Special Education Teacher
- One City Schools
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Job Category
- Administrator, Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & PD, Special Education Director / Coordinator
- Grade Level
- Elementary School, Middle School, High School
- Job Type
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER
Application Deadline | Open until filled
Start Date | August 8, 2022
Reports To | Director of Special Education
One City Schools is growing! We are hiring Special Education Teachers 2022-23 school year that is dedicated to moving children beyond academic achievement and opportunity gaps, are passionate about helping children see and reach their full potential, and bring energy, inspiration, excitement and love to the students they teach. We are specifically seeking an educator who wants to work with One City Schools to help us grow one of the most unique and transformational public schools in Wisconsin: One City Elementary School (OCES). Our teaching positions include competitive pay, comprehensive benefits and an unbelievable opportunity to help redefine public education in Wisconsin and do something exceptional for children. Visit our website to learn more: https://www.onecityschools.org.
DEADLINE TO APPLY
Position will remain open until filled
All new One City team members participate in a fun, informative and engaging New Employee Orientation and significant professional development in our education models (EL Education and Zearn/Eureka Math). They also have an Instructional Coach and Special Education Director to help support and guide their learning and implementation of our education program in their classroom.
BACKGROUND ON ONE CITY SCHOOLS
One City Schools is a Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization that provides high quality educational opportunities for young children. Our mission is to seed a new model of public education that ensures young children are on track to succeed in a college or career preparatory program from birth through high school graduation. Our vision is of a Greater Madison community (and country) where all children are prepared to contribute and succeed as adults. More importantly, we aim to partner with families and the broader community to cultivate children who become free, global and deep thinkers, curious learners, effective problem solvers, humanitarians, happy people and young people who care about the world around them.
One City Elementary School (OCES) is an EL Education Network School, offering the highly regarded Expeditionary Learning curriculum in kindergarten through 4th grade (and eventually through grade 6). It is also a unique, two-generation public school, authorized by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, that provides a tuition-free education to children and works directly with families to ensure children are inspired, learning, growing and achieving to their full potential. OCES is also the only public school in Wisconsin that offers both a longer school day (8:15am to 5:00pm) and longer school year (219 days vs 180 days in traditional public schools), including 60-minutes of co-curricular extended-day learning academies in Sports, Fitness, STEM, Girl Scouts, Boys to Men and Creative and Performing Arts. However, our educators work a standard 8-hour workday.
We are located in a 57,000 square foot building on Madison's Nob Hill on the South Side of our capital city, surrounded by a 26-acre nature preserve with a lake, natural playground and 2 miles of hiking trails that offer unique outdoor learning opportunities for our young scholars. We are also located walking distance from Madison's popular Lake Monona.
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER’S PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES
One City’s Special Education Teachers oversee, inform and support the education and training of students with physical, emotional, cognitive, and learning disabilities. They design and deliver lessons geared towards the individual needs and capabilities of students under their supervision. They adapt classroom lessons and projects, and teach various subjects, such as reading, writing, and math, to students with mild and moderate disabilities. They also teach basic skills, such as literacy and communication techniques, to students who need it. Overall, they assure that all students receive a high quality and inspiring learning experience that helps them achieve to their full potential. They also provide a warm, nurturing, safe and loving environment where self-esteem is enhanced, independence encouraged, and individuality is respected. Specific performance responsibilities include:
- Assesses students’ skills to determine their needs and to develop instructional plans
- Adapts lessons and projects to meet the needs of students
- Develops Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for each student
- Plans, organizes, and assigns activities that are specific to each student’s abilities
- Teaches, guides and mentors students as a class, in small groups, and one-on-one
- Implements IEPs, assess students’ performance, and track their progress
- Updates IEPs throughout the school year to reflect students’ progress and goals
- Discusses student’s progress with parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, and outside professionals as necessary and appropriate
- Supervises and mentors teacher assistants who work with students with disabilities
- Prepares and helps students transition from grade to grade and if they relocate or leave to attend another school
- Monitors and supervises effective classroom and school-wide structures that promote active, student-driven learning and positive student behavior and safety
- Maintains an orderly, academically-focused classroom environment and effective management of instructional materials and records;
- Keeps current in knowledge and practice of the curriculum, child development and relevant theories of learning, and be willing to share their knowledge for continual improvement of One City’s educational program and curriculum.
