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Tapestry Public Charter School – Special Education Teacher Grades 6-8 (DeKalb)

NOTE: To apply for this position, interested candidates should send (1) a cover letter summarizing interest, skills, and qualifications; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) the names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references; and (4) a philosophy of education statement to Tonna Harris-Bosselmann, Hiring Committee Chair, at tonna@tapestrycharter.org. Applications without all four requirements will be considered incomplete.

Tapestry Public Charter School will open August 11, 2014 for grades 6 -8 and add one grade in each subsequent year, serving grades 6 – 12 by 2018.

The mission of Tapestry is to offer an inclusive, individualized learning environment that is academically engaging, both for neurotypical students and those on the autism spectrum, and to create a positive school culture that empowers all students to take possession of their innate talents and become creative builders of their own future.

Utilizing small, multi-age classrooms with flexible groupings and authentic hands-on learning experiences, Tapestry will provide a student-driven, experiential, sensory-based learning environment.

All students will be respected, loved, and valued as the most important members of the school community. More about Tapestry may be found at tapestrycharter.org.

Tapestry seeks innovative, passionate, and energetic general education and special education teachers to join our team. Employment at Tapestry offers a unique opportunity for mission-fit educators to help build our school from the ground up. Tapestry Public Charter School has openings for the 2014-15 school year for the following position:

Special Education Teacher (grades 6-8)

Qualifications:

• Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and a Highly Qualified T4-Certification in General Curriculum Special Education and the Special Education Academic Content Areas (Math, Science, Social Studies and ELA) required

• Experience working with students on the autism spectrum

• Experience writing and implementing IEPs

• Willingness to teach other courses, such as related arts, PE, or foreign language as needed

• Positive, inclusive, and welcoming attitude

• Enthusiastic, creative, flexible approach to teaching

• Ability to differentiate methodology to accommodate learning differences

• Sound classroom management skills

• Team player: ability to collaborate well with other members of the school community

• Excellent written, oral communication, and listening skills

Preferred Qualifications:

• Successful co-teaching experience

• Familiarity with Universal Design for Learning, Constructivism in teaching and learning, Response to Intervention (RTI), and the Coalition of Essential Schools Common Principles

• Relevant experience working in a middle and/or high school

• Relevant experience working in a charter school

• Experience working with students with various learning disabilities, cognitive profiles, sensory dysfunctions, behavior disorders, speech and language impairments, gross and fine motor difficulty, and medical conditions

• Ability to develop and adapt curriculum and present lessons in various subject areas to students with disabilities

• Demonstrated effectiveness in working with diverse groups of students, teachers, service providers and families

• Knowledge of the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards

Responsibilities:

• Support the mission of Tapestry Public Charter School

• Collaborate and plan with general education teachers in order to conduct co-taught educational activities in a constructivist environment

• Modify and differentiate the general education curriculum for students with disabilities, based upon a variety of instructional techniques and assistive technologies

• Maintain excellent lines of communication with families

• Confer with parents, students, and colleagues to develop individual educational plans designed to promote the student’s educational, physical, and social development, ensuring that IEPs are in accordance with state, federal, and any other applicable guidelines, regulations, and/or laws

• Collate and maintain accurate and complete student records. Maintain student work samples and schedule meeting with parents, guardians, and teachers to discuss these records

• Administer informal and formal assessments, providing students with individual testing accommodations

• Seek to empower students with disabilities to become self-advocates

• Engage in continuous professional development and shared learning with other professional staff

• Lead an advisory cohort of students

• Regularly attend faculty meetings, work flexible hours, and perform other duties as necessary (willingness to “wear many hats”)

• Work collaboratively with the entire Tapestry stakeholder community to advance the goals of the school

Compensation: Salary based on Tapestry’s teacher pay scale; full benefits package.

To apply for any of these positions, interested candidates should send (1) a cover letter summarizing interest, skills, and qualifications; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) the names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references; and (4) a philosophy of education statement to Tonna Harris-Bosselmann, Hiring Committee Chair, at tonna@tapestrycharter.org. Applications without all four requirements will be considered incomplete.

• Application Deadline: Open until filled.

• Tapestry Public Charter School is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse staff and encourages applications from persons of all backgrounds.

• Before hire, applicants must satisfy a background investigation including a criminal background check.

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