KIPP Special Education Teacher in Houston, Texas


Provide Special Education students with learning activities and experiences designed to help them fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth. Develop or modify curricula and prepare lessons and other instructional materials to student levels. Work in instructional settings as assigned.


The Special Education Teacher will:

1. Prepare for and lead the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee meeting

a. Prepare documentation through district data-management system

b. Coordinate and lead all ARD meetings

c. Assist in developing strategies for implementing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) in the student’s least restrictive environment

d. Present students’ levels of performance, transition plans, goals, accommodations, modifications and services with input from the students’ general education teachers

e. Review records of students for Special Education eligibility and obtaining Special Education records from previous school settings or outside evaluators

f. Effectively maintain the Special Education database and communicate any changes to the PEIMS data clerk

g. Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents as required

2. Assist students in the implementation of IEPs

a. Provide instruction and support for special needs students as appropriate

b. Use technology as part of the teaching/learning process

c. Plan and use appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect understanding of the learning styles and needs of individual students

d. Ensure open communications with parents of students with disabilities in their understanding of Special Education policies and procedures and ways in which to support their child at home

e. Work cooperatively with classroom teachers to monitor the use of accommodations and/or modifications within the regular class setting

f. Assist in monitoring and administering testing accommodations and modifications for students

g. Coordinate service delivery with the appropriate educational specialists

3. Evaluate students’ progress on Individualized Education Plans

a. Ensure clear communication with teachers to track each student’s progress in reaching his/her IEP goals

b. Conduct ongoing assessment, progress monitoring, of student achievement through formal and informal testing

c. Use progress-monitoring tools to analyze student results for the purpose of modifying and adjusting strategies, programming, and IEPs

d. Grade students as appropriate and provide progress reports/report cards of student IEP goals and benchmarks to parents and teachers in accordance with the school’s grading cycle at the end of every marking period

e. Review and compile documentation for student records

4. Planning and Data Collection

a. Meet with general education teachers to review IEPs, answer questions, provide strategies, and summarize each student’s IEP before the school year starts and review the plan with teachers at least once each marking period

b. Adapt and differentiate general education teachers’ weekly lesson plans, assessments, classwork and homework to meet individual student goals. Plans should include IEP goals, accommodations, modifications, and what in-class supports will be provided.

5. Professional Development and Departmental Growth

a. Assist in the coordination, planning, and delivery of in-services to meet identified needs of teachers and faculty

b. Purposefully continue to learn and increase understanding in special education law, disabilities, teaching strategies, response to intervention, and special education procedures

c. Be an active participant in the regional Special Education Team and attend monthly meetings

d. Strengthen Special Education services in accordance with legal requirements

e. Establish and maintain professional relationships with colleagues, students, parents, and community members

6. Other

a. Monitor student timelines and effectively communicate with stakeholders

b. As appropriate, supervise the work of Special Education paraprofessionals by providing direction and guidance

c. Other duties as assigned


Education and Knowledge:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a focus on Education, plus a minimum of 1-5 years of teaching experience

Texas Teaching certificate in Special Education

Highly Qualified teacher in accordance with NCLB and the State of Texas’ qualifications

Knowledge of federal and state Special Education law

Key Competencies:

Maximize literacy learning among students;

Implement positive behavior supports (for students with challenges functioning in traditional settings)

Ability to teach students with significant disabilities

Work efficiently, effectively and respectfully with teachers and leadership

Use technology to support access to the general curriculum, participation, and learning

Be able to help school teams implement effective practices for diverse learners in general education classrooms.


Knowledge of special needs of students in assigned area

Knowledge of Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee process and Individual Education Plan (IEP) goal setting process, implementation, and progress monitoring

General knowledge of curriculum and instruction

Behavior management skills

Experience using assistive technology software

Experience collaborating with team members

Excellent interpersonal skills

Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative

Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making

Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities

Ability to interpret policy, procedures, and data

Independent, self-starter with a strong focus on student development

Proven written and verbal communication skills

Strong organizational and planning skills

Passionate and loving attitude toward all children

Responsiveness; Follow-up and follow-through with students, families, and faculty members is essential

Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

Proficiency using computers, printers, copy machines, and fax machines

Job Position: Special Education Teacher

Organization: KIPP Unity Primary

Subject: Special Education

City: Houston, TX

Type: Instructional

Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time


Start Date: Immediate

Type of School: Elementary

Grades Taught: K;

School Phone: (832) 328-1051

Year Established: 2015

School Fax: (832) 203-6365

The Organization: KIPP Unity Primary 8500 Highway 6 South Houston, TX 77083