Position: SPED Teacher
Reports to: Principal
Location: Irving Elementary
Hours: 7:15 am – 4:00 pm
FLSA Status: Exempt
Days Worked: 187
Provide students with appropriate educational activities and experiences using Expeditionary Learning (Project-Based Learning). Manara Academy place emphasis on developing the whole student (intellectual, emotional, physical and social growth) and providing the necessary skillsets to be a productive member of society. This individual is responsible for coexisting and managing students with IEP (Individual Education Plans). This teaching position is funded 100% with IDEA B funds.
Manara Academy use the Expeditionary Learning model that emphasizes high achievement through active learning, character growth, and teamwork. The five Expeditionary Learning core practices—learning expeditions, active pedagogy, school culture and character, leadership and school improvement, and structures—work in concert and support one another to promote high achievement. Rigorous investigation of deep content, the creation of authentic products for an authentic audience, and effective instructional practices character growth and teamwork. What follows are brief descriptions of the core practices, and then the job responsibilities associated with each. Job requirements specific to each position are listed at the end of the document.
In Expeditionary Learning schools learning expeditions are the primary way of organizing curriculum. Learning expeditions feature linked projects that require students to construct deep understandings and skills and to create products for real audiences.
Teaching and learning are active and engaging in Expeditionary Learning classrooms. Effective instructional practices promote equity and high expectations: they make the content of expeditions come alive, ensure that all students think and participate, and allow the teacher to know all students and their thinking well. Knowledge of each student’s level of understanding and participation leads teachers to differentiate instruction.
Culture and Character
An Expeditionary Learning school culture is developed and sustained through practices that bring the community together, promote shared understandings, and encourage all community members to become crew, not passengers. Physical and emotional safety, respect and courtesy, and a disciplined environment characterize the climate in an Expeditionary Learning school. Classrooms are managed through the practices of the Discovery Program and measured using the Habits of Work. Teachers foster student character through challenging academic work, service, and the expectation that students are courteous, respectful, and compassionate. School leaders, teachers, and staff in Expeditionary Learning schools are members of a community of learners. Professionals work together to share expertise, improve the school’s program, build background knowledge in their disciplines, and model collaborative learning for students. Staff culture is characterized by a respectful collegiality where teachers resist judgment and blame, and support each other in improving practice.
Leadership and School Improvement
Leaders in Expeditionary Learning schools create a professional community that focuses on curriculum and instruction as the primary vehicles for improving student achievement and school culture. Teachers and school leaders in Expeditionary Learning schools collect data to understand student achievement, assess teaching practices, and make informed decisions about instruction.
In Expeditionary Learning schools the schedule and calendar serves instructional and curricular priorities. While each schedule is unique to a school and its constraints, there are key features that all Expeditionary Learning school schedules have in common: lengthened periods of class time, opportunities for integration of the disciplines, and common professional development time for teachers. The schedule accommodates project work, fieldwork, service learning, and flexible groupings of students. Time is scheduled during the school year and summer for whole-school professional development and collaboration across grade levels and subject areas. The calendar allows adequate time for orientation, intensives and related travel opportunities.
Ideal candidates will:
COMPENSATION AND DEVELOPMENT
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Manara Academy provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Manara Academy complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.