The Lincoln Academy is a new K4-12 charter school in the city of Beloit, Wisconsin. We will serve 700 scholars when fully enrolled after four years. We will offer K4 through 2nd grade and 6th through 9th grade the first year. We will add a grade in elementary and high school each year until we grow into K4-12.
The Lincoln Academy has three pillars - Academic Rigor, Character Expectations and Career Pathways.
Academic Rigor: We will ensure all scholars are prepared with foundational skills and will be on grade level within three years of enrolling. This will be accomplished through specifically designed curriculum, longer instructional day, interventions/enrichment, blended learning opportunities, strong professional development, coaching and a growth mindset expectation.
Character Expectations: A strong emphasis on character development and citizenship will build our school culture. Civic responsibility, service learning and community outreach will play an important role in developing character in our scholars. Restorative Practices and the Jubilee framework for character education will guide TLA in a joyous, collaborative and healthy school environment where all scholars thrive.
Career Pathways: Career exploration will begin in K4 and scholars will develop an Individualized Learning Plan by 8th grade to help guide them in their course selections in high school. Scholars will set career goals and be fully prepared to graduate high school. They will be able to have choices to enroll in a 2 or 4 year college or technical school, enlist in the armed forces or be employed in a living-wage job.
Vision: The Lincoln Academy will be the premier K4-12 school in the state of WI providing college and career pathways for scholars to lead happy, choice-filled lives. We are committed to an equitable environment with rigorous instruction, joyous interactions, and strong community partnerships.
Children First-Every decision we make is in the best interest of the scholars we serve. We are completely focused on their education and their well-being and we always act accordingly.
Trusting Community-We model and expect transparency, honesty, open communication and respect to collaborate with one another and push each other to always be our best.
Get it Done-We are fiercely determined to do whatever it takes to ensure scholars reach their goals. Innovation and productivity will drive our quest.
Find the Joy-The work is challenging. And in the face of those challenges, we choose joy. We choose positivity. We choose to find the wins. We choose to lift each other up.
Community Focus -We work alongside our families and community partners to build alliances that afford our scholars unique learning opportunities. Shared voices will be honored and help us grow.
The school psychologist is the person responsible for supporting scholars and staff through their expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior. They will apply their knowledge to help scholars succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. They are also responsible for building coordination of scholars with special education needs and provide evaluation services when required. It is the expectation that this individual will work with the colleagues, parents, and scholars to create a school environment that is focused on student achievement, character and success beyond high school. TLA is a school where scholars and families are supported, while maintaining high expectations for all. The school psychologist is expected to fully embrace the school’s methodology and uphold the high expectations of The Lincoln Academy. The school psychologist will support an equitable environment with rigorous instruction, joyous interactions, and strong community partnerships. Though it is impossible to list all roles the school psychologist will fill, specific job responsibilities include:
Conduct psychological assessments and interpret results for students and participate in IEP conferences, team meetings, and problem-solving meetings.
Provide individual and group therapy per IEP requirements
Monitor completion of case study evaluations and participate in IEP conferences and problem solving meetings
Lead crisis intervention efforts and provide insight into the development of functional assessments and behavior intervention plans
Integrate psychological services into the classroom environment as appropriate
Provide assistance to staff in the design and implementation of appropriate interventions and accommodations for students
Evaluate and/or translate research into practice and understand research design and statistics in sufficient depth to plan and conduct investigations and program evaluations for improvement of services
Contribute to program development that furthers the integration of social, coping, and problem solving in the classroom
Provide support services to parents/guardians as needed
Coordinate and collaborate with a range of individuals/agencies to promote and provide comprehensive services to students and families
Provide or assist in professional development for staff, parents, and/or community
Participate in professional growth activities including certification for CPI
Participate in building or program activities and meetings as appropriate
Consult district and outside resource people regarding education, social, medical, and personal needs of scholars
Establish and maintain open communication by conducting conferences with parents, scholars, principals, and teachers
Use effective communication skills to present information accurately and clearly
Keep informed of and comply with federal, state, district, and school regulations and policies for IEP requirements
Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents required, including medicaid billing if applicable
Other duties as requested
Alignment with The Lincoln Academy’s vision and values
Strong people skills and leadership ability to develop a team environment
Belief in maintaining the bar for educational equity for learners at every ability level
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced setting with high expectations
Demonstrated professionalism and integrity
Strong critical thinking skills and strategic problem solving skills
An ability and passion to work with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds
A joyous attitude and drive for personal excellence
Strong organizational skills and ability to adapt to change quickly and efficiently
Interpersonal skills that encompass strong relationship building and communication
Ability to use technology and data to drive toward exceptional outcomes for scholars
Demonstrated strong work ethic
Adaptability in working with various age groups ranging from Kindergarten to high school
Commitment to professional growth and personal development
Master’s degree in education
Education Specialist and/or Doctorate
Experience in a school setting, urban setting preferred
WI Pupil Services License
Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Certification required annually before first day with scholars
Physical Demands/Working Conditions: The majority of this job involves walking, sitting or standing necessary to observe classroom and school activities, mostly indoors. The ability to physically perform the duties and work in the school setting is required. Some conditions include:
Must be able to stand up to 2 hours instructing staff or instructing a classroom of learners
Must be able to sit and look at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing for up to 2 hours at a time
Must be able to lift up to 25lbs
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.