Teachers (you!), are the heart of a school. They are not only allowed, but encouraged to take the time needed to build deep and meaningful relationships with their students and then use those relationships to create rich and connected communities. They are expected to elevate the inner-brilliance and voice of every child so that they are seen, affirmed, and validated. They understand that education is an act of social justice and they lean in to that potential. They have a team of counselors, behavior interventionists, assistants, and coaches who are there to help them (not evaluate them or coordinate testing). They have the opportunity to serve on committees that drive the school's priorities, budget, and direction. Teachers at The Gathering Place are seen as professionals who are trusted to be leaders within their community and with their children.
Special Education Teachers have the unique responsibility of ensuring that the projects and curriculum students engage with is accessible and meaningful for students who have IEPs. The Special Education Teacher is the case manager and oversees supports for children in special education.
If that sounds like a place you want to work, we'd recommend you apply.
- Support the mission and design principles of the district
- Embody TGP Collective norms
- Have an assigned caseload of students with IEPs and/or 504s that the SPED teacher is responsible for, including all case managing duties
- Provide services for a caseload of children, including directly providing the academic and behavioral services as outlined in an IEP or 504
- Oversee the development of a child's IEP or 504, its implementation, progress monitoring, and re-evaluations as needed
- Train Special Education aides on how to correctly implement all assigned IEPs
- Oversee the development and follow through of behavior intervention plans for students who have an IEP or 504 (as applicable)
- Schedule and coordinate ARD or 504 meetings
- Work collaboratively with all teachers at the school to ensure students with an IEP or 504 receive an inclusive and high-quality experience during all their classes. SPED teachers support homeroom, arts, and enrichment teachers in the implementation of a child's IEP by modeling strategies, sharing best practices, and collaborating together
- Special Education teachers can be assigned to provide push-in services in classrooms or run small groups in a resource setting, life skills setting, or adaptive behavior setting for periods of the day. This may also change throughout the school year as the needs of the school and the student body change
- Provide training to SPED aides who service children on the SPED teacher's caseload.
- Needed skills, knowledge, and competencies are child-dependent and entirely based on the IEP. SPED teachers will provide training to the SPED aides according to the needs of the child and to best meet the IEP. This may require ongoing trainings throughout the year as caseloads shift or in response to data collected through progress monitoring and shifts needed to best support each child
- Compile, maintain and file all reports, records and other required documents
- Embrace a culture of feedback to continue growing in skill in supporting children's learning and development
- Actively support ongoing work across the campus in identifying and addressing ableist thinking and patterns of behavior to holistically strengthen TGP's inclusive school environment. This includes internal work to address biases held within, as well as supporting the campus and TGP Collective as a whole in their anti-bias work
- Collaborate with fellow special education coordinator, teachers, and aides, general education teachers, members of the TGP Collaborative, and School Leaders
- Establish and maintain healthy working relationships with students and families
- Participate in daily functions of the schools such as arrival and dismissal duties, lunch duties, recess monitoring and the like
- Attend critical school events such as Professional Development Days, school events for students, and school events for caregivers and/or community members
- Meet professional obligations including timeliness and consistency in meeting deadlines, among all other policies outlined in the Staff Handbook
- The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties
- Other duties as assigned
- Have a duty free lunch every day plus additional time for planning and running ARDs
- The work day is 7:00 - 4:30pm. Exhibitions of learning, art showcases, and student-led conferences occur in the evening (4 - 8 per year)
- Expected to be flexible outside of school hours to accommodate families who cannot attend ARD or family meetings during school hours
- Special Education Teachers may have the opportunity to lead professional development sessions on topics that they are passionate about as part of Professional Learning Communities (which will occur during the school day) or on PD days according to PD needs set forth by the District & Principal
- There are three weeks of summer professional development starting mid-July and several professional development days built into the calendar throughout the year that have required attendance
- Bachelor's Degree
- Valid Texas teaching certificate with special education endorsement
- Must have at least one year of teaching experience
Compensation & Benefits
- All teaching positions operate on a scale. To view The Gathering Place's teacher scale, click here . Special Education teachers also receive a $10,000 stipend on top of the salary scale.
- High-quality health, dental, and vision insurance options with 50% of all costs (individual or family) covered by The Gathering Place
- 100% Employer paid Life Insurance
- Tax-free FSA account that The Gathering Place will match for up to $450
- 15 PTO days per year (this includes sick, personal, bereavement, religious, vacation, and any other days needed off from work)
- 12 weeks paid parental leave, which includes adoptions
Please note the interview process is a 4 stage process which includes a written application below, a video interview, an in-person sample teach, and an in-person collaborative training session.
Commitment to Diversity
The Gathering Place seeks to establish a diverse staff that reflects the identities of our children. We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of a person's actual or perceived identity with regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, nationality, pregnancy, political or religious beliefs, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, parental status, or any other distinguishing physical, or genetic characteristics. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff as well as potential staff members.