Since it began operating in 1997, the See Forever Foundation's mission has been to create learning communities in lower income urban areas where all students, particularly those who have not succeeded in traditional schools, can succeed academically and socially. The Foundation operates the Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools in DC, as well as the Maya Angelou Academy at New Beginnings’ secure facility for committed youth in Laurel, MD. Our students develop the academic, social, and employment skills they need to build rewarding lives and promote positive change.
We assumed operation of the Maya Angelou Academy (formerly the Oak Hill Academy) during the summer of 2007. Nearly all of the students are years behind grade level academically, many have special needs, and most have experienced significant trauma at some point in their lives. Our mission at the Academy is to provide a safe, nurturing and mutually respectful environment that motivates and prepares each student to fulfill his academic or career potential. With the support of a wide circle of caring adults, students will develop the skills they need to make sound decisions and lead rewarding lives.
If you are interested in learning more about See Forever, please visit our website at www.seeforever.org.
At the Maya Angelou Schools, the key to our success is rooted in building trusting, respectful and nurturing relationships with each other. We strive to create safe spaces for all to be able to reach their limitless potential. We are at our best when we work together to ensure the unique needs of our community are met. We empower each other to grow successfully so we can see forever! This is how we live the Maya Way, even when no one is watching.
The Special Education program at Maya Angelou Academy (MAA) is designed to ensure that all students with special learning or emotional needs receive the level and kinds of support that will enable them to succeed, in the most inclusive and non-stigmatizing a manner possible. We have small teacher-student ratios, allowing for individualized attention, and special needs students are fully included in the classrooms. Other elements of our program include:
The Special Education teacher will be part of our Special Education team at the Maya Angelou Academy. The general functions of this position will be to support in the social studies content area to special needs students as well as the entire student body, provide social studies content area teachers with guidance regarding appropriate accommodations, and, when appropriate, teach in some self-contained settings. Additionally, Special Education teachers at MAA will carry a caseload of no more than 10 students with IEPs. Special Education teachers will manage, update, and maintain IEPs and coordinate all IEP meetings with the scholar’s IEP team and the SPED Coordinator.
All teachers will be expected to support the school-wide goals of emphasizing literacy, helping students develop their critical thinking abilities, driving all students toward mastery and understanding, and helping students find their strengths and talents and use them to address weaknesses and overcome fears.
Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
Salary and Benefits
Our salaries are comparable to those of other public charter schools in the District of Columbia area. We also offer relocation funds in some cases. In addition, See Forever offers a robust benefits plan, including health care coverage, a 403(b) retirement savings plan, and the opportunity to positively impact students with a broad range of experiences and backgrounds.
See Forever is an equal opportunity employer. We believe a diverse staff is a better, more effective staff. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.