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Learning Specialist - Middle School

KIPP New Jersey
Newark, NJ
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $59,000 to $99,000 Yearly
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: dental, medical, vision, 401k,
Job Description

Qualified applicants for this role will be eligible for a signing bonus amount of $1,000!!

KIPP New Jersey is part of the nationally recognized “Knowledge Is Power Program” network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students for success in college and in life. In 2002, KIPP New Jersey first opened its doors in Newark’s South Ward as a single class of 80 fifth graders and has since grown to educate 7,035 students in grades K-12 across 15 schools in Newark and Camden. More than 90% of KIPP New Jersey students currently qualify for free or reduced meals.

By 2025, KIPP New Jersey will have fifteen schools in Newark and five in Camden providing a world-class education to over 10,300 students. To learn more, visit www.kippnj.org.

Job Description

Applications submitted between May 23rd, 2022 - June 30th, 2022 and lead to a hire at a KIPP School in Newark by July 18th for the following titles: Learning Specialist or Special Education Teacher will be eligible for a signing bonus amount of $1,000.

Here's what you need to know:

We are searching for Special Education teachers to provide small group instruction (both pull in and pull out) support to our exceptional learners! We have learning support roles open in Math, ELA, and History.

Here's what you'll be doing:

Teaching and Classroom responsibilities

• Assumes responsibilities for demonstrating achievement of individualized education program (IEP) goals and improved academic performance of students with disabilities

• Develops an IEP at a Glance for each student that profiles existing assessment data [CST testing, district and state assessments], identified disability, classroom implications and IEP goals, accommodations and modifications and distributes to GL team.

• Provides a wide-range of special education instructional opportunities for students to work one-on-one, in small groups, and as a class within push in or pull out settings, in support of the general education curriculum

• Employs multisensory teaching strategies and specialized instruction based on an understanding of student strengths, weaknesses, disability, and learning styles.

• Works in collaboration with all general education teachers as a technical expert.

• Monitors and tracks student progress towards goals in the inclusive setting, collaborates with related service providers, and monitors behavior intervention plans (BIPs) and provides accommodation/modification support.

• Start the referral process when a student is referred to the IEP team to determine interventions for students demonstrating disciplinary concerns, truancy, and/or academic failure or to further assess struggling students in all areas of suspected disabilities.

• Meet regularly with classroom teachers and paraprofessionals to review student progress, classroom observations and create next steps towards meeting students IEP goals.

• Observe and meet with classroom paraprofessionals weekly to discuss implementation of intervention strategies, data tracking and create next steps towards goals.

 

IEP management

• Assumes responsibility for writing both initial and updated IEPs based on present levels of performance and developing goals that related to curriculum standards and content

• Track student progress towards IEP goals on a weekly and quarterly basis

• Uses tracking of student progress to determine changes in student programming

• Report achievement of goals and objectives at the end of every advisory period and issues quarterly progress reports

• Maintain a portfolio of student grades, work samples, anecdotal data, and classroom observation information

 

Case management

• Assume responsibility for case compliance and student academic progress as documented through both academic and compliance tracking tools.

• Assume responsibility for reviewing and analyzing all student information and developing a corrective action plan for students who need additional testing and/or a change in service.

• Maintain special education files, in collaboration with the grade level social worker, and ensures that all evaluation recommendations are followed up and completed.

• Help to coordinate all IEP meetings for the grade level (Initial, Eligibility, IEP, Re-eligibility, Triennial), providing all academic data

• Communicates IEP notes and updates to GL teams / teachers and paraprofessionals

• Ensure that related services are represented in the IEPs and are being delivered in an integrated way and practically applied in the classroom.

• Review monthly data as to student performance with Assistant Principal.

 

TEAM and FAMILY engagement

• Collaborate closely with students, families and colleagues to create an environment that is supportive of student progress.

• Effectively communicate academic and behavior performance to families

• Participate in school, departmental and parent meetings as required.

 

Development

• Engage actively in the Performance Management Process.

• Continue personal development in your subject matter knowledge and teaching methods.

• Attend and actively participate in school sponsored professional development.

• Participate in school events, activities, and programs both during and outside of regular class instruction hours.

Qualifications

Must Haves:

  • A belief in every student’s limitless potential
  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university (Official transcripts showing degree conferred are required prior to start date of employment)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 if graduation date is after 2016 or minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 if degree conferred before 2016
  • Appropriate state teaching certification completed and issued or in process of being completed.
  • Subject matter expertise
  • A minimum of two years of teaching experience, with demonstrated interest in working with students from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds
  • A track record of success in the classroom
  • A collaborative attitude towards teaching and learning
  • This job requires the individual to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, absent a legally required accommodation, pursuant to a New Jersey Executive Order and federal and state guidance

Nice to Haves:

  • A record of exceptional student achievement and results at a high-performing charter network/charter management organization.
  • A belief that all students deserve a world class education which can be achieved through education reform

Additional Information

Compensation & Benefits

In addition to a competitive salary, KIPP NJ offers a full comprehensive benefits plan, including health care, retirement, an optional subsidized wireless plan through Verizon, a school laptop and transportation benefits for TEAMmates commuting into New Jersey from the New York City area.

KIPP NJ offers competitive salaries to newly hired lead teachers. Salaries are based on prior experience and in accordance with certification requirements. KIPP NJ offers a competitive salary range of $59,000-$99,000 for teacher positions with additional opportunities for earning up to $7,000 annually in performance-based pay.

Company Description
About KIPP New Jersey

KIPP New Jersey is part of the nationally recognized “Knowledge Is Power Program” network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students for success in college and in life. In 2002, KIPP New Jersey first opened its doors in Newark’s South Ward as a single class of 80 fifth graders and has since grown to educate 7,035 students in grades K-12 across 15 schools in Newark and Camden. More than 90% of KIPP New Jersey students currently qualify for free or reduced meals.

By 2025, KIPP New Jersey will have fifteen schools in Newark and five in Camden providing a world-class education to over 10,300 students. To learn more, visit www.kippnj.org.

KIPP New Jersey

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About KIPP New Jersey KIPP New Jersey is part of the nationally recognized “Knowledge Is Power Program” network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students for success in college and in life. In 2002, KIPP New Jersey first opened its doors in Newark’s South Ward as a single class of 80 fifth graders and has since grown to educate 7,035 students in grades K-12 across 15 schools in Newark and Camden. More than 90% of KIPP New Jersey students currently qualify for free or reduced meals. By 2025, KIPP New Jersey will have fifteen schools in Newark and five in Camden providing a world-class education to over 10,300 students. To learn more, visit www.kippnj.org.

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