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.

High School History Teacher, Special Educator, F-T, 10-Month Position

 

Start Date: August 26, 2022

2022-2023 school year full-time 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 high school history teacher will join our enthusiastic high school teaching team to instruct in civics and history. 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

 

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/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

  • 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

  • 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

Associate Director of Curriculum and Instruction

amehan@dearbornacademy.org

Technology Instructor, .5-T, 10-Month Position

 

Start date: August 26, 2022

2022-2023 school year .5-time position

 

Overview

Dearborn Academy, one of New England’s leading 766 approved therapeutic day schools, is seeking a half-time technology teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. The technology teacher works closely with the academic and clinical teams to create and implement a computer/technology program that is responsive to and supportive of the strengths and needs of the students.

 

Using the Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science Frameworks as a guide, the Dearborn Academy technology teacher will be responsible for designing a comprehensive curriculum that teaches the foundational skills necessary for utilizing technology to support and extend student education, creates a connection between technology and the community, and celebrates students’ successes. In addition to their core responsibility to the Arts Department, the technology teacher may also be involved in milieu activities such as completing recess duty.

 

Technology teacher duties include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Using the Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science Frameworks, design and implement small group instruction in computer science, internet safety, research skills and literacy-based keyboarding, computer programming/coding, etc. for Grades 3-12
  • Managing multiple skill levels in a given class and challenging students accordingly
  • Teach high school elective technology courses (e.g., coding, robotics, arduinos, animation, photoshop)
  • Providing basic troubleshooting support throughout the school as needed and in conjunction with the agency IT department
  • Providing support to students in classes, as needed

 

Qualifications

  • 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
  • Well-organized and able to create a classroom environment supportive of learning and exploring
  • Self-starter with a collaborative style who values a community of highly-engaged team  members 
  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree/graduate studies preferred
  • Minimum of one year of technology instruction experience with students in Grades 3-12 and/or graduate work experience in instructional technology
  • Familiarity with Google Education platform and coding programs such as Scratch preferred
  • Willingness to learn how to structure classroom technology lessons for students with moderate disabilities in a student-centered learning environment (i.e., setting clear and consistent expectations, breaking down information and instruction into manageable yet engaging chunks, developing rapport and building lessons based on student interests that still address state standards)
  • Experience in troubleshooting a wide-range of technology issues
  • Ability to multitask and work with a variety of staff and students

 

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 reference to:

 

Alison Mehan

Associate Director of Curriculum and Instruction