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Founding Small Class Literacy Specialist (Guided Reading and Wilson)

Start Date: July 1, 2017
Location: Brooklyn, NY

Teaching at Achievement First
Achievement First invites passionate educators to apply for the position of Small Class Special Education Literacy Specialist for the 2017-2018 school year. This is a unique opportunity for a passionate special educator to have a significant impact on students with disabilities.  Teaching at Achievement First is an ideal position for an educator with deep passion for instruction who is eager to gain rigorous development to help perfect his/her craft. In addition to participating in weekly professional development and team planning meetings, teachers receive consistent high-impact coaching and feedback from a school administrator or teacher-leader.
Special Education at Achievement First
Achievement First is committed to achieving excellence and equity for all students. Education systems, including the charter sector, have long strived to effectively educate our hardest-to-serve students. Achievement First is deeply committed to serving all students – and to leading in the sector on this front. 
AF’s core continuum of meaningful inclusion (ICT), targeted intervention and remediation, and specialized instruction (SETSS) to access grade level curriculum is effective for the vast majority of scholars. Despite the strengths in our core special education program, we believe we can do more to serve scholars with a wider range of needs, and we have an opportunity to provide a more specialized program.  We are thrilled that families of students with more significant disabilities are entrusting us with their students’ education – and we are improving our ability to provide the kind of tailored educational program they require.
As such, we are redefining what students with more significant academic and learning needs can achieve by providing rigorous, small class environments that lead to extraordinary results for students. We are expanding our successful small class program into a full Comprehensive Academy and we are looking for passionate teachers who are committed to providing life-changing opportunities for students with disabilities.
Responsibilities of all Achievement First school teachers will include but are not limited to: 
Outstanding academic achievement and student character development  

  • Plan and implement high quality Guided Reading and Wilson Phonics instruction to small groups.
  • Utilize progress monitoring data to drive instruction and intervention.
  • Create a positive, achievement-oriented and structured learning environment that excites and invests ALL students.
  • Motivate ALL students to realize high academic and behavioral standards.
  • Teach students to believe in their infinite potential.
  • Build classroom community by investing families in children’s academic success and development of REACH values (REACH stands for Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Citizenship and Hard work).
  • Design, accommodate, and implement unit and lesson plans in collaboration with grade or subject team.
  • Exemplify AF’s core values in all interactions with students, families and colleagues.
  • Serve as “owner” of all special education-related services, including contributing to and implementing rigorous, standards-driven Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and goal meetings.
Professional learning, development, and growth
  • Collaborate with coach and school team to improve instructional, culture-building and leadership skills.
  • Attend all professional development, team planning and data analysis meetings.
  • Participate enthusiastically in structured and informal learning and development opportunities.
Skills and Characteristics
  • Strong instructional and classroom management skills.
  • High level of personal organization and planning.
  • Excited by the opportunity to try new things, and by the challenge of making our existing approaches work in new ways for students with disabilities
  • Can work with a high degree of initiative and independence, while also seeking out collaboration opportunities and resources when needed
  • Team player: maturity, humility, strong work ethic, follow-through, sense of humor, willingness to respond positively to feedback and a “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude.
  • Strong belief in the Achievement First mission and educational model.
  • Mastery of and enthusiasm for subject matter.
  • Familiarity with the IEP process.
Educational Background and Work Experience
  • Two years of experience teaching reading preferred (Guided Reading and/or Wilson Phonics) with a proven record of high student achievement.
  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 from a competitive college or university highly preferred. 
  • New York, Connecticut or Rhode Island certified in special education or in process of obtaining a certification.
    • If you are not yet certified, you may learn more about the process at http://eservices.nysed.gov/teach/certhelp/CertRequirementHelp.do (for NY)

Salary for this position is very competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, Achievement First offers a comprehensive benefits package. Teachers receive funds for supplies and materials as well as a laptop computer.
Achievement First is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish proficiency is a plus. You can learn more about diversity at Achievement First here: http://achievementfirst.org/about-us/diversity/ 

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