Middle School Special Education Teacher (Immediate Hire)

DSST Public Schools, Denver, Colorado

Date PostedJune 01, 2018
IndustryK-12: Public Schools
Job StatusNot Specified
SalaryNot Specified

Middle School Special Education Teacher

DSST Public Schools (DSST) seeks a Middle School Special Education Teacher to join one of the leading charter school organizations in Colorado. DSST Public Schools mission is to transform urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century.

Overview of Position: DSST Public Schools seeks teachers with a track-record of raising student achievement to join a team of educators dedicated to providing a rigorous college preparatory program to a diverse population. At DSST Public Schools, teachers are leaders who are responsible for developing and implementing DSST’s curriculum. Teachers also play an integral role in ensuring student success through the support of our school culture, the development and instruction of a rigorous core curriculum, and the use of data to drive their daily practice.

Serves students from all eligibility categories. May need to teach literacy, math, language skills, behavioral skills, daily living skills, and/or adaptive skills, and may also provide physical care needs. Provides instruction at the large group, small group and individual level. Collaborates with general education staff for successful inclusion of students.

Essential Functions:


  • Demonstrate relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of students
  • Take holistic accountability for student success- taking ownership of each student’s academic success or failure.
  • To live and model the school’s core values with colleagues, students, parents and the larger community
  • To reinforce the school’s core values, guiding philosophy, rules and school spirit

Classroom Teaching

  • Exhibit mastery and enthusiasm for the assigned academic subjects and classes
  • Plan and implement targeted curriculum and assessments for each student which adheres to the school's curriculum and standards.
  • Work to implement and master DSST Public Schools’ core instructional practices

Curriculum and Assessment

  • To implement a variety of targeted assessments and root cause analysis that measure progress towards learning outcomes and that adhere to the DSST Assessment Framework.
  • To use assessment data to adapt curriculum and instructional practices to help students meet the school's performance standards. Such use of data includes re-teach weeks, spiraling skills, and changing daily instruction to meet student needs.

School Life

  • To model, live, and reinforce the school’s core values and policies inside and outside the classroom.
  • To perform as an advisor to a group of advisees by overseeing their academic and student life. This responsibility includes taking attendance, holding regular conferences, meeting with advisee’s parents and communicating with student and parent regularly, leading reading circles, overseeing digital portfolios, and overseeing advisory competition activities.

Professional Development

  • To devote the necessary time and energy required to master the craft of teaching. To be open to innovative approaches to teaching, feedback from colleagues and school administration.
  • To actively participate in the school’s professional development programs including data analysis and planning, leading and participating in best practice sessions, peer coaching, and attending conferences.


  • Mission-driven: You have a desire to change the way the public school system serves students, so that all kids – regardless of race, ethnicity, or income – have the opportunity to go to college.
  • Track record of leadership: You know that being a great teacher means being a dynamic leader, and your life and professional experiences demonstrate your ability to lead others to achieve great outcomes.
  • Goal-oriented: You set high goals for yourself and your students, and you take the steps necessary to achieve those goals.
  • Organized: You have a systems mindset that helps you keep yourself organized in a professional setting.
  • Growth mindset: You are a lifelong learner; you know that you continually improve to be the best teacher possible for your students, and you desire next steps to help you get there.
  • Reasoning and strategic thinking: You believe in the power of data to help you and your students get the best results possible.

Experience Required:

Candidates are required to have a Bachelor's Degree.

Applicants for Special Education teaching positions must meet the following requirements:

Have both a license and a special education endorsement:

Type of License:

A7- Special Education Teacher in Residence


ATL- Alternative Teacher License


ATLW- Alternative Teacher License Waiver


INTL- Initial Teacher License


PFTL- Professional Teacher License


PFTM- Professional Teacher License- Master


License Endorsement:

Special Education Generalist


Special Education Specialist


Teacher 1-Moderate Needs


Teacher- Educationally Handicapped (EH)

Applicants for teaching positions in core subject areas should generally meet the following requirements:

Click here to view more information about Praxis and PLACE exams.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications:

Competitive candidates will have demonstrated a track record of the following experience, skills, and beliefs:

  • Demonstrated belief in all students and the mission of DSST.
  • Strong character and belief in the core values of DSST.
  • An ability to work and collaborate across lines of difference.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing priorities at one time.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Candidates should have a 3.0 college grade point average or higher.
  • Teaching experience is preferred, but not required.

Classification: Exempt

Reports to: School Director

Compensation and Benefits:DSST Public Schools offers a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a commitment to continuing professional learning.

Physical Demands:The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active and may require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching throughout the day. The employee must lift and/or move items up to 30 pounds. The employee must have sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Overview of DSST Public Schools

DSST Public Schools (DSST) operates a network of tuition-free, open-enrollment public STEM charter schools. All DSST Public schools are part of the Denver Public Schools (DPS) district and students are admitted through DPS’ School Choice program. The student population across the DSST network is 80 percent students of color and 64 percent low income. This year, DSST will serve approximately 5,000 students at twelve schools on seven campuses: Byers, Cole, College View, Conservatory Green, Green Valley Ranch, Henry and Stapleton. DSST has been approved to open ten additional schools and four campuses by 2022. At full enrollment, DSST Public Schools will serve over 10,000 students, one quarter of the DPS 6-12 population, and will help more than double the number of four year college-ready DPS graduates. 2016 marked the ninth consecutive year the senior class has earned 100% acceptance to a four-year college. The continued success of the DSST network has gained local and national attention.

DSST Public Schools employees support each other not only to have fulfilling careers, but more importantly, to lead fulfilling lives that combine deeply meaningful professional work with personal well-being. Our core values are central to our program and to our results. These values are embedded in everything that we do and how we do it. The six DSST core values are:

Appreciating the value of a person or an object through your words, actions and attitude - treating people appropriately with common courtesy.
Able to be trusted and or depended upon to complete tasks, follow directions and own up to your actions.
Being truthful, fair and trustworthy in your words and actions - doing as you say and saying as you do.
Possessing confidence and resolve to take risks and make right decisions in the face of pressure and adverse or unfamiliar circumstances.
Eager to learn, explore and question things to gain a deeper understanding.
Doing Your Best
Putting your best effort into everything you do.

To Apply: Please go to www.dsstpublicschools.org/careers

In your cover letter, please address the following topics:

Your interest in working at DSST Public Schools


The mission of DSST Public Schools states: "DSST Public Schools transforms urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st Century." What about this mission statement most resonates with you and why?

DSST Public Schools proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.Denver School of Science and Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact the Assistant Superintendent or Human Resources.

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