Equity Education
  • Detroit, MI, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

JOB TITLE: Special Education Teacher


REPORTS TO: Principal/Director of Special Populations



EQUITY Public Schools

Detroit Leadership Academy Elementary K-5 www.dlachampion.org

Detroit Leadership Academy Middle/High School 6-12  www.dlachampion.org

Detroit Innovation Academy K-8 www.diachampion.org

Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy 9-12 www.detroitdeltaprep.org/

Detroit Collegiate High School 9-12 www.detroitcollegiate.org


Why Join EQ?

At EQUITY, we believe that creating and sustaining excellent and equitable schools for all children is the most critical issue today and that high-quality education is the only way to change the life trajectory and outcomes for kids. We are relentless in our pursuit and refuse to accept anything less than remarkable schools for our kids, regardless of their zip code.

We know the most effective way to make lasting change in schools is by recruiting, developing, and retaining strong people who are committed to their own development and to our belief that all students have the potential to be remarkable. As a values-driven organization, we seek talent whose values align with ours: empathy, relentless pursuit of quality, embracing the unconventional, taking initiative, tenacity, and commitment to teamwork.

The mission of EQUITY Education is to build a system of remarkable neighborhood schools for traditionally underserved students by manifesting potential.

EQUITY believes that access to a remarkable education is the most fundamental social justice issue today. As an organization, we aim to ensure access to the type of high quality education that grants students success in college and life as we work to dismantle systemic educational inequities.

EQUITY is a steadily growing organization. Student enrollment has increased from 900 students in 2014 to over 1,400 students in 2018. Because of our rapid growth, we need YOU!

We offer one of the most comprehensive compensation and benefits packages in the city of Detroit. EQUITY employees earn competitive salaries and a robust benefits package, including:

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield Healthcare PPO including vision and dental with employer covering 80%
  • 401K with match options
  • Free Short- and Long-Term Disability
  • Free Basic Life Insurance
  • Free Basic AD&D
  • Supplemental insurance plans available
  • Wellness benefits
  • Free State Continuing Education Clock Hours offered
  • Paid time off, varying by role
  • Career development opportunities
  • Performance Bonuses

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking tenacious teachers who operate with empathy and will settle for nothing less than mastery for their students. Professionals with a passion for urban education and the city of Detroit align best with our needs and goals. Our top performers are focused on building positive relationships with students and families and are driven by data and student outcomes.


What are the major job responsibilities?

The Special Education Teacher plans and provides for appropriate learning experiences for students with disabilities in a variety of educational settings.  The person in this position is responsible for creating a flexible program and learning environment that provides specialized instruction for students with disabilities, such that the students benefit from the general education curriculum to the greatest extent possible when supported with supplemental aids, accommodations, and other needed supports.

A successful employee is a consummate professional, upholding the mission, goals and objectives of the organization.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Implement the program outlined in the student's Individualized Educational Program ("IEP") in the least restrictive environment.
  • Prepare for student's annual IEP in a timely manner (completing of forms, invitations to attendees, scheduling meetings).
  • Prepare for three-year re-evaluations in a timely manner (testing, completing of forms, invitations to attendees, scheduling of meeting times).
  • Maintain complete and on-going records for all students.
  • Maintain log of parent and community contacts.
  • Maintain a comfortable learning environment for students whether in a pull-out situation or mainstream setting.
  • Adapt materials from the curriculum to meet needs of students served.
  • Utilize instructional materials that meet special learning needs of students.
  • Demonstrate creativity in reaching, challenging and engaging students in learning.
  • Utilize strategies and techniques to modify unacceptable behavior.
  • Demonstrate ability to write Behavior Plans.
  • Evaluate all student records for current IEP needs as those records arrive in the Academy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of disability areas experienced by students with special needs that are attending the Academy.


What are the required qualifications?

  • Hold a Bachelor's degree in education or equivalent, required.
  • Holds highly qualified certification in Special Education.
  • Experience with working in diverse, low-income communities; sensitivity to and awareness of the needs of culturally diverse urban adolescents and families.
  • Outstanding organizational skills and strong attention to detail; excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Commitment to the belief that all students can succeed.
  • Experience and demonstrated success in designing and executing interventions for struggling students.
  • Experience and demonstrated success in designing and delivering social skills and character development lessons.
  • Experience and success in supporting families.
  • Possess the desire and willingness to develop own skill set.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain constructive group relationships.
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