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Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

Instructional Specialist, Inclusion & Special Education

Employment type
Full-Time
Posted
12 days ago
Location
Los Angeles
Description

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools was founded in 2004 based on the belief that all young people––regardless of ZIP code, income, ability, or background–– are capable of achieving at high levels. Alliance is now one of the largest and most successful public charter school networks in the nation, operating 26 high-performing middle and high schools serving 13,000 scholars in Los Angeles communities that have been systemically oppressed. In our 16th school year, Alliance has a proven record of success: though 93% of incoming sixth graders come to Alliance reading below grade level, 95% of Alliance graduates have been accepted to college—including 73% to a four-year university. We strive to truly change the life trajectories of our scholars and communities, with a goal of 75% of Alliance graduates completing a four-year college degree. Now is the time to join our collaborative community to make long-lasting change across Los Angeles.

ROLE SUMMARY 

The Instructional Specialist, Inclusion & Special Education plays a critical role in supporting our schools to ensure that all scholars can achieve at high levels. The Instructional Specialist will report to the Director, Inclusion & Special Education and work alongside school leaders (e.g. Special Education Coordinators, Principals, Assistant Principals, Deans of Instruction, Department Heads, Instructional Leads) to implement strategies and programming that supports Diverse Learners, with a particular focus on students with disabilities, to reach their full potential. The role is an ideal fit for a successful educator with expertise in Special Education programming and instructional strategies that promote inclusion and accessibility. Ideal candidates have a strong record of results and experience in a leadership role within a school or within a district, charter management organization, or technical support provider. The Instructional Specialist should be able to quickly build relationships with a range of diverse stakeholders and work with individuals and teams to dramatically improve the quality and accessibility of instruction in core content areas across a portfolio of MS / HS schools. 

WHAT YOU WILL DO 

  • Support school-based teams to implement strong Diverse Learner Programming & Strategies
  • Quickly develop strong relationships with school leaders (e.g. Principals, Assistant Principals, Special Education Coordinators, Deans of Instruction, etc.) at school sites to support effective collaboration;
  • Use a variety of data points, conversations, and observations to identify opportunities to improve instruction for students with disabilities in schools, develop and monitor strategy plans, and execute supports at a high level; 
  • Support instructional leaders (e.g. Assistant Principals, Special Education Coordinators, Deans of Instruction, Department Heads, Instructional Leads) to hone their instructional eye and to coach teachers on lesson preparation and execution in a wide variety of settings, including resource labs, intervention courses, push-in, and co-teaching; 
  • Support leaders to ensure that general education teachers co-prepare and co-execute lessons from high-quality, aligned instructional materials with Special Education teachers that provide equitable access to rigorous grade level materials for all scholars;
  • Facilitate and guide instructional leaders to lead their teachers in analyzing scholar work, with a focus on students with disabilities, from daily lessons and formative assessments in order to understand scholar learning and strategically adjust teacher coaching and supports; 
  • Analyze scholar achievement data (scholar work samples, formative assessments) to deeply understand progress and gaps in scholar learning and use that information to inform strategy plans for the schools they supports; 
  • Establish and lead collaboration structures within and across schools that bring groups of leaders together for shared learning in service of scholars. 
  • Contribute to the Network-Wide Diverse Learner Strategy 
  • Identify and share trends in instructional practice across a portfolio of schools to inform the network-wide Diverse Learner and grade-band professional development opportunities for leaders and teachers; 
  • Contribute perspective and expertise to strategy planning to inform network-wide school supports; 
  • Design and/or facilitate professional development sessions for a portfolio of schools and/or focused on Special Education. 

 

THE IDEAL CANDIDATES WILL HAVE/BE: 

  • A belief that all scholars, regardless of circumstances, can learn at high levels; 
  • A strong track record of increasing scholar achievement at the school levels, in communities that reflect the backgrounds of Alliance scholars; 
  • Deep content and pedagogical expertise in accessibility for students with disabilities, including the Universal Design for Learning framework, co-teaching models, and reading intervention; 
  • Ability to coach through layers of leadership and influence change across lines of difference;
  • Open to feedback and eager to develop professionally; 
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with colleagues and school leaders, building strong relationships with others to develop common goals and drive toward solutions; 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities from a variety of sources, as well as organize and prioritize effectively to impact areas of greatest need; 
  • Passionate to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for communities that have been systematically oppressed; 
  • Comfort working within ambiguity and seeking new solutions in a collaborative environment;
  • Desire to take initiative to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required; 
  • At least three (3) years of successful secondary Special Education teaching experience;
  • At least one (1) year of school-based leadership experience, such as an Assistant Principal, Instructional coach, etc.

 

WORK LOCATION

This position is remote and will work virtually in the greater Los Angeles area, with travel to school sites once public health conditions allow. The successful candidate will be given a $400 work from home set-up allowance and receive a monthly stipend of $100.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

In alignment with our commitment to equity for our scholars, Alliance is committed to equity and transparency for our team and offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience and education, as well as an employer-sponsored 403b plan annual contribution equal to 5% of regular earnings, and a comprehensive group health benefits package, including medical, dental and vision. This position is exempt. The compensation range for this position is $83,000 - $98,000. To allow room for growth in compensation, the maximum initial salary placement is 80% of the range.

 

To apply

Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter at www.laalliance.org/careers. Please note that only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools are tuition-free public charter schools that do not discriminate against any scholar, parent, community member, or staff member on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.