Friendship Public Charter School

Dedicated Aide

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

Company : Campus Specifics

Why Chamberlain?


As Friendship’s founding campus nestled on Capitol Hill, Chamberlain Elementary and Middle shines as a beacon of exceptional student achievement. A multiyear, top-performing Tier 1 campus, Chamberlain places students on a proven pathway to academic success.

In an era where teacher-to-student ratios are increasingly more difficult to manage, Chamberlain places two teachers in each classroom to provide superior instruction. This approach affirms that each Chamberlain Elementary student in pre-K3-3 receive individually paced instruction instilling the knowledge, skills, success habits and character traits that lead to scholastic excellence for years to come.

Consistent with Friendship’s college preparatory approach, grades 4-8 at Chamberlain Middle follow a robust and culturally diverse curriculum that builds a mastery of core academic content, introduces prerequisites for Advanced Placement courses and nurtures students who will approach Friendship’s high-performing high school environment with confidence.

Praised as a wellspring of great teaching, Chamberlain is home to Friendship’s 2015 and 2016 Teacher of the Year winners.

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

 

The Dedicated Aide works with an instructional team consisting of the lead teacher, a special education teacher and/or paraprofessional. The dedicated aide – special education may work to support the program, ensuring consistency for identified children throughout the day. This individual provides individual instructional support for a child/children with Individualized Educational Plans (IEP) using intensive, research-based strategies under the direct supervision of the lead teacher.

Responsibilities

  • Supports the creation of environments and instructional opportunities that meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Provides individualized behavior and academic supports to improve children’s achievement of individual academic and behavioral goals in support of children’s IEP goals
  • Consistently implements behavioral and academic strategies outlined in children’s IEPs
  • Uses information and data from a variety of sources to understand children’s instructional needs and progress against IEP goals
  • Maintains records and documentation
  • Keeps other members of the classroom teaching team, appropriate service providers, and families informed of progress and challenges regarding the student
  • Ensures a safe, clean, attractive and engaging centers-based classroom that encourages both exploration and complex play for children with special needs
  • Fosters tolerance and a sense of community in classrooms, modeling and explicitly teaching acceptance and appreciation of others
  • Works with the teaching team to ensure the classroom contains sufficient supplies and materials for individualized instructional supports
  • Assist young children with personal hygiene, meals and other daily activities
  • Communicates the individual children’s goals and progress to families and also ways in which the family can support the child at home
  • Plans collaboratively and shares ideas and resources with instructional team
  • Collaborates with the teaching team to evaluate instructional effectiveness and to modify instructional approaches based on feedback
  • Actively participates in professional development opportunities provided and seeks out additional professional development
  • Maintains confidentiality and treats all information about children and their families in strictest confidence
  • Fulfills the standards of professionalism including appropriate dress, attendance and timeliness

Qualifications

  • Experience in youth development, child care or a school setting strongly preferred. Candidates should be prepared to explain how they will support sucess for children in school settings
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics.  Must be energetic, reliable, flexible and integrity driven
  • Strong communication skills in order to ensure effective, positive interactions with their teaching team, staff, parents and children.
  • Solution focused and goal oriented
  • Strong communication skills required in order to effectively engage with teachers, staff, parents, and children
  • Ability to thrive in a highly collaborative work environment
  • Ability to maintain a patient and supportive relationship with assigned students required
  • High school diploma or General Education Development Certificate (GED) required
  • 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.”

 

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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