Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP)

KIPP Houston Public Schools, Houston, Texas

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Date Posted January 14, 2020
Industry K-12: Charter Schools
Specialty Not Specified
Certification Needed
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified



For more than 15 years, KIPP Austin, KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth, KIPP Houston, and KIPP San Antonio have put thousands of KIPPsters on the path to and through college. Last year, we collectively educated over 25,000 students in more than 50 schools, covering a geographic area of over 400 miles. Our regions have a long history of informal collaboration, with teachers and staff members sharing ideas, curricula, professional development, facilities, finances, end-of-year field trips, and more. As of the 2018-2019 school year, all KIPP schools in Texas join forces as KIPP Texas Public Schools, a state-wide network of schools dedicated to supporting students to and through college!

The Opportunity
The LSSP will provide diagnostic information on student learning. He/she/they will work cooperatively with instructional faculty and parents to provide an appropriate education program for students in grades K-12 with disabilities throughout the region. This position furthers the mission of KIPP Texas as it helps ensure that all students have the tools and the supportive environment they need to learn.

Key Responsibilities
The LSSP will:
• Conduct evaluations and other professional activities consistent with the requirements of laws, rules and regulations, and local district policies and procedures
o Ensure evaluation practices are provided in an ethical and professional manner
• Utilize various assessment instruments and techniques to assist in identifying students eligible for special education services and in determining appropriate intervention strategies and techniques
o Select, administer, and interpret appropriate formal and informal assessments and evaluations
o Collaborate with KIPP’s Special Education Teachers , Social Workers, agencies, and other mental health service providers, when needed
• Apply knowledge of ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity and the significance of student diversity for evaluation, planning, and instruction
• Attend Admissions, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee meetings and interpret evaluation results
• Provide counseling as a related service for eligible students receiving Special Education services
• Demonstrate knowledge of eligibility criteria and procedures for identifying students with disabilities and determining the presence of an educational need for special education
• Provide schools support with Response to Intervention processes and recommend interventions
• Provide informative workshops for educators, school leaders and faculty members
o Work with members of the Special Education Team to provide at least one workshop per year at each KIPP Texas Campus; Address issues such as in-classroom interventions for academics or behavior
o Provide educators and parents with resources related to Special Education
o Assist school personnel in the identification and understanding of students with disabilities

Skills and Qualifications

Education and Knowledge:
• Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution
• A minimum of 2 years of successful teaching experience and employment experience, preferred
• Certification as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP)
• Knowledge of federal and state Special Education law
• Knowledge of best practices for Special Education

• Experience collaborating with team members and providing constructive and instructive feedback
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative
• Ability to work both on broad-based strategy and everyday details
• Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
• Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities
• Ability to synthesize knowledge and present it to stakeholders in a comprehensive manner
• Ability to interpret policy, procedures, and data
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
• Independent, self-starter with a strong focus on student development
• Dependable, organized, efficient, and creative
• Proven written and verbal communication skills; Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of special needs students and their parents
• Strong organizational and planning skills
• Possession of a passionate and loving attitude toward all children
• Committed to the mission of KIPP
• Responsiveness; Follow-up and follow-through with students, families, and faculty members is essential
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
• Proficiency using computers, printers, copy machines, and fax machines
• Bilingualism (English-Spanish), preferred

Additional Requirements:
• Reliable transportation is needed for travel between campuses

Compensation and Benefits
Salary is based on years of experience, degree of education, and level of expertise. A competitive benefits package is also offered.

KIPP is a non-profit network of 200 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. We believe that all students will learn and achieve at high levels if given the opportunity. Our mission is to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and character strengths they need to seize those opportunities. Great education transforms lives.

KIPP provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.
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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