Special Education Coordinator
at Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School (View all jobs)
ABOUT BROOKLYN LAB
Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools (LAB) is a network of open enrollment, college-prep, public charter schools that opened its first middle school in downtown Brooklyn in 2014. LAB opened its second middle school in the fall of 2016, and will open its first two high schools in the fall of 2017, both in downtown Brooklyn. LAB is dedicated to serving the highest need students regardless of their academic level, English language proficiency, or disability. To achieve this, we couple a high expectations approach with an innovative, Common Core-aligned, next generation learning model designed to drastically improve the academic success of our scholars. Our focus on the whole scholar and in building our school community has established Brooklyn Lab as one of the best middle schools in the country for academic growth - adding two and three years of academic growth on average for our scholars. We invite you to be part of a transformation in education and to inspire a diverse a group of scholars with a lifelong love of learning.
Teaching at Brooklyn Lab is unlike teaching in a traditional environment. Our teachers know the individual strengths and areas for growth of each of their scholars. By design, our schools are small communities where every scholar is known.
The role of the teacher is to empower scholars to own their learning. Teachers at Brooklyn Lab plan by deeply understanding scholar data, using our personalized learning platform Cortex and determining what group and individual supports are needed for their scholars to move forward on their progression towards mastery of grade level content. This planning and the use of data requires our teachers to consider not only how scholars bring together core content knowledge with both cognitive skills and our CREED values which stress entrepreneurial learning and scholar voice. Our teachers are constantly focused on how to prepare our scholars for the world beyond the classroom and to succeed in jobs that don’t exist yet and we can’t even imagine.
In addition to teaching their course, our faculty understands the value of collaboration. They share best practices across the network, mentor young educators who serve as Fellows, get and implement feedback from coaches and their instructional lead and work as a team to provide their scholars with a high-quality education.
Our focus on the whole scholar and in building our school community has established Brooklyn Lab as one of the best middle schools in the country for academic growth - adding two and three years of academic growth on average for our scholars. We invite you to be part of a transformation in education and to inspire a diverse a group of scholars with a lifelong love of learning.
- Provide direct instruction to classrooms of approximately 28 scholars in rigorous lessons aligned with the Common Core;
- Maintain high expectations and commit to preparing every scholar for high school graduation and success in a four-year college or university;
- Facilitate scholar learning experiences by designing lessons, leading small groups, and conferencing with scholars;
- Implement frequent formative assessments, in addition to summative assessments and analyze scholar achievement data to inform and personalize instruction to meet the needs of scholars;
- Constantly review scholar level data to inform instruction and scholar groupings;
- Curate lessons via a mix of teacher created lessons and digital/on-line supports;
- Track and provide updates on scholar achievement to faculty, directors and families;
- Design and implement social and emotional learning experiences as a recurring part of all courses;
- Actively participate and suggest proposals as a member of weekly faculty team meetings;
- Maintain and reinforce LAB’s graduated discipline process;
- Work in collaboration with co-teaching staff as well as assist in school-wide duties including monitoring lunch and recess as well as at least one night a month for a community event.
- Ability to learn technology platforms that organize instructional materials and data gathering at LAB.
In addition, SPED teachers at LAB:
- Implement curriculum, instruction and assessment to address the individualized education goals for students receiving special education.
- Work with the Special Education Coordinator to provide case management for a caseload of students:
- Ensure students are consistently receiving supports, accommodations, and/or modifications as delineated in each student’s Individualized Education Plans (IEP).
- Consult with general education teachers to adjust core curriculum, instruction and assessment to meet the unique learning needs and styles of a caseload of students.
- Collaborate with school staff, related service providers and parents to collect information and monitor the progress of a caseload of students in order to review and adjust educational plans at least annually.
- Lead the development and design of IEPs for a caseload of students receiving special education, including facilitating the IEP meetings.
- Administer and interpret academic diagnostic assessments to determine learners’ strengths and areas of need for initial, and triennial assessments.
- Create and maintain notifications, records, files and reports as required by federal, state and local regulations.
- Maintain knowledge of current regulations pertaining to special education.
- Serve on a professional development team with other Special Education Teachers across the Brooklyn Lab network to share and develop best practices.
- Utilize an instructional coach to develop educator skills and apply new practices to support students with exceptional needs and mentees.
- A bachelor’s degree in the subject area to be taught, preferably from a selective college or university (master’s degree preferred);
- High GPA in an academic major;
- Certification to teach in New York State, preferably in the subject area to be taught;
- At least three years of teaching experience with exceptional results; experience teaching in urban and low-income areas preferred;
- Commitment to LAB’s mission and academic objectives; a demonstrated belief that all scholars, regardless of background and incoming ability, can achieve at high levels;
- Record of using data in the classroom and driving scholar outcomes with scholars of similar population;
- Commitment to education standards, frequent formative assessment, and accountability;
- Belief in a structured, predictable environment for children in a high expectation environment;
- Ability to be the authority in the classroom, maintain a calm and consistent learning environment;
- Willingness to build relationships with scholars and families;
- A “can do” attitude and the ability work as part of a team;
- Comfort with accountability and ability to absorb feedback and engage in self-improvement
- Desire to make others successful;
- Demonstrated enthusiasm and optimism;
- Understanding that the first years of school start-up require commitment, hard work, and hours beyond normal teaching positions;
- Ability to reflect and adjust to a dynamic and rapidly changing environment.
Teachers will receive a competitive, comprehensive benefits package that improves over time and is competitive with other New York City charter schools. Other salary differentiation will be based on teacher experience, and the subject area taught, with higher compensation going to more experienced teachers in difficult-to-fill subject areas such as science and math.
In addition to competitive salaries, LAB benefits package includes:
- 80% cost share of health, dental, vision employee plan premiums
- 5% of annualized base salary contribution to a LAB retirement plan which vests at a percentage annually
- An employee professional development allowance for improving the employee’s practice
Role: Special Education Coordinator
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