Excel Academy Charter Schools, Educational Psychologist (2018-2019) (Boston, MA)
Date published: 16-Jul-2018
Excel Academy Charter Schools is a network of tuition-free, public charter schools serving the Massachusetts communities of East Boston and Chelsea. It was founded to address the severe academic underperformance and low college matriculation rates of the student populations in these neighborhoods. Our founders envisioned a free, public school alternative where all students would be held to the highest academic and behavioral expectations, and college would become a reality. As a true public school, Excel is defined not by whom we exclude but by whom we include in our community. We are proud of the fact that we serve many students with special needs.
The network’s first school opened in fall 2003 in East Boston and now serves 224 students, grades 5 through 8. Excel Academy Chelsea, the 2nd school in our network, opened in fall 2011. Our third school, Excel Academy Orient Heights, opened in August of 2012. And our first high school, Excel Academy Charter High School, opened in fall 2015. Excel now educates 1100+ students in grades 5-11. At full scale in 2019, Excel will enroll a total of 1,350 students in grades 5-12.
Duties and Responsibilities
The School Psychologist will provide consultation, assessment, an intervention services related to school psychology. He/she will support all Excel schools and will report to the Network Director of Student Supports. Specific responsibilities include:
- Evaluate and screen students’ abilities and needs to determine eligibility for special education services;
- Administer, score, and interpret assessments in the areas of cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral functioning (which Excel will provide);
- Reach out to families to collect detailed family input and relevant history information;
- Collaborate with students’ teachers and learning specialists to gain a clear and complete in-school profile;
- Write evaluation reports including all cognitive, social-emotional, and behavior assessments, goals, and specific recommendations in a timely fashion and in accordance with compliance due dates and the Massachusetts disability categories;
- Act as part of the diagnostic team for initial and three-year evaluations in tandem with special education teachers, general education teachers, family, and outside providers;
- Maintain the legal confidentiality and privacy of student information while collaborating with students’ special education teams;
- Participate in special education team meetings as requested by school-based staff;
- Provide consultation to classroom teachers and learning specialists pertaining to student progress, behavior management techniques, and individualized behavior management plans; and
- Participate in Excel’s Response to Intervention (RTI) system by attending Child Study Team (CST) meetings with grade level teams and providing direct interventions to Tier II and Tier III students.
- A commitment to working with underserved, urban youth;
- An unwavering commitment to and belief in the mission of Excel Academy Charter Schools, including Excel’s values and educational model;
- The ability to focus and thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment;
- The ability to work effectively in a team environment and the willingness and desire to support others in doing their best work; and
- An entrepreneurial spirit that reflects an openness to change, a willingness to problem-solve, and an interest in developing new ideas & programs.
- Spanish or Portuguese proficiency or fluency is preferable, but not required
Excel provides a competitive compensation package that includes benefits and is commensurate with experience.