Special Education Teacher Grades 6,7,8

Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School

About the organization

Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School (SLA) was founded to address the need for community access to exceptional, leadership based education in the heart of southwest Philadelphia. Currently, Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School supports over 600 students in grades K-8 in single sex classrooms, leveraging research from the world- renowned Gurian Institute around socio-emotional learning and differentiation between the sexes, fueling growth, leadership and engagement for all students. Classrooms in grades K-2 are supported by two educators from the SLA team – a lead teacher as well as an apprentice teacher, translating to more 1:1 student/teacher instructional time as well as increased opportunities for differentiated instruction for students.


At SLA, we believe that every child:

Is a developing leader waiting to be fostered.
Is capable of high academic achievement.
Can positively impact and contribute to the school and community.



A SLA Teacher is charged with providing instruction to our students and is specifically responsible for, but not limited to:

Implement instruction according to the school’s educational goals and objectives by focusing on high standards and achievement for all students including those who are ELL and/or receive special education services.
Meet and instruct class (es) as assigned leveraging school curriculum and texts and other support materials as needed.
Prepare, leverage and provide feedback to students regarding their assignments.
Utilize lesson and unit plans to support effective delivery of instruction.
Encourage students to set and maintain standards of behavior needed to achieve.
Maintain functional learning atmosphere in the classroom.
Provide for continuous evaluation of student progress consistent with school established goals and policies.
Maintain student records and other pertinent data as determined by the school.
Facilitate students’ progress and growth toward stated objectives of instruction within the limits of the resources provided by the school.
Attend all professional development, team planning and data analysis meetings as needed.
Collaborate with grade level and/or content peers to create a consistent learning experience for students.
An ideal candidate for this role will demonstrate the following and/or have experiences with:

Commitment to the success of all SLA students and specifically to raising the academic achie



Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
Appropriate Instructional I or Instructional II Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate, Temporary Teaching Certificate, or valid out of state license for the given subject area for which you are teaching.
Required criminal history background check, physical and proof of U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status.

Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university either in education or in content areas (e.g. Math, Science)
At least (2) years of urban teaching experience
Experience in leading out of school time learning opportunities (e.g. serving as a coach, mentor, club leader)
Proficient in various online instructional programs including but not limited to: Google Classroom, Google Suites, Powerschool SIS, Renaissance Place, Zoom, Deanslist, etc.
Familiarity with online curriculum platforms such as Think Central, Great Minds, etc.

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