Special Education- Moderate-Severe AUTISM Teachers-CA for Green Dot Public Schools in Los Angeles, CA

Special Education- Moderate-Severe AUTISM Teachers-CA

Green Dot Public Schools - Los Angeles, CA - Full time

Green Dot Public Schools - Los Angeles, CA - Full time

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Teachers SpEd/SDC-Mod-Sev AUT

Middle School

Reports to: Principal

Classification: Full-time, Salaried, Exempt

Start date:as soon as possible

Location: Animo Phillis Wheatley


Green Dot Public Schools is a non-profit charter management organization driven by the mission to transform public education so that ALL students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life. Green Dot operates 30 public schools in historically disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles, Tennessee and Washington. As one of the three largest charter management organizations in the nation, Green Dot schools consistently achieve outstanding academic outcomes through innovative college-preparatory curriculums, collaborative and personalized teaching methods, and strong support systems for both students and staff.

Outside of the classroom, Green Dot schools provide a rich array of after-school programs and services for students so that they have safe, educational and enjoyable opportunities after the bell rings. Additionally, Green Dot strongly believes in community empowerment. Schools regularly organize events that bring together students, parents, educators and political leaders to advocate for active civic engagement and unity. Since 1999, Green Dot has been a celebrated leader in closing discrepancies in access to high-quality educational opportunities, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.


The opportunity to serve as a special education teacher with the Green Dot family is one of a kind. At Green Dot you will have the opportunity to learn and grow alongside committed and passionate special education professionals that believe that equal access is the key to building the most effective and comprehensive programs for students with disabilities. We are committed to providing educators with the tools necessary to provide the best quality services to our students with disabilities. It is for this reason that we have developed a collaborative approach between teachers, school psychologists, paraprofessionals, school administrators, and all other service providers that are part of the service delivery model for our schools. As a learning organization, we are committed in the coaching of our special education teachers in the areas of compliance, program development, and collaboration. At Green Dot, we believe that the inclusion of our teachers within our learning community is crucial to ensure our students’ success.

In addition, candidates who are/will be eligible for a valid CA intern credential (for the relevant subject) by July 2018, are encouraged to apply.


Direct Instruction/Direct Services

> Provide instruction and services for those pupils whose needs have been identified in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and are assigned to receive support in the Moderate to Severe Special Day Program for students with Autism (SDP).

> Utilize the Alternate Curriculum to plan lessons that focus on functional skills that will enable students to successfully transition to life after high school.

> Lead instructional trips for students to apply the functional skills taught in the classroom to the activities in the community.

> Provide support to students, parents, and general education staff. Activities include but not limited to, provision of the following: accommodations or modifications of the curriculum assessment information, behavioral or social consultation, professional development for staff and training for parents, strategies for accessing and progressing in the core curriculum and technical support to grade level teams, department teams, and/or the Student Success Team.

> Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and professionals to develop individual educational plans designed to promote students' educational, physical, and social development.

> Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction. Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to students.

> Establish and enforce rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain positive behavior support for students on caseload. Maintain effective supervision and discipline in the classroom. Write and implement Behavior Support Plans and teach acceptable behavior that allows students to progress in the curriculum. Collaborate with general education teachers and all service providers to assure implementation of the behavior support plan.

> Develop resources in the school and community to increase students’ involvement and participation in activities. Facilitate collaboration with general education teachers and students on projects and school activities.

> Provide additional instruction in vocational areas and job awareness.

> Teach personal development skills such as goal setting, independence, and self-advocacy. Guide and counsel students with adjustment and/or academic problems, or special academic interests. Provide additional instruction in vocational areas.

> Provide paraprofessionals with training in special education guidelines and implementation of students’ IEPs. Monitor paraprofessionals by developing system of accountability to ensure service delivery adhering to special education program requirements.

> Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress. Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators in order to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.

Coordination of IEPs/Services

> Maintain accurate and complete student records, and prepare IEPs for students on caseload, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.

> Assess and monitor pupils’ progress on a regular basis using informal and formal assessment tools. Analyze data when revising IEPs to provide accurate present level of performance.

> Participate as a member of the IEP Team in decisions regarding placement and in the development of an individualized education program for students with disabilities.

In addition, all Green Dot educators are expected to:

> Exhibit and uphold Green Dot core values

> Create a community culture of learning in the classroom

> Engage in data-driven planning and assessment of student learning

> Establish a culture of respect and rapport with the students which supports the students’ emotional safety

> Facilitate rigorous learning by delivering cognitively engaging lessons that incorporate GDPS instructional best practices

> Engage in critical reflection, constantly revising practice to increase effectiveness

> Participate in a professional community across the school site and network

> Develop partnerships within the community by communicating with families and leveraging resources that support student success in college, leadership, and life

This job primarily operates on a school site and in classrooms, and utilizes typical office equipment (computers, phones, photocopiers, etc.). Physical demands include: positioning to lift (should be able to lift up to 50 pounds to waist high), carry, push, and/or pull, kneel, stoop, crouch and bend. Generally, the job is 60% Stationary and 40% moving/traversing. Normal business hours are approximately 7:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Friday (although these hours may vary and may require occasional evening and weekend work based on organizational needs). Minimal or no travel required, other than visits to other local school sites or the Home Office (as needed).


> A growth mindset and love of learning

> Bachelor’s degree and passage of the CBEST

> California Education Specialist, Level I or II credential in SpEd – Moderate/Severe

> California Added Authorization in Special Education (AASE) to provide services for Autism Spectrum Disorders (or a willingness to obtain said authorization)

NOTE: Applicants with an out-of-state teaching credential or no teaching credential should visit the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website before applying. Please check to see that you will be eligible to teach in a California public school by July 2018.http://www.ctc.ca.gov/

> At least 2 years of teaching experience is highly desirable

> Strong knowledge of the Individual with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, California Standards Base instruction, Response to Intervention Framework, and Behavior Modification Strategies

> Strong content knowledge, pedagogical understanding, and the capacity to plan and deliver instruction to meet the needs of students.

> Relentless commitment to and high standards for high quality execution

> Passionate with a high level of personal responsibility towards ambitious goals

> Excellent collaborative and organizational skills

> Excellent verbal and written communication skills

> A strong ethical base and self-awareness

> Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) a plus

> Dependability, humility, sense of humor, and rock-solid commitment to Green Dot’s mission and the communities we serve.

> Must be able to pass a TB test and background check at time of offer

The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to perform the job.


Our annual teacher salary scale ranges from $51,233 - $97,641, based on education and experience. Green Dot also offers a comprehensive benefits plan, STRS participation, and the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all students.


We require all candidates to complete an online application at http://careers.greendot.org/.

Only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible.

Green Dot Public Schools is a fair chance and equal opportunity employer. As such, Green Dot is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants, without regard to their actual or perceived race, religious creed (including religious dress or grooming practices), color, national origin or ancestry (including native language spoken), physical or mental disability (including HIV or AIDS), medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status (including registered domestic partnership status), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), gender (including gender identity and expression), parental status, age (forty (40) and over), sexual orientation, Civil Air Patrol status, military and veteran status, citizenship, immigration status or any other consideration protected by federal, state or local law. Please note that we are unable to sponsor H1-B Visa applicants.

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Special Education Teacher

Experience Level

Mid Level

Green Dot Public Schools

Green Dot Public Schools is a non-profit charter management organization driven by the mission to transform public education so that ALL students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life.

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