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, 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

Special Educator, High School STEM Teacher, FT, 2021-2022

 

Start Date: August 28, 2021

 

Dearborn Academy is seeking a full-time high school Special Education Teacher to join our enthusiastic high school teaching team to instruct in math and science. In addition to their teaching responsibilities, teachers at Dearborn are expected to maintain frequent communication with families and to collaborate with therapists and specialists as part of students’ teams. Due to the special needs of our students, teachers are also expected to work with students on their social and emotional skills.

 

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

  • 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

  • Experience teaching classes using multiple media and tiered instruction

  • Experience creating and implementing a strengths-based curriculum for students that provides opportunities for success through modifications and accommodations  

  • 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  

 

Duties/Responsibilities

 

Instruction

  • Plan and implement individual and group lessons that are aligned to students’ IEPs, Massachusetts State Standards, NGSS, Common Core Standards and the school curriculum.

  • Create routines that allow for development and practice of student executive function skills

  • Integrate assistive technology and multi-modal learning into academic instruction in accordance with school goals and student IEPs.

  • Provide ongoing assessment of students to determine progress and to gather data for quarterly reporting.

  • 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.

  • Ensure supervision of students at all times.

  • Supervise an assistant teacher.

 

Communication and Supervision

  • Collaborate with clinical staff in developing approaches for individual students and for the class that reflects their clinical and social emotional needs.

  • Work cooperatively and openly communicate with all staff to maximize students’ success.

  • Attend all required school meetings (e.g., staff meetings, in-services trainings, emergency meetings, etc.).

  • 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.

  • Write educational plans, quarterly progress reports and other reports, as needed, in a timely fashion and professional manner.

  • Establish a productive relationship with families that includes sharing of information and regular positive contact.

  • Participate actively in weekly supervision. 

  • Lead weekly community building circles, as part of the school’s restorative practice model.

 

General

  • Maintain a trauma-informed, organized, welcoming classroom that celebrates the diversity of the student body, current curriculum and students’ achievements.

  • Participate/support schoolwide activities such as field day, science fairs, yearbook, etc.

  • Develop and maintain a safe relationship with students.

  • 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.

  • Demonstrate respect for diversity among our staff and student body. Promote an atmosphere that values this diversity.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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:

 

Ali Mehan, Associate Director of Curriculum & Instruction 

Speech and Language Pathologist, FT, 2021-2022

 

Start Date: Immediately

 

Dearborn Academy is seeking a full-time Reading Specialist/Speech and Language Pathologist. The successful candidate for this challenging and rewarding position will have the following:

 

Qualities and Experience

  • Demonstrated compassion and kindness towards students, families and staff

  • 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

  • Experience with speech and language (spoken/written/pragmatic language) and/or reading intervention/instruction for students with diverse learning styles and social/emotional disabilities

  • Experience with leading and supporting 1:1, small group, and inclusion classes using a strengths-based, highly structured, multi-sensory approach

  • Experience developing and implementing language and executive function supports for students to use across content areas

  • 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

 

Responsibilities

  • Design and implement instruction for 1:1 and small group classes within one’s Learning Center specialty/specialties (for reading remediation, Dearborn predominantly uses the Wilson Reading System)

  • Collect data regarding student progress and gaps for information sharing and tracking (team meetings, quarterly progress reports and annual IEPs)

  • Provide language and executive function support in other classrooms as needed

  • Work collaboratively with Dearborn team to support a consistent and trauma-informed school culture

  • Actively participate in program, departmental, and school-wide trainings, meetings and activities

  • Perform other duties within the milieu as needed

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Mass. Licensure in Speech and Language, Reading, Moderate Disabilities or English required (or qualified for a waiver)
  • ASHA Certification or Certification in a specialized reading program strongly preferred (or qualified for a waiver)
  • Two years experience with the ED and LD population preferred
  • Experience with the use of assistive technology to support academics preferred
  • Strong commitment to academic preparation with an emphasis on a student-centered education

 

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

 

Pam Sweeney, Learning Center Coordinator

Assistant Teachers, FT, 2021-2022

 

Start Date: Immediately

 

Dearborn Academy is seeking a full-time Assistant Teacher. The Assistant Teacher will work closely with Head Teachers to assist in the planning/delivery of classroom instruction and the monitoring/documentation of student progress, in addition to providing students with the supports they need to be successful in both the classroom and in the milieu. The Assistant Teacher is assigned to both academic classes and specials, as well as homeroom and enrichment classes throughout the day.

 

Qualities and Experience

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

 

  • Demonstrated compassion and kindness towards students, families and staff

  • 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

  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively as a team

  • Demonstrated experience working successfully with students in Grades 3-12

  • Demonstrated desire to pursue a career in the education or clinical field

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience working with elementary/middle school and/or high school students (Grades 3-12) required
  • Experience working with students with moderate disabilities preferred

 

Job Requirements

  • At least one year of relevant experience preferred

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

  • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

 

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:

 

Suzanne Rivard, Milieu Coordinator