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Special Rights Co-Teacher Position - St Paul School of Northern Lights

  • 06 Jun 2023 11:31 AM
    Message # 13211425

    Special Rights Co-Teacher


    St. Paul School of Northern Lights is a public charter school serving students in grades K-8 in the West 7th neighborhood. St. Paul School of Northern Lights is looking for educators who are passionate about supporting students’ curiosity and love of learning. The ideal candidate will have a strong desire to teach in a multi-age, progressive, culturally relevant classroom and community. We are seeking teachers who view the challenging endeavor of working in our school as an opportunity to work with agency, autonomy, and purpose. Desirable candidates will appreciate time for reflection, collaboration, and innovation with colleagues. Effective teachers will see the absence of a prescribed curriculum as an asset, not a barrier.

    Required Qualifications

          Current Minnesota teaching license for Special Education or ability to secure a variance

          Experience with diverse student populations across disability categories

          Commitment to the Northern Lights’ Mission and Vision

    Preferred Qualifications

          Experience with trauma-responsive teaching

          Urban special education teaching experience

          Project-based learning experience

          Restorative practices experience

          Dual licensure in Elementary or Middle School Education, ESL, Counseling or Social Work

    Successful candidates will...

          Understand that:

          Our learners are competent and curious

          Relationships are central to our work as educators

          Knowledge is constructed by the learner in a social context

          Multiple points of view deepen understanding

          The environment drives learning

          Communicate effectively, building strong relationships with students, families, colleagues and the broader community 

          Commit to engaging in conversations that challenge and disrupt dominant narratives 

          Document learning to deepen thinking, build a community of learners, communicate with families and community, and research teaching and learning

          Appreciate uncertainty: value participating in a dynamic and evolving educational process

          Value their role as a researcher and curriculum designer

          Value collaboration

          Demonstrate leadership both in and out of the classroom 

          Possess and foster creativity and imagination

          Love spending time and learning outdoors

    Basic functions and responsibilities

          Plan and implement effective co-taught instruction and assessment driven by student inquiry and aligned with state standards and IEP goals

          Collaborate with students, families and colleagues in support of students and our community

          Co-lead the development of a classroom culture that fosters relationships, student learning, student inquiry, critical thinking and advocacy

          Support the development of general education classroom cultures that are inclusive and responsive to student IEP needs

          Facilitate IEP meetings

          Manage a caseload of students

          Manage student evaluations

          Follow due process timelines and paperwork

          Attend four all-school events per year

          Attend annual Special Rights Advisory Council meetings

          Advocate with, and on behalf of, students and families

          Monitor and share student progress, educationally and socially, to students and families

          Implement restorative practices to address conflict 

          Monitor students in and out of the classroom/school building

          Attend and engage in staff meetings, Child Study meetings, professional development trainings, and professional collaboration time

          Seek, reflect on and learn from feedback

          Support the operational work of the school 

    Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, letters of recommendation, and one page philosophy of education to Rachel Ngendakuriyo at employment@schoolofnorthernlights.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

    Thank you for your interest in St Paul School of Northern Lights. SPSNL is authorized by Innovative Quality Schools. 

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