The IDEAL School of Manhattan is an inclusion school dedicated to creating a diverse community that affirms and accepts the full identities of all people, while inspiring academic excellence, creative leadership, and a desire to build a more just and equitable world.
The IDEAL School of Manhattan currently seeks a high-energy, passionate educator to work as an Associate Teacher with a student with moderate to significant disabilities in an inclusion classroom. IDEAL’s Associate Teacher program provides a unique opportunity for special and general educators to gain experience through collaboration with established classroom teachers. Associate Teachers will not only support their individual student but also lead small group instruction and occasionally whole group instruction under the guidance of the lead classroom teachers.
This person must have a strong ability to collaborate and follow the design of the established classroom routine, as well as the ability to create individual goals for his or her assigned student. Ability to differentiate curriculum, establish an individual schedule, and design instructional strategies is required. Experience with behavior management and ability to implement creative support strategies is a plus.
In addition to supporting her or his individual student and working closely with classroom teachers to design and differentiate curriculum, Associate Teachers select an individual area in which they will contribute to school life and be supported in growing their skills. Some may elect to provide tutoring or lead small groups each day in the Lower, Middle, or High School Learning Centers, while others may lead weekly whole-group instruction within the classroom. Still others may want to teach an elective in an area of interest, develop an after-school workshop, or create another project that develops a skill set and benefits the IDEAL community. Discussion of the broader area in which successful candidates would like to contribute and grow is a part of the hiring process.
Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
Working as member of co-teaching team in an inclusive classroom to plan and differentiate curriculum, establish classroom routines, and support all students
Collaborating and following the design of the established classroom curriculum, as well as creating and implementing individual goals for assigned student
Partnering with teachers, therapists, and additional professionals on the implementation of support strategies across settings
Creating differentiated lessons and materials to support assigned student’s access to curriculum
Communicating proactively on a daily basis with the family of assigned student
Attending CSE meetings and yearly goal reviews, as needed
Utilizing specific instructional techniques to meet individual student needs
Supporting the school by contributing in an aspect of school life determined in coordination with division head and lead teachers
Providing support for Activities of Daily Living, as needed
The IDEAL School of Manhattan is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunities for all qualified employees and job applicants and to making all employment decisions without unlawful discrimination as to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, citizenship status, marital status, familial status, actual or perceived status as a victim of domestic violence, caregiver status, gender identity or expression, military status, veteran status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or any other status or condition protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, training and development, promotion, demotion, discipline, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.
The IDEAL School is an independent K - 12th grade school that offers a rigorous, individualized academic program. Our team-teaching model, small class sizes, and low student-teacher ratios allow us to differentiate instruction based on individual strengths, interests, and abilities. The curriculum challenges students by promoting high academic achievement and social and emotional growth. With an emphasis on creative arts and a unique elective program, we offer enrichment and support through classes such as world languages, chess, musical theater, and media production. Our philosophy of inclusion instills students with respect for differences and develops empathy, social responsibility, and world stewardship.