Substantially Separate Special Education Aide

Substantially Separate Special Education Aide: 2013-2014 School Year
Unlocking Potential is a nonprofit school management organization whose mission is to rapidly transform chronically underperforming district schools into extraordinary schools that sustain high achievement over time. Our turnaround schools ensure that students acquire the knowledge, skills, and strength of character necessary to succeed on the path to college and to achieve their full potential. Unlocking Potential currently operates two schools, UP Academy Charter School of Boston (grades 6-8) and UP Academy Lawrence (Leonard) Middle School (grades 6-8). In fall 2013, Unlocking Potential will open UP Academy Charter School of Dorchester (grades K1-5), and UP Academy Oliver (grade 6). By fall 2013, Unlocking Potential will serve more than 1500 students in Boston and Lawrence.

The Substantially Separate Aide at UP Academy holds primary responsibility for overseeing the implementation of effective, rigorous academic and behavior intervention systems with a small case load of students. The Substantially Separate Aide will work closely with a small case load of students who need additional supports to be successful in the UP Academy classroom. This individual will support those
students, their families, and their teachers in an effort to fundamentally change the successes they are realizing within UP Academy.

Specific Responsibilities:
• Work alongside an experienced special educator to support a substantially separate classroom, driving the academic achievement of students with moderate to severe need;
• Implement an effective, rigorous academic and behavior intervention system with a small case load of students;
• Provide consistent and high academic and behavioral expectations;
• Support student mastery of state, city, and school academic and behavioral standards;
• Lead daily individual and small group tutoring sessions;
• Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues; and
• Participate in an intensive staff orientation and training for up to four weeks prior to the school year.

• A passionate belief in UP Academy’s mission, values, and educational model;
• An extraordinarily high bar for student behavior and expectations;
• An eagerness to set ambitious, challenging, and tangible goals, and a relentless drive to achieve them;
• An ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and a capacity to remain calm and focused when faced with unexpected challenges;
• Proven track-record of high achievement;
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including strong public speaking skills;
• A sense of humility in the face of success;
• Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom;
• A high-school diploma or GED;
• Forty-eight (48) Credit Hours of College Coursework or an Associates Degree, or a passing score on one of the two following Formalized Standardized Assessments: ParaPro Assessment ( ) or WorkKeys Certificate of Proficiency for Teacher Assistants ( ); and
• Current authorization to work in the United States ; A candidate must have such authorization by his or her first day of employment.

We offer a competitive compensation package, including, when relevant, a salary equal to (and in some cases above) the district scale and comprehensive health benefits. All staff members receive extensive professional development, a laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, and all necessary supplies.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please fill out our online application at

Boston, Massachusetts
Unlocking Potential

90 Canal St, Suite 610, Boston, Massachusetts, 02114, United States