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Education Specialist RSP Teacher 20-21

Lodestar | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Education Specialist (RSP) Teacher-IMMEDIATE OPENING

The Organization

Lighthouse Community Public Schools

Social justice movements come in all shapes and sizes.  Here at Lighthouse Community Public Schools we are engaged in an educational movement that goes beyond our classrooms working to disrupt educational 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 EL 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 a high-achieving K-12 public charter school, and our K-8 sister site, Lodestar, that opened in Fall 2016; serving nearly 1,300 students in East Oakland. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and our graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland.  95% of our graduates, almost all of whom are first-generation college students, are accepted into four-year colleges. We were named the Hart Vision Charter School of the Year in 2013, and the #1 high school for closing achievement gaps for low-income Latino students in 2016. If the work we do here at LCPS appeals to your values regarding quality education for all then please join our movement!  Learn more at  


About Lodestar—A New Way of Doing School

Lodestar is an innovative, new school that opened in East Oakland in Fall 2016. Lodestar teachers are excited by the possibility of transforming the traditional model of education to be student-centered and experiential. Our teaching pedagogy is built around:

  • Design principles of agency
  • Students belonging to an educational community that provides personalized learning
  • Project-based learning expeditions using Making/Arts/Design
  • “Just right” instruction in math and literacy

This model allows our teachers to specialize in delivering either project-based interdisciplinary learning or small-group, multi-age math or literacy instruction. This year, we are adding grade 5  to our existing grade levels of K-4 and 6-8. We will continue to add grades until we are K-12.  Take a look at our work and watch our lab in action here!



The Opportunity

The role of the K-5 Education/Resource Specialist Teacher is to provide intensive academic instruction to students in Tiers 2 and 3 both in their classroom settings and in the learning lab. Additionally, the Education/Resource Specialist Teacher coordinates services for a caseload of students with IEPs at the school site and supports colleagues in including students successfully in diverse settings by providing teacher coaching, modeling and development opportunities as well as co-teaching within classroom settings as appropriate. The Education/Resource Specialist Teacher works collaboratively with classroom teachers, school leadership, and the Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports  implementation team to ensure the academic, social and emotional needs of each student on their caseload.

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

  • Be a visionary, innovative and equity-focused urban educator
  • Facilitate deeply engaging student-centered learning
  • Demonstrate a keen ability to create, collect and analyze authentic data
  • Be a strong community builder and team collaborator
  • Model and Foster a Growth Mindset with agency, persistence, and flexibility

 Key Responsibilities:

  • Work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team to implement academic, behavioral, and therapeutic services for students in need of intervention.
  • Support a caseload of students with IEPs (no more than 28)
  • Draft and write professional and compliant IEPs, as well as finalize the data in SEIS. 
  • Coordinate pre-referral, referral, and assessment procedures 
  • Evaluate students’ abilities in basic academics to assist and support school personnel in the development of intervention plans, student progress, and the diagnosis of learning disorders, 
  • Administer all required educational assessments, writing and setting, and monitoring progress towards IEP goals, and supporting students to experience success within an inclusion and co-teaching model.
  • Implement and support paraprofessionals to provide research-based interventions and services aligned with the three tiers of the Multi-Tiered System of Supports pyramid, including specialized academic instruction per students IEPs, providing one-to-one or small group instruction, direct services and push-in or pull-out intervention as required by IEP. 
  • Manage student behavior for the purpose of providing a safe learning environment, developing and advising on behavior intervention and support plans as needed. This may include providing behavioral and physical restraints to students as needed and with appropriate administrative support.
  • Collaborate with general educator and all related service providers to ensure inclusive education best practices for all students, including facilitating weekly grade level team collaboration meetings to support effective implementations of accommodations and modifications in the classroom.
  • Provide coaching and professional development to support school staff in experiencing success with all students. 
  • Employ authentic and norm-referenced assessment strategies to monitor progress and guide instructional planning and decision making.
  • Chair and participate as needed in IEP meetings and, if asked, the school’s Student of Study Team meetings.
  • Engage caregivers in the educational process as equal partners, providing frequent opportunities to discuss student growth and needs. 
  • Facilitate and support quarterly community events and learning opportunities for parents of students with Tier 2 and Tier 3 needs. 
  • Participate in professional learning communities to enhance practice and create coherence.
  • Maintain a high standard of professional behavior at all times.
  • Perform all other duties as necessary for the good of the institution as instructed by supervisor.



This position reports to Robbie Torney, K-5 Principal.



  • B.A. or B.S. required; Master’s Degree preferred
  • Appropriate California Education Specialist Teaching Credential required 
  • 3+ years teaching experience serving K-8 urban (Elementary & Middle School) students preferred)
  • Knowledge of curriculum, education code, and special education law/policies.
  • Full clearance of TB test, fingerprints, and any other state or federal requirements
  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus



200-day work year for 11-month employees with 23 student-free days for professional learning and collaboration with colleagues and families. All instructional staff will report in late July/early August 2019 (exact calendar TBD). The position is 1.0 FTE (Full-Time) exempt temporary long-term position starting in January 2020 and going through the end of the school year with the possibility to continue in the role in the following school year depending on performance and school need.

Common Building Hours:  All teachers are expected to maintain hours of 8:00 - 4:00 pm and 8:00-5:00 one day a week for Professional Development. The exact schedule is to be determined in conjunction with supervisor.


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).




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 the Lodestar founding team.
  • 3 references with Name, Email, Phone Number and Title/nature of working relationship.

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.  


Lighthouse Community Charter School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels. People of color and/or bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.