The Special Education Teacher (SPED teacher) will be an integral part of the integrated supports team. The SPED teacher will deliver direct services to children with identified needs, collaborate with teachers and support staff on integrated support plans, and serve as case manager for students with IEPs. The SPED teacher will provide significant out of classroom supports through a resource room model while also collaborating with classroom teachers on in class supports.
The SPED teacher will be part of our Integrated Supports team, helping ensure that all children at The Primary School receive the support they need to be successful at school.
Develop and deliver direct services to achieve both academic and behavioral goals (for children in pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade).
Set targeted goals based on need.
Ensure interventions/accommodations are delivered with fidelity.
Provide a range of supports which may include small group instruction and individual intervention.
Evaluate effectiveness of interventions.
Tailor supports to continue to improve efficacy.
Collaborate with teachers to ensure instruction and classroom environment optimize learning for all children.
Work with parents to ensure understanding of child needs and progress and provide tools to support children at home.
Build a safe and effective environment through resource room supports, delivering direct supports as well as coordinating with related service providers.
Observe and evaluate students to more deeply understand.
Other responsibilities related to growing our Special Education practices.
A strong commitment to supporting the highest need students in succeeding at school.
A background working with young children (aged 5 - 8), English Language Learners, and supporting both schools and families.
Experience working in a Special Education environment (identifying needs, setting goals/plans, and delivering aligned supports).
A drive to work in a high energy start-up environment.
A plus if experience in a special day or cross-categorical classroom.
A plus if you are bilingual (Spanish speaking) and have worked with a diverse population of kids and families.
A flexible mindset and desire to jump in across programming wherever support is needed.
Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.
About The Primary School
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The Primary School (TPS) is a new non-profit organization dedicated to dramatically improving health and educational outcomes for children. Fueled by the belief that the current model of school is too limited to close the achievement gap for our nation’s most at risk children, TPS is designing a new model of primary education and primary care which braids together education, health, and family support services starting at birth. In doing so, the organization will expand the traditional definition of “school” in order to prepare all children to succeed in college, career, and life. TPS was seeded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.
TPS’s innovative new model of support has three defining characteristics:
Provide integrated and comprehensive services: The new school will partner with an existing health care organization. Educators and health care professionals will provide integrated academic and health (physical, mental, and socio-emotional) services to students and families.
Begin serving children at birth: The school will admit students at or before birth, and will provide early childhood supports alongside medical care ...during the critical years of child development, ensuring that students are school-ready by the time they enter the elementary school grades.
Offer two-generation supports: Families will receive services, including primary care and intensive parenting education, to help them better support their children and become healthier themselves.
We opened our first site in East Palo Alto in 2016 and currently serve 250 children (ages 0 to 5) and their families. In 2018-19, the school will serve children in four grades: Pre-K (3 year-olds); Pre-K (4 year-olds); Kindergarten; and 1st grade.
In addition to our core focus on directly serving children and families, TPS is committed to designing a model that is replicable and sustainable on public funding in other communities. We are investing in design, research, evaluation, and dissemination that will allow us to replicate our model and/or transfer our learnings to others.