Interventionist Teacher - IDEA Elsa Academy (21-22)

Elsa, TX, United States
Oct 20, 2020
Position at IDEA Public Schools

About IDEA Public Schools :

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students  graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years - that's 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve  over 65,000  students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you-with continued growth in our current regions an d new launches in  Tampa Bay , FL  (2021) , Jacksonville, FL (2022) , and Cincinnati, OH (2022) !

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.

To learn more about IDEA, check out this   video .

About the Rio Grande Valley :

Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a school of 150 students in Donna, TX ,  to the fastest- growing family of tuition-free, public charter schools in the United States. In the Rio Grande Valley, we are a nucleus of four counties (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy Count ies ) that work as one unit to support our children academically and holistically.

RGV is home to a population of just over 1.3 million residents. Children across the region truly benefit from IDEA's mission of college for all ,  as only 1 out of 17  students   currently  graduate  college ready . Our mission holds true as we have  over 5,000   IDEA alumni that currently attend, or have graduated from,  30 0 colleges and universities across the country.


Join our passionate team of  changemakers  in south Texas as we prepare to expand our home region to  55  schools, serving over  38,000  students in 2022.

Role Mission:   

The I DEA Interventionist  Teacher  intervenes with small groups of students who have identified gaps of 2 or more years in Reading and/or Math with the goal of closing that gap by 2 years in just one school year. The IDEA interventionist plays a  crucial  part in  ensuring  that all students are prepared to  successfully   participate   in  IDEA's AP for All initiative.   This is an approach to academic intervention used to provide systematic, and appropriately intensive assistance to children who are at risk for or already underperforming as compared to appropriate grade- or age-level standards. Intervention teachers will use universal screening, Direct Instruction intervention, frequent progress monitoring, and increasingly intensive research-based instruction and interventions for students who continue to have difficulty.  

  • Teach Critical  Student  Intervention (CSI) small groups consisting of students that are academically at risk in reading  an /or math to include students in general education, 504,  Response  to Intervention, Special  Education , and English  Language  Learners.   
  • Work closely with general education teachers in order to coordinate the support they are  providing   to students requiring intervention.    
  • Implement state learning standards and IDEA curricula and assessments to meet ambitious academic expectations  
  • Learn, master and deliver relevant content and grade level curriculum, core content objectives and texts  
  • Submit weekly lesson plans two weeks in advance for feedback  
  • Implement formal and informal assessments to track each individual student's progress and learning needs, adjust lesson plans accordingly and update gradebook weekly  
  • Communicate students' progress with student and family on a weekly basis  
  • Effective facilitation and personal use of technology as a communication and educational tool to improve student achievement and manage work related tasks.  
  • Implement a clear and consistent behavior management system that aligns to campus- wide initiatives while developing students' character and sense of community in the classroom  
  • Help shape and develop a school wide culture that fosters a productive and enthusiastic learning environment for each student  
  • Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with students and families based on trust, understanding and respect for the communities in which they identify.   
  • Host necessary tutoring sessions to meet all students' needs  
  • Participate in weekly manager check-ins, grade-level meetings, before and after-school duties, and school wide meetings and functions  
  • Engage in summer and year-long district, school and personal learning and development  
  • Minimum of 40+ hours spent at school per week  
  • Additional responsibilities may  include:  after-school tutoring or Saturday school and are based on the needs of our scholars  

We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics:  
  • Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college   
  • Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them  
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve  quickly  
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes  
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change  
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization  
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes  
  • We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students.  

  • Bachelor's degree required  
  • A track record of proven success  
  • Experience in a classroom setting  
  • Strong knowledge of subject area (Math or Reading preferred)  


Knowledge and Skills:  
  • Knowledge of core academic subject assigned and ability to pass an IDEA content assessment  
  • Knowledge of curriculum and instruction  
  • Ability to instruct students and manage student behavior  
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills  
  • Ability to adjust and adapt to a multitude of situations in the school environment  

  • Click here  for the Teacher Salary Schedule.   
  • This role is also eligible for various stipend opportunities and incentives through our Teacher Career Pathway. For more information about our total rewards, vis it our  benefits page.  
  • Additional hourly compensation is provided for after school tutoring or Saturday school as assigned  

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.

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