Special Education Teacher - Middle School
- Tulsa, OK, USA
- Specific Subject: Learning Specialist
- Department: Teacher
- Grade Level: Middle
- Subject: Special Education
- Start Date: Immediate opening
Founded in Houston in 1994, KIPP has become a national leader in partnering with families and communities, to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose — college, career, and beyond — so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
In 2005, KIPP schools in Tulsa, OK was formed to become KIPP Tulsa Public Charter Schools, a nonprofit public charter school network, accelerating student academic outcomes and impacting more students in Tulsa, OK. KIPP began with 1 campus, 90 5th grade students, to now serving students in grade 5-12 on two campuses, by the end of the 2021-2022 School year. Through partnership with the local school district, KIPP Tulsa can more effectively leverage the talent, resources, instructional expertise, financial strength, and advocacy in the public charter school movement, in order to have an even larger impact with educationally underserved communities across our city.
KIPP Tulsa is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income families.
The Five Pillars of KIPP
1. High Expectations. KIPP schools have clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct that make no excuses based on the students' backgrounds. Students, parents, teachers, and staff create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support through a range of formal and informal rewards and consequences for academic performance and behavior.
2. Choice & Commitment. Students, their parents, and the faculty of each KIPP school choose to participate in the program. No one is assigned or forced to attend a KIPP school. Everyone must make and uphold a commitment to the school and to each other to put in the time and effort required to achieve success.
3. More Time. KIPP schools know that there are no shortcuts when it comes to success in academics and life. With an extended school day, week, and year, students have more time in the classroom to acquire the academic knowledge and skills that will prepare them for competitive high schools and colleges, as well as more opportunities to engage in diverse extracurricular experiences.
4. Power to Lead. The principals of KIPP schools are effective academic and organizational leaders who understand that great schools require great school leaders. They have control over their school budget and personnel. They are free to swiftly move dollars or make staffing changes, allowing them maximum effectiveness in helping students learn.
5. Focus on Results. KIPP schools relentlessly focus on high student performance on standardized tests and other objective measures. Just as there are no shortcuts, there are no excuses. Students are expected to achieve a level of academic performance that will enable them to succeed at the nation's best high schools and colleges. Teachers will be provided consistent and constant professional development opportunities and will be expected to support each other’s growth as a team and family.
Every member of the Team & Family at KIPP Tulsa plays a critical role in ensuring our students are on the path toward college, career, and beyond. Our educators are passionate advocates for our students and families, working tirelessly to connect them with access to opportunity for lives of power and choice. As the Special Education Teacher, you will deliver exceptional instruction and support access to the general education environment. You are dedicated to constant learning, and you proactively provide academic and cultural support to your school and team. You are deeply committed to educational equity, building relationships with students and families so they are safe, seen, heard, and loved.
As the KIPP Tulsa Middle School Special Education Teacher, your core responsibilities include:
Instructional Delivery and Assessment
● Deliver evidence-based specialized instruction to address the instructional goals contained within each student’s IEP and ensure access to the general education curriculum
● Use assessment data to adjust instructional methods and levels of support in both the special education and general education environment
● Provide consultation to general education teachers regarding classroom accommodations, instructional modifications, adaptive equipment, behavior plans and other similar instructional interventions to meet the needs of students with disabilities
● Coordinate the scheduling and delivery of special education services as outlined in each student's IEP through collaboration with related service providers and building leaders
● Develop IEPs in accordance with guidelines established under IDEA and the Oklahoma Special Education Compliance Program Review Standards and Indicators
● Maintain accurate records (e.g. grade book, discipline documentation, progress monitoring, service logs)
● Embrace and incorporate feedback in the spirit of constant improvement
Academic and Cultural Support
● Assume personal responsibility for student achievement
● Collaborate with content and grade-level teams to promote an environment of critical thinking, inclusion, and academic rigor
● Establish and maintain working relationships with students and families based on trust and respect
● Participate in the daily functions of the school such as morning, lunch, and afternoon supervisory duties
● Attend critical school events such as staff meetings, open houses, and student-led parent conferences
● Meet professional obligations including timeliness and consistency in meeting deadlines
Exemplify the school cultural expectations
Skills and Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree
- Relentless focus on results and a commitment to teamwork
- Deep commitment to educational equity and underserved communities
- Valid OKlahomaTeaching license with required certification for subject and level assigned*
- Valid Special Education Certification
- Demonstrated knowledge of core subject area assigned
- Satisfactory outcome of a background check
- Ability to speak and translate Spanish encouraged (ELL accumen)
*Applicants currently pursuing certification may apply before certification is received. All certifications must be acquired and on file with KIPP Tulsa before the end of the first year of employment.
Compensation and Benefits:
This is a Full-Time, Exempt role.
As an equal opportunity employer, KIPP Tulsa does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other basis made unlawful by applicable federal, state, or local laws or regulations.