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2018-2019 Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP)
JOB TITLE: Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
REPORTS TO: Director of Student Support Services
KIPP DFW OVERVIEW
KIPP DFW is part of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a national network of 183 free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools serving nearly 70,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The mission of KIPP DFW is to provide children in underserved communities with a free, rigorous, high-quality education that offers the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to thrive in school, college, and the competitive world beyond. KIPP DFW is currently comprised of four public charter schools serving elementary and middle school students in the southern Dallas region, and is amidst a rapid growth plan that will result in a total of ten schools providing quality education options to 5,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in the most underserved Dallas-Fort Worth communities by 2021.
At KIPP DFW, there are no shortcuts: outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college. Approximately 90 percent of our students are considered economically disadvantaged and most students come from neighborhoods where less than five percent of residents graduate from college. At a time when many have given up on public education – and the future of inner-city children – KIPP schools are raising expectations. Our students are outperforming their peers and advancing toward college because we set high standards, inspire achievement, and instill confidence.
KIPP DFW is seeking a highly motivated full-time LSSP to provide diagnostic information on student learning and to work cooperatively with instructional faculty and parents in providing an appropriate educational program for students with disabilities throughout the KIPP DFW region.
This position furthers the mission of KIPP DFW as it helps ensure that all students have the tools and the supportive environment they need to learn.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Assessment, Data-based Decision Making & Accountability - utilize knowledge of data-based decision making and accountability, diversity in development and learning, as well as research and program evaluation to assist staff with effective decision making regarding KIPPster needs.
2. Consultation & Collaboration – utilize knowledge of school-wide practices to promote learning as well as consultation and collaboration to assist staff in creating and maintaining effective learning environments
- Utilize appropriate assessment and data collection methods
- Applies evaluation data and findings to intervention, instruction, programming, and services through written reports, intervention plans, and meetings/conferences with parents and/or school staff.
- Contribute to school-wide assessment and data-based practices for academic, socio-emotional, and behavioral domains
- Serves as a member of school level teams (e.g. All Children Will Learn Committee, Response to Intervention team, actively participating in ARDs, and etc.)
- Assists with the development and/or delivery of staff professional development to support district-wide assessment practices
- Contribute to progress monitoring and data-based decisions regarding intervention practices for academic, social-emotional, and behavioral domains
- Conduct special education evaluations (both formal and informal) to inform eligibility, service, and programming decisions
- Complete evaluations in a timely manner
3. Core Professionalism – exhibit minimum competencies expected in any employment situation (attendance, punctuality, respect, policies & procedures); adhere to ethical standards, grow professionally, and participate as active stakeholders across school environments.
- Engage in consultation and collaboration with school staff, parents, families, community agencies, and providers.
- Interventions & Instructional Support to Develop Academic, Social, and Life Skills – utilize knowledge of intervention and instructional support, mental health, prevention, and response to assist with the development and delivery of services to KIPPsters to improve learning and outcomes
2. Leadership – develop and sustain professional involvement and leadership to ensure the continued learning and effective school psychological services to schools, families, and students
- Contribute to intervention practices for academic, social-emotional, and behavioral domains
- Contribute to crisis response and intervention practices.
- Seek professional growth and learning opportunities to advance own knowledge and skill.
- Seek opportunities to provide professional learning sessions for colleagues and school staff
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution AND
- Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) licensure by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) or
- *LSSP Trainee (an applicant for the specialist in school psychology license who meets all requirements, prior to taking and passing the Jurisprudence examination that has been issued a letter by TSBEP of their eligibility for “trainee” status)
- Bilingualism (English-Spanish)
- A minimum of 2 years of successful teaching experience and employment experience
- Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of KIPP DFW
- Knowledge of federal and state Special Education law and best practices for Special Education
- Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
- Independent, self-starter with a strong focus on student development
- Dependable, organized, efficient, and creative
- Experience collaborating with team members and providing constructive and instructive feedback
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative
- Ability to work both on broad-based strategy and everyday details
- Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
- Proven written and verbal communication skills; Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of special needs students and their parents
- Strong organizational and planning skills
- Possession of a passionate and loving attitude toward all children
- Responsiveness; Follow-up and follow-through with students, families, and faculty members is essential
This position will operate on the KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth regional calendar.
Compensation & Benefits
KIPP DFW’s compensation package is competitive, including benefits.
The physical demands characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Long periods of standing and sitting and have the ability to lift items up to 25lbs. is required.
- Requires normal/corrected vision and hearing.
- Position will require travel.
- Periodic participation in activities to support the KIPP Team and Family is required.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Position will have periods of extended work week hours, which is required to support both the ongoing development of the region and the delivery of high quality education for all students.
The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies. Duties may be changed at the discretion of KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth at any time.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.
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