Founded on Skid Row in 1980, Para Los Niños provides education and wraparound support to over 6,000 of L.A.’s neediest children, youth, and families each year. PLN fosters pathways to success by striving for excellence in education, family support, and comprehensive social-emotional, and community based services.
Through early-education, TK-8th grade education, youth workforce services, and family and community services Para Los Niño’s’ model provides a comprehensive, holistic approach to break the cycle of poverty and help children and youth thrive.
The Intervention and Assessment Teacher works to ensure that targeted groups of students are working on skills to reach grade-level proficiency in both English Language Arts and Mathematics. This position provides one‐on‐one and small group support for students whose performance may fall below grade level as well as coaching teachers on best practices to improve student performance. This position will also coordinate school-wide intervention for students by identifying student needs and coordinating corresponding services for them.
The Intervention and Assessment Teacher ensures that the curricula, instructional and assessment systems used at the Charter Middle school are leveraged to lead students to grade level. This position reports directly to and is evaluated by the Principal.
This position works collaboratively with teachers, administration, support staff, and out-of-the-classroom staff across the campus via a coaching model. The Intervention and Assessment Teacher will provide advice and support to teachers and staff, but does not direct the day-to-day operation of them in their roles. The Intervention and Assessment Teacher may work with staff in various roles to support the work that is being done in the classrooms, and will also collaborate to provide professional development and training to staff on a variety of topics to increase student outcomes.
- Assists in student assessment, examines student assessment data, and refines and coordinates intervention activities to address individual student needs.
- Builds student capacity around strategies and interventions for state assessments.
- Develops and implements small group lesson plans and works with teachers on classroom. activities consistent with PLN Charter Middle School Academic Expectations.
- Establishes a culture of high expectations that includes college preparation for all students.
- Collaborates with the Middle School teachers via instructional coaching to improve instructional practices; shares best practices.
- Works closely with classroom teachers and education specialists to identify unique student needs; collaborates with team members and outside service providers to diagnose and address learning challenges.
- Actively participates and leads professional development activities, including: training sessions and working with Lead Teachers and administrators.
- Provides instruction with the Para Los Niños After School Program and collaborates with the After-School Supervisor to design and deliver professional development to After School Program staff.
- Provides classroom teachers, students and parents/guardians with regular and timely information on student progress; finds ways to involve parents/guardians in their students’ education.
- Tracks critical student information and maintains accurate student records, including attendance.
- Demonstrates knowledge of, and supports Para Los Niños’ mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
- Performs other related duties as required and assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree in applicable field of education from a regionally accredited college or university
- A valid California Teaching credential.
- Track record of success providing intervention and increasing test performance with K-8th grade student populations, particularly those classified as English Learners, Students with Disabilities, High-Poverty or other potential risk factors.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with teachers and other educational leaders.
- Demonstrated ability to analyze data and lead teams through a meaning-making process that leads to improvement.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct evidence-based review of curriculum and assessment options.
- Ability to effectively handle challenging situations with students, parents, and faculty.
- Excellent knowledge and understanding of the teaching and learning process, preferably at the middle education level.
- Demonstrated experience working with challenging groups in a standards-based environment, including utilizing assessments to place students, curriculum compacting, flexible pacing, flexible instruction, grouping and regrouping, acceleration, enrichment, and independent study to meet student needs.
- Demonstrated talent in the instruction of students with varied learning styles and levels of mastery.
- Demonstrated success in effectively solving challenging problems through a positive, collaborative approach.
- Bilingual English/Spanish desirable
- Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with students, parents, administrators, colleagues, community, and other school system staff in a non-traditional, inner-city environment.
- A strong sense of personal accountability for student achievement
To perform this job the individual must be able to carry out all essential functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Approximately 50% of time is spent sitting, while frequently required to walk, stand and bend. Must be able to talk and hear well. Good vision is imperative. Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Employee will be required to lift and/or move unassisted up to 25 pounds.
Expectations for All Para Los Niños Staff
Candidates for employment at a Para Los Niños, regardless of position, will consistently demonstrate the following:
- Unwavering belief in and commitment to fulfill the mission of Para Los Niños.
- Deep commitment to the success of all PLN students and families
- Commitment to excellence and high standards — for self, students, and colleagues.
- Continuous learning by engaging in reflection, self-assessment, and individual professional development.
- Use of data to inform decisions and drive continuous improvement.
- Ability to thrive as a member of a collaborative team.
- Self-motivation and initiative with solutions-oriented disposition.
- Belief in and ability to develop respectful relationship with parents and children marked by sensitivity to the students’ cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Comfort with basic Microsoft Office applications and a curiosity and propensity to push own adoption of new technology and approaches.
- Regular, punctual attendance and professional appearance.
Para Los Niños is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer