Job Description–Education Specialist/Special Education Teacher (John Henry High)
John Henry High School’s mission is to provide a rigorous college preparatory education and character development program that will prepare students from underserved communities to succeed in college and beyond. Our students come primarily from Richmond, 91% of our students considered socio-economically disadvantaged, and almost all of whom will be first-generation college students. We are an intentionally small school, with a student population of just over 300. Being small in size affords us the opportunity to work in close partnership with all students and their families.
The Education Specialist serves as the case manager for our students receiving Special Education services. The Ed Specialist holds annual IEP meetings, provides service minutes, measures and tracks student progress toward meeting academic and behavioral goals, and coordinates the special education para to provide required services and support. The Ed Specialist also works with our teachers across the school to develop appropriately differentiated assignments, assessments, and instructional strategies. The Ed Specialist will be formally employed through the contracted agency Futures, but will work under the supervision of the John Henry administration
Our day to day work is embodied with a set of core values: Students First, Be Adaptable, Lead People, Results Oriented Mindset (Accountability), Commitment to be Distinct (Be the Change). We are looking for team members who exude these values and a passion for our mission.
We recognize that the number one factor impacting student achievement is quality, presence, and effectiveness of every teacher within the classroom. We find it crucial to recruit, develop, support and retain great educators as the key to the success of our students and the network as a whole. We look to recruit the best individuals from around the country, provide them with outstanding professional development, and create opportunities that will inspire their growth and commitment to education.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Case manage our students who have IEPs, including scheduling and conducting meetings, reviewing data and progress, and setting appropriate goals and instructional supports
- Set and hold students to high academic and behavioral standards
- Relentlessly demonstrate and embody the schools core values and ensure that students are challenged
- Believe in measurable student academic growth to increase individual student’s achievement
- Assess every student’s mastery of the content and diagnose areas of student need
- Meet needs of range of students, providing extra support, accommodations or modifications
- Support effective classroom management and create a positive classroom culture
- Create positive, engaging , achievement-oriented and structured learning environment where students are excited about and invested in their academics;
- Set and reinforce clear expectations and routines that are aligned with the school’s overall vision
- Discuss, teach, and reinforce character skills.
- Planning and Data Analysis
- Set measurable, ambitious yet attainable goals for the year and for each interim assessment cycle ;
- Use data from interim assessments, quizzes and informal assessments to inform and guide
- At all times, act in a manner in alignment with AMPS Core Values and any individual site norms to promote respect and professionalism among students and colleagues
- Be proactive in addressing issues to student safety and well-being (e.g., bullying, etc.)
Required knowledge and skills:
- Strong classroom management and presence
- Unyielding commitment to students, self and school’s constant learning and development
- Relentlessness – doing what it takes to ensure success
- Team player for the school yet competitive for the class
- Highly organized
- Belief in Amethod’s mission and Core Values
- Strong work ethic, no excuses, and go-getter attitude.
Educational Background and Work Experience:
- Two years of case management experience (preferred but not absolutely necessary)
- Bachelor’s degree from a competitive college or university
- Experience working with youth
- Special Education teaching credential (Mild/Mod) or willingness to seek credentialing if not already credentialed
To Apply: Please prepare the following:
- Cover Letter
- Undergrad/grad Transcripts (unofficial ok)
- 3 references
Visit our website at https://jhhs.amethodschools.org/ for more information.
Job Type: Full-time