The launch of ROADS (Reinventing Options for Adolescents who Deserve Success) Charter Schools presents a tremendous opportunity to prove that every student can succeed if given the chance. Three years ago, ROADS was simply an idea about new ways to provide an excellent education for students who had fallen out of the mainstream educational system. That idea has now grown into a reality with two new charter high schools, ROADS I in East New York, Brooklyn, and ROADS II in the South Bronx
Our mission is to ensure that all students – especially those who are most at risk of failure — graduate from high school thoroughly prepared to excel academically, professionally, and personally. Combining best practices from youth development, education reform, and work-based interventions, the ROADS model is designed to change the life trajectories of the students. The application process gives a preference to those students most at risk: those involved in the juvenile justice system; homeless; former drop outs; in foster care or child protective services; or at least one year behind their graduation cohort.
ROADS seeks the very best teachers. If you’re one of them, you’ll have no shortage of teaching opportunities and, no matter where you go, you’ll make a difference in students’ lives. However, you will not find a group of students who need you – your energy, your intellect, your resilience, your persistence, your expectations, and your relentless support – more than our students need you.
Our special education teachers will:
- Be aligned with our mission of ensuring that over-age under-credited students graduate from high school thoroughly prepared to excel academically, professionally, and personally
- Create a classroom culture that is highly structured and is both extremely supportive and holds students to high behavioral, academic, and character standards
- Treat students’ mistakes as learning experiences and collaborate with school leadership and socio-emotional support staff to ensure that even discipline is supportive of students
- Routinely do what others think is “extra”, including engaging with students outside of normal school hours when needed
- Frequently play a key role in restorative justice practices, including having frank conversations with students where the root causes of conflict are discussed openly and addressed
- Collaborate with a team of dedicated educators to put the needs of our students first in all situations
- Be a part of a community that seeks to hold students accountable for the small stuff and the big stuff
- Exude a positive attitude that supports a staff culture which values innovation, collaboration, and respect
- Embrace regular, ongoing feedback and support from the leadership team
- Provide as required:
- “push-in” and “pull-out” instruction for special education students (SETTS); or
- Collaborative Team Teaching (CTT) instruction; or
- Inclusion or self-contained class instruction
- Deliver quality instructional practices to ensure all Special Education Students receive the services required by their IEPs.
- Assist general education teachers in effective strategies for students with disabilities
- Act as an “Primary Person” advisor/mentor to a group of 6-7 students, and build connections with and among them through a variety of school-day and outside-of-school activities
- Create written reports and ensure special education records are kept up to date
- Design and use appropriate assessments to track students’ progress towards academic targets.
- Communicate effectively with students, parents, caregivers and faculty
- As directed by the Special Education Coordinator, represent ROADS at meetings and hearings of committees on special education
- Act as an advisor for 10-15 students and build connections with students through the advisory program including being on call outside of school hours to provide student support
- Use assessments to track, monitor, and modify instruction in support of student learning goals
- Use backward design and project-based learning to develop units, projects, and lessons
- Participate in school-wide events, open houses, student-led conferences, school trips, and occasional student overnight retreats
- Communicate regularly with families and guardians and conduct home visits when necessary, particularly around attendance and discipline issues
- Participate in summer professional development, retreats, curriculum planning, team meetings, and academic conferences
- Remain up-to-date with special education laws and regulations.
- Unapologetically believe that disconnected youth can become college- and career-ready with the right support
- Strong work ethic and willingness to assume a variety of roles
- Valid NYS Special Education Teaching certification required
- Bachelor’s Degree
- At least two years of teaching experience
- Spanish-speaking skills a plus
- Strong candidates will be able to demonstrate experience:
- Teaching in an urban setting
- Working with high school students
- Working with similar students who experience learning and social challenges
ROADS offers a competitive compensation package that is commensurate with experience.