High School Special Education Learning Coordinator

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KIPP

Washington, DC
Full Time
2mo ago

Company Description

About KIPP DC:

By 2025, KIPP DC will build upon two decades of proven results to develop into a more impactful, innovative, and inclusive school system, that provides joyful, identity-affirming learning experiences so that all students and alumni achieve extraordinary outcomes. We are a network of eighteen schools educating nearly 7,000 students and employing 1,200 teachers, leaders, and staff members dedicated to our mission. As part of the KIPP network’s 255 schools, we share best practices and innovations with our peers across the city and country.

Our work is grounded in a commitment to excellence, equity, and justice. We believe all students have the right to rigorous, relevant, and joyful learning experiences led by exceptionally talented and diverse educators who promote student achievement and a sense of belonging. We pride ourselves on providing unparalleled professional development and leadership opportunities. We acknowledge the demands of the teaching profession and continually seek to improve sustainability, benefits, and support for teachers. We are seeking staff who are passionate about educational equity, driven by student and family relationships, and constantly seeking to grow.

Job Description

VIRTUAL LEARNING AT KIPP DC:

The goal of the virtual learning program at KIPP DC is to develop a desire and love for learning in students in our virtual program. Staff members give students in our program personalized experience, seeking to know a child, their family, their strengths, and their areas for growth, in a fully virtual space.  The virtual program strives to provide students with an intensive foundation in the core academic subjects through a blend of asynchronous and synchronous instruction. Special Education Learning Coordinators in virtual classrooms build on the asynchronous KIPP DC content, created by Digital Learning Creators, to support students in their learning in small group settings for 3-5 hours/day. Virtual Learning Coordinators cultivate a strong sense of belonging and a strong relationship with their caseload of students and families.  Through powerful lessons and relationships, Special Education Learning Coordinators lead student learning in English Language Arts, math, science, and social studies.

In core subjects, 1st-8th grade learning coordinators implement research-based curricula, brought to life digitally by our virtual content creators, that are Common Core aligned and student centered. KIPP DC curricula is added to and revised by a committee of teachers and leaders focusing on culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy. Our Virtual Content Creators bring this curriculum to our students’ screens at home and our Learning Coordinators support students in their understanding, practice, and growth.  

With planning time, content meetings, and daily student work/data analysis, Learning Coordinators work collaboratively with peers in the virtual school program. Learning Coordinators receive feedback and support from school leaders, and other teammates. School culture at the virtual program is grounded in Positive Behavior Incentives Systems (PBIS) led by an attendance and family success manager at the school. Student identity and creativity is recognized through weekly celebrations and a myriad of clubs ranging from Project Lit to martial arts. This is an exempt position and reports to the virtual school principal. 

 

