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K-8 RSP/Academic Intervention Specialist (2018-2019)

Lodestar | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description

K-8 RSP/Academic Intervention Specialist (2018-2019)

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 1,000 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 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 and belonging 
  • 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 grades 4 and 8 to our existing grade levels of K-3 and 6-7. 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

K-8 RSP Teacher (2018-2019)

The role of the K-8 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 Resource Specialist 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 Resource Teacher works collaboratively with classroom teachers, school leadership, and the RTI implementation team to ensure the academic, social and emotional needs of each student on his/her 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



  • Work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team to implement academic, behavioral, and therapeutic services for students in need of intervention.

  • Be familiar with and able to write IEP's while working  with general education teachers to effectively implement accommodations and modifications in the classroom)

  • Support a caseload of students with IEPs (no more than 28), including administering 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 research-based interventions aligned with the three tiers of the RTI pyramid, including specialized academic instruction per students IEPs.

  • Provide an individualized academic intervention program to target diverse learners’ needs.

  • 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 Coordination of Services Team meetings.

  • Provide coaching and professional development to support school staff in experiencing success with all students.

  • Engage caregivers in the educational process, providing frequent opportunities to discuss student growth and 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.



  • 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)

  • 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 2018 (exact calendar TBD). The position is 1.0 FTE (Full-Time).


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).




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 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.