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Special Education Teacher

compensation: Commensurate with Experience
employment type: full-time

About AppleTree
AppleTree focuses exclusively on Preschool and Pre-K education with a mission of closing the achievement gap before students get to kindergarten. We provide free, full-day public charter school programming for three- and four-year olds in 12 locations across Washington, DC, employing our innovative and award winning instructional model, called Every Child Ready (ECR). This instructional model provides educators with tools and resources for “What to Teach”, “How to Teach” and “How to Measure Success.” Our instructional model is also used with partners across the nation. We continuously test and improve this model through feedback from AppleTree educators, partners and other stakeholders to ensure that children are learning and exploring through play and appropriate instruction.

Position Summary
The Special Education Teacher ensures that all children and families with special needs receive optimal, developmentally-appropriate educational experiences. Under the primary direction of the Special Education Manager and secondary direction of the Principal, the Special Education Teacher will implement Individual Education Plans (IEPs) in inclusion, push-in and/or pull-out settings. The Special Education Teacher will work with general education teachers in a consultative manner to integrate research-based interventions into their practice applying the Response to Intervention model.

This position will support the Special Education Manager with administrative tasks including IDEA compliance activities and comprehensive case management of students participating in the special education program. The Special Education Teacher reports to the Special Education Manager, with input from the school Principal.

Duties and Responsibilities

Supports the development and achievement of young and diverse learners
Implements developmentally-appropriate instructional activities that encourage the child with special needs abilities to analyze, conceptualize, synthesize and evaluate
Demonstrates competency and expertise with the implementation of AppleTree’s instructional program
Implements the Response to Intervention (RTI) instructional model to maximize student achievement, especially for those students identified for special education and students in need of intervention
Plans and provides differentiated and individualized instruction that supports students’ social, emotional, physical and cognitive development in alignment with AELPCS’ standards and/or the IEP
Consult with general education teachers to support the implementation of the RTI model
Supports assessment activities related to the special education program including identification and eligibility in accordance with IDEA, and aligned with RTI and AELPCS standards
Provides specialized instruction during Extended School Year (ESY) to eligible students.

Provides case management for special education and related services
Develops annual IEPs in collaboration with the instructional team and the Special Education Coordinator that include developmentally-appropriate student goals
Documents student data and progress through the Special Education Data System (SEDS)
Adheres to all aspects of the IDEA compliance process
Collaborates with general education teachers and related service providers, such as therapists and social workers, to assess and ensure: 1) students’ progress toward IEP goals, 2) successful access to the general curriculum through Specialized Support Plans (SSP)

Establishes and maintains cooperative partnerships with parents
Collaborates with families and other school personnel to develop effective and viable transition plans to a Kindergarten Program for students with IEPs
Regularly communicates the school’s and individual students; educational goals and progress to families

Ensures compliance with federal and local regulations.
Supports the full continuum of services for children transitioning from Tier 2 to Tier 3 of the RTI process
Utilizes the OSSE approved special education data system (SEDS) including SEDS, Easy IEP, and other mandated systems to track and document student progress
Assists with the development of the AELPCS Special Education Program for the purposes of ensuring program quality and continued compliance with all state and federal laws
Maintains accurate special education records, to include documentation of service delivery and monitors the documentation of special education services provided as required by IDEA, state regulations, and AELPCS policies

Upholds professional responsibilities
Maintains strict confidentiality of student information
Maintains necessary ongoing licensure/certification requirements within specified timelines
Demonstrates professionalism in all interactions with staff, students, and families
Allocates time and resources effectively
Actively participates in professional development opportunities provided and seeks out additional professional development opportunities
Fulfills the standards of professionalism in dress, attendance and timeliness
Plans collaboratively and shares ideas and resources with the AppleTree school community

Candidates must have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree in elementary or early childhood special education and a passing score on the Praxis 5025 exam
A master’s degree in early childhood special education or a certified speech language pathologist are preferred
Two or more years of professional teaching of young children with special needs
Ability to deliver virtual instruction using modern technology and video conferencing softwares
Ability to travel to multiple AppleTree locations if needed
Demonstrated teacher leadership experience is preferred
Strong organizational skills and communication abilities
Ability to work collaboratively and well within a team
Candidates must also receive a passing score on the Special Education and Elementary Education Content Knowledge (PK-3) Praxis within 60 days of hire

The preceding description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals in this role and is not designed to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of the Special Education Teacher. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

AppleTree Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement
At AppleTree, we endeavor to foster an environment where each person’s true self and experience is welcome. We believe that only with a diverse and inclusive environment can you truly celebrate and support all students, families, and staff. Our commitment to diversity is founded on the belief that our community is strengthened by the vibrant exchange that occurs when individuals with different backgrounds, abilities, and heritages share their various perspectives with one another.

To Apply
Please visit: https://www.appletreeinstitute.org/join-our-team
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