CWC East Valley: 2024-25 Special Education (Moderate/Severe) Teacher
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Position: Special Education (Moderate/Severe) Teacher
Location: Los Angeles, California
Reports to: Principal and Assistant Principal of Inclusive Education
Fair Labor Standards Act Status: Exempt
Work Class: Certificated
Capacity: Full-Time
Temporary: The position is grant-funded for only the 2024-25 school year (August 1, 2024- June 30, 2025)
Salary: CWC LA Teacher Salary Table

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

  • Promote academic rigor through a constructivist, project-based learning approach, to

    support and develop children’s natural intellectual curiosity

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

CWC LA is seeking an enthusiastic, skilled, and creative Moderate/Severe Special Education Teacher 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. This person 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. This role will be one that involves innovative problem solving and role creation. As a new role, this individual will be responsible for crafting and implementing the Moderate/Severe program for the CWC Valley Schools - our brand new schools in the San Fernando Valley - and will conduct direct service for a small number of students, developing knowledge and skills in their adult colleagues. This person will have an opportunity to make a unique and lasting impact on our Special Education program in Los Angeles and should be someone who is energized by an entrepreneurial environment.


The Moderate/Severe Special Education Teacher's responsibilities include:

  • Developing curriculum maps, lessons and units of study that meet or exceed requirements of Common Core Standards and also incorporate the multiple


  • 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

  • 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

  • Implementing the school's Response to Intervention program and monitoring and documenting school-wide, including classroom progress toward goals

  • Directly servicing students, 1:1 and in small groups

  • Working directly with families of students with Moderate/Severe students to ensure learning is happening horizontally across school and home environments

  • Creating communication systems (e.g. PEC boards/buttons, etc.) that will support communication between students and their environments

  • Serving a wide population of Special Education students with all different needs and abilities across curriculum

  • Creating systems for data collection, analysis, and progress monitoring



The Moderate/Severe Special Education Teacher must have:

  • A valid California Education Specialist Credential (Moderate/Severe)

  • A valid English Learner Authorization

  • 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 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

  • 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



Compensation and Benefits

Compensation will be commensurate with experience. CWC LA offers a competitive benefits package.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Citizens of the World Charter Schools (CWC) prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, military status, immigration status or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. CWC requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, equity or Title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to: CWC Talent and Human Resources Department at talent-hr@cwclosangeles.org

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