Moderate/Severe Education Specialist
Company: Voices College-Bound Language Academies
Location: San Jose
Posted on: May 14, 2022
Though 9 in 10 Latino young adults say a college degree is
important for success in life, fewer than 15% age 25 or older hold
a bachelor's degree. Voices College-Bound Language Academies exists
to change that.
Voices is a public charter school network with a mission to prepare
all students for the challenges of higher education through the
context of an academically rigorous dual-immersion program. Every
student, regardless of home language, graduates bilingual and
biliterate in English and Spanish.
Voices Academies' Education Specialist (SPED) Teacher will be an
inspiring educator with an entrepreneurial spirit. Under the
supervision of the Principal and Student Services Manager,
Education Specialist is responsible for the success of students in
the primary academic areas (reading, writing, language, and/or
math, etc) through implementing Voices approved curriculum;
documenting teaching and student progress/activities/outcomes;
modeling the necessary skills to perform assignments; providing a
safe and optimal learning environment and providing feedback to
students, classroom teachers, parents and administration regarding
student progress, expectations, goal, etc. The Educational
Specialist will have the responsibility, in consultation with
administration, to design and implement curriculum, develop
school-wide instructional strategies, and administer assessments in
an effort to best fit the needs of the school's target students.
The SPED teacher will be responsible for managing the IEP caseload
for students. To achieve our goals, the Education Specialist will
implement various instructional strategies and curricula in the
following environments: Core classes,Intervention classes, Small
group and one-on-one student pull out.
Provides educational instruction as outlined in the IEP for
identified individuals with exceptional needs and monitors the
implementation of the IEP.
Provides leadership for ensuring full compliance with legal
requirements as prescribed by federal law under IDEA (Individuals
with Disabilities Act 1997) and IDEIA (Individuals with
Disabilities in Education Improvement Act, 2004) and State of
California Education Code
Uses the school's data analysis tools to drive instructional
practices, re-teaching strategies, and interventions.
Responds to student data on a weekly, quarterly, and yearly basis
based on student need.
Provides accommodations and/or modifications to learners with
disabilities for assignments and testing as determined by IEP
Instruct students for the purpose of improving their success in
assigned basic academic subject areas of reading, writing and/or
Manages student behavior for the purpose of providing a safe and
optimal learning environment, develop behavior support plans as
Plan learning activities appropriate to subject(s), grade level(s),
abilities, and cultural background of individual students.
Create an atmosphere through personal example and efficacious
relationships with students which inspire academic achievement and
an enthusiasm for learning.
Organize classroom systems/procedures/routines and manage student
behavior to ensure students are fully engage in learning
Establish a culture of high expectations and college preparation
for all students
Develop lesson plans consistent with California State Standards,
instructional materials and provide individualized and small group
instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each
Motivate pupils to develop skills, attitudes and knowledge needed
to provide a good foundation for elementary education
Challenge and accelerate ALL students, no matter at what level they
enter the classroom
Develop and evaluate independent study programs
Implement Voices Instructional Guidelines and Best Practices
Provides ongoing educational assessments and diagnosis of children
for the purpose of identifying special learning problems and
coordinates the development of individual instructional plans as
appropriate for students identified with special needs.
Evaluates students' abilities in basic academics for the purpose of
assisting other personnel in the diagnosis of learning disorders,
development of remediation plans and/or student progress.
Administers standardized achievement tests, interprets results to
determine learners' strengths and areas of need for initial, annual
and triennial assessments.
Drafts and writes professional and compliant IEP's, as well as
finalize the data in SEIS (affirm all IEP'S)
Establish procedures to process and place eligible students:
develop screening programs in areas of academics and behavior; use
data to determine eligibility for special education services; and
provide research-based instruction and interventions of increasing
intensity of supports to benefit all students
Coordinates referral and assessment procedures and facilitates the
coordination of IEP team meetings and the implementation of special
education services (Speech, Occupational Therapy, etc.).
Work cooperatively with staff and parents toward resolution of
Participate in daily grade-level meetings and professional
Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the
development, evaluation, and revision of lessons, units, and
Identify unique student needs and collaborates with other team
members and outside service providers to diagnose and address
Participates in various meetings (IEP, , SST, Parent conference, In
service training, Staff meetings, etc)
Participating in collaborative curriculum development, grade-level
activities, and school-wide functions, events, and trips
Collaborate with parents as educational partners and provides
ability awareness as needed.
Coordinates special education services with regular school program
for each individual with exceptional needs and monitors the
implementation of the IEP.
Actively participate in professional development activities,
Demonstrate knowledge of, and support, Voices mission, vision,
standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions,
confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior and
Motivate and organize parent involvement and foster strong school
morale and academic achievement
Provide students and their families with regular and timely
information. Participate in parent conferences and provide regular
progress reports as required.
Identify student needs and cooperate with other professional staff
members in assessing and helping students solve health, attitude,
and learning problems.
Represent the school and program to local and State groups as
assigned maintaining a positive and professional image; interact
with outside agencies as necessary.
Maintain and prepare reports and records regarding student matters
Mentor and co-plan with Associate Teacher; keeping him/her informed
of weekly plans and goals and evaluating Associate Teacher
Keep anecdotal records about student behavior and progress for use
when generating IEPs and in conferences with parents
Prepares local, state and federal reports, or other documents as
may be required for the purpose of disseminating information to
Voices Academies Education Specialist Teacher candidates will have
Bachelor's degree required
CA Education Specialist Credential (Special Education -Moderate to
CA Credential: Multiple Subject or eligible for intern
Valid bilingual authorization (BCLAD or equivalent , BCC, ELD, or
Knowledge of subject matter, including California Common Core
Demonstrated passion for the mission, vision and values of Voices
Academies with a deep commitment to improving the lives of students
from low-income communities
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and
Outstanding written, speaking, and organizational skills with
experience interacting with a broad range of stakeholders.
Commitment to accelerated educational progress of children.
Experience or commitment to public education, social justice,
efficacy and equity.
Knowledge of and experience working with low-income communities
Entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility, and demonstrated success in
building a dual-immersion curriculum.
Understanding of dual language instructional practices and school
design and the unique characteristics of public charter schools is
High proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Google
Ability to work well independently and within a team environment;
working efficiently, and exercising excellent judgment in making
Tolerate high levels of stress
Regular requirement to stand, sit, walk, talk, hear, see, read,
speak, reach, stretch with hands and arms, stoop, kneel and
Lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 lbs.
Occasional evening and or weekend work
Willingness to be trained as needed
Prior To Employment: Once an offer has been extended, a candidate
must meet the following criteria to receive a final contract:
First Aid/CPR Certification
Cleared Criminal Background Check
Valid TB Clearance
Key Compensation: Highly competitive hourly range
Exceptional growth opportunities
Contract: Reports directly to Principal, Student Services
Permanent Part Time , Non-Exempt Position
If you have any questions about this position, please contact our
hiring team by email at . Thank you.
Voices College-Bound Language Academies is an equal opportunity
employer. It is the policy of Voices to afford equal employment and
advancement opportunities to all qualified individuals without
regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity,
ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental
disability, marital status, citizenship status, medical condition,
or any other legally protected status.
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