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Education Specialist (Mild-Moderate) Intern (22-23SY)

Central Office | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description

The Organization

Lighthouse Community Public Schools

At Lighthouse Community Public Schools we are engaged in an educational movement that goes beyond our classrooms working to disrupt inequities by providing our students and families exceptional educational opportunities every day. Grounded in our core values of community, integrity, agency, love, and social justice rooted in the Expeditionary Learning Education Model, LCPS is a leader in fostering innovative schools achieving exceptional student outcomes where each child is at the center of their own learning. Our mission is to prepare diverse students for college, a career of their choice, and to be lifelong changemakers. Founded in 2002, LCPS operates two high-achieving K-12 public charter schools--Lighthouse and Lodestar--serving nearly 1,600 students in East Oakland. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and our graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland. 

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The Opportunity

Education Specialist (Mild-Moderate) Intern

Competencies and Qualifications

Lighthouse Community Public Schools is looking for a talented Education Specialist (Mild-Moderate) intern to join our team who is relentlessly committed to ensuring that traditionally underserved students of color achieve our mission of completing college, securing a career of their choice, and becoming lifelong changemakers in their communities. LCPS teachers believe that this important mission is not only attainable; it is essential to transforming our Oakland community. 

This is a great opportunity for talented paraprofessionals, instructional aides, tutors, or after-school instructors who have experience or interest in working with students with disabilities and who are excited to be supported by our strong Special Education Team to attain their teaching credential through becoming an Education Specialist Intern. Generous tuition assistance and placement on our highly competitive Education Specialist rubric will allow qualified individuals to quickly take the next step in their career with significant financial investment by LCPS to support you.

If you are inspired by our mission and vision and want to be a changemaker in students’ lives here in Oakland, then please apply and join us!


 You will embody the following Core Competencies to be an effective change-agent:

  • Be an anti-racist educator committed to educational justice as evidenced by respectful and supportive relationships, well-planned instruction, rigorous daily assessment,  and daily opportunities for students to revise and refine their work. 

  • Facilitate cognitively engaging student-centered learning.

  • Demonstrate a keen belief in and ability to create, collect and analyze achievement data to drive student learning and outcomes for all students

  • Be a strong community builder and team collaborator

  • Model and foster a growth mindset with agency, persistence, and flexibility

  • Be a collaborative and responsible professional educator


  •  Maintain a high level or rigor for students with disabilities in order to ensure equitable access to common core state standards and/or alternate curriculum standards

  • Ensure that students are at the center of their own learning and deeply engaged in ways that foster agency. self-direction, and independence

  • Regularly collaborate with other specialists, including outside providers, and general education teachers  for the purposes of: reviewing student data,  ensuring  individualized education plan (IEP)  implementation, co-planning and/or co-teaching

  • Oversee, teach and implement a student’s behavior intervention plan, including gathering and analyzing relevant data on a regular basis, and collaborating with staff members around student plan and progress

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its influences on our special education program and daily responsibilities

  • Facilitate IEP meetings and ensure IEPs are designed for educational benefit

  • Create and maintain notifications, records, files, and reports as required by federal, state, and SELPA regulations

  • Provide daily oversight of paraprofessional support, including the staff schedule and implementation of IEP services

  • Communicate with caregivers on a frequent basis to ensure they are familiar with their child’s progress and a part of their child’s educational planning

  • Administer standardized academic assessments (e.g. KTEA-4, WIAT-3, etc.), write a report, and share the information at IEP meetings

  • Utilize, collect, and analyze rigorous, student-engaged assessments, both formative and summative, to identify and address students’ areas of growth and mastery of learning objectives and IEP goals

  • Grow and contribute as an educator, colleague, learner, and community member including engaging in professional development and your own growth as a teacher in service of student learning and outcomes

  • If teaching high school, coordinate the development and implementation of a student’s Individualized Transition Plan

  • Must enroll in an Education Specialist Intern Program within first year of employment and remain in good standing throughout including fulfilling and attaining any temporary licensure requirements prior to issuance of Intern Permit.

  • Additional Duties, as assigned by Supervisor

Are you ready to join an educational movement that is bigger than one classroom?

If you are excited about the opportunity to foster and facilitate a progressive growth mindset in students and engage in transformational teaching, we are actively looking for student-centered, dedicated and dynamic teachers.



We would love to hear from you if your educational toolbox includes the following:

  • B.A. or B.S. required; Master’s Degree, preferred

  • Meets the requirements to enroll in an appropriate California Teaching Credential Education Specialist Intern Program and attains all required temporary licensure until enrolled and remains enrolled in good standing

  • California Basic Skills requirement is met by either passing CBEST or coursework evaluation.

  • Deep knowledge of California Common Core State Standards, student-centered, mastery-based learning, curriculum planning, and data analysis, preferred

  • 2+ years teaching or working with urban youth with transformational results

  • Familiarity navigating educational platforms

  • Experience teaching or working in a progressive school model

  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred


This position will report to the principal or assistant principal at their school site.


This position is 1.0 FTE (full-time exempt) and follows a 10-month (190 day) work year with significant student-free days for professional learning and collaboration with colleagues and interaction with families. All new instructional staff will report in late July/early August, 2022 (exact calendar TBD).

Common Building Hours: All teachers are expected to maintain hours of  8:00 - 4:00 pm M, Tu, Th, Fri and 8:00-5:00 on Wednesdays for Professional Development.


At Lighthouse Community Public Schools we take good care of our employees.  We provide a competitive compensation and benefits package, including a competitive salary and generous health and retirement benefits (100% employee health coverage/50% for dependents; 8% employer-matching for retirement program; medical and dependent FSA, Employee Assistance Program). 

Education specialists, including interns, are placed on our highly competitive Education Specialist rubric.

Generous tuition assistance (50-100% tuition coverage for intern program) is available with the commitment to 1-5 years of employment during and after program completion depending on amount of tuition assistance elected.



People of color and/or bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume.

  • Cover letter describing your interest in this exciting position and why you are an optimal fit, including how your teaching philosophy, approach to student learning, and educational expertise would contribute to Lighthouse Community Public Schools.

  • 3-5 Professional References: Name, position, phone number and email address. (Two of which should be current or previous supervisors of your role).


Application submission screening and initial phone interviews will be completed on a rolling basis.   In-person interviews and performance tasks will take place on-site or on Zoom.   

Lighthouse Community Public School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.