Elementary Special Education Resource Replacement Teacher (Immediate Start)

  • Newark, NJ, USA
  • Full-time
  • Hiring Start Time: Immediate Start (SY 18-19)

Company Description

Uncommon Schools is a non-profit network of 53 outstanding public charter schools in grades K-12 across New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Our mission is to start and manage outstanding urban public charter schools that close the achievement gap and prepare students from low-income backgrounds for success in college and beyond. We are accomplishing that mission every day, with a college graduation rate that is well above the national average and thousands of stories of our students and alumni achieving their dreams.

Job Description

The Elementary Special Education Resource Replacement Teacher is passionate about supporting the students who are at-risk for academic underperformance.  The Special Education Resource Replacement Teacher holds primary responsibility for providing academic services and coordinating related services for students who require a resource replacement program to thrive within the school's core academic program.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • The Elementary Special Education Resource Replacement Teacher will:
  • Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds, characters & lives of students both in and out of school
  • Show unwavering commitment to urban youth achieving greatness
  • Create a positive, structured learning environment to ensure that students observe the school's core values, high expectations, and strict code of conduct
  • Design and implement curricula and activities that meet the needs of the students in the special education program and to meet academic standards
  • Design and implement assessments that measure progress towards academic standards
  • Use assessment data to refine curriculum and inform instructional practices
  • Provide individualized and consistent rewards and/or consequences for student behavior to ensure that students observe the school's core values, high expectations, and strict code of conduct
  • Be accountable for students' mastery of goals as outlined in their Individualized Education Programs
  • Share responsibility for school-wide activities
  • Exhibit resilience to persevere and turn challenges into opportunities
  • Focus constantly on student learning, thinking critically and strategically to respond to student learning needs
  • Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues
  • Engage families in their children's education
  • Commit to continual professional growth, participating actively in department meetings, faculty meetings, and other meetings
  • Participate in an annual three-week staff orientation and training
  • Mentor and engage the classroom paraprofessional in instructional practice and professional development
  • Include the classroom paraprofessional in daily classroom activities to help students meet academic standards
  • Implement and enhance the school’s systems and culture
  • Build professional relationships and collaborate with the Child Study Team Supervisor, members of the Child Study Team, Principal, Dean of Students, the Special Education Coordinator, and other school staff to maximize the ability of Uncommon Schools to support students’ development
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned


  • Required knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom
  • Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player
  • Knowledge of laws and regulations governing special education
  • Effective problem-solving, human relations, and communication skills
  • Belief in and alignment with Uncommon’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable
  • Strong organizational skills; extremely careful attention to detail and follow-through
  • Experience working with and in urban schools is highly preferred
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Valid Teacher of Students with Disabilities certification required

Additional Information

Uncommon Schools offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.  Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, and all necessary supplies.

Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community through creating a space for important dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students.  As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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