Education Specialist

Caliber Schools - Vallejo, CA - Full time

About Caliber 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.

We are looking for educators and leaders who want the opportunity to use their voice to build something new; to be a part of a team that's building something from the ground up. Our first school, Beta Academy in Richmond, CA, opened in 2014 and is now a fully grown K-8 serving 800 students. ChangeMakers Academy in Vallejo, CA opened in fall 2016. ChangeMakers now serves almost 500 students, TK-4th and 6th/7th grades and will be fully grown in 2018. We plan to open additional schools in 2018-2021 as we grow to nearly 4,000 seats K-12 in the Bay Area.

Position Summary:

We are looking for an exceptional Credentialed 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 programing including Restorative Justice, Mindfulness and PBIS – Positive Behavior Intervention Supports.

What We Look For

It takes a special teacher to work at Caliber. We look for the following values & attributes in our teachers:

  • Agents of change – you look to reimagine and disrupt the traditional teaching environment
  • Flexible and adaptable – you thrive in a dynamic, ever-changing setting
  • Strategic Thinker – you are motivated by constant review and evaluation of student progress
  • Highly collaborative – you work best being interdependent with your colleagues and making decisions collectively as a team
  • Personal Growth Enthusiast – you are self-aware, reflective and seek out ongoing feedback and coaching to continue to improve your craft
  • Strong Commitment – you are resilient in the face of challenge, you are proactive and take initiative to seek out solutions

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Values:

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.

Experience:

  • Experience working with individuals with emotional disorders and/or challenging behaviors preferred.

Skills:

  • Comfort with technology: basic skills in navigating computer hardware and software
  • Organizational skills: ability to manage multiple work streams simultaneously
  • Analytical and problem solving ability:
    • Use data to drive instruction and results
    • Ability to deeply understand each student’s needs and help them achieve their goals
  • Communicates effectively with others: shares ideas directly and respectfully & advocates for needs
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Valid California Education Specialist Instruction Credential preferred. Intern Credential accepted.

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

More information about Caliber Schools can be found at www.caliberschools.org.

Caliber Schools provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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