  • Lead instruction for small groups of students
    • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP DC’s mission and to advancing its antiracist ambition through their work with staff, students, alumni, and families
    • Subscribe to the Vision for Teaching Excellence and commit/contribute to constant professional growth and development
    • Provide timely and meaningful evaluation/correction of student work and student questions (quick return is critical in the online setting)
    • Maintain positive supervision and an orderly online classroom.
    • Implement the program-wide and classroom management policies and practices
    • Show initiative in generating ideas and solutions; solves problems and achieves results beyond what is expected
  • Ensure special education compliance 
    • Monitor special education students’ progress and track it through our online database (SEDS)
    • Gather and analyze data to write/modify IEP goals and attend special education meetings as necessary
    • Maintain compliance with the special education process through timely paperwork and adequate reporting
    • Collaborate with general education teachers to ensure proper modifications/accommodations for students
    • Work closely with the campus compliance manager to certify legal processes are timely and effective
  • Plan for instruction based on virtual content and student work
    • Collaborate with other Learning Coordinators to analyze data, group students, teach, and assign interventions
    • Prepare intellectually by analyzing student work from the morning, creating a re-teach plan, and delivering the re-teach lesson in order to ensure that all students are getting excellent instruction tailored to their needs  
    • Determine how students spend instructional time within a fixed rotation schedule (i.e., digital software for knowledge and skill acquisition, large and small groups with Learning Coordinator, etc.), utilizing every minute as learning time.
    • Utilize assessments that accurately measure student progress
    • Invest students in their learning using a variety of techniques
  • Build trusting relationships with staff, students, and families
    • Be the connection between the school and family: communicate with students and parents, keeping them informed of students’ progress, in the afternoons and assigned evenings.
    • Identify and address individual students’ social, emotional, and behavioral learning needs and barriers
    • Identify and address individual students’ development of organizational and time-management skills
    • Build a classroom culture that empowers students, affirms their identities, and creates a sense of belonging for all students
    • Respond to student and family phone calls as soon as possible
  • Be available for virtual program every day
    • While students receive instruction from 8:00am-4:00pm, KIPP DC virtual program Learning Coordinators are on duty online Monday through Friday from 7:45am to 8:30am, from 11-4:00pm three times per week and 11:00-5:00pm two times a week.  This is a typical schedule, which may change as the program evolves: 
    • 7:45-8:15: Morning staff virtual huddle
    • 8:15-8:30: Advisory
    • 8:30-11:00 am: Off
    • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Looking at student work/Analyzing independent practice from the morning with Learning Coordinator cohort
    • 1:00-4:00 pm: Running small group instruction, intervention and/or extension groups
    • 4:00-5:00 pm: Be available for family questions, etc. 
    • 10 additional hours of independent preparation and planning
  • Perform morning advisory, mid-day student work analysis, and afternoon small group work time. 
    • Attend staff meetings, professional development sessions, and team meetings
    • Display an incredible work ethic and a passion for being part of a team-oriented, mission-driven school culture
  • Pass a criminal background check, as required by law
  • Additional responsibilities may arise during the school year.  This could include but not limited to: attending staff and student field trips, open houses, parent-teacher conferences, and other events involving parents and students as needed. They will be communicated to all employees with as much notice and flexibility as possible. Non-DC based learning coordinators may be exempt from this responsibility. 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (Required)
  • Bachelor’s degree in content area (Preferred)
  • Proven ability to lead virtual instruction, including driving student outcomes (Preferred)
  • Commitment to working with students from communities with limited access to quality educational opportunities (Required)
  • At least two years of special education teaching experience in a public school or education degree with student teaching experience (Strongly Preferred)
  • Experience/strength in content area (Preferred)
  • Must maintain a professional virtual work environment, free of distraction.
  • Must have access to stable, high speed internet
  • Must live within the continental United States and maintain east coast hours. 

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits

KIPP DC offers an extremely competitive compensation and benefits package:

  • KIPP DC offers its employees competitive rates for medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. KIPP DC’s plans include options for Health Savings Accounts, Flex Spending Accounts, and access to OneMedical.
  • KIPP DC also offers its employees a 403(b) retirement account with employer contributions and matches vesting after three years.
  • All employees who use public transit are eligible for pre-tax deductions for transportation costs through a partnership with WMATA
  • Learning Coordinators are provided with a laptop computer for work and access to a discounted cell phone plan for staff/student/parent calls.
  • Learning Coordinators have access to KIPP DC’s additional development and enrichment opportunities such as RELAY’s Masters of Arts in Teaching program, Special Education Fellowship, School Culture Champion Grants, Classroom Innovation Grants, and various fellowship and pilot programs launched each year
  • KIPP DC has various support programs in place during the pandemic, including extended sick leave and robust health and safety protocols and training programs 

How to Apply:

  • Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit http://www.kippdc.org/apply, and click the “SEGMENT lead teacher” job posting located under “Instructional Positions.” If you have any questions, please contact the recruitment team via e-mail at [email protected].

Equal Opportunity Employer 

KIPP DC Public Schools does not discriminate against, or tolerate discrimination against, employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis or protected class including, but not limited to, actual or perceived race, color, national origin, immigration status (except as necessary to comply with federal, DC, state, or local law), religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity or expression), marital status (including domestic partnership status), genetic information, political affiliation, pregnancy, family responsibilities, personal appearance, veteran status, uniform service member status, status of being unemployed, status of victim a survivor of domestic violence, sexual offense or stalking, matriculation or any other protected class under federal, state, DC, or local law. 

Click here or here to review KIPP DC’s non-discrimination policy and KIPP DC’s Title IX Coordinator’s contact information.

 

KIPP DC requires all staff to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or obtain an approval for exemption due to medical or religious reasons by November 1, 2021 or start of employment, whichever is later. 

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