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Director of Special Education

Company: KIPP Foundation
Location: Indianapolis
Posted on: February 23, 2021

Job Description:

The vision at KIPP Indy College Prep Middle is that we will be the middle school of choice in Indianapolis by preparing our students to become exceptional leaders who make a positive impact in the world. To do this, we go above and beyond to prepare our students for success in college and life through maintaining rigorous academic expectations and by placing an intent focus on character education and growth. We intentionally foster a culture where teaching excellence is deeply valued, investing a tremendous amount of time and resources to cultivate continuous instructional improvement. The KIPP Indy community holds one another to high standards, cognizant that success and happiness can be achieved by all, regardless of challenging circumstances, through teamwork, grit, and focused dedication. ORGANIZATION KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools with a 20+ year track record of providing an excellent college-prep education that sets students up for success in whatever life path they choose. KIPP currently educates more than 100,000 students in 255 schools across the country, including Indianapolis.--KIPP Indy Public Schools (KIPP Indy) was founded in 2004 with one class of fifth grade students and has grown to educate more than 1,250 students across three schools. KIPP Indy Unite Elementary was founded in 2014 with 100 kindergarten students and has grown a grade level each year to educate more than 600 students in grades K-5 in the 2020-21 school year. Of the students that attend KIPP Indy, 93% qualify for free and reduced lunch, 93% are African American, and 20% receive special education services. We will continue to grow KIPP Indy's network of schools to educate a total of 1,400 students in grades K-12. Job Description POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a member of the School Leadership team and work to maintain ongoing communication about special education services and compliance
  • Serve as Public Agency Representative at middle school case conferences
  • Facilitate ongoing compliance check-ins with teachers of record
  • Provide direct instruction for 1-2 hours a day in a self-contained setting for students with cognitive disabilities
  • Review and provide feedback on all Individualized Education Plans to Teachers of Record
  • Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Compliance and Technology to ensure all relevant special education data is accurate in the student information system
  • Collaborate with the school leadership team and Teachers of record to coordinate all local and state testing for students who receive accommodations
  • Collaborate with Teachers of Record to ensure all relevant special education information is accessible to all service providers (ex. IEP at a Glance, Behavior Plan)
  • Participate in grade-level multidisciplinary meetings
  • Monitor the transfer of IEPs in Learning Connections
  • Serve at Teacher of Record for all 504 Cases--
  • Manage the completion of disability paperwork from the Disability Determination Bureau
    • Exhibit positive rapport with students, families, and staff
    • Internalize lesson plans to execute at a high level
    • Use assessment data to inform planning and modify lesson plans to meet the needs of students
    • Maintain a safe and organized classroom
    • Implement the school-wide student management policies within classrooms and everywhere on campus
    • Establish and maintain strong communication lines with all families
    • Participate in weekly content professional development meetings outside of school hours
    • Serve on school committees as needed
    • Perform clerical duties, as required, relating to textbooks, instructional supplies, student reports and records, attendance reports, etc. EXPECTATIONS
      • Demonstrate a willingness to go above and beyond for students, staff, and families
      • Participate in school-wide and individual professional development, including two weeks during the summer, weekly school-wide meetings, and ongoing racial equity training
      • Provide time in the evening, by phone, for questions and concerns that students and/or families may have regarding education-related issues that could not be handled during the school day
      • Attend and participate in all staff meetings and communicate openly with all staff
      • Uphold the code of conduct and all school policies
      • Be available for open houses, family conferences, and other events involving families COMPETENCIES
        • Demonstrates tenacity, persevering through significant challenges to reach goals
        • Manages time and resources effectively, prioritizing efforts according to organizational goals
        • Communicates across lines of differences and proactively creates inclusive environments
        • Holds high expectations for all students and expresses belief in their potential to become exceptional leaders who will make a positive impact on the world. Qualifications
          • Valid Indiana SPED Teaching License or seeking reciprocation (Required)
          • Possess strong knowledge of SPED content (Required)
          • Pass a criminal background check (Required)
          • Commitment to working with underserved students (Required)
          • At least two years of teaching experience in an urban public school (Preferred)
          • Experience in analyzing student data and using data to inform instruction (Preferred) Additional Information COMPENSATION
            Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience, and includes benefits. Teachers are also eligible for performance-based bonuses.

            KIPP Indy College Prep Middle School is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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