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Young Adult Learning Center Special Education Teacher/Case Manager

The Organization

Since it began operating in 1997, the See Forever Foundation's mission has been to create learning communities in lower income urban areas where all students, particularly those who have not succeeded in traditional schools, can succeed academically and socially. The Foundation operates the Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools in DC, as well as the Maya Angelou Academy at New Beginnings’ secure facility for committed youth in Laurel, MD. Our students develop the academic, social, and employment skills they need to build rewarding lives and promote positive change.

If you are interested in learning more about See Forever, please visit our website at www.seeforever.org.

The Touchstone

At the Maya Angelou Schools, the key to our success is rooted in building trusting, respectful and nurturing relationships with each other.  We strive to create safe spaces for all to be able to reach their limitless potential.  We are at our best when we work together to ensure the unique needs of our community are met.  We empower each other to grow successfully so we can see forever!  This is how we live the Maya Way, even when no one is watching.

Position Overview

The Young Adult Learning Center (YALC) is seeking a Special Education Teacher/Case Manager for the 2017-2018 school year.  The YALC provides academic and workforce development to older youth/young adults (ages 17-24) who do not have a high school credential, and particularly those transitioning from incarceration.

Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • Assessing individual learning styles and adapting teaching methods to fit all students’ needs
  • Creating a classroom and school environment that features a rich diversity of resources, engages student interest, promotes student leadership and stimulates student learning
  • Ability to provide direct instruction in a lead capacity
  • Having thoughtful approaches to teaching concepts and sparking student interest while also imparting essential factual knowledge
  • Participating in interdisciplinary team meetings for all students
  • Serving as the central point of contact for the parent, student, and staff for instructionally-based issues such as:
    • monitoring the student’s progress, attendance, and other factors affecting the student’s academic success throughout the year
    • contacting parents and teachers to share information/progress reports
    • coordinating/collaborating with classroom teachers, counselors, and specialists regarding the student’s accommodations, program modifications, instructional supports, etc.
    • responding to parent concerns and questions regarding the implementation of the student’s IEP and instructional program
    • serving as an advocate and mentor for the student
  • Presenting information related to the student at team meetings, IEP team meetings or other instructional or academic related meetings
  • Ensuring the preparation of appropriate documents for review meetings, including collecting and organizing IEP goals and objectives from all service providers(*)
  • Obtaining “progress report” information from service providers
  • Ensuring that all required IEP team meetings are scheduled with appropriate staff and constituents of the scholar (parent, aftercare worker, educational attorney, etc) within applicable timelines
  • Confirming that services are documented in EasyIEP
  • Reporting information to Director of Special Education to ensure compliance
  • Representing department at organizational meetings in order to disseminate special education information and provide recommendations
  • Working with teachers one-on-one to update each child’s Individual Educational Plan regularly
  • Completing annual reviews for each student with an IEP by gathering information from teachers, working with teachers to create new objectives, creating new IEPs for the upcoming year, and facilitating a meeting between parents, advocates, and other required participants
  • Informing teachers of accommodations that must be implemented to address each student’s learning needs and style
  • Providing documentation for and keeping accurate records of meetings, phone calls, and emails regarding each student and his or her progress
  • Modeling and contributing to a school culture of hope and high expectations for achievement
  • Providing students who have aged out of Special Education with accommodations under ADA
  • Ensuring students with disabilities are afforded the opportunity to receive accommodations on standardized tests such as the GED and TABE
  • Updating the internal Student Information System with the relevant information from SEDS
  • Identifying students with special needs upon entering into the program and work with the MAPCS Special Education Department to ensure the timely transfer of information into SEDS
  • Managing a caseload of students
  • Co-teaching courses in Literacy and Math
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, or subject field
  • Eligibility for certification in special education
  • Teaching experience with at-risk youth and/or young adults
  • Familiarity with research-based instructional strategies

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certification in Special Education
  • Two years of experience instructing special needs teens and/or young adults
  • Highly organized
  • Case Manager experience

Additionally, ideal candidates must embrace a school culture that requires all staff to work beyond the traditional school hours in order to create an environment filled with hope and high expectations, where students will radically improve their academic, employment, and social skills.

Core Beliefs and Desired Characteristics

Teacher candidates should possess an unyielding belief that with the appropriate supports, coupled with high expectations, all students can significantly improve their academic skills, and can develop pro-social and culturally normative behaviors that will enable them to succeed at school and beyond. Candidates should also believe that all students have strengths and talents and that good teachers help students find them and use them to address weaknesses or overcome fears. In addition, candidates should exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Honesty & Integrity: Does not cut corners ethically. Earns trust and maintains confidence. Does what is right, not just what is politically expedient. Speaks plainly and truthfully. 
  • Analytical skills: able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it; exhibits a probing mind and achieves penetrating insights 
  • Persistence: Demonstrates tenacity and willingness to go the distance to get something done.
  • Strategic thinking/visioning: Able to see and communicate the big picture in an inspiring way; determines opportunities and threats through comprehensive analysis of current and future trends
  • Flexibility/adaptability: Adjusts quickly to changing priorities and conditions; copes effectively with complexity and change
  • Enthusiasm: Exhibits passion and excitement over work. Has can do attitude.

Salary and Benefits

Our salaries are comparable to those of other public schools in the District of Columbia area. In addition, See Forever offers a robust benefits plan, including health care coverage, HSA and FSA options, a 401k retirement savings plan, and the opportunity to positively impact students with a broad range of experiences and backgrounds. 

See Forever is an equal opportunity employer. We believe a diverse staff is a better, more effective staff.  

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