Classroom Teacher - NACA Inspired Schools Network
Position: Classroom Teacher
Subject Area: Special Education
Job Title: Special Education K-5 Teacher
Job Location: Raices del Saber Xinachtli Community School (Las Cruces, NM)
Beginning: Immediately
Deadline: Open until filled **
Certificate: Special Education K-12
District: NACA Inspired Schools Network
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Telephone: 505-933-3969
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Job Description:
Raíces is a Dual Language K-5 public charter school open to any student residing in New Mexico.  The Raíces curriculum is uniquely designed to address the needs of students in borderland communities.  Through a Mesoamerican enrichment curriculum known as Xinachtli, students will learn to explore, investigate, and participate in constructing knowledge as well as develop, at an early age, important numeracy and science concepts, language skills, cultural oral traditions, and community building skills.  Raíces implements a 90:10 two-way dual language immersion approach beginning in kindergarten.  This model will provide a gradual learning process of English and Spanish that leads to high level of proficiency in other subjects such as Math, Science, and Social Studies.   

Special Education Teacher, K-5
General Functions: The teacher will provide guidance and instructional experiences that are academically and developmentally appropriate for each assigned student. This person will closely with classroom teachers in creating the best possible learning environment for students with developmental, physical, and cognitive challenges as well as gifted students.

Qualifications and Leadership Characteristics
• Exhibits a passion for creating the best possible learning environment for students with disabilities and gifts in alignment with the innovative aspects of the Raíces mission
• Possesses collaborative skills and a willingness to work with colleagues collaboratively
• New Mexico Elementary Teaching Licensure (Level II preferred)
• Special Education Teaching License required
• Classroom experience with Kindergarten to 5th (early childhood)
• Bilingual and Bi-cultural (required)—has an understanding and appreciation of practices for teaching elementary students
• Has knowledge of elementary school content and approved curriculum
• Understands and utilizes the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) of 2004 as guidance for instruction
• Understands and ensures compliance with Individual Education Program (IEP) for each caseload student
• Has ability to differentiate instructional methods and resources in each area taught
• Uses hands-on kinesthetic instruction, and motivates and encourages students
• Possesses technological knowledge/proficiency
• Recognizes the social, emotional and intellectual developmental needs of early elementary school students and understands appropriate responses
• Contributes to the overall school community by supporting school/community programs, activities and events related to school’s vision, mission and goals

Teacher Duties and Responsibilities:
• Coordinates and facilitates IEP meetings for students on assigned caseload including the annual review, reevaluation, and other IEP review meetings
• Ensures the attainment of learning standards in the English Language Arts and math Common Core Standards
• Teaches in an inclusion, pull-out, or resource setting and modifies assignments for students with disabilities based on the most appropriate approach for individual students
• Collaborates with regular education teacher and informs education assistants and parents on effective methods to achieve the best academic outcomes for each student with an IEP
• Provides a safe and effective learning environment for students, staff and overall school community
• Administers assessments and organizes student portfolios to capture individual student progress
• Collaborates with parents and communicate student’s progress and classroom expectations
• Attends on-going guidance activities and/or workshops regarding Xinachtli ways of knowing to further conceptualize Raíces vision and mission.

Apply immediately if you are interested in working in a unique learning community where you will receive the following benefits: 
- Extensive professional development opportunities
- Opportunity to implement a unique educational framework
- Opportunity to work with parents as partners in this unique learning environment
- Competitive salary and benefits with other area public schools. 
 
All applicants must be fluent in English and Spanish and once hired, will be supported in acquiring their TESOL certification.  For details on how to apply and necessary licensure requirements go to the following website:  www.raicesdelsaber.org. Once on the website click on the Careers menu and then click on the job position for which you are interested in applying. 

** 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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