- Assists in on-going curriculum reviews, including offering feedback on school and program effectiveness.
- Becomes acquainted with supplemental materials and services beneficial to students as an extension of regular classroom activities.
- Builds and maintains positive and engaging relationships with parents/families and work cooperatively with them to strengthen the educational program for their children.
- Utilizes effective practices for community building, including rituals and traditions that build a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment.
- Utilizes authentic formative and summative assessments to gauge learning, guide instruction, and provide timely feedback to students;
- Participates in regular and ongoing professional development efforts and working collaboratively with grade band/level planning to constantly improve professional practice;
- Participate fully and positively in a staff culture and the relentless pursuit of our mission; and
- Works cooperatively with grade level and the school team in all areas of instruction, assessment, documentation, parent/guardian involvement, and classroom management.
- Models appropriate behavior reflective of One City’s Habits of Character: integrity, self-respect, compassion, perseverance and a willingness to encourage and allow students to take risks;
- Maintains appropriate work habits, including regular and punctual attendance & appropriate use of planning time;
- Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with other staff members;
- Strive to communicate the positive aspects of One City to the public in word and deed;
- Helps maintain a clean an orderly educational environment and facility, and at all times and shows grace and support when engaging children, parents and guests who utilize or visit One City; and
- Excellent judgment, growth mindset and creative problem-solving skills; committed to teamwork and collaboration
- Self-reflective and open-minded; open and willing to change
- Energetic, flexible, dependable, collaborative and proactive, and desire to be innovative, receive and provide feedback, and try new strategies with students.
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Strong commitment to the mission, vision, goals and objectives of One City, and to working to with young children from diverse racial/cultural populations and their families; experience working with diverse children preferred
- Bachelor’s degree in an approved program for Special Education, and experience working with young children.
- Valid Wisconsin Educators License or willingness to become certified ASAP.
- Minimum of two (2) years teaching experience preferred; urban teaching experience and teaching children from racial, ethnic and linguistically diverse backgrounds also preferred.
- Completion of a background check required.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Other duties as assigned
WHAT WE OFFER TEACHERS: COMPENSATION AND EVALUATION
One City offers salaries and wages that are competitive within our local market and area public schools, as well as comprehensive benefits to all full-time employees. Benefits include:
- Salaries: $45K to $75K, depending on education, experience and demonstrated impact on student achievement
- 11-month contract with a standard work-day and dedicated planning time each week; Although we have a longer school year, between scheduled breaks and PTO, teachers receive nearly 60 days off
- Generous time-off program, including 18 Days of PTO and holidays, spring break, summer intersession and winter break (same dates as the Madison Metropolitan School District from September through June; school runs September through July 31)
- Comprehensive health benefits (medical, dental and vision)
- Comprehensive professional development in student-driven, project-based learning models
- 401K with employer match of 5.9%
- Voluntary Benefits (Supplemental Life, Accident, Short Term Disability, etc.)
- Your age-eligible child automatically admitted to One City Expeditionary School
- Family Perks Discount Program (https://ocs.abenity.com)
- Life Insurance and Long-term Disability
- Investment in Professional Growth and Development
- Employee Assistant Plan
Compensation will be consistent with One City’s approved compensation plan as stipulated by the Board of Directors.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
One City is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all team members and applicants, and to maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.
One City Schools is a Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization that provides high quality educational opportunities for young children. Our mission is to seed a new model of public education that ensures children are on track to succeed in a college or career preparatory program from birth through high school graduation. Our vision is of a Greater Madison community where there are no persistent achievement and opportunity gaps, and where all children are prepared to contribute and succeed as adults. To this end, One City’s goal is to ensure young children are prepared to read, compute and succeed at grade level by the time they reach first grade. More importantly, we aim to partner with families and the broader community to cultivate children who become free, global and deep thinkers, curious learners, effective problem solvers, humanitarians, happy people and young people who care about the world around them.
Currently, One City operates two schools and will open its secondary school in September 2022.
