Overview

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY
The mission of Memphis Delta Preparatory (MDP) Charter School is to support and grow productive and well-rounded citizens who will succeed in college and beyond. We will work tirelessly to ensure that all of our students are prepared to reach, attend, and graduate from highly selective colleges and universities. A completed course of study at a top-tier college will allow our students to build and support healthy and happy families, empower and improve their Memphis neighborhoods, and enjoy a rich intellectual life. Memphis Delta Prep opened with 250 students in grades K-4 in 2016. At full capacity, MDP willserve 480 students in grades K-5 in the South Memphis community.

THE MDP DIFFERENCE FOR EDUCATORS
The word “Delta” in “Memphis Delta Prep” refers not only to Memphis’s historic gateway location but also to the Greek letter used to denote change. We believe that to change outcomes for students and families, we must change our practice as educators — and fast! Our goal is to accelerate the learning of our students by accelerating the skill growth of our teachers. To do this, we spend significantly more time than other schools on developing, supporting and coaching our teachers. To make this possible:

  • the School Leader spends 80% of his time developing the teachers and the Instructional Coaches;
  • the coach-to-teacher ratio is kept at 10:1 or less;
  • the operations team is responsible for all non-instructional responsibilities throughout the building;
  • the schedule includes ample time for teacher practice, coaching, planning, and collaboration; and
  • we hire growth-minded teachers who love to practice and to improve their craft from day to day, hour to hour.

We ensure our teachers feel supported by our operations program, celebrated for their excellence, happy to be engaged in the fun work of teaching alongside great colleagues, and excited about the incredible opportunity to learn and improve in each moment.

POSITION SUMMARY
The Special Education Teacher will support special education students at MDP. This individual will be responsible ensuring that students receive the proper accommodations and/or modifications within the classroom per their IEPs. The Special Education Teacher will report to the School Leader.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Teaching Responsibilities
• Practice and develop Key Teacher Skills daily
• Bring joy and excitement to the work everyday
• Implement curricula and activities to meet academic standards
• Use assessment data and feedback structures to inform your instructional decisions
• Observe and provide feedback for other teachers
• Uphold MDP’s detailed and consistent behavioral systems
• Communicate with students with optimistic growth mindset language
• Be accountable for students’ mastery of academic standards
• Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues

Student and Family Support
• Review special education needs of incoming students, as indicated on family questionnaire responses
• Provide direct special education services as needed and facilitate evaluation/reevaluation process
• Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local special education regulations regarding parental consent
• Serve as the point of contact for parents of students with special needs

Staff Support
• Ensure that all teachers know and understand classroom accommodation and modifications for the students they serve
• Work directly with general education teachers on issues that may arise in classroom settings

Compliance and Coordination
• Coordinate with instructional team to monitor implementation of appropriate accommodations for students during instruction
• Coordinate with schools to receive IEPs of incoming students
• Facilitate review of intake assessments for incoming students
• Schedule and coordinate pull-out services for students on an as-needed basis
• Follow all federal, state, and local guidelines concerning the development and implementation of IEPs
• Additional duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom
  • Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player
  • Belief in and alignment with MDP’s mission
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated and documented ability to motivate and inspire others

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
• Bachelor’s degree or higher required
• Valid TN teaching license in appropriate grade level/content area OR enrollment in an approved teacher preparation program
• Demonstrated expertise in subject area

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
• Ability to move about the classroom and school to teach and monitor students.
• Ability to remain in a stationary position when necessary while teaching.
• Ability to operate instructional technology such as laptop, projector, and document camera.
• Ability to occasionally move objects under 10 pounds.
• Sensory: Position requires typical visual acuity and field of vision, hearing, and speaking abilities.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Memphis Delta Preparatory is committed to creating a diverse staff and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard for race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. MDP will provide adequate accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with school leadership.

DISCLAIMER
Nothing in this job description restricts school leadership’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.