Position Description

Prodeo Academy is a PreK-8th grade public charter school serving the Twin Cities. It is a meaningful education solution closing the opportunity gap through data-driven instruction in a culture based on a foundation of five core values: Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Development, and Engagement. Shared expectations around these values enhance the opportunity for our scholars to reach their full potential. We are looking for team members committed to helping our students access greater opportunities, achieve future success, and contribute to the vitality of our community.

Reports To: Principal

VISION FOR POSITION

Specials teachers are committed school team members, closing the opportunity gap by providing meaningful extension experiences and learning for our scholars. A Prodeo Academy Specials Teacher is intensely focused on each student’s growth. To do this, the Specials Teacher provides a loving, structured classroom rooted in high expectations for behavior and learning. The Specials Teacher will report to the Principal and partner with all school team members. The Specials Teacher also understands that their block provides a common planning period for teachers on each grade level team and is committed to excellent attendance. This opportunity is ideal for someone energized by challenging work, hungry for feedback, and who can work collaboratively across lines of difference with an emphasis on cultural sensitivity and inclusiveness.

POSITION FUNCTIONS

Instruction

  • Provides targeted instruction to students
  • Adopts and articulates the most effective instructional practices
  • Works hard to be an expert in their specialized curriculum

Classroom Management

  • Radiates warmth; is a positive presence when standing in front of students
  • Speaks with leadership and confidence
  • Creates a safe, predictable environment for students; has high expectations for students
  • Values schoolwide consistency and implementation of the most effective practices, follow school’s Common Picture routines, procedures, and expectations

Data Analysis

  • Sets and achieves ambitious goals with students
  • Manages and shares data regularly – regularly assesses students (though assessment and data tool may be different than typical content areas such as Math and Reading)
  • Identifies strengths and growth areas in classroom/ grade level/schoolwide data and gets “granular” – will pinpoint trends in small group and individual students’ data
  • Develops Data-Driven plans every six weeks for small groups and individuals

Professional Development

  • Attends all professional development offered by the school, including a 2-week training in August
  • Attends coaching meetings, is receptive to frequent observations, and implements feedback
  • Is organized and well-prepared for all sessions
  • Follows through on next steps from professional development
  • Works hard to achieve professional goals

Communication

  • Recognizes when a student’s support needs are urgent and prioritizes accordingly
  • Shares resources and plans regularly
  • Checks and responds to email and phone messages within 24 business hours
  • Speaks kindly of others at all times
  • Stays solutions-orientated when faced with complex challenges

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS, DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

General Requirements

  • Education required: BA/BS degree
  • Certification/Licensure Required: Licensure in the area of teaching assignment (Elementary Education)
  • Other desired:
    • Record of exemplary results with students
    • Advanced training beyond minimum license requirement
    • Knowledge and application of assessment tools and data management
    • Experience related to students who have experienced trauma
    • Experience in behavior management techniques

Knowledge & Skills

  • Outstanding attention to detail and willingness to get the job done
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and implementation skills
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with multiple stakeholders
  • Able to multi-task and work in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Google Suite

COMPENSATION

Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Prodeo Academy is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin. We are committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.