Lead Special Education Teacher

Elm Community Charter School
Queens, NY
Lead Teacher
$55,000 - $75,000/year
Special Education
Kindergarten - 3rd

About Elm Community CS
We are an interdisciplinary and collaborative learning environment focused on cultivating civically engaged student leaders. Essential to our school’s philosophy is a relevant hands-on curriculum, along with the commitment to nurture each student’s social and emotional intelligence. We are looking for a team of individuals committed to fostering an environment that is innovative, collaborative, and equitable for both students and staff. Join us!

Lead Special Education Teacher (ICT)
Elm CCS is looking for creative and results-driven special education teachers aligned to inquiry-based models, value collaboration with colleagues, prioritize differentiation of instruction, are reflective and open to feedback and continual development, and believe in teaching the whole child. The Special Education Teacher will also be a Lead teacher, leading the whole class instructionally.

● Building a classroom culture in which students love learning;
● Establishes a positive classroom environment through proactive methods, a clear and consistent management system, and strong student rapport;
● Teaching students through an inquiry-based curriculum, placing the thinking work on all students;
● Adapt and implement curriculum and assessments to student needs; manage and adjust the curriculum unit overviews and pacing calendar according to student needs and assessment cycles;
● Design and implement lesson plans and targeted small group instruction according to student data and needs;
● Collaborates with grade team to produce differentiations for all at-risk students on the grade;
● Holds all students to high expectations, with the fundamental belief that students with special needs and emergent bilingual learners are capable of incredible growth and achievement;
● Actively monitors and assesses student achievement and progress based on short-term and long-term goals and objectives for both general education students and students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP);
● Special Education: Documents and tracks progress toward IEP goals, supports leadership with teacher reports and school-home partnerships;
● Provides timely and frequent feedback for students, based on formal and informal assessments, and aligned to lesson and unit objectives and quarterly goals;
● Proactively builds relationships and collaborates with other staff members to meet team goals, share best practices, and solve grade team concerns;
● Engages and contributes in professional development; proactively applies professional development material into classroom and teaching; trains with colleagues and leaders to receive targeted, in-the-moment feedback on instruction;
● Communicates regularly with families regarding the academic performance and behavior of students.


● Holds certification in Special Education (K-2 or 1-6)
● Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in early childhood or elementary education highly preferred
● Minimum of 2 years teaching experience in elementary education, preferably in urban education
● Demonstrated ability in adapting curriculum and lessons to various student needs
● Experience in interdisciplinary studies and inquiry-based learning highly preferred

Successful candidates should also have the following experiences and characteristics. They:
● Are an inspiring team player who continually pushes themselves and others to higher levels of achievement;
● Deeply embed themselves into the community of the school, ensuring strong relationships, high engagement, and great operational results;
● Are a champion of Elm’s belief that all members of the school community must be active learners and resourceful problem-solvers in order to ensure a high quality education for all our learners;
● Are reflective, self-aware, and actively analyzes student work and data to provide a high quality education that is accessible to all students
● Have a growth mindset.