Speech Pathologist

About us

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.


Values:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Job Description

The speech pathologist is the person responsible for assessing, diagnosing, treating and helping prevent communication disorders.  They will treat speech, language, social communication and cognitive communication through individual and/or group therapy.  They will also be an active participant of the IEP team for scholars in need of speech services.  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 speech pathologist is expected to fully embrace the school�s methodology and uphold the high expectations of The Lincoln Academy.  The speech pathologist will support an equitable environment with rigorous instruction, joyous interactions, and strong community partnerships. Though it is impossible to list all roles the speech pathologist will fill, specific job responsibilities include:


Essential Functions:

  • Evaluate and diagnose speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders

  • Provide speech therapy to scholars for speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders

  • Provide training and education to staff and families

  • Provide augmentative and alternative communication systems for any scholar with severe expressive and/or language comprehension disorder

  • Collaborate with students, parents, and other members of staff to develop IEPs

  • Plan and lead IEP meetings

  • Maintain compliant IEPs

  • Write quarterly progress reports to IEP goals

  • Support people-first language with all staff

  • Hold the same high expectations for all scholars, while differentiating the ways to arrive at the goal

  • Maintain educational equity by writing IEPs to grade level standards

  • Provide IEPs At-A-Glance for content teachers

  • Implement an instructional, therapeutic, or skill development program for assigned students and show written evidence of preparation as required

  • Plan and use appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect understanding of the learning styles and needs of students assigned

  • Conduct assessments for scholar progress

  • 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, administrators, and teachers

  • Use effective communication skills to present information accurately and clearly

  • Keep informed of and comply with federal, state, 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

  • Provide scholar supervision

  • Participate in school events as appropriate

  • Maintain confidentiality

  • Other duties as requested


Skills/Attributes:

  • 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

Requirements

Education

Master's degree in communication disorders and completed an approved teacher training program as a school speech and language pathologist; OR has earned a master's degree in communication disorders for clinical DSPS license as a speech and language pathologist and completed the DPI statutory requirements for a school speech pathologist


Experience

Experience teaching in an urban setting preferred


Licensing

WI License T001-1020 or T001-1031

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.