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Company: IDEA Public Schools
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Career Level: Associate
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


Position at IDEA Public Schools

About IDEA Public Schools

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years – that's 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve nearly 53,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. By 2022, IDEA will serve 100,000 students. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you—with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Houston (2020), Permian Basin (2020), and Tampa Bay (2021)!

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.

To learn more about IDEA, check out this video .

About Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is ranked in the top 100 on the U.S. News and World Report Best Places to Live Rankings. It is also home to IDEA Innovation and IDEA Bridge, the first IDEA Public School regions outside of the state of Texas. We are honored to pledge our passion and focus to the students of Baton Rouge and provide an educational experience that will end with college acceptance and matriculation.

While Baton Rouge is well known for its delicious cuisine and entertainment, it is also a nucleus for an abundant culture and history. We are ecstatic to enlist a cohort of strong individuals that will help support student's dreams to get to and through college.

In 2017, only 1 in 6 students graduated in the state of Louisiana graduated college ready. Changing this statistic is part of the promise IDEA makes to current and incoming students. IDEA Southern Louisiana is part of the solution for sharing the endless possibilities in grade school, college, and beyond.

About New Orleans

IDEA New Orleans opened their doors in the fall of 2019 with the launch of IDEA Oscar Dunn. Home to world-class restaurants, and beautiful architecture – IDEA is ecstatic to enlist a cohort of strong individuals that will help support student's dreams to get to and through college.

In 2017, only 1 in 6 students graduated in the state of Louisiana graduated college ready. Changing this statistic is part of the promise IDEA makes to current and incoming students. IDEA Southern Louisiana is part of the solution for sharing the endless possibilities in grade school, college, and beyond.

Role Mission:

RISE stands for Reaching Independence through Student Education. IDEA Special Education RISE teachers ensure that our students with the most significant disabilities, are held to very high achievement expectations so that they reach their fullest potential. Our IDEA Special Education RISE teachers provide resources, education, training and emotional support to the families they serve so families are prepared for long-term plans for their children.

All IDEA teachers are responsible for ensuring that every IDEA student masters the academic, behavioral and social skills necessary to succeed in college, while also embodying IDEA's values daily. IDEA teachers set ambitious goals for student achievement and diligently track student data to drive effective educational programming decisions. IDEA teachers seek feedback and continue to develop their teaching practice to better serve IDEA students.

Special Education Teacher Responsibilities:

Adapt lessons to meet the needs of students

Support coordination of related services for students on their caseload

Develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

Implement IEPs, assess students' performance, and track their progress

Update IEPs throughout the school year to reflect students' progress and goals

Assess students' skills to determine their needs and to develop teaching plans

Collect and analyze student data in order to make effective decisions to maximize achievement

Discuss student's progress with parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators

Prepare and help students transition from grade to grade and after graduation

Implement state learning standards and IDEA curricula and assessments to meet ambitious academic expectations

Submit weekly lesson plans two weeks in advance for feedback

Implement formal and informal assessments to track each individual student's progress and learning needs, adjust lesson plans accordingly and update gradebook weekly

Communicate students' progress with student and family on a weekly basis

Effective facilitation and personal use of technology as a communication and educational tool to improve student achievement and manage work related tasks.

Implement a clear and consistent behavior management system that aligns to campus- wide initiatives while developing students' character and sense of community in the classroom

Help shape and develop a school wide culture that fosters a productive and enthusiastic learning environment for each student

Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with students and families based on trust, understanding and respect for the communities in which they identify.

Host necessary tutoring sessions to meet all students' needs

Participate in weekly manager check-ins, grade-level meetings, before and after-school duties, and school wide meetings and functions

Engage in summer and year-long district, school and personal learning and development

Minimum of 40+ hours spent at school per week

Additional responsibilities may include: after-school tutoring or Saturday school and are based on the needs of our scholars

We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics:

Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college

Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them

Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly

Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes

Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change

Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization

Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes

We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students.


Education: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution

Experience: Experience in a Special Education classroom setting with students who have significant disabilities

Licenses or Certifications: valid state certification in Special Education and content is required

Knowledge and Skills:

Knowledge of curriculum and instruction

Ability to instruct students and manage student behavior

Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills

Ability to adjust and adapt to a multitude of situations in the school environment

Ability to facilitate Admission, Review and Dismissal meetings

Strong family engagement and communication

Record of results for students who are academically at risk

Supervisory responsibilities:

Oversee the daily work and responsibilities of a Special Education Co-Teacher (para-professional) in the RISE classroom.


Salaries for this role typically fall between $46,500 for 0 years of experience and $56,000 for 17 years of experience. This role is also eligible for various stipend opportunities and incentives through our Teacher Career Pathway Program.

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.

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