Academy of the Pacific Rim ( learn more )

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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3052809
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted : April 8, 2019
  • Starting Date: August 14, 2019

Job Description

Job Posting: Middle School Special Education Teacher (SY19-20)

About APR:
Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School (APR) is a free, public school offering a rigorous college preparatory program to 525 students in 5th through 12th grade. For 22 years, APR has been committed to serving students of Boston such that they achieve their full intellectual and social potential, and we now have more than 500 alumni. Our work is grounded in the vision that graduates of APR have a focused mind and a big heart. They are ready for post-secondary education because they have mastered college and career ready academic and social skills including the knowledge and dispositions to joyfully pursue future opportunities based on their passions and participate in and transform civic life.
Our students:
- 90% are students of color
- 11% are English Learners
- 25% are supported by an IEP
- To date, 99% of our high school students have passed MCAS
- To date, our alumni six-year college graduation rate is 73%, which is almost double the rate of their demographic peers

We believe that exceptional student outcomes are the result of excellent teaching and teamwork. Teachers who thrive at APR are driven, passionate educators who love kids and their content. They are dedicated to their craft, embrace feedback, and constantly push themselves and their peers to continually learn and grow. This position will perform a variety of responsibilities, including (but not limited to):

Essential Functions and Responsibilitie

  • Assessment and Interpretation
    • Develop Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) annually to reflect students’ progress and goals
    • Write tri-annual progress reports for students with IEPs
    • Attend all initial, reevaluation, and annual review meetings for students on caseload
    • Conduct educational assessments (i.e. WIAT IV, Key Math, TOWL, TORC)
    • Prepare and present all educational evaluations for initial and reevaluation meetings
    • Collaborate with other evaluators to ensure that all assessments are completed to gain full insight into the student’s needs
    • Skillfully interpret assessment findings and relate them to educational performance and needs
    • Make recommendations regarding accommodations, modifications, services and/or other supports to address those needs
    • Present key, relevant assessment findings to students and families in a clear, concise, non-technical, respectful manner, and engage them in a constructive conversation to promote student learning
    • Develop 504 Accommodation Plans and other intervention plans

    Direct Services
    • Teach small group academic support classes daily
    • Co-plan and co-teach with general educators in Math, English, History and Science in order to provide specialized instruction within the general education classroom
    • Implement IEPs, assess students’ performance, and track their progress
    • Modify general education curriculum to meet the needs of students on caseload
    • Provide test accommodations to students
    • Assist in the implementation of Tier 2 and 3 PBIS interventions for struggling students to support the teaching process and to maximize learning
    • Prepare and help students transition from grade to grade

    Partnering with Students and Families
    • Mentoring 8-15 students, through regular advisory meetings
    • Communicating weekly with students, families, and leadership around academic and behavioral issues
    • Attending occasional after-school events

    Living our Values
    • Embodying our belief that all students can achieve
    • Acting as a team to advance APR’s mission
    • Committing to continual personal and organizational growth
    • Tenaciously fostering the learning of every student
    • Embracing diversity and the goals of equity and inclusion

    • A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred;
    • A valid MA teaching license in special education;
    • A minimum of two years teaching experience in a charter or district school setting serving a similar demographic preferred, but not required;
    • An unwavering commitment to and belief in APR’s mission, including our values and educational model;
    • A commitment to working with underserved youth in Boston;
    • The ability to focus and thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment;
    • The ability to work effectively in a team environment and the willingness and desire to support others in doing their best work; and
    • An entrepreneurial spirit that reflects an openness to change, a willingness to problem-solve, and an interest in developing new ideas & programs.

    APR provides a competitive compensation package that includes benefits and is commensurate with experience. APR is committed to a diverse workplace. For more information, please visit our website at www.pacrim.org

    APR is committed to ensuring that all of its programs and facilities are accessible to all members of
    the public. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex,
    sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law (“protected class status”).

  • External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.
    • Position Type: Full-time
    • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Special Education > General Special Education
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Academy of the Pacific Rim is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • At least 2 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Contact Information

    • Alex Kuehnle , Director of Special Education
    • 1 Westinghouse Plaza
    • Hyde Park , Massachusetts 02136

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