Classroom Teacher - Lafayette Preparatory Academy
Position: Classroom Teacher
Subject Area: Special Education
Job Title: Special Education Teacher (Middle School)
Job Location: Lafayette Preparatory Academy
Beginning: Aug 01, 2021
Deadline: Open until filled **
Certificate: Mild/Mod. Cross Category Disabilities
District: Lafayette Preparatory Academy
St. Louis, MO 63103
Telephone: 314-880-4458 EXT 101
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Job Description:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Benefits and salary come into effect at start of the fiscal year, July 1, 2021. Actual start date is indicated by calendar. Teachers are 10-month employees. 

Abbreviated Job Description Below:
(Full job description can be found here.)

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES
Academic Achievement and Student Character Development
  • Plan instruction appropriate to subject and grade level and implement differentiated lessons, addressing the needs of each individual student
  • Strategically employ multiple strategies to increase student learning in academics and social emotional development
  • Collaborate to develop a set of ambitious year-end goals for each student. Working backwards from these goals, determine benchmarks  
  • Create a positive, achievement-oriented and structured learning environment that excites and invests students
  • Motivate students to realize high academic and social standards 
  • Utilize Project-Based Learning/Problem-Based Learning/Design Thinking to drive learning within the classroom
  • Encourage innovation, creativity and social responsibility 
  • Develop and employ multiple assessments effectively
  • Analyze effectiveness of instruction through regular student assessment and reflection on teaching practices and use assessment data to drive instruction and decision-making 
  • Utilize a variety of data points to effectively inform instruction on a variety of levels 
  • Build an ongoing partnership with families for their children’s academic success 
  • Exemplify LPA’s core values in all interactions with students, families, and colleagues
  • Create a classroom environment that promotes student safety

Responsibilities Specific to Special Education:
  • Serve as special education case manager for students on caseload
  • Write and implement rigorous, standards­-driven Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Assist in the management of legal documents and files related to students’ IEPs and 504 plans
  • Coordinate annual IEP and 504 review processes
  • Ensure that classroom teachers and related service providers are knowledgeable about the needs of students with disabilities, informed of their responsibilities for particular students, and equipped with the support and training they may require to implement each program
  • Plan and provide instruction appropriate to subject and grade level in collaboration with grade or subject team
  • Co-teach, push in, and push out, as needed
QUALIFICATIONS
  • A passionate belief in LPA’s mission, values, and educational model 
  • Missouri Teaching Certificate in content area 
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Current authorization to work in the United States
  • Satisfactory completion of a background check and Family Care and Safety check, demonstrating results that meet the guidelines for employment at Lafayette Preparatory Academy

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • Aligned to the “10-month employee” calendar: requires attendance at Professional Learning Institute and Leap Into Learning
  • Paid Time Off/Vacation: 8 days sick leave/year
  • Benefits:
    • Health, Dental, Vision, and Life available
    • Employer contribution not to exceed $465/month 
  • Retirement
    • Enrolled in the PSRSStl retirement plan
  • Salary/Pay
    • Compensation is commensurate with experience 

TO APPLY: 
Submit your resume, cover letter (include which position interests you most- early childhood, lower elementary or upper elementary), completed employment application, transcripts, certification and question responses to Sarah Ranney, Head of School, at hiring@lafayetteprep.org.  In the subject line, write “__________ (your name) teaching candidate.”

Submit a concise response to the following questions:
  1. What is most important to the success of students?
  2. According to Carol Dweck’s research on achievement and success, one’s mindset towards learning can be changed. Which mindset must be nurtured in students and how does one develop that mindset in students?
  3. How do race and class affect how young people experience schools? And what role does a teacher play in affecting the experience?

** District reserves the right to close any Job Posting when a suitable applicant has been found before the deadline date.
**** REAP Applicants: If you want to notify the school district of your interest in this job, click here.

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