Equitas Academy Charter Schools, Special Education Teacher (2018-2019) (Los Angeles, CA)

Los Angeles, CA


Date published: 2-Jan-2018

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Equitas Academy Charter School was founded in 2009. We are a network of free public schools for families who believe their children deserve a high-quality education and challenging school experience. Our school model offers credentialed, passionate, and dedicated teachers and staff who are experts in their field. We currently serve over 1,200 students in Kinder-8th grade in two elementary schools and two middle schools. Equitas Academy is based in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.


We value:

High Expectations. Structured and disciplined classrooms, school-wide behavioral code of conduct, and school uniforms

College Readiness. Extended school day and year, enrichment activities, and preparation to enter top-performing middle, high schools, and, ultimately, college

A Family Partnership. Ongoing communication with parents about academic and behavioral progress, at-home visits by staff, and family workshops

A Safe & Supportive School Community. We help our children make positive choices through our school values of curiosity, optimism, gratitude, grit, self-control, social intelligence, and zest.

What Makes Our Teachers Equi-tastic?

  • A willingness to work collaboratively with adults to deliver on our mission
  • An ability to build strong relationships with scholars, staff, and families
  • They thrive on reflective feedback with weekly coaching and observations
  • Demonstrated perseverance in the face of adversity
  • They don't give up on scholars and they maintain high expectations
  • Warm/Strict management with our scholars
  • A belief that every adult is accountable for every scholars success
  • Demonstrated leadership through creative problem solving and initiative
  • A belief in educating families about advocating for their child's' success

What Equitas Academy Can Offer You!

  • Consistent behavior management systems and a structured classroom environment
  • School-wide student culture and alignment
  • Consistent and individualized coaching for teachers
  • Opportunities for improving our instructional and cultural model
  • Competitive compensation, performance-based increases, and a strong benefits package
  • A focus on transparency and communication
  • A supportive, likeminded, and joyful professional community
  • Four weeks of Professional Development in the Summer and continuous weekly and differentiated PD throughout the school year
  • Strong commitment to our Core Values for Professionals and for Scholars

You've got what it takes if you have...

  • A Bachelor's degree
  • A current Education Specialist teaching credential (internship is acceptable) or out of state equivalent
  • English Learner authorization
  • A strong belief that all students can succeed
  • A belief in structured classroom environments and high expectations for all students
  • Ability to work with a variety of learning abilities, including those with special needs and low skill level
  • 2-3 years of urban teaching (preferred)
  • Bilingual-Spanish (preferred)


  • Provide instruction and support to students with special education needs to achieve IEP goals, as well as quarterly progress monitoring of each scholar's IEP goals
  • Ensure access to learning in the core program and guide progress toward standards and requirements.
  • Develop appropriate academic and behavioral goals based on Equitas Academy's standards and CA standards/Common Core
  • Knowledgeably identify and guide the implementation of appropriate accommodations, and/or modifications to ensure students' learning success in the general education classroom
  • Collaborate with a scholar's general education teacher, Expanded Learning (After School) Team Leader, and testing coordinator, as required by a student's IEP, and provide appropriate documentation for participation with accommodations in standardized testing
  • Facilitate and lead IEP meetings, conduct assessments, prepare IEP reports and maintain inter-agency and district contacts regarding IEPs
  • Understand guidelines for suspension and expulsion of students with IEPs and ensure procedural rights
  • Develop and implement appropriate Behavior Support Plans or behavior management techniques for use in instructional and interpersonal activities
  • Collaborate with administrators, teachers and instructional assistants in developing and monitoring the success of students in the general education program
  • Develop positive relationships with parents, engaging them in the IEP process by conducting interviews and conferences with parents and discussing student progress on an ongoing basis
  • Create and maintain notifications, records, files, and reports as required by federal, state and SELPA regulations
  • Maintain knowledge of current regulations and best practices pertaining to special education

Commitment to Diversity

Equitas Academy is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced team of educators.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.  We are an equal opportunity employer.

Salary and benefits

We offer a competitive salary based on experience. Benefits include medical/dental/vision coverage and paid sick and vacation time off.

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