801 North 48th Street
The Teacher is responsible for providing the service recipients of the Acute Partial Hospitalization Program (APHP) with daily academic instruction. The teacher acts as a liaison between the program and the Philadelphia School District during the intake and discharge process in order to provide a continuation of academic services and ensure a successful transition upon discharge. The position involves working with team members to develop and plan appropriate educational services for children in the program while offering support, guidance and advocacy services around school placements and educational issues to families.
- Properly coordinate and facilitate intake, transition and discharge educational plans for children in the APHP using sound, independent judgment.
- Develop and implement lesson plans to meet the educational needs of the students.
- Teach advocacy skills to the families of APHP children while providing support and guidance in acquiring appropriate educational services.
- In partnership with Case Managers, collaborate with home schools for each child in the APHP during the intake process and again at discharge.
- Effectively communicate progress of children to involved team members.
- Properly document visits and meetings as required and necessary.
- Attend and participate in meetings and training programs as required.
- Ensure compliance with program policies and procedures including confidentiality, clearances, and reporting suspected abuse.
- Maintain appropriate interactions between teacher and students.
- Engage students in learning and adequate pacing of instruction.
- Use informal and formal assessments to meet learning goals and to monitor student learning.
- Establish and monitor appropriate academic goals that reflect standards and reasonable expectations for students.
- Participate in case conferences with other school specialists.
- Complete teacher report forms (TRF) at intake and discharge as part of the program’s completion and submission of data to Community Behavioral Health.
- Complete weekly reports which indicate and report student’s academic and behavioral progress.
- Comply with agency and school district requirement for maintaining accurate records.
- Maintain regular contact with students’ caregivers to report on progress, development, strengths, and concerns related to academic development.
Contributing to the team
- Participate in regular meetings with staff to ensure priorities are clear, coordination is good and communications are open. Develops additional methods for ongoing effective communication
- Cooperate and communicate as a multi-discipline staff team member through formal meetings, informal consultations and committee participation.
- Model traits of a responsible team member, executing job responsibilities, open communication, good follow through; supports team members to do the same.
- Demonstrate use and support of trauma informed care in all aspects of employment, including
- interactions with clients/students, family members, other employees, community members, and stakeholders.
- Respond promptly to the concerns and interests of the clients, parents, guardians, funding entities and other program staff.
Trauma Informed Behavior
- Demonstrate commitment to being trauma informed and maintaining a therapeutic community that promotes safety and nonviolence as the basis for all we do with clients/students and staff.
- Demonstrate a deep understanding of how trauma impacts childhood development and behaviors.
- Ensure compliance with all agency policies and procedures, including confidentiality and reporting suspected abuse in accordance with policies and procedures.
- Implement all documentation requirements, reports are complete, thorough, timely, and follow prescribed format.
- Able to quickly and effectively engage and educate diverse student population of children with acute behavioral health needs.
- Able to develop and implement developmentally appropriate and content rich lesson plans that meet the educational needs of students.
- Must successfully complete MANDT and CPR training..
- Ability to quickly form trusting relationship with program participants and families or caregivers and other stakeholders.
- Ability to effectively handle crisis situations and to assist in de-escalation.
- Ability to multi-task and to work independently.
- Strong computer skills in all Microsoft office applications
- Good interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills with diverse populations.
- Minimum of one year experience teaching children grades K-8.
- Experience working with social and human service agencies as well as knowledge of the Philadelphia School District system and educational procedures in general.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Must hold current PA Teachers Certification in Special Education K-12 or K-6 or Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Intern Certificate in Elementary Education.
- Must possess current child abuse, criminal, FBI and medical clearances, as well as other clearances required by contract and/or agency policy.
SALARY Competitive salary based on experience. Excellent benefits package.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required