• K-5 Special Education Teacher

    Job Locations US-CA-Oakland
    Posted Date 1 month ago(7/5/2019 5:00 PM)
    Job ID
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    The Building Blocks/Maya Angelou Academy program provides caring, therapeutic interventions for preschoolers; and K-5 grade students; who have struggled with behavioral and emotional difficulties and may have been removed from other schools. Building Blocks/Maya Angelou Academy fosters the growth of each child’s potential for learning, creativity and social-emotional development in a safe and nurturing environment.


    Special Education Teachers provide multi-grade, standards-based instruction and academic interventions that afford students the opportunity to thrive academically. The Teacher provides a clear, consistent structure for the classroom, ensuring that each student’s needs are met within the guidelines of the Individualized Educational Program (IEP) and the Treatment Plan. It is our goal to provide an enriching and successful environment where students' strengths are celebrated and their needs addressed with a variety of targeted interventions.


    "Teaching at Seneca has been one of the best professional decisions I have made. Seneca has always made sure that I have access to the resources I need to keep my lessons engaging, cutting-edge, and creative. Watching students engage with their own natural curiosities and build self-esteem as lifelong learners is endlessly rewarding."
                                                      - Seneca Special Education Teacher


    Seneca Family of Agencies is committed to providing traditionally marginalized communities a network of outstanding mental health, community based, and educational services. Celebrating diversity and creating a culture of inclusion increases creativity, innovation, problem solving, and teamwork. Seneca’s agency-wide DEI Advisory Board, Employee Resource Groups, and Language Practice Groups help our employees provide culturally and linguistically relevant services to the families we serve. For more information on our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative, click here!


    • Work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to implement academic, behavioral, and therapeutic services for special education students with emotional disturbances
    • Utilize backwards design principles to deliver differentiated curriculum, rooted in the state content standards
    • Use student-centered instructional methods as defined by the school's Learning Principles
    • Employ authentic and norm-referenced assessment strategies to monitor progress and guide instructional planning and decision making
    • Provide an individualized academic intervention program to target at-risk learners.
    • Perform all duties related to the development of an IEP: assessment, goal setting, implementation and progress reporting
    • Engage caregivers in the educational process, providing frequent opportunities to discuss student growth and needs
    • Co-lead the classroom team to maintain a structured therapeutic learning environment based on Seneca's philosophy
    • Intervene with the clients' behavioral program as needed. This includes physical management of the clients (implementation of Seneca's Equilibrium Training) as necessary to ensure safety


    • Valid Special Education Credential - Mild/Moderate; current California Education Specialist Credential may qualify
    • Experience teaching Special Education preferred
    • Valid California Drivers License and ability to be insured by Seneca's insurance carrier
    • Clearance of TB test, fingerprints, and any other state or federal requirements


    • Monday - Friday
    • School hours, Year Round


    • Competitive salary
    • Comprehensive employee benefit package, including medical, dental, vision and chiropractic coverage, as well as partially paid premiums for dependents
    • Employer-paid Employee Assistance Program
    • 403b retirement plan
    • Specialized training and support, including scholarship opportunities and a yearly professional development budget
    • Two to three full-time Classroom Counselors to provide behavioral and academic support
    • 7 weeks of school breaks, 1 week of PTO, and 4 weeks of teacher days off
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