KIPP Special Education Teacher: Behavior Program in Austin, Texas

POSITION OVERVIEW:The Behavior Program Special Education Teacheris responsible for ensuring that all special education students in the behavior program receive comprehensive, compassionate and equitable services in order to achieve breakthrough academic achievement and character development. The Behavior Program Special Education Teacher will serve as a behavior specialist to assist teachers in helping every child meet grade level goals and willoversee the program and systems for students with severe behavior disorders. AllKIPP Austin staff has a responsibility for ensuring that every KIPP Austin student achieves the academic skills, intellectual habits and character traits necessary to succeed in the nation’s top colleges and universities.


  • At least 2 years of experience working as a Special Education teacher in an urban school (preferred)
  • Experience teaching students with severe behavior disorders
  • Experience with and strong knowledge of local and national special education laws and mandates
  • Standard Special Education certification or Probationary Special Education certification and enrollment in a legitimate university program or alternative certification program
  • Generalist 4-8 certification
  • Bachelor’s degree (required); Master’s degree (preferred)
  • SAMA Training or willingness to be trained
  • Spanish bilingual a plus


  • Unwavering commitment to KIPP Austin’s mission, students, families, and community
  • Desire to continuously learn and increase effectiveness as a professional; offer and receive constructive feedback
  • Willingness to be flexible and to go above and beyond to meet the needs of KIPP Austin students


  • Provide intervention and instruction to assist at-risk students in developing coping skills, appropriate behavior, and social skills
  • Increase student growth and achievement
  • Meet desired goals/benchmarks on Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and district-wide, state, and national assessments and measures of growth
  • Ensure growth, development, and demonstration of character traits and KIPP Austin values


  • Create and implement an instructional, therapeutic, and/or skill development program for assigned students with challenging behaviors and show written evidence of preparation as required
  • Create classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students
  • Manage student behavior according to theIndividual Education Plan (IEP) and Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)
  • Plan and use appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect understanding of the learning styles and needs of students
  • Collaborate with special education support staff and school psychologists to implement operating guidelines of the behavior program
  • Work cooperatively with general education teachers to include students in the general education setting
  • Serve as case manager to a cohort of students with emotional disturbances or severe behavioral challenges
  • Develop, coordinate and track individual student plans for all special services in the IEP
  • Schedule, staff and lead Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) meetings for your cohort of students
  • Utilize eSped (special education paperwork management system used at KIPP Austin) to produce high quality, error-free IEP paperwork
  • Disseminate special education-related paperwork to required teachers and administrators, equipping each with the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out the responsibilities related to their roles, as specified in the IEP
  • Monitor all IEP evaluation and processes; serve as lead communicator with teachers and principal
  • Collaborate with teachers so that they provide instructional support that leads to dramatic academic gains for students; solicit and manage additional resources and support (OT/PT, etc.), where necessary
  • Maintain all documentation and records for individual students; ensure confidentiality in reporting
  • Monitor for compliance with state and federal laws, ensuring consistent, fail-safe and quality documentation; provide comprehensive, work with staff to provide holistic reporting of student performance data to principal; serve as lead contact for authorized visits
  • Provide or supervise personal care and medical care of students as stated in IEP
  • Support excessively disruptive or aggressive students during which time the employee may need to restrain a student when he/she is a danger to himself/herself or others, apply physical management techniques, and implement crisis intervention techniques to deescalate the student
  • Promote a growth mindset, supporting staff and students in practices that lead to dramatic academic gains
  • Lead professional development for grade level teams and the school
  • Manage and support other Special Education support staff
  • May involve travel for staff development
  • May involve working with elementary school students as the behavior program expands

OUR MISSION: KIPP Austin Public Schools believes that every child, regardless of economic background has the right to an exemplary education. We will empower our students to thrive in and graduate from college, choose their paths, and positively impact their communities

Job Position: Special Education Teacher: Behavior Program

Organization: KIPP Austin Public Schools

Subject: Special Education

City: Austin, TX

Grade: 5; 6; 7; 8; 9

Type: Instructional

Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time


Start Date: Immediate

School Phone: 512-501-3643

School Fax: 512-672-6228

The Organization: KIPP Austin Public Schools 8509 FM 969, Building 627 Austin, TX 78724