Prospect Ridge Academy Creating Academic, Social, and Ethical Leaders
Special Education Learning Specialist Job Description All employees at Prospect Ridge Academy work together to create academic, social, and ethical leaders. Every employee at Prospect Ridge Academy is expected to deliver exceptional customer service skills to our students, parents, and PRA community. Prospect Ridge Academy is a dynamic school, subject to changing work environments, adaptation of new educational principles and values, and evolving culture. Adaptability to change is essential. This job description is an overview of duties and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed.
The Middle School (MS) Special Education Teacher is responsible for the education of each pupil in his or her charge. This position will accomplish these duties while working with students, parents, other teachers and staff toward achieving the goals set forth in the Prospect Ridge Academy Mission Statements.
The MS Special Education Teacher Learning Specialist at PRA will
Be responsible for conducting an organized and professional classroom:
Plan and implement appropriate IEP instruction for students identified as needing additional support
Demonstrate exceptional instructional delivery
Model and foster independent thinking skills, creative problem solving and abstract reasoning
Show empathy and understanding of students;
Communicate consistently and effectively with students, parents and colleagues
Develops a cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and objectivity with parents and students
Assists teachers in identifying students needing targeted specialized instruction
Develop and Manage Individual Education Plans (IEP)
Prepare and conduct IEP meetings
Assesses student performance frequently and objectively
Facilitate resolution of problems that might arise with students and parents
Promote accountability in students
Participate in RtI progress monitoring meetings with instructional staff
Update and review student progress paperwork (IEP) in compliance with State and Federal Laws
Manage and input assessment data; analyze the data to determine the students needs based on multiple data points
Provide professional development for staff on best practices
Manage Special Education Department curriculum needs, supplies, and budget with Special Education team
Conduct classroom observations and provide feedback to teachers regarding their approach to ensure accommodations and modifications are in place for students on IEP’s
Knowledge of and adherence to approved communication pathways
Actively pursues professional development opportunities in specific content area
Participate in and contributes to programs and activities that enhance Prospect Ridge Academy outside of instructional hours
Follow policies established by the Prospect Ridge Academy Board of Directors, Adams 12 School District, and Colorado State mandated school guidelines, except where PRA has received waivers
Complete other duties as assigned
B.A. or B.S. required, Master’s in Special Education preferred
Must meet the requirements of a Highly Qualified teacher as mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)
Current Colorado Teaching License
Demonstrated experience in the instruction of students with varied learning styles and levels of mastery
Expert-level written and oral communication skills
Commitment to Core Knowledge curriculum
Commitment to implementation of Character Education and Positive Behavior System
About Prospect Ridge Academy
Prospect Ridge Academy is a K-12 Charter School in Broomfield Colorado
Mission & Vision
Providing a Rigorous, Quality K-12 Education with an Intensified Math and Science Focus
Using the Core Knowledge Sequence and Research-based College Preparatory Programming to Provide a Comprehensive Foundation for Life-long Learning
Providing Social and Physical Development Through Athletics
Utilizing Character Education and Service Learning Programs That Encourage Community Partnerships.
Creating academic, social, and ethical leaders.
Tuition-free charter public school.
Founded in 2010; our first cohort of students matriculated in 2011.
Elementary School (K-5): 607 students
Middle School (6-8): 386 students
High School (9-12): 436 students
TOTAL students: 1,432
Class sizes at Prospect Ridge Academy are limited to:
Kindergarten: 22 students
Grades 1-5: 25 students
Middle School: 30 students
High School: 30 students
For current school demographics, visit the Colorado Department of Education website.
Staff: All of our teachers meet the “highly qualified criteria” required in Colorado....
Facilities: The Prospect Ridge Academy campus includes two school buildings: the K-8 building and the High School building. Both buildings feature modern classrooms, common areas, art and music facilities, athletic gymnasiums, and science and computer labs. Students share two on-campus libraries.