Employment

Dearborn Academy is a private therapeutic day school located in Newton, Mass. We enroll up to 60 students in Grades 3-12 who have specific learning disabilities and/or mild to moderate emotional challenges. We offer a rich academic program, which includes college and career preparation, diversified student support and explicit instruction, combined with our strong clinical component. This allows students who have been unsuccessful in previous school settings to achieve substantial gains. 

 

The school offers a rewarding workplace for those interested in a broad range of careers in education from teaching to counseling to administration and more. A diverse workforce with a variety of talents and perspectives, we share a commitment to the dignity of every student and the idea that the best learning is never one-size-fits-all.

 

We offer a competitive compensation package, a lively group of colleagues, and opportunities to make a real impact in the lives of students and our communities.

 

Application Components Required

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • Contact information for three professional references

 

Application Submission

Please submit application information to the staff member listed in the position description.

 

Dearborn Is an EOE/AA Employer

Dearborn Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, genetic information, homelessness or disability in admission to, access to, employment in or treatment in its programs and activities. Dearborn Academy is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in our workplace. The school system’s educational philosophy and personnel goals, including the goal of equal employment opportunity, will be considered in filling all positions.

 

Current Openings

Following are current job openings at Dearborn Academy. You can also visit the Schools for Children website for information about openings at our sister schools and programs.

STEM Teacher, Special Educator, FT, 10 months

 

Start Date: Immediate

2022-2023 school year, 10-month position

 

Overview

Dearborn Academy, one of New England’s leading 766 approved therapeutic day schools, is seeking a full-time special education teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. The STEM teacher will join our enthusiastic teaching team to instruct in math, technology and computer science.

 

In addition to their teaching responsibilities, teachers at Dearborn maintain frequent communication with families and collaborate with therapists and specialists as part of students’ teams. Due to the special needs of our students, teachers work with students on their social and emotional skills.

 

Teachers at Dearborn are not isolated. Each receives weekly supervision and teaches a total of 40 students in small groups of 5-12 with support from an assistant teacher or another related service provider. 

 

The successful candidate for this challenging and rewarding position will have the following qualities and experience:

 

  • Demonstrated compassion, curiosity and kindness towards students, families and staff
  • Experience creating, teaching, and implementing differentiated, tiered instruction that is strengths-based
  • Well-organized and able to create a classroom environment supportive of learning and exploring
  • Self-starter with a collaborative style; someone who values a community of highly-engaged team members 
  • Belief that students who demonstrate unexpected behaviors have gaps in their skills, with a drive to identify these gaps, and then teach to the skill areas to address these gaps
  • Excellent relational skills with students, parents and peers
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Massachusetts teaching license in the respective area 

 

Duties/Responsibilities

Curriculum and Instruction

  1. Plan and implement individual and group lessons that are aligned to students’ IEPs, Massachusetts State Standards, NGSS, Common Core Standards and the school curriculum.
  2. Create routines that allow for the development and practice of students’ executive function skills.
  3. Integrate assistive technology and multi-modal learning into academic instruction in accordance with school goals and student IEPs.
  4. Provide ongoing assessment of students to determine progress and to gather data for quarterly reporting.
  5. Work on a collaborative team to consistently review data and internal/external reports, to support students in developing and improving their academic and social skills.
  6. Ensure supervision of students at all times.
  7. Supervise assistant teacher.

 

Communication and Supervision

  1. Collaborate with clinical staff in developing approaches for individual students and for the class that reflects their clinical and social-emotional needs.
  2. Work cooperatively and openly communicate with all staff to maximize students’ success.
  3. Attend all required school meetings (e.g., staff meetings, in-service trainings, emergency meetings, etc.).
  4. Attend IEP and other meetings with families and collaterals and participate in a way that positively reflects the school’s goals of putting students and families first.
  5. Write educational plans, quarterly progress reports, and other reports, as needed, in a timely fashion and professional manner.
  6. Establish a productive relationship with families which includes sharing of information and regular positive contact.
  7. Participate actively in weekly supervision.
  8. Lead weekly community-building circles, as part of the school’s restorative practice model.

 

Community Engagement

  1. Maintain a trauma-informed, organized, welcoming classroom that celebrates the diversity of the student body, current curriculum and students’ achievements.
  2. Participate in/support school-wide activities such as field day, celebrations, clubs, etc.
  3. Develop and maintain a safe relationship with students.
  4. Maintain a manner consistent with the agency’s commitment to honest, direct communication between all members of our staff, faculty and administration as an essential feature of creating a positive working and learning environment for our students.
  5. Demonstrate respect for diversity among our staff and student body. Promote an atmosphere that values this diversity.
  6. Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree/graduate studies preferred

 

Dearborn provides a supportive team environment with a competitive wage/benefit program. If interested, please apply by providing a cover letter, resume and three references to:

 

Alison Mehan, LICSW

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

amehan@dearbornacademy.org

High School Math Teacher/Special Educator, FT, Maternity Leave Position

 

Start Date: 12/1/22

2022-2023 school year, Maternity Leave Position: 12/1/22 to 6/16/23 (or last day of school, as determined by snow days)

 

Overview

Dearborn Academy, one of New England’s leading 766 approved therapeutic day schools, is seeking a full-time special education teacher for a maternity leave position. The high school math teacher will join our enthusiastic teaching team.

