Immediate Special Education Teacher (PreK 3-12th Grade)

  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: Teacher
  • Subject: Special Education
  • Start Date: Next year opening

Company Description

By 2025, KIPP DC will build upon two decades of proven results to develop into a more impactful, innovative, and inclusive school system that provides joyful, identity-affirming learning experiences so that all students and alumni achieve extraordinary outcomes. We are a network of 20 schools educating 7,000 students and employing 1,400 teachers, leaders, and staff members dedicated to our mission.

Our work is grounded in a commitment to excellence, equity, and justice. We believe all students have the right to rigorous, relevant, and joyful learning experiences led by exceptionally talented and diverse educators who promote student achievement and a sense of belonging. We pride ourselves on providing unparalleled professional development and leadership opportunities. We acknowledge the demands of the teaching profession and continually seek to improve sustainability, benefits, and supports for teachers. We seek out teachers who are passionate about educational equity, driven by student and family relationships, and constantly seeking to grow.  

Job Description

Special Education at KIPP DC:  At KIPP DC, we employ special education teachers PreK3-12th grade in all of our 20 schools and The Learning Center. Special education teachers at KIPP DC work alongside general education teachers, the student support team, and families to create intentional and rigorous goals and supports for our students with individual educational plans (IEP). Our special education team offers a tiered system of support to ensure that students are receiving the targeted instruction they deserve. KIPP DC offers a variety of models that include both inclusion and small group settings. Primary (PreK3-4th grade) special educators focus on both literacy and math instruction, while secondary (5th-12th) special educators are responsible for a specific content area. Special education teachers report to their school leader, while also receiving coaching and support from our student support team.

The Learning Center: Grounded in the values of determination, flexibility, respect, and joy, The Learning Center (TLC) provides individualized learning support for PreK4-8th grade students who are enrolled in KIPP DC schools, and who benefit from specialized educational supports. Students are engaged in a small, safe, and supportive learning environment that can nimbly respond to their needs and accelerate their learning. With a 3:1 student to adult ratio, TLC is able to provide a comprehensive intervention program to meet students academic, behavioral, and adaptive needs based on their unique profile.  

The Learning Center staff is made up of teachers, related service providers, behavior analysts, and mental health providers who work together to ensure students are provided with individualized interventions designed to accelerate their growth. TLC staff receive professional development aligned to KIPP DC grade level curriculum and interventions, and pilot individualized interventions when needed to meet the needs of all students. 

Professional Development: At KIPP DC, we offer a variety of resources to support our special educators. Special education teachers have access to blended learning programs to supplement their curriculum and receive specific coaching from our special education and academic coaches to help tailor their lesson plans to meet the student needs. Each campus has student support leaders to serve as a guide throughout the IEP process. For candidates who are looking for additional development, we also offer the Fellowship in Special Education that prepares teachers to become certified in special education in the District of Columbia.

Why Teach Special Education at KIPP DC:

  • Collaboration. Through ample planning time, grade level and content meetings, and development and wellness days, teachers work collaboratively with peers at their school and across our six middle schools.
  • Growth. Teachers receive feedback and support from school leaders, network content coaches, grade-level chairs, and other teammates to improve their teaching craft. We also offer opportunities to develop leadership skills including grade-level chair, fellowships, and leadership cohorts. 
  • Highly competitive compensation and benefits. Our instructional salary scales are at the top of the DC market and affirm KIPP DC’s value of teachers as the cornerstone of schools.

Qualifications

 

  • Mission Alignment
    • Commitment to KIPP DC’s mission and to advancing its antiracist ambition through their work with staff, students, alumni, and families
    • Subscribe to our Vision for Teaching Excellence and commit/contribute to constant professional growth and development
    • Build trusting relationships with staff, students, and families 
  • Instructional Responsiveness & Content Knowledge
    • Internalize and teach challenging and engaging lessons linked to Common Core and informed by instructional data
    • Perform clerical duties, as required, relating to textbooks, instructional supplies, student reports and records, attendance reports, etc.
    • Attend staff meetings, professional development sessions, and team meetings
    • When applicable, mentor a Capital Teaching Resident, if assigned to your classroom, by modeling excellent teaching, gradually releasing classroom teaching responsibilities, and implementing weekly coaching and feedback conversations
    • Serve as a case manager for students with Individualized Educational Plans (IEP’s)
    • Work closely with members of the student support team to write IEP’s, monitor student progress, and present data to all stakeholders
  • Care of Students & Classroom Culture
    • Build a classroom culture that empowers students, affirms their identities, and creates a sense of belonging for all students
    • Implement the school-wide and classroom management policies and practices
    • Create a responsive and inclusive environment for parents and families
  • Other Information & Requirements
    • While students receive instruction from 8:00 am-4:00 pm, KIPP DC teachers are on duty in school Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm two times a week, and 7:30 am to 4:35 pm three times a week.
    • Perform morning, lunch, and afternoon duties as assigned
    • Pass a FBI criminal background check, as required by law
    • Additional responsibilities may arise during the school year. This could include but not limited to: attending staff and student field trips, open houses, parent-teacher conferences, home visits, and other events involving parents and students as needed. We will communicate them to all employees with as much notice and flexibility as possible.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Required) 
  • Commitment to working with students from communities with limited access to quality educational opportunities (Required)
  • At least one year of teaching experience in a public school or education degree with student teaching experience (Strongly Preferred)
  • Experience/strength in content area (Preferred)
  • Experience in Special Education and writing 504s and IEPs (Preferred)

Additional Information

Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit http://www.kippdc.org/apply, and click the “Middle School Lead Teacher” job posting located under “Teaching Roles.” If you have any questions, please contact the recruitment team via e-mail at [email protected]  

KIPP DC Public Schools does not discriminate against, or tolerate discrimination against, employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis or protected class including, but not limited to, actual or perceived race, color, national origin, immigration status (except as necessary to comply with federal, DC, state, or local law), religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity or expression), marital status (including domestic partnership status), genetic information, political affiliation, pregnancy, family responsibilities, personal appearance, veteran status, uniform service member status, status of being unemployed, status of victim a survivor of domestic violence, sexual offense or stalking, matriculation or any other protected class under federal, state, DC, or local law.   

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