Friendship Public Charter School

Special Education Inclusion Teacher (Multiple Subjects)

Vacancy for School Year
2021-22
Class
Full-Time
Location
US-DC-Washington
Campus
Friendship Public Charter School

Overview

Friendship Public Charter School operates a thriving network of college preparatory public charter schools. Headquartered in Washington, DC. Friendship serves over 4,800 students in preschool to grade 12 and guides a growing network of alumni to college completion annually. Nearly 70% of students are deemed “at-risk” due to family poverty, homelessness or other complex risk factors and 100% of students are deemed eligible for free and reduced lunch due to community poverty. 98% are African American or Latino.  The mission of Friendship Public Charter School (FPCS) is to prepare students to become ethical, literate, well-rounded and self-sufficient citizens by providing a world-class education that motivates students to reach high academic standards, to enjoy learning, to achieve success, and to contribute actively to their communities

Responsibilities

Excellent Instructional Practices & Behavioral Support

  • Exhibit an in-depth knowledge of students with emotional and behavioral challenges
  • Demonstrate continued mastery of content area and skills to tailor the content for students with disabilities (i.e., learning, attention, social functioning, and self-regulation)
  • Lead students to high levels of academic success through rigorous, targeted, and differentiated instruction
  • Track the individual progress of students with disabilities (i.e., academic and social-emotional)
  • Design and deliver engaging instruction addressing a full range of student needs and learning styles
  • Collect Functional Behavioral Assessment data and develop Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) according to the data
  • Utilize research-based literacy strategies across all content areas
  • De-escalate students exhibiting verbal or physical aggression
  • Develop formal and informal assessments to measure student mastery
  • Use data driven Instruction by analyzing student data collected from assessments and continually adjusting teaching practices to ensure student understanding
  • Provide strategic instruction for struggling students through co-teaching models, 1 to 1, and/or small groups within the classroom
  • Demonstrate creativity, flexibility, and perseverance in dealing with learning, behavioral, family, and classroom situations that are not easily untangled

Comply with Special Education Law and Procedures

  • Maintain productive communication about the Special Education Program (i.e., student progress) with the principal, teachers, parents, students and other school staff
  • Be knowledgeable of and comply with, relevant federal and state district regulations governing special education, including placements, timelines, notifications, IEPs, parental roles, reevaluations, and procedural safeguards
  • Provide ongoing support for parents of students with disabilities, informing them of special education rights and procedures as well as exchanging insights about the needs and progress of their child

Environment Conducive to Learning

  • Hold students accountable to high academic and behavioral expectations
  • Align practices and routines to an achievement-oriented classroom culture
  • Foster a safe environment that encourages curiosity, academic risk-taking, accountability, and collaboration

Outstanding Leadership

  • Reflect on classroom success and areas of improvement to continuously develop practice
  • Contribute to the campus and Friendship-wide community by collaborating, seeking professional development
  • Plan with classroom colleagues, swapping expertise and following up with supportive instruction, strategic modeling, and tailored instructional materials

Organizational Strength & Viability

  • Promote parent involvement through meaningful and consistent communication
  • Maintain high professional standards in communication with students, teachers, parents, and school administrators
  • Comply with federal and state district regulations governing special education
  • Provide ongoing support for parents of students with disabilities, informing them of special education rights and procedures as well as exchanging insights about the needs and progress of their children

Qualifications

  • Commitment to providing a world-class education to students from historically underserved communities
  • 2+ years relevant urban teaching experience in a self-contained classroom with significant academic gains strongly preferred
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and above required
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university required. Master’s degree in Special Education preferred
  • Successful completion of the content area ETS PRAXIS II Exam: Education of Exceptional Students, valid Special Education License,  OR degree in content area required area 
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment
  • Strong oral and written communication skills 
  • Effective November 1, 2021, all adult employees, contractors, interns, and volunteers working in person in a public, public charter, independent, private, or parochial school in the District of Columbia, and all adult employees, contractors, interns, and volunteers working in person in a child care facility regulated by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, shall have received a full course of a vaccination against COVID-19 unless they have been granted an exemption from such vaccination pursuant to, and are compliant with the requirements of, Section IV of this Order.”

Preferred Qualifications

  • Crisis Prevention Intervention Training (CPI)

  • Therapeutic Aggression Control Training (Tact2) Certification

Praxis Information:

 

FPCS’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, status as a special disabled veteran, or any other protected criteria as established by federal, state, or local laws.  This policy applies to recruitment and hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfer, layoff, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.  Employment decisions at FPCS are based solely upon relevant criteria, including an individual’s capabilities, qualifications, training, experience and suitability.

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