 

In addition to their teaching responsibilities, teachers at Dearborn maintain frequent communication with families and collaborate with therapists and specialists as part of students’ teams. Due to the special needs of our students, teachers work with students on their social and emotional skills.

 

Teachers at Dearborn are not isolated. Each receives weekly supervision and teaches a total of 40 students in small groups of 5-12 with support from an assistant teacher or another related service provider. 

 

The successful candidate for this challenging and rewarding position will have the following qualities and experience:

 

  • Demonstrated compassion, curiosity and kindness towards students, families and staff
  • Experience creating, teaching, and implementing differentiated, tiered instruction that is strengths-based
  • Well-organized and able to create a classroom environment supportive of learning and exploring
  • Self-starter with a collaborative style; someone who values a community of highly-engaged team members 
  • Belief that students who demonstrate unexpected behaviors have gaps in their skills, with a drive to identify these gaps, and then teach to the skill areas to address these gaps
  • Excellent relational skills with students, parents and peers
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Massachusetts teaching license in the respective area 

 

Duties/Responsibilities

Curriculum and Instruction

  1. Plan and implement individual and group lessons that are aligned to students’ IEPs, Massachusetts State Standards, NGSS, Common Core Standards and the school curriculum.
  2. Create routines that allow for the development and practice of students’ executive function skills.
  3. Integrate assistive technology and multi-modal learning into academic instruction in accordance with school goals and student IEPs.
  4. Provide ongoing assessment of students to determine progress and to gather data for quarterly reporting.
  5. Work on a collaborative team to consistently review data and internal/external reports, to support students in developing and improving their academic and social skills.
  6. Ensure supervision of students at all times.
  7. Supervise assistant teacher.

 

Communication and Supervision

  1. Collaborate with clinical staff in developing approaches for individual students and for the class that reflects their clinical and social-emotional needs.
  2. Work cooperatively and openly communicate with all staff to maximize students’ success.
  3. Attend all required school meetings (e.g., staff meetings, in-service trainings, emergency meetings, etc.).
  4. Attend IEP and other meetings with families and collaterals and participate in a way that positively reflects the school’s goals of putting students and families first.
  5. Write educational plans, quarterly progress reports, and other reports, as needed, in a timely fashion and professional manner.
  6. Establish a productive relationship with families which includes sharing of information and regular positive contact.
  7. Participate actively in weekly supervision.
  8. Lead weekly community-building circles, as part of the school’s restorative practice model.

 

Community Engagement

  1. Maintain a trauma-informed, organized, welcoming classroom that celebrates the diversity of the student body, current curriculum and students’ achievements.
  2. Participate in/support school-wide activities such as field day, celebrations, clubs, etc.
  3. Develop and maintain a safe relationship with students.
  4. Maintain a manner consistent with the agency’s commitment to honest, direct communication between all members of our staff, faculty and administration as an essential feature of creating a positive working and learning environment for our students.
  5. Demonstrate respect for diversity among our staff and student body. Promote an atmosphere that values this diversity.
  6. Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree/graduate studies preferred

 

Dearborn provides a supportive team environment with a competitive wage/benefit program. If interested, please apply by providing a cover letter, resume and three references to:

 

Alison Mehan, LICSW

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

amehan@dearbornacademy.org

Middle School Substitute Math Teacher, PT

 

Start Date: Immediate

2022-2023 school year

 
Dearborn Academy, a 766-approved day school, is seeking a part-time, substitute math teacher for up to eight students. Dearborn’s professional community of administrators, educators, clinicians and specialists have many years of valuable experience. We pride ourselves on our collaborative and forward-thinking nature in order to ensure the highest level of success for each student.

 

The math teacher will get support from an assistant teacher. And often a specialist (OT, special education teacher) joins the classroom to provide support for students as well. The math classes are at these times:

Monday 8:40-9:20 am
Tuesday 9:20-10:05 am
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 am
Friday 1:00-1:40 pm

The substitute teacher will be compensated for travel time and will get two hours of paid prep time per week.

 

Dearborn Academy uses Reveal Math curricula:

 

Successful candidates will demonstrate their ability to:

  • Create positive ways for students to grow academically, socially, and emotionally.
  • Implement innovative and developmentally appropriate curriculum.
  • Incorporate classroom practices that engage students with different learning styles.
  • Communicate effectively with students’ caregivers.
  • Write math goals for students’ Individual Education Plans (IEPs) as needed and quarterly progress reports.
  • Work collaboratively with other teachers, specialized staff, and administration.

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Licensure in Moderate Disabilities and/or math
  • Experience with the ED, BD and LD population

 

Application components required:

  • cover letter

  • resume

  • copy of relevant licensure

  • contact information for three professional references

Submit application information to:
Rebecca Altepeter
Head of School