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Special Education Teacher


At ACE, we build optimism as a first step to lifelong success.

Since 2008, ACE has launched and operated excellent charter schools in urban San Jose with one goal: our students, by the end of their time in ACE’s middle and high schools, will confidently choose to be the first in their family to attend and graduate from a four-year college or university.


ACE is looking to bring on classroom leaders who are committed to providing great schools to the students who need them the most. The successful applicant will be aligned with ACE’s model, be highly motivated, thoughtful in their approach and maintain high expectations for underserved students in high-need communities. ACE teachers and school leaders must capitalize on the hope sparked by our Culture of Optimism with an academic program that helps students move from hoping they will get to college to expecting that they will succeed there. ACE’s first graduating class sent 77% of scholars to local CSU and UC’s.


  • Write and manage all student IEP’s— annuals, triennials, meetings requested by parents, and meetings with all new students to ensure alignment between services on the IEP and ACE programming
  • Ensure IEP’s are compliant with all state and federal regulations
  • Ensure that all goals, modifications and resources are aligned with ACE’s curriculum and mission as well as the needs of the student
  • Hold 504 meetings at start of year to update records and inform new teachers
  • Hold SST meetings as needed, including follow up with student, teacher, and family to determine next steps
  • Regularly meet with Special Education students to monitor their progress towards goals
  • Regularly meet with Special Education students to ensure they can implement their accommodations successfully
  • Observe Special Education students in the classroom and provide any follow-up support as necessary
  • Manage all testing for Special Education students including scheduling testing with teachers, managing text to speech, and proctoring all school and state assessments
  • Regularly document and send home goal progress reports for Special Education students
  • Work closely with families to communicate students’ progress and struggles
  • Supervise a tutorial, advisory, or other support class for Special Education students
  • Track achievement data for Special Education students (e.g. grades, discipline)
  • Work with students to help them become self-advocates as they transition to high school and college 
  • Work with students to help them become self-advocates as they transition to high school and college
  • Have and demonstrate the inherent belief that all students can achieve academic success and be on the path to college, regardless of their circumstances
  • Optimistically embrace student growth and proficiency targets
  • Be accountable for ensuring that all assessments are administered and graded in a timely manner; data is maintained and accessible to staff and parents; analyzing results with staff, parents, and students; and making adjustments to instructions as needed 
  • Expected to be present on campus from 7:30 am to 4 pm daily and be prepared to teach 5 to 6 hours; prepare lesson plans for substitutes on days that you are absent
  • Participate in ACE “Culture Calendar” events including: planning of student exhibitions, awards nights, student led conferences, etc.


  • Document weekly contact with Special Education students
  • Document weekly contact with teaching staff
  • Document weekly contact with families
  • Communicate as necessary with SELPA staff regarding students who enter and exit ACE Special Education
  • Ensure IEP’s are sent and received as necessary:
  1. Complete any other reporting as mandated by school or SELPA
  2. Ensure discipline protocols are followed appropriately for Special Education students
  3. Maintain current knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations regarding special education


  • A deep commitment to the ACE mission and passion for our students and families.
  • CREDENTIAL: Hold a valid SPECIAL EDUCATION credential in CA or be in the process of receiving one, or have the ability to transfer an out-of-state credential to CA

  • 1+ years in a classroom setting teaching students preferably in an urban environment
  • Knowledge of subject matter, including California Common Core Standards
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred but not required
  • Dynamic, engaging, professional with a positive attitude with the ability to work with a sense of urgency in a fast-paced environment; an ability to exercise critical thinking through ambiguous problems


  • Salary: ACE salary scale is between $53,300 - $81,600
  • Benefits: Competitive package including healthcare, vision and dental
  • Professional development: ACE will reimburse up to $2,000 for mission-aligned tuition costs annually (BTSA, etc.).
  • Full-time, Exempt position
  • At-Will Agreement


  • Apply on the ACE Charter Schools website
  • Email Rodney Tabares a copy of the following:
  1. College transcripts
  2. Basic Skills Test Scores: CSET/ CBEST and or Praxis I/ Praxis II
  3. Teaching Credential
  4. Exceptional candidates will include a link to their (15) minute digital video of a demo lesson.


  • Once an offer has been extended, a candidate must meet the following criteria to receive a final agreement:
  1. Employment Eligibility
  2. Criminal Background Check
  3. Valid TB Clearance
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