Citizens of the World Los Angeles

  • Special Education Teaching Associate

    Job Locations US-CA-Los Angeles
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  • Overview

    Organization Overview

    The mission of Citizens of the World Los Angeles (CWC LA) is to provide a socio-economically, culturally, and racially diverse community of students in Los Angeles with an intellectually challenging, experiential learning environment that develops each student's confidence, potential, and individual responsibility as citizens of the world. CWC schools:

    • Service a socioeconomically, culturally, and racially diverse community;
    • Develop students’ social and emotional skills to prepare them to become citizens of the world in an ever-changing future; and
    • Promote academic rigor through a constructivist, project-based learning approach, to support and develop children’s natural intellectual curiosity 

    The CWC LA network is growing at a rapid rate and currently enrolls 1,900 students in three high-performing schools, growing to well over 2,000 students over the next several years. CWC LA’s schools rank in the top 8% (English) and 7% (math) out of 758 LAUSD, magnet and charter elementary schools, and all subgroups outperform the district and state. Our schools include:

    • CWC Hollywood (opened in September 2010, renewed charter approved in December 2014, currently TK-5th grade);
    • CWC Silver Lake (opened in August 2012, renewed charter approved in November 2016, currently TK-8th grade); and
    • CWC Mar Vista (opened in August 2013, renewed charter approved in December 2017, currently TK-6th grade and growing to TK-8th grade over the next two years).


    CWC LA has a Regional Support Office that supports all CWC LA schools. We work with our network partners at Citizens of the World Charter Schools, linking the schools in Los Angeles to CWC schools in other parts of the country.


    Our core values are embraced by the entire community:

    • Excellence: we demand lasting quality
    • Diversity: we are better and stronger because of our differences
    • Authenticity: we are our true selves in this work, and we are candid
    • Community: we care deeply about people. We share and build partnerships. We celebrate, laugh, and seek joy, even in the tough times
    • Change: we welcome the unknown, embracing the unexpected and new. We adapt to meet the ever-changing times. We find new ways

    Position Description

    The Special Education Teaching Associate is an experienced and innovative elementary school educator who is energized by our unique charter school environment. The Special Education Teaching Associate will be expected to implement a high-quality, rigorous and engaging academic program. In addition, the Special Education Teaching Associate must have a passion for and interest in pedagogical practices grounded in constructivism, project-based learning, and the multiple intelligences theory.


    • Works with teachers and instructional leaders to use of data to tailor instruction to meet individual student academic and social needs with a goal of every student performing on-grade level or above in all subject areas
    • As requested, participation in professional development activities, both internal (led by the principal, lead teachers and visiting experts) and external (visiting other schools, attending conferences, and engaging in best practice sharing with others in the charter school community, etc.) 
    • Participate as an active member of the community to provide stewardship of the school and adherence to its mission and guiding principles
    • Maintaining a high-level of professionalism including meeting deadlines, and commitments to self, students, and the community
    • Supports the implementation the School’s compliance with student Individual Education Plans (IEP), maintain active and up to date records
    • Actively participates as a member of the School’s Response to Intervention program and monitoring and documenting school-wide, including classroom progress toward goals.
    • Assists students in prescribed learning activities
    • Monitors student behavior and utilizes approved behavior management techniques to redirect and modify inappropriate behaviors
    • Administers one-on-one ABA-based intensive behavior intervention methods to designated students in a school setting
    • Implements documented therapy plans for behavior intervention treatment
    • Monitors, observes, and reports behavioral data of students according to approved procedures
    • Performs related tasks as required
    • Conference with teachers, school leaders, and other instructional personnel, external educational agencies, to aid in the development of robust, appropriate, educational programming and supports to students who are at-risk of failure, not meeting school academic goals, and/or currently being supported by a formal IEP, as necessary
    • Other duties, as assigned


    The ideal candidate will have: 

    • Some experience teaching in relevant elementary grades, or other high-quality educational settings
    • Knowledge of and experience with Welligent and other SPED-related computer programs to document services, notes, write IEP's and run all necessary reports, a plus
    • Knowledge of or ability to learn and track on-going compliance-oriented SPED timelines, procedures, and processes (generally and within LAUSD)
    • Experience working in a socio-economic, racial and culturally diverse classroom setting, including experience working with English language learners and students with special needs
    • Ability to effectively manage and instruct both small and large groups of students
    • An exhibited ability to work with children in a caring and respectful manner in order to create a joyful, caring classroom environment where instructional time includes community building, conflict resolution, skill-building, and empowering students to be peacemakers and agents for positive social change 
    • Fluency in a second language (ideally Spanish or Korean) is preferred


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