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Special Education Teacher - FOR IMMEDIATE HIRE

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Great Oaks Charter Schools | Bridgeport, CT

Great Oaks Charter Schools

Published 23 days ago

Special Education Teacher 

Great Oaks Charter School – Bridgeport


About Great Oaks Charter Schools

The mission of Great Oaks Charter Schools is to prepare students to succeed in college. What sets Great Oaks Charter Schools apart from other charters is the use of a high-dosage tutoring model implemented by the Great Oaks Tutors Corps, a group of recent college graduates dedicating a year of service, who provide daily tutoring to every student. At Great Oaks, we are committed to providing a rigorous academic program, fostering a positive school culture and building authentic relationships with families. We are seeking hard-working, tenacious people who share the belief that all students deserve a high-quality education. 

About Great Oaks Bridgeport Charter School

Great Oaks (GO) Charter School - Bridgeport opened in the fall of 2014 and has a focus on serving students who are English Language Learners. In the upcoming 2019-2020 school year, Great Oaks – Bridgeport will serve grades 6 - 11. GO-Bridgeport will grow to serve students in all grades from 6th-12th by adding on one-grade level each year until we reach full enrollment.

The Great Oaks Foundation has successfully replicated this model in Newark, NJ and New York, NY, Bridgeport, CT and Wilmington, DE.

Position Summary: 

Great teachers are at the heart of what we do and are the key to our students’ college success. The Special Education Teacher is responsible for ensuring that every student at Great Oaks is supported in their academic development. S/he will be responsible for maintaining records for students with special needs, participating in IEP implementation and evaluation, and co-teaching. S/he will be responsible for ensuring that students with special needs receive the proper accommodations within the classroom and during tutorial sessions. S/he will also work closely with classroom teachers to analyze student results and work with teachers to make data-driven curricular decisions. Our most successful teachers are those who operate with a team mindset – we are all in this work together and it will take each and every one of us to achieve college success for our students.  


Throughout the year, the Special Education Teacher will:

Ensure that the school is meeting the needs of all students by:

  • Reviewing IEPs of incoming students and becoming knowledgeable about students’ recommended placements, services, and individual needs
  • Ensuring that all general education teachers and tutors know and understand the needs of their students with special needs and appropriate accommodations to use
  • Preparing for and participating in students’ IEP conferences
  • Co-teaching with general education teachers to ensure students needs are met within the classroom
  • Maintaining consistent communications with families regarding student progress

Maintain a strong classroom culture by:

  • Setting a respectful and positive tone in the classroom
  • Building relationships with students that communicate that succeeding in college is important, that the student can do it, and that we will not give up on a student

Co-plan a rigorous curriculum and deliver strong instruction by:

  • Using a multitude of instructional strategies in response to students’ individual needs
  • Taking responsibility for student progress and constantly working to respond to students’ needs

Contribute to the creation of a data-driven culture by:

  • Tracking and analyzing student data both publicly and internally to identify learning needs
  • Using student achievement data to set ambitious goals for the students
  • Planning and implementing strategies to achieve targets related to student learning outcomes
  • Collaborating with other teachers to develop and revise curriculum based on assessment data



  • “GRIT” – must have the ability to persevere and succeed at a challenging task
  • Relationship-building – must show evidence of building and leveraging strong relationships
  • Relentlessness – must be willing to do whatever it takes to constantly improve student achievement, including occasional evening and weekend commitments
  • Communicate Effectively – must be able to clearly communicate with peers and supervisors 



  • Teaching experience in an urban school with a proven track record of improving student achievement
  • Special Education Certification issued by the state of Connecticut
  • A strong academic record with a bachelor’s degree from a competitive college or university required; advanced degree in the subject area preferred
  • A strong belief that all students can succeed
  • Exceptional ability to respond well to feedback and implement it immediately



Great Oaks provides a competitive compensation and benefits package; exact compensation will vary based on experience and education.

General Information

This position is for the 2019 - 2020 school year. Selected candidates will be contacted to set up a phone interview.


Special Education Teacher 

Great Oaks Charter School – Bridgeport


About Great Oaks Charter Schools

The mission of Great Oaks Charter Schools is to prepare students to succeed in college. What sets Great Oaks Charter Schools apart from…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required


365 Howard Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605

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