Speech Therapist (Part time or Full time)

Detroit, MI

About U Prep Schools:  

If you are dedicated to a pursuit of excellence both in yourself and our students; if you are self-motivated; if you are an innovator and if you want to play a key role in changing young lives --we are looking for U. Our mission: to give students the courage to pursue a future full of possibilities. Our students come to our network of schools looking for a rewarding and fulfilling education. Comprised of three public charter school districts; University Preparatory Academy,  University Prep Science and Math and University Prep Art & Design; we educate over 4,500 students in the burgeoning city of Detroit. Help us to prepare our students for success in life and be a part of U. 

Desired Competencies:

• Knowledge of curriculum and instruction 

• Mission-driven, connecting the overall teaching strategy to the goals of U Prep Schools

• Ability to nurture and sustain high-quality teaching   

• Experience in building positive relationships with colleagues, students, and parents

• Ability to make decisions in a strategic way balancing building strong relationships and maintaining high academic rigor

• Courage to make decisions in support of academic and cultural goals while maintaining a steady pulse of team and school goals

• Meticulous organization and use of time

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

Education/Experience:

• Bachelors’ degree or higher

• Must have and maintain valid Michigan teaching certificate or bachelors degree in content area 

• Must meet highly qualified criteria in content area taught, which includes certificate endorsement in the appropriate area(s)

• Desire to teach in an urban environment

Duties and Responsibilities:

The primary duties and areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to the following:

Professional Development

• Actively contributes to a professional community that focuses on instruction and high student achievement

• Seeks opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge

• Implements recommendations and best practices acquired through professional development, continuing education, observation, coaching, and evaluation

• Utilizes effective instructional practices responding to the needs of each student in the learning community

Curriculum/Learning Model

• Utilizes data to implement learning model and modify instructional practices and daily lesson plans as needed

• Works closely with principal to create and lead an effective Data Team within the school

• Coordinates curriculum within the team and school

• Integrates all aspects of the learning model into classroom procedures, instruction

School Culture

• Ensures a safe, supportive, and productive environment for students

• Sets and maintains high academic expectations for students

• Implements effective student discipline, conflict resolution, and helpful student support services

• Promotes teamwork within the learning community

• Demonstrates cultural competencies in being part of a multi-cultural institution

• Incorporates core values into all work, projects, and interactions with members of the school community

Community/Parental Outreach

• Actively engages parents in the learning process and school functions

• Communicates on a regular basis with families through newsletters, announcements, and updates

• Seeks and builds relationships with professional organizations

• Resolves parent issues respectfully and effectively

Compliance

• Drafts, updates, and submits lesson plans and data analysis action plans on a consistent basis

• Takes accurate attendance in a timely manner

• Maintains professional credentials and submits updates to the Human Resources Department prior to expiration dates

• Responds to requests from the School Operations Team for any required actions or documents to maintain accurate and complete records and meet reporting deadlines

Building Management

• Implements classroom procedures that promote a safe, clean, orderly, and productive classroom environment


Summary:

The Speech Therapist serves as a primary source of support to students by assessing, helping to

prevent, and treating communication disorders and related issues. The Speech & Language Pathologist will

provide support in various areas related to speech/language pathology in coordination with other members of

the instructional team.

Desired Competencies:

• Excellent written and oral communications skills along with excellent computer skills;

• Friendly, outgoing personality;

• Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule serving multiple schools

• Highly developed organizational system

Education/Experience:

• Masters’ degree in speech and language

Duties and Responsibilities:

Employee’s primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Demonstrates knowledge and skills in speech/language pathology and related subject areas (e.g., literacy)

and implements services in an ethical manner;

• Provides culturally and educationally appropriate services that are effective, engages students, and reflects

evidence ‐based practice;

• In partnership with the team, determines eligibility and recommends services that are compliant with state

and federal regulations for children with IEPs;

• Demonstrates ability to conduct appropriate comprehensive evaluations for students who may be

experiencing a variety of communication disorders;

• Uses appropriate and dynamic service delivery methods consistent with the wide variety of individual

student’s needs;

• Collaborates with classroom teachers and other professionals to serve the needs of students in both general

and special education;

• Collaborates with families and provides opportunities for them to be involved in their student’s

speech/language pathology services;

• Earns continuing education or professional development units sufficient to meet ASHA requirements for

certification maintenance as well as state certification, licensing, and professional membership

requirements;

• Contributes to various building and/or district initiatives; and,

• Performs other duties as assigned.