Citizens of the World Los Angeles

  • Special Education/RSP Teacher and Coordinator (2019-20 School Year, CWC Mar Vista)

    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 student students in three high-performing schools, growing to over well over 2,000 students in the coming years:

    • 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)
    • CWC Mar Vista (opened in August 2013, currently TK-7th grade and growing to TK-8th grades next year).


    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 (CWC 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

    CWCLA is seeking an enthusiastic, skilled, and creative Special Education/RSP Teacher and Coordinator to be a part of a team of educators working to provide a challenging and inclusive education for students with disabilities. We are looking for individuals with a passion for working with children with disabilities and the desire to work within a highly collaborative staff. S/he will collaborate with teachers, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.


    The Special Education/RSP Teacher and Coordinator’s job responsibilities include:

    • Developing curriculum maps, lesson,s and units of study that meet or exceed requirements of Common Core Standards and also incorporate the multiple intelligences
    • Regularly assessing student progress and achievement using a variety of means to collect and report on academic data
    • Using 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
    • Participating 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.)
    • Participating 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.
    • Monitoring and implementing school’s compliance with student Individual Education Plans (IEP), maintaining active and up to date records
    • Monitoring and implementing the School’s Special Education Program, which includes compliant timely response to parent inquiries, student assessment, and reporting.
    • Supporting and leading the convening of the Student Support (Success) Teams, providing clear agendas, goals, and documentation of each meeting.
    • Conferring 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.
    • Overseeing and implementing the school's Response to Intevention program and monitoring and documenting school-wide, including classroom progress toward goals.



    The Special Education/RSP Teacher and Coordinator’s job responsibilities include:

    • A Bachelor's degree and valid California Education Specialist
    • CLAD or BCLAD
    • Successful completion of CBEST exam
    • A minimum of two years experience teaching in relevant elementary grades
    • Experience working in a socio-economic, racial and culturally diverse classroom setting.
    • Ability to effectively mange 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
    • Experience working with diverse populations, including English language learners and students with special needs
    • Knowledge of and experience with Welligent and other SPED related computer programs to document services, notes, write IEP's and run all necessary reports.
    • Knowledge of all compliance oriented SPED timelines, procedures, and processes (generally and within LAUSD)
    • Fluency in a second language (ideally Spanish or Korean) is preferred.
    • Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and a can-do attitude
    • Personal investment in creating a classroom in which social emotional learning is the foundation of the culture
    • Belief and willingness to ensure that all students can learn and achieve at high levels
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate to a diverse audience


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