ELEMENTARY SPECIAL EDUCATION COORDINATOR

VOICE Charter School

Queens, New York

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Job Description

VOICE Charter School (http://www.voicecharterschool.org/) is an elementary and middle school located in Long Island City, Queens that serves about 650 students across grades K-8. We are located just minutes from Manhattan (two stops outside of Manhattan on the F, N, and W train lines) and Long Island City's growing waterfront district, thriving arts community, and rapid residential growth. We are looking to identify extraordinary educators and administrators committed to urban education who wish to join a dynamic professional learning community.

Our mission is to create a safe and healthy learning environment that will nurture, motivate and challenge all of our children to achieve the highest level of academic excellence and to develop into mindful, responsible, contributing participants in their education, their community and the diverse society in which we live.

What makes VOICE different?
At VOICE, it's not just about the music. It's about the people. It's about what you can be. It's about using your passion. It's about relationships. It's about having the opportunity to choose. It's about caring enough. It's about each individual child and adult.
We believe in efficacy. At the core of our academic culture is the idea that all students are capable of doing well in any discipline. At VOICE, all students will learn - being smart is not something that you are, it is something you become. At VOICE, you will be pushed to become more.
We support and develop the effectiveness of our teachers. We believe that teachers need time to collaborate to build their practice, so we provide our team with over two hours of planning time a day as well as additional days for collaborative thought partnership and planning during the school year
. We promote participation in music and the arts. As music and art help develop problem solving and critical thinking skills and open children's imaginations, all VOICE students participate in and learn from daily activities in the arts including rigorous choral training. We design our arts-integrated curriculum to bring joy and wonder to the lives of our children, providing them with the skills necessary to forge their own path.

All Staff at VOICE:
Love and nurture all of our students as they become deeply caring and responsible individuals;
Take personal responsibility and work collaboratively to ensure that all students achieve and grow, understanding that the performance and progress of our students is directly under our control;
Ask questions and empower students to exercise curiosity and wonder about the world around them;
Hold themselves to the highest standards;
Push and support themselves, their students, and their colleagues;
Proactively seek and incorporate feedback;
Help each individual child gain the opportunity to choose what his or her future will be.

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Position Responsibilities:
The Special Education Coordinator provides students (3-5) with a safe and healthy learning environment that will nurture, motivate and challenge all children to achieve the highest level of academic excellence and to develop into mindful, responsible, contributing participants in their education and communities.

Curriculum and Planning
Learn content and skills as detailed in curriculum support materials (e.g. teacher guides), VOICE framework for teaching, as well as Common Core or other related standards
Collaborate with colleagues in developing purposeful, rigorous, and engaging daily and long-term plans aligned to standards, and in regularly revising these materials
Submit necessary curriculum documents (e.g. scope and sequence, curriculum maps, lesson plans, reteach plans, intellectual preparation documents) as requested
Create, administer, and analyze meaningful and frequent assessments from which reteaches are planned
Maintain the necessary records of student progress toward academic goals; meet deadlines for submitting data to other departments

In the Classroom
Provide targeted push-in and pull-out academic support ?Teach five periods of small group instruction per day; ensure that all SETSS and ESL mandates are met; attend regular grade level data reflection and envisioning meetings and offer lesson differentiation suggestions for implementation by classroom teachers; create flexible small groups based on data; write lessons for small groups based on grade-level curriculum and supplemental instructional materials; collaborate with classroom teachers for push-in and pull-out groups
Maintain a productive, safe, and disciplined learning environment in which classroom values, teaching points, process charts, and student work are clearly displayed
Maximize instruction time by keeping the flow of classroom activities moving smoothly and efficiently throughout the day
Uphold all school policies within the classroom
Infuse VOICE values, rigor, and joy into lessons
Integrate feedback and goal-setting into lesson delivery
Provide the differentiation and accommodations needed for the growth and success of all students; go above and beyond to ensure that all students are meeting appropriate standards
Model strong written and verbal skills
Invest time in knowing students and demonstrate an active interest in their well-being; use kind, firm body language to convey authority and care
Review and comply with guidelines of students' IEPs, follow IDEA reporting requirements, and provide information about student performance and services received

Communication and Collaboration
Facilitate Academic Intervention Service (IS) Meetings
Trigger teachers monthly for academic IS recommendations and provide necessary forms; collect student work and hold teachers accountable for submission of materials and participation during the meeting; convene and facilitate month IS meeting
Serve as a helper for student records and standards test administration such as reviewing accuracy of class organization, writing reports and attending special education meetings providing input into groupings of students for testing accommodation.
Fully embrace VOICE's mission and values and promote them to students, parents, and colleagues
Collaborate as part of an interdisciplinary team coordinating all instructional activities with teachers, assistants, and instructional leaders
Proactively seek assistance or advice when faced with challenging teaching situations
Maintain positive relationships with and support the learning of all staff members
Appropriately give and receive feedback to/from students, parents, faculty, staff, and administration
Keep families well-informed of student performance and progress
Provide feedback and guidance to classroom assistants

Professionalism and Work Day Expectations
Fully participate in all school and grade-level meetings, designated school functions outside of school hours, and opportunities for individual and school-wide professional development
Meet expectations including punctuality and professionalism in conversation and in writing; consistently meet deadlines and communicate frequently and appropriately on progress on projects and goals.
Reflect on professional practice through self-analysis and engagement in informal and formal feedback processes
Supervise out of classroom settings such as arrival, transitions, lunch, recess, dismissal, and field trips
  • Job Category : Special Education > General Special Education
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    VOICE Charter School 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.

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