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Special Education Instructional Coach (Part-Time) (22-23)

Company: Alpha Public Schools
Location: San Jose
Posted on: September 22, 2022

Job Description:

This role is a part-time (15-20 hours) role for the 22-23 academic year.

Under the direction of the Director of Special Education, the Special Education Instructional Coach is responsible for coaching and supporting our Education Specialists and paraprofessionals. The Special Education Instructional Coach works cooperatively with school leaders and staff in supporting students with disabilities, and will take initiative to improve the quality of education in the community. The Special Education Instructional Coach will embrace and encourage the acceptance of diversity while using effective people skills to communicate. A successful candidate will have the ability to command respect and work with students in a positive manner. Each staff member serves as a role model for our students in how to conduct themselves as respectful and responsible young adults. Finally, Alpha staff hold a deep belief that all students can succeed in college, and that it is the responsibility of staff to ensure that success.

We are seeking passionate individuals who embody Alpha's mission, vision and core beliefs: leaders who believe that all students can learn, that our scholars belong in college, and that student growth is a reflection of the teacher's practice. We are looking for leaders who are reflective in their practice and are willing to engage in conversations around educational equity and inclusivity. We're committed to finding leaders who value and amplify the diverse experiences of our staff and scholars and their families, and who care deeply about addressing the inequities that exist in education.

What you'll do...

Coaching and Development

  • Plan, execute, and improve professional development and on-boarding for new/returning teachers and other SPED staff
  • Conduct weekly observations and debrief meetings with 2 education specialists to meet goals and move along the professional growth rubric
  • Conduct bi-weekly observations and debrief meetings with 10 education specialists and 2 Special Education Paraprofessionals to meet goals and move along the professional growth rubric
  • Assist with planning and executing Special Education-specific Professional Development
    IEP Guidance and Support
    • Participate in the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) which include annual goals and short-term objectives for exceptional students
    • Provide feedback and coaching around IEP writing and meeting facilitation
    • Manage difficult cases, and attend challenging IEPs as administrative designee
      Administration and Compliance
      • Support in paperwork collection and organization
      • Disseminate necessary information to school-site teams
      • Assist in managing state and federal reporting mandates
      • Coach and support teachers in keeping compliant records
        You possess...
        • A valid clear, mild-moderate California SPED credential (preferred, but not required)
        • Masters Degree in Education (Special Education, preferred) or equivalent degree, preferred
        • Extensive knowledge of SPED laws and best practices
        • 3-5+ years successful teaching experience
          • CA teaching experience preferred; if not, able and willing to get quickly caught up on California SPED laws
            You stand out by being...
            • Committed: You are committed to working with students in traditionally underserved communities.
            • Collaborative: You are team-oriented and are able to implement school-wide systems effectively and consistently.
            • Organized: You are self-motivated and reliable, with the ability to plan and execute on tasks
            • Experienced : You have taught in an under-resourced community and have experience managing adults (highly preferred). You also have proven experience managing difficult IEP cases
              • Bilingual: Fluent in Spanish, highly preferred
              • Diplomatic: Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to "manage by influence"
              • Customer-Service Oriented: Customer service approach to education (teachers and parents) and stellar interpersonal and communication skills.
              • Values Driven: Excellent integrity and demonstrate strong professional judgment and initiative
              • CPR and First Aid Certification
                Join our team...

                To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter online.

                Alpha Public Schools is a network of four high-performing public charter schools founded by a group of East San Jos mothers dedicated to helping transform their community. We have a strong growth mindset - as individuals, as an organization, and on behalf of our students and families. We want to be better tomorrow than we are today.

                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. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.

                Salary is competitive and compensation includes a comprehensive benefits package.

                Questions? Contact us at

Keywords: Alpha Public Schools, San Jose , Special Education Instructional Coach (Part-Time) (22-23), Education / Teaching , San Jose, California

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