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Middle School Teacher - Salary $57,000 -$86,000

companyUncommon Schools
locationWoburn, MA, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/14/2022
Full Time

Job Description

Company Description

Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of high-performing, public charter schools providing an outstanding K-12 education in historically under-resourced communities. We have proudly built schools that reflect our student population, with more than 60% of our teachers and staff across our network identifying as a person of color. Uncommon currently manages 53 schools serving more than 20,000 students in five cities: Boston, Camden, New York City, Newark and Rochester. We are proud that Uncommon graduates persist in and graduate from college at five times the rate of their peers nationally. We achieve this by offering strong academic, co-curricular, and social-emotional learning that prepares students for success in college and beyond. 

Roxbury Prep consists of four schools serving students in grades 5 through 12. We believe in strong authentic relationships between teachers and students, supported by effective school systems and an engaging instructional model that enables students to flourish academically and personally. Roxbury Prep students have an astounding 98% college acceptance rate and collectively earned 1.3 million dollars in scholarships last year.

Job Description

Uncommon Special Education teachers are passionate about developing and monitoring accommodations for students with special needs. Special Education teachers advocate for students and believe that specialized instruction and related services increase academic achievement. Special Education teachers offer academic, emotional, and physical support while maintaining high expectations. 

Responsibilities

1.     Instruction

  • You'll modify, differentiate, and teach an inclusive curriculum that emphasizes diversity. 
  • You'll collaborate with families and Special Education teams to develop 504 and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) that offer appropriate accommodations and modifications.
  • You'll create an inclusive and safe environment where students feel empowered to become self-guided learners.

2.     Special Education Specific Responsibilities

  • You'll collaborate with general education teachers, school leaders, and families to analyze and respond to trends in student work samples and assessments and ensure compliance with Individualized Education Plans.
  • You will gather academic growth data and write goals to prepare for annual IEP meetings.
  • You will teach pull-out, push-in, small group, and one-on-one instruction and implement strategies to differentiate instruction for all learners in your classroom.

3.     School Culture

  • You’ll build positive relationships with students to ensure they feel seen, loved, and heard.
  • You’ll partner with students’ families to ensure appropriate resources are available to support their child's learning needs.
  • You'll engage in practice-based professional development, mentorship, and coaching sessions.
  • You'll participate in weekly, school-wide meetings to cultivate community, model our core values, and encourage student achievement.
  • You'll partner with your grade level team to develop academic goals and practice instructional strategies.

Qualifications

  • A commitment to the mission of Uncommon Schools and investment in our vision for being an anti-racist organization
  • A demonstrated commitment to supporting students’ social emotional and academic development
  • An enthusiasm for collaborating with internal and external partners in the best interest of students
  • A self-directed learner who solicits and implements feedback to improve outcomes and achieve objectives
  • Required Experience:
    • A demonstrated interest in impacting K-12 students in urban schools and communities (1-2 years experience preferred).
    • Academic expertise in Special Education, the Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM, or related fields of study. 
    • Prior to the start of employment, you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher by the time employment begins. You do not need to be certified to be hired; however, if hired you will need to pass state teacher certification tests to meet the MA state requirements.

Teachers are qualified to teach independently if the teacher holds one of the following qualifications for the appropriate grade and severity level:

  • MA special education license
  • Special education license or equivalent issued by another state or
  • Documented completion of approved undergraduate or graduate program in special education

If a teacher does not hold any of the qualifications above, the teacher may only deliver specialized instruction if:

  • The teacher is under the direct supervision and oversight* of an educator who holds an initial or professional special education license (Moderate Disabilities License), or is otherwise qualified as per above;

And

  • Must pass the following MTELs within the first year of employment:
    • Communications and Literacy Skills test, and,
    • MTEL subject area tests (English or Mathematics)
    • SEI endorsement

Additional Information

Our people are what makes us Uncommon.  We believe our compensation philosophy and benefits should reflect our values—equity, transparency, and clarity—to enhance our ability to attract and retain talent and reward their expertise.  Our staff receive best-in-class training, coaching, and support to develop and operate mission-driven schools that provide a high-quality education to our students and families.

Compensation for this position: The starting compensation for this role based in Boston is between $57,000 to $86,000.  The starting pay will depend on various factors including but not limited to relevant professional experience, education, certifications, and tenure with Uncommon Schools.  Because we value staff tenure in a role, we do not currently cap salary ranges for current staff members. 

Other Benefits:

  • Generous paid time off inclusive of sick time and school breaks (spring, winter, and summer) + additional sustainability half days throughout the school year
  • Extensive, best-in-class training and development  
  • Choice of 3 comprehensive health insurance plans
  • Pre-tax flexible spending and health saving accounts
  • Financial planning & wellness
    • Pension through Mass. Teachers Retirement System  
    • 403(b) retirement savings program 
    • 529 college savings program
    • Public Service Loan Forgiveness application assistance
    • Financial  planning tools and assistance
  • Dependent Care FSA, back up childcare and daycare discounts
  • Paid leave of absence 
    • Fully paid parental leave
    • Fully paid medical leave
    • Additional paid Short Term and Long Term Disability insurance 
  • Mental health and counseling support + wellness benefits

Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building an exceptional team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. We also strive to ensure an inclusive community by creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, Uncommon provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. We also ensure that individuals with disabilities receive all privileges and benefits associated with employment and are provided reasonable accommodations for the interview process and to perform core job functions. If you would like to request an accommodation, please email recruitment@uncommonschools.org.

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