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Middle School Special Educator 21-22 School Year

Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School
New York, IA
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Jan 16, 2022

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About Launch

Launch EL Charter School is part of a network of 14 EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) and NYC Outward Bound schools in New York City and is the NYC network's first charter school. EL is a proven educational model being implemented in over 150 district, charter and independent schools across the country. Launch's mission is to prepare students in under-resourced communities to thrive in college and careers by providing a public education rooted in active learning experiences and powerful character development. We believe that students at all levels can be pushed and supported to do more than they think possible.

As an EL school, We believe that when a student is done with school and enters adult life, she will be judged for the rest of her life not by her performance on tests of basic skills, but by the quality of her work and the quality of her character. Our vision of student achievement therefore has three dimensions: Mastery of Academic Skills and Content , High-Quality Work , and Character .

Launch is seeking middle school Special Education teachers with a track record of success to join a highly motivated, curious, intelligent, and passionate staff of educators under the EL Education model, an approach that believes in creating classrooms where learning is "challenging, active, meaningful, character driven, and public."

The ideal candidate will model our Launch Habits of Responsibility:

Integrity and Stewardship - Always works to do what is best and right for our community. Inspires confidence in others through consistent honesty and care.

Kindness and Collaboration - Make others feel like they belong through demonstrating empathy and care

Imagination and Spirit - Demonstrates and unyielding belief that we can accomplish our goals

Dedication and Practice - Uses each minute to support our mission and reflects on actions with a focus on continuous improvement

The ideal candidate will believe:
  • All students can achieve at high levels
  • Families are essential partners for teachers
  • Ongoing feedback strengthens performance and outcomes

At Launch teachers:
  • Prioritize student voice in co-creating a joyful, collaborative, and active classroom community
  • Support all students to produce high quality work that leads to mastery of standards
  • Strive to create an equitable classroom space
  • Ground their practice in data and constantly collect quantitative and qualitative data to track student progress and adapt pedagogy
  • Implement meaningful, rigorous lessons that require students think critically and reflect on their progress

At Launch you will:

(Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following.)
  • Develop all students across EL Education's three dimensions of student achievement: Mastery of Knowledge and Skills, Character, and High Quality Work.
  • Utilize EL Education's approach to planning and delivering high-quality instruction to co-teach Math or Science classes
  • Collaborate with co-teacher to create and modify materials to prioritize small group instruction with academic modifications to support students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs), English or Multi Language Learners (ELL/MLL), and students who are not yet on grade level
  • Assume a high level of personal responsibility for the progress of all students by tracking and monitoring progress and growth on a daily, weekly and quarterly basis with a focus on IEP goals
  • Write Math or Science Present Level of Performance (PLOP) reports for annual IEP meetings
  • Manage a caseload of students and present on their growth at annual IEP meetings
  • Collaborate with colleagues to plan, analyze data, and engage in department team meetings and/or professional growth opportunities (i.e. coaching) to support outstanding instruction
  • Establish and maintain consistent classroom expectations and routines in a self-managed, student-centered classroom
  • Regularly showcase high-quality current student work to promote a culture of achievement on displays inside and outside the classroom
  • Maintain a classroom space that is organized, welcoming, celebratory and promotes student achievement in all three dimensions
  • Lead an advisory group called Crew using common school-wide structures and materials
  • Develop character by modeling, teaching and supporting students to demonstrate our Habits of Heart and Mind
  • Support students to lead Student-Led Conferences and/or Passages
  • Maintain strong relationships with students and their families
  • Help maintain strong school culture in public spaces throughout the school by fulfilling assigned duties

The ideal candidate will have:
  • Strong understanding of common core middle school standards and the desire to develop exceptional pedagogical knowledge
  • Unwavering commitment to Launch's mission and to the EL Education model
  • Exceptional ability to demonstrate our operating values in every aspect of their work
  • Exceptional ability to develop and maintain productive and collaborative relationships
  • Middle school experience preferred
  • Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred)
  • Teaching experience in an urban setting preferred
  • Valid New York State Teaching Certification in Special Education ( MANDATORY )

Compensation: Highly competitive and commensurate with experience, along with a full benefits package.

Launch is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group for reasons of race, color, creed, sex, age, culture, national origin, marital status, sexual preference or mental or physical disability.

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