Travis Hill School at The Orleans Justice Center


There are two Travis Hill Schools (Schools) in New Orleans. One is located inside of the Youth Study Center (YSC), the detention facility for New Orleans teens who are being held pre-trial, and the other is located inside of the Orleans Justice Center (OJC), the pretrial detention facility for adults (and teens charged as adults). We currently are looking for a special education or small group instructor at the YSC site.

The Travis Hill Schools are run by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS). CEEAS is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving schools in juvenile justice facilities across the nation. The first Travis School opened in August 2016 at the Youth Study Center (YSC). In late August 2017, we opened the Travis Hill School at the Orleans Justice Center (OJC). Additional information about CEEAS and the Travis Hill Schools is available at our website, www.ceeas.org.


Approximately 1,500 individuals are held at the OJC. We operate a full-scale school for approximately 50 students between 17 and 21 years old. Nearly all the students have faced school failure--many did not attend school regularly when they were younger, most have been suspended or expelled at some point, nearly all of them are far behind their peers academically, and 30-40% of them have special education needs. Despite this, they all have hopes and dreams, skills and talents, and family and friends who care for them.

Our mission at Travis Hill is to create a transformative learning environment where students held at the OJC develop the academic and socio-emotional skills they need to become positive, contributing members of their community when they are released.


The Special Education teacher will play a critical role in supporting the academic foundation and educational climate that we have established at the Travis Hill School in the Orleans Justice Center. This will be an incredibly rewarding and demanding job--one that requires teachers who are fully committed to the students at Travis Hill and who are fully invested in doing anything and everything to make education happen there. We are looking for teachers who truly believe all students can succeed, who believe that students who are detained or incarcerated deserve the best education possible, and who are relentless and won’t stop working when it gets difficult. We want teachers who are grounded in doing what is right and just, who are self-reflective and aren’t afraid to ask for help, and who are willing and open to trying new and innovative ways to reach students.

For the right person, this is the perfect job.

We are looking for a teacher who is certified in special education or who has experience supporting students with special needs, who are behind academically, and who struggle with basic literacy.

The Special Education teacher will work with our team of teachers and with the Director of Student Support Services, ensuring that we provide support for all students, including those with special needs, in line with our School’s values and in compliance with IDEA.

Responsibilities for the Special Education teacher will include but not be limited to:

  • Providing one-on-one and small group instruction to students, either by ‘pushing in’ and supporting students in a traditional classroom setting, or through pull-outs and tutorial settings--both to meet agreed-to IEP goals and to address the reading and literacy needs of students

  • Working with the Director of Student Support Services & Special Education to develop sound academic plans for students with special needs, and to establish manageable tools to ensure the development of programing to meet those needs

  • Participating in IEP conferences and related administrative meetings

  • Teaching socially acceptable behavior, as determined by the students’ individualized education programs (IEPs), by employing techniques in an overall positive behavioral support system

  • Modifying the general education curriculum for students with disabilities based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies

  • Maintaining accurate and complete student records and prepare reports on student progress and activities

  • Supporting other teachers--both formally and informally--with strategies and tools to help them meet the wide-ranging needs of students

  • Managing administrative assignments effectively and with a high level of professionalism and integrity

  • Modeling and contributing to a school culture built on hope and high expectations for achievement

  • Building positive, lasting relationships with students and families as well as key student support networks, including, volunteers, local attorneys, case management and aftercare staff

  • Contributing your talent, creativity and passion to enrich the range of academic and enrichment activities the School can offer to students in our care

  • Understanding and committing to what it means to work with students who are detained, including taking on roles and functions that extend beyond those of a traditional teacher working in a traditional environment

Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

  • Three or more years of teaching experience as a teacher, reading or literacy specialist, or small group instructor/tutor

  • Certification (or in the process of becoming certified) in a strongly preferred

  • Experience with and a commitment to, working with students with significant academic and socio-emotional challenges--and supporting them to achieve at high levels

  • Comfort with legal and administrative/compliance aspects of IDEA; Strong organizational and administrative skills

  • An understanding of what it means to make learning relevant and meaningful

  • Familiarity with project based learning and performance-based assessment strategies

  • Interest in using technology and blended learning

  • An unyielding belief that with the appropriate supports, coupled with high expectations, all students can significantly improve their academic skills and can develop pro-social and culturally normative behaviors that will enable them to succeed at school and beyond

  • Firm belief that all students have strengths and talents and that a good teacher helps students find these and use them to address weaknesses or overcome fears

  • Embrace and nurture a school culture that requires all staff to work beyond the traditional school hours and school year in order to create an environment filled with hope and high expectations, where students will radically improve their academic, employment and socio-emotional skills

  • Possess an unrelenting belief that ALL students can achieve and succeed


CEEAS offers Travis Hill staff a competitive salary and benefits package. Our teacher salaries are on par with local schools, adjusted for our increased academic year, and based on skills and experience. CEEAS offers a Simple IRA plan for all staff, and provides a 3% employer contribution once staff has worked for six months. CEEAS provides health care coverage for all staff and covers approximately 80% of the monthly premiums.

This teaching position is a 12 month, full-time position, based on a modified school calendar. Teachers at the Travis Hill Schools work an additional 3 - 4 weeks per year, compared to most teachers at many schools in the New Orleans area, and have most, but not all of the same days off as local teachers.

CEEAS is an equal opportunity employer.  We believe that a diverse staff is a better staff.  Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply to work at the YSC School.


For additional information about CEEAS and our plans for the YSC School, please visit our website at www.ceeas.org.

Posted: October 2018

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