academic supports.
Exceptional Education Teacher Duties and Responsibilities
- Assess overall progress of Exceptional Education instruction at Intrepid College Prep and improve general instruction, as needed.
- Draft IEPs, monitor progress toward academic and behavior goals, issue parent communication about IEP meetings.
- Ensure teachers are utilizing best practices and implementing effective and appropriate curricula.
- Use RTI framework to conduct data-driven progress monitoring and Tier I, Tier II and Tier III interventions as needed.
- Accommodate student work packets to ensure students have the right amount of scaffolding to reach common learning objectives.
- Work with our ELL Teachers to support tremendous academic growth for ELL students and struggling adolescent readers.
- Collaborate with the Support Team to ensure that instruction is always meeting the needs of all learners
- Support advisory culture for a group of students, including the development of organizational habits, inclusive relationships with peers and consistent family communication.
- Plan and lead an Enrichment class for students based on arts, music, sports, cooking, languages, etc.
- Reflect and grow as an educator by engaging with peers and leaders constantly through frequent observations and implementing feedback
- Have structured planning time built into the school day to plan the highest quality lessons.
Successful Exceptional Education Teacher candidates possess the following characteristics:
- Dedication to a college preparatory path for students with disabilities, learning gaps, and behavioral challenges.
- Orientation to using academic and behavioral data (grade reports, NWEA map testing, Lexile data) to make instructional decisions.
- Proven track-record of high achievement in the classroom.
- Minimum of two years teaching experience in an urban public school or charter school setting preferred, but not required.
- Highest commitment to improving curriculum and instruction through collaboration, best practices, regular assessment and data analysis.
- Effective organization, time management, and follow-up skills.
- Ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently.
- Exceptional communication skills with students, parents, and colleagues, with demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively.
- Ability to learn quickly and to be effective in a fast-paced, dynamic, entrepreneurial environment.
- Exceptional attention to detail, problem-solving, critical-thinking, and strategic planning skills.
- Holds a B.A./B.S. degree with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
- Degree in subject area intended to teach (preferred).
- Speaks Spanish, Arabic or has experience working with bilingual students (preferred).
- Valid state Special Education Certification is required.
- Belief in and alignment with Intrepid College Prep’s core beliefs and educational philosophy are non-negotiable.
This position will begin in July 2020.
We offer a generous compensation package, including health benefits. All staff members are equipped with the tools needed to succeed, including a dedicated work space, laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, and all necessary supplies. Compensation is highly competitive; teachers are eligible to participate in the MNPS Retirement System.
Commitment to Diversity
Intrepid College Prep is an equal opportunity employer. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.