MIDDLE SCHOOL LEARNING SUPPORT FELLOW [2019-20]

Excel Academy Charter School ( learn more )

East Boston, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3170531
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : September 6, 2019
  • Starting Date: Immediately

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Job Description

Campus: Chelsea

Organizational Overview

Founded in 2003 to provide a free, public, high-quality college preparatory education for the students of East Boston and Chelsea, Excel is proving that children’s ability to succeed in high school, college, and beyond is not determined by zip code. We have grown from one school serving approximately 200 students to a network of four schools serving more than 1,300 students, and our purpose and theory of change remains consistent: we believe that when a student has the support and tools to pursue a productive post-secondary pathway aligned with personal identity and values, it can fundamentally change his/her life trajectory. As a true public school, Excel is defined not by whom we exclude but by whom we include in our community. We are proud of the fact that we serve many students with special needs.

After 8 years of operating a small single-site middle school in East Boston, Excel was designated a “Proven Provider” by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and granted two additional charters to serve middle school students. After four more successful years, Excel Academy Charter High School opened in 2015. In spring 2019, we cheered on our first senior class as they became the first cohort to receive high school diplomas from Excel.

About the Role

The Learning Support Fellow provides critical support for 7th grade special education students to succeed in academics and organization. Additionally, the Fellow provides administrative support to the 7th grade Learning Specialist.  This position reports directly to the Dean of Student Supports, and will perform a variety of responsibilities including, but not limited to, those listed below.


Direct Support of Student Learning: With guidance and oversight from the Learning Specialist, provide supports in-class and out-of-class to ensure students make significant academic gains. The fellow will perform the following duties as requested:


  • Teach daily instructional support lessons to students during Preview/AM homeroom, lunch, and/or DEAR periods
  • Work with a small group of students during Focus to support academic gains
  • Provide organization support to students during PM homeroom or other times
  • Provide inclusion support in the mainstream classroom focused on specific academic goals or behavioral goals; co-include with the Learning Specialist when possible
  • Administer testing accommodations, including read-aloud, scribe, or other accommodations for classroom assessments
  • Edit/adapt classroom assignments in accordance with guidance from the Learning Specialist
  • Chaperone field trips, as requested

Collaboration with Teaching Team: In order to maximize the value of student support services, maintain strong communication, collaboration, and alignment with 7th grade teaching team members. Duties include:


  • Attend and participate in weekly meetings with the Learning Specialist and core content teachers
  • Attend and participate in Grade Level Team meetings
  • Attend and participate in IEP meetings for students in the 7th grade
  • Check email daily and respond to email requests within 24 hours

Administrative Support: Provide administrative supports to the Learning Specialist as requested, including:


  • Organize accommodation materials including assistive technology materials
  • Grade classroom assignments in accordance with guidance from the Learning Specialist
  • Document and track data related to homework, behavior, and other incentive plans

Community: Serve as a productive member of the Excel community.


  • Align student support services with the school’s mission and educational philosophy
  • Participate in generating and upholding Excel Staff norms
  • Provide coverage when needed
  • Follow the appropriate protocol when absent to request coverage
  • Meaningfully participate in Friday meetings, school PD and Family Conferences

Qualifications


  • A Bachelor’s degree is required;
  • Some experience working in an urban public or charter school and/or with urban students preferred, but not required;
  • The ability to speak Spanish preferred but not required;
  • An unwavering commitment to and belief in the mission of Excel Academy Charter Schools, including Excel’s values and educational model;
  • A commitment to achieving equity in education;
  • 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.

 


 




Would you like to apply to this job?

Please visit http://www.excelacademy.org/join-our-team/ to learn more about working at Excel, and/or visit http://jobs.jobvite.com/excel to view a current list of career opportunities and submit an application. Applications will be reviewed as they are received; candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Excel Academy Charter Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language or prior academic achievement.


Compensation
Excel provides a competitive compensation package that includes benefits and is commensurate with experience.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : Classroom Teacher > Middle Grades
    Special Education > General Special Education
    Special Education > Special Education Assistant
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Excel Academy 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.

    Job Requirements

    • • A Bachelor’s degree and certification in Special Education are required; a Master’s degree is strongly preferred;
      • A minimum of two years’ teaching experience in an urban public school or charter school setting preferred, but not required;
      • A commitment to addressing inequity in education;
      • An unwavering commitment to and belief in the mission of Excel Academy Charter Schools, including Excel’s values and
      educational model;
      • 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.
    • At least 2 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Contact Information

    • Stephanie Gendron , Director of Talent
    • 58 Moore Street
    • East Boston, Massachusetts 02128

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