Vanguard High School: Special Ed and Social Studies (Humanities)
Anticipated openings at Vanguard HS, 2018-2019 (Subject to budget availability). Vanguard High School is currently seeking:
TWO Special Education Teachers
Social Studies/English (Humanities) Teacher
You may make us aware of your interest in this position by emailing your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vanguard High School is a community of learners committed to becoming literate, articulate, analytical, reflective and empathetic citizens. Respect for self and others is the motivating force toward developing socially productive, useful and responsible members of society.
Vanguard is a small high school in New York City. Our commitment to the New York State Performance Based Standards Consortium (www.performanceassessment.org) drives our educational philosophy. This enables us to create a school that has high expectations, shared accountability, is student-centered, and uses performance-based instruction and assessment to measure what our students learn.
Vanguard students fulfill graduation requirements by demonstrating their knowledge through the completion of five Academic Portfolios and presentations to graduation committees, as well as achieving success on the requisite ELA Regents Exam. In addition, graduates must complete four years of full academic and elective courses of student work.
About Vanguard HS
We are a supportive and collaborative community committed to our students’ achievement during and after high school. The student population of Vanguard High School is diverse, culturally, ethnically, and economically. To best meet student needs', diversity among our staff is of great importance as well.
Please visit our website www.vanguardnyc.net to familiarize yourself with the Vanguard community. You will find specific information about our educational philosophy and Coalition of Essential Schools Common Principles.
Expectations of Special Education Teacher:
Desired candidates should have experience with and/or willingness regarding the following areas:
• Effectively collaborating with colleagues in various disciplines to teach in ICT classrooms (most special education services at Vanguard take place in ICT classrooms).
• Some major teaching responsibilities include: (1) differentiating and scaffolding existing curriculum, instruction and assessments; (2) brainstorming and helping to formulate new curriculum and lessons; (3) implementing curriculum in the classroom through various co-teaching models; (4) reflecting on lessons, their implementation, and student assessments in order to better adapt future lessons to student needs
• Collaborating with other special education teachers during weekly meetings in the ISS (Instructional Support Services) Team to distribute special education tasks, problem solve current school issues, and determine any issues that need to be brought to the weekly Teacher Leadership Team (TLT) meeting.
• Participating in and leading professional development for the whole staff, vertical (content area) department teams, and horizontal (grade) teams as needed.
• Working with administrators and the programming team to ensure thoughtful placements of special education students within our classes and programs.
• Regularly assess (formally and informally) students with IEPs, and keep written records of student progress to incorporate into IEPs and intervention plans
• Managing an IEP caseload of 20-30 students, which entails leading Annual IEP meetings with the student and guardians as well as writing and revising IEPs in SESIS
Expectations of Social Studies Teachers:
Desired candidates should have experience with and/or willingness regarding
the following areas:
• Experience implementing a workshop model with a heterogeneous group of students.
• Ongoing use of formative assessment to drive instruction and monitor student reading and writing progress.
• Teaching for understanding and depth using constructivist learning, rather than "coverage" of topics.
• Designing, implementing, and evaluating exhibitions and projects using rubrics.
• Participation in professional development, such as peer observation, teacher portfolios, literacy development workshops, etc.
• Creation of interdisciplinary connections with other content areas, particularly literature.
*Preferences will be given to Social Studies candidates that have experience with NYC Performance Based Consortium practice, including portfolio assessments and PBATS, as well as background in Coalition of Essential Schools practice.
Expectations of Vanguard Staff Members:
• Be a positive and active member of multiple teams: ISS (special education) team, horizontal team, and vertical team
• Actively collaborate with teams to plan and implement curriculum decisions; otherwise collaborating with staff.
• Implement written, oral, and visual Performance Based Assessments and project-based curriculum.
• Serve as an Advisor: Foster positive and supportive relationships with students.
• Regularly communicate with parents and students around issues concerning students' academic development and emotional well-being.
• Coordinate extracurricular clubs, after-school study groups, and other professional and administrative responsibilities; including participating in weekly after-school meetings, school retreats, and tutoring.
• Implement active learning techniques and curriculum that supports all students in heterogeneous classrooms, including special education students and English language learners.
• Content and pedagogical knowledge of multiple subject areas.
• Possess effective communication skills including the ability to express ideas, share information and to reflect on teaching practices.
• Attend and facilitate professional development opportunities both in-house and within the larger educational community.