22-23 Education Specialist (2 Locations)

Caliber Public Schools - Multiple Locations - Full time

About Caliber Public Schools

Caliber’s Mission is to achieve educational equity by shifting the experiences, expectations and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. Our strengths-based educational program validates, affirms, respects and supports students, families and staff members to reach their full potential. Caliber graduates will be academically college ready; have emotional intelligence or ‘EQ’; be critical thinkers, and have the skills and desire to be changemakers in their communities and the world..

Caliber’s four graduate pillars--Heart, Smart, Think, Act--guide our work. Caliber teaches computer science as a core academic subject K-8th grade to directly challenge the inequitable presence of women and underrepresented minorities in the computer science industry. We are a community-based organization and celebrate the diversity of the communities we serve. Our parents are active partners; frequently engaging through school events, restorative practices, and academic support.

Our Caliber staff…

  • are committed to a culture of feedback, development and continuous improvement.
  • validate and affirm the identities, strengths and passions of each person.
  • know that It is everyone’s collective responsibility to work in service of and alongside our school communities.
  • approach situations and people with empathy and kindness.

Position Summary

We are looking for an exceptional Education Specialist to join our team who has broad knowledge of serving students with special needs, compassion and patience for the challenges that students face in the classroom, and creativity to find unique ways to make curriculum accessible. You’ll work collectively with your grade level colleagues and SpEd team to support our SpEd students in reaching their academic and life goals. You will be encouraged and supported to lead engaging and personalized lessons that integrate all of our pillars: Heart, Smart, Think, and Act. You will use data to drive your instruction, consistently assessing and reassessing student learning to ensure each child’s personalized learning plan addresses their unique needs and goals for growth. You will support your students’ holistic development by implementing social-emotional programming including Restorative Justice, Mindfulness and PBIS – Positive Behavior Intervention Supports.

This role reports to the Principal and/or Assistant Principal or Instructional Coach. You will be required to be on campus for in-person instruction during the 22-23 school year.

While this job description is comprehensive, due to the dynamic nature of the work it is not exhaustive. Your responsibilities might be revised based on school needs or additional opportunities/needs that arise, or aligned to individual development goals.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Create safe spaces for all BIPOC students, staff, families and community members
  • Demonstrate deep commitment to antiracist education and serve as a model and advocate for students, families and staff
  • Develop & implement Individualized Education Programs.
  • Review student records and document service delivery.
  • Assess students’ academic and behavioral needs.
  • Write academic reports, present levels of performance, goals, and Behavior Intervention Plans.
  • Engage in the decision-making process regarding special education placement of students.
  • Participate in Individualized Education Program meetings.
  • Communicate regularly with parents and care providers to promote generalization of skills to the home environment.
  • Plan, organize, and schedule calendar for IEP meetings, initial and triennial evaluations.
  • Meet with instructional staff for the purpose of planning, evaluating or problem solving student needs and interventions.
  • Prepare material specifically designed for the benefit of individual students.
  • Provide academic and behavioral resource services to students with IEPs.
  • Provide academic and behavioral interventions to students with learning challenges.
  • Maintain special education compliance according to district guidelines.
  • Demonstrate an asset-based perspective of students from diverse backgrounds, using their experiences as resources for learning vs. excuses or problems to overcome.
  • Provide students opportunities to learn who they are and where they come from.
  • Consistently reflect on own biases/perceptions/ pedagogical practices and mitigates the negative impact on students through culturally responsive practices.
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with students, families, and colleagues.
  • Approach professional development with commitment and reflection.
  • Fulfill other professional obligations as needed with enthusiasm, commitment, and flexibility.
  • Approach students and navigate student relationships with a trauma-informed lens and trauma informed practices

Qualifications

Experience:

  • 2 or more years of teaching experience, preferably in a high performing school driving excellent student outcomes.
  • Experience working with individuals with emotional disorders and/or challenging behaviors preferred
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred
  • Experience working with diverse student populations

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Required)
  • Valid California State Teaching Credential or equivalent and transferable teaching license from another state (Required)
    • Intern credential accepted

Other Qualifications:

  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. (Required)
  • Within 60 days of hire, provision of TB (tuberculin) clearance, as mandated by the California Education Code (Required)
  • CA DOJ and FBI fingerprint (Livescan) clearance prior to the first day of school

Physical Demands:

  • Onsite classroom format; subject to frequent interruptions; subject to change as COVID-19 emergency continues;
  • Daily routine ability to exchange information via hearing and speaking;
  • Skills, knowledge, mental ability, and manual dexterity to carry out the posted duties and responsibilities of the job, interpret and implement school policies, rules and regulations, and make determinations relative to the effective performance of the essential responsibilities of the position;
  • Ability to sit, stand and/or walk for lengthy periods of time to monitor student progress;
  • Ability to hear and understand speech at normal room levels;
  • Ability to speak in audible tones so that others, including young children, may understand clearly;
  • Ability to comprehend visual and auditory input given by others;
  • Short term and long term memory ability is required in all tasks;
  • Situations may require lifting of up to 25 lbs. (light objects as part of classroom/office environment)
  • Seeing to perform assigned duties with or without vision aids;
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate office machinery as necessary to perform the duties of the position;
  • Ability to bend, reach, walk, kneel, bend at the waist, and reach overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally;
  • May be required to attend meetings or school events outside regular school hours.
  • Reasonable and predictable attendance expected.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level is usually moderate. Work environment includes working directly with children. There are a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the employee must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that the children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. The employee must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time.

Salary scales are based on verified years of experience and expertise. Scales are competitive with other charter school organizations and local districts.

Subject to service requirements and other conditions of participation, you will also be eligible to participate in Caliber Public Schools’ health and retirement plans. The terms and conditions of these and any future plans, programs, or policies will be defined exclusively in written plan documents and provided to you in a separate document. Caliber Public Schools may change any benefit plans, programs or policies at any time.

Caliber Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may contact the Head of HR to stef@caliberschools.org or you may call us at (510) 499-4092. For other questions please email careers@caliberschools.org

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Locations

Vallejo, California
Richmond, California

Role

Special Education Teacher

Experience Level

Mid Level

Caliber Public Schools

Caliber’s Mission is to achieve educational equity by shifting the experiences, expectations and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities.
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