Special Education Teacher, Summer Enrichment

Schenectady, NY, US
Feb 15, 2019
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About Schenectady City Schools

With a population of nearly 10,000 students, the Schenectady City School District is one of the largest in the Capital Region. With an incredibly diverse population we are committed to ensuring that all children feel valued, are safe and will learn. We place the highest priority on a culture of equity, ensuring that race, economics, and disability are never predictors of student achievement. Every child in our district counts and will be supported each step of the way, along the path to graduation.

About Summer Enrichment Program

The Schenectady City School District Summer Enrichment Program serves students from across our district in grades K-6. The Summer Enrichment Program is meant to prevent summer slide, while continuing to inspire students love of learning. It is a 4-week program, running from 8am - 6pm, Monday-Friday in 4 of our elementary schools. Students are engaged in various learning experiences, both academic and social, in and out of school field trips, as well as swimming lessons and community style meals. The Summer Enrichment program is looking for dynamic Special Education Teachers.

Special Education Teacher Expectations

Assist General Classroom Teachers with:

design and engagement of students through innovative culturally relevant project based learning experiences centered on building genuine inquiry, literacy skills and critical thinking

planning the days and weeks so that students are engaged in a balance of academic and social learning, ensuring to make use of all resources/opportunities provided (technology, crafts, music, dance, creative play, recess time, mindful moments, MyOn, Raz Kids, Google Expedition, etc.)

implementation, with fidelity, 2 hours per day of Lit Camp instruction

helping guide and support Junior Counselors and Engagement Specialist towards a deepened understanding of leadership and student engagement

integrating Trauma Sensitive Practices into work with students, use of sensory/calm spaces, mindfulness activities, MindUp Curriculum, Restorative Practices including restorative circles and mediation

providing differentiated instruction to students

Communicate in a proactive and positive manner with Site Leader and colleagues

Build student relationships and a sense of community

Assist with supervision of students during on and off site field trips, as well as swimming as needed

Be aware of and follow students Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) and Individual Crisis Management Plans (ICMP)

Key Qualities of Special Education Teacher

Ability to maintain high levels of energy and enthusiasm for prolonged periods throughout the day

Ability to have fun while engaging students at high cognitive levels

Motivate students to develop genuine student inquiry and natural curiosity as a balance to academic skills

Recognition of trauma's impact on the brain and how to support and be responsive to all learners

Innovative, creative thinker with a willingness to learn alongside students

Understanding of child development in order to provide protective factors for success

Organizes and manages time so as to maximize student engagement and learning

Appreciation of all cultures and experiences and an understanding of how to bring these differences into the classroom to serve as strengths

Willingness to advocate for students when issues of equity emerge

Communicates in a positive and proactive manner

All Summer Enrichment Staff are advocates who passionately work to...

Be flexible in their thinking, planning and day to day work

Problem solve independently as needed

Engage students in learning experiences that assist in preventing summer slide in literacy

Implement, with fidelity, the Lit Camp Program

Support students social emotional learning

Creatively support students in growing social skills (solving problems, approaching complex tasks, working collaboratively with peers, resolving friendship struggles, etc.)

Build upon community and family partnerships by ensuring smooth and supportive transitions, and aligned classroom activities leading to equitable outcomes

Inspire student curiosity, build background knowledge, and increase students confidence

Develop positive relationships with students, families and colleagues

Approach every summer enrichment experience with a culturally responsive lens

Minimum Qualifications

NYS SPED Certification

Application Requirements


Letter of Interest

3 References

An example of a cognitively challenging, culturally relevant and highly engaging hands on project, task or activity you've engaged in with students. This should demonstrate your ability to plan for and engage students in building genuine inquiry, while focusing on 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

The Schenectady City School District is committed to hiring members of protected classes and residents of the City of Schenectady. For more information on the District's recruitment and hiring plan, please contact the Human Resources Office at 881-2000 ext. 40133.The Schenectady City School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race or gender. This policy is in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Regulations and By-Laws of the Board of Education of the Schenectady City School District

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