One City Preschool is a noteworthy, accredited, 5-star early childhood learning center that serves children ages 2 – 4. It utilizes the highly regarded Anji Play curriculum of Anji, China, and was the first school in the world outside Mainland China to implement the program, thus winning it international attention. It has also been recognized as the “Best of Madison in Child Care”.
One City Elementary School (OCES) is a unique, two-generation public school, authorized by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, that provides a tuition-free education to children in grades 4K through Grade 4 in South Madison, and will add 5th grade in September 2022. OCES works directly with families to ensure children are learning, inspired and making solid progress. It is an EL Education Affiliate School, offering the highly effective Expeditionary Learning curriculum. It is also the only public school in Wisconsin that has both a longer school day and longer school year.
One City Preparatory Academy (OCPA) will enroll children in grades 6 through 12 and serve as Wisconsin’s only full-serve Early College and Career Preparatory school, where all students will begin taking college courses in high school, and as early as 9th grade. Also authorized as a public charter school by the UW System Board of Regents, it will open in fall 2022.
At maturity, One City will serve as many as 970 students at capacity, with the potential to add other school locations in the future.
One City Schools achieves its mission by:
- Attracting dedicated families committed to the mission of the school
- Sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and multicultural community that affirms and values each individual
- Focusing on wellness, including providing healthy prepared breakfast, lunch, and snack on a daily basis
- Providing a longer school day and longer school year, ensuring our scholars and their families are continually supported
- Ensuring transparency and accountability, including a 20-year longitudinal study in partnership with University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Providing financial, physical, and educational support for scholars from age 2 through HS graduation
- Focusing on professional development and support
- Cultivating resilience, agency, compassion, and community-mindedness
- Embracing the whole child, from athletics to social-emotional development to content knowledge
- Embedding a community-minded approach t o education, including a focus on collaboration amongst teachers, parents, and scholars
In August 2021, we moved into our permanent home, a $12 million facility located at 1707 W. Broadway in Monona, Wisconsin, a small city located on the south side of Madison, our capital city. This 13.5 acre campus includes a 157,000 school facility that will serve as our administrative headquarters, and home to our elementary and secondary schools. We are also building a 180,000 square foot athletic center that will have Southern Wisconsin’s only FIFA regulated indoor competition soccer field, two adult-sized basketball courts, weight training and cardio rooms, locker rooms and underground parking. Our campus also includes a wooded nature area for science and outdoor learning, and outdoor play. Our campus is situated just 5 blocks from Lake Monona, near Lake Waubesa, and 10 minutes from downtown Madison.
One City Scholars will graduate from our school but always be a part of our community. They will emerge from our program as thinkers, learners, and problem-solvers, ready to tackle life’s challenges and provide effective leadership in our state and globally.
Our graduates will be prepared to lead in the local and global community and serve as role models, mentors and problem solvers. They will understand the importance of reflection, perseverance, compassion and risk-taking. One City scholars, to put it simply, will make the world a better place.
STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are more than just words for One City Schools. We strive to create a team that reflects the scholars and families we serve, and empowers all to bring their full, authentic selves to school each day. Currently, 60% of our staff and 87% of our scholars identify as Black, Brown, Asian, Hispanic, Latino, and/or multi-racial. One City Schools is designed to prepare ALL students for success in school, career, and life, particularly the Black, Brown, Hispanic, Latino, and low-income scholars in the Madison community and beyond, who have been historically underserved in traditional school environments.
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
In September of 2022, One City Preparatory Academy will welcome as many as 72 scholars in Grade 6 and 96 in each of Grades 9 and 10, while One City Elementary School will expand through Grade 5 with 48 scholars/grade. In the following two years (School Years 2023-24 and 2024-25), expansion will continue until One City Schools serves children from as young a s age 2 (One City Preschool) through high school graduation. The first graduating class will be in June of 2025.
Our new facility at 1707 W Broadway is currently under renovation while we simultaneously use it for instruction for Grades K-4. Renovations will be complete by September of 2022, at which time construction on the Athletics Center will begin. Programs will expand as OCPA grows and will always center on our mission and vision.
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