|Date Posted||August 02, 2022|
|Industry||K-12: Charter Schools|
|Job Status||Not Specified|
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Employment Type: Full-time, in-person role beginning August 2022. We are currently hiring for a Special Education Life Skills Teacher for Valor's Life Skills "Soar" Program; this teacher will focus on math instruction, including AAD math courses and other support classes.
Salary: We offer a competitive teacher salary that is higher than the local district, and commensurate based on years of lead teaching experience. Certified teachers are also eligible to earn a signing bonus.
About the Role:
Valor is one of a small group of charter schools in Nashville that operates a self-contained special education program. We launched our high school self-contained special education program in the 2018-2019 school year. In our high school, ?Soar,? serves a growing number of students who need extensive support to participate in an academic setting, and, for whom a general education setting or general education setting paired with special education services is not adequate support. We provide access to a curriculum and specialized programming that meets students where they are and pushes them to be integrated members of our whole community.
Specifically, this role will specialize in:
- Math instruction, including AAD math courses and other support classes
Founded in 2014, Valor Collegiate Academies is a top-performing, public charter school network in Nashville, Tennessee, serving students in Grades 5-12 across three schools. Our mission is to create a community where students of all backgrounds have equitable access to an education that prepares them to live inspired and purposeful lives. This mission is made possible through an innovative school model that balances rigorous academics and whole-child education in an intentionally diverse environment. Learn more about Valor: https://valorcollegiate.org/our-model/
Core Responsibilities Include:
Caseload Management & AAD Math Course
- Provide AAD math instruction
- Differentiate and adapt lessons to support scholars in a resource setting that need additional practice to reach grade-level standards.
- Develop and manage individualized education programs (IEPs) for students on your caseload
- Collect and track data on individual student skills to determine the effectiveness of programming and measure progress toward IEP goals
- Maintain special education reports to be in compliance with federal, state, and local district requirements
- Collaborate and co-teach with general education/core content teachers to ensure the successful implementation of established curriculum and/or individual student plans
- Collaborate with paraprofessionals to serve the needs of individual students
- Participate in weekly coaching meetings to internalize your content and improve your practice
- Establish and maintain communication with families to share academic and behavioral progress
Student Mentorship & Family Engagement
- Support with student Circles to develop and mentor their behavioral and social-emotional growth
- Respond to student behavior in real-time with school-wide intervention systems
- Serve as the main point-of-contact for families to communicate school-wide information
- Track and input daily student behavior feedback to share with families, leaders, and Student Support Team
School-Based Responsibilities & Faculty Engagement
- Enforce, uphold, and exhibit the school?s values, student management policies, and culture
- Own arrival duty, recess or lunch duty, and dismissal duty
- Attend parent-teacher conferences, student orientation, and other school-wide events
- Engage in ongoing professional development programming, including 3 weeks of faculty training in the summer and weekly PD sessions throughout the school year
- Engage in faculty Circle once a week and complete faculty Badge Work
Candidates applying to teach this course must: (a) have an active Tennessee teaching license in Special Education K-12, or (b) have an out-of-state license that'll be transferred to Tennessee by July 2022, or (c) be eligible and willing to enroll in a Valor-approved Educator Preparation Program (must have a Bachelor's degree).
Qualifications and Experience:
We believe diversity is what makes us strong and we are committed to building a team of educators with diverse skills and experiences. We invite you to apply if you:
- Have a teaching license or are eligible and willing to pursue licensure
- Have a proven track record of high achievement in the classroom
- Have an unwavering belief that all students can succeed in school and beyond
- Have a relentless drive to develop your practice to sharpen your skills as an educator
- Set ambitious goals for yourself and others and are not afraid of putting in the hard work it takes to achieve them
- Have the passion and commitment to serve a culturally and socioeconomically diverse community of students and families
- Enjoy cultivating meaningful relationships with students, families, and staff
- Are able to model, live, and reinforce our school?s core values, commitments, and policies
- Are authorized to work in the U.S. without visa sponsorship
- Resume Review
- Phone Interview
- Virtual Performance Task
- Virtual Sample Lesson & Leadership Interview
- Reference Checks
- Offer Extension
Compensation and Benefits:
- Competitive teacher salary schedule with a base salary that is higher than the local district. Salaries are equitably determined based on years of teaching experience.
- Years of Service bonus for teachers completing 3, 5, and 7 years of service as a teacher in a Valor classroom
- Yearly stipend opportunities are available for grade-level team leads, curriculum work, coaching sports, and more
- Comprehensive health (medical, dental, and vision) and retirement benefits
- Hybrid pension plan and 401K with 5% company contribution
- Fully-paid parental leave policy
- PTO Sharing program
- Free access to an on-site strength & conditioning facility, Vanderbilt Health Clinic, retirement counseling, and mental health support and resources
- Employee laptops and unlimited supplies
- Full-time employees wishing to enroll their student at Valor in grades 5-12 will be placed at the top of the new student waitlist
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
Valor believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization that enables students and staff to thrive. As an equal opportunity employer, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We actively seek applications from people of all backgrounds to strengthen our community and the perspectives needed to thrive in a diverse world.
?Pending any additional guidance from the CDC, or any legal guidance from the courts, we strongly encourage all faculty members to get vaccinated in the spirit of keeping ourselves and others safe.