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High School Special Education Teacher for Self-Contained Class

The Organization

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.

If you are interested in learning more about See Forever, please visit our website at www.seeforever.org.

The Touchstone

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.

Position Overview

MAPCS is currently seeking a dedicated and energetic high school teacher for a self-contained classroom for the ED/BD population to join our team. Be a positive role model and provide the highest quality of service to our students by creating an environment that is safe, respectful and positive.

Teachers at MAPCS are expected to support the school-wide goals of emphasizing literacy and numeracy, helping students develop their critical thinking abilities, driving all students toward mastery and understanding, and helping students find their strengths and talents to use them to address weaknesses and overcome fears. There is an emphasis upon collecting and utilizing a broad range of data to drive instruction, upon weaving social justice themes into instructional content and assessment and collaborative team teaching to meet the needs of all of our students.  In addition, MAPCS embraces a competency-based instructional program where students develop key skills and competencies to prepare them for postsecondary and career success.

Responsibilities

  • Implement the educational program and comprehensive related services as outlined in the student’s IEP.
  • Provide an instructional program closely related to and coordinated with the regular program so that all students meet and exceed the Common Core Curriculum as outlined in the student’s IEP, modifying methods and materials as needed.
  • Maintain records indicating progress of the student in achieving the objectives of the IEP and assist with the evaluation and assessment of students.
  • Communicate regularly with the parents to nurture a supportive and cooperative relationship between home and school.
  • Establish the schedule, role, responsibilities, and expectations for the paraprofessional assigned to assist the teacher.
  • Submit lesson plans in the approved format to the Director of Special Education.
  • Use effective presentation skills when employing direct instruction, including appropriate vocabulary and examples, clear and legible visuals, and articulate and audible speech.
  • Use excellent written and oral skills when communicating with students, parents, and colleagues.
  • Provide a nurturing, supportive, and positive classroom climate that encourages student responsibility, using positive motivation, clear classroom routines, challenging instructional strategies, and effective classroom management techniques. Discipline students in a fair and consistent manner, using school approved procedures.
  • Assess and diagnose the learning, social, and emotional needs and styles of students, using a variety of assessment techniques and data.
  • Employ a variety of methods for students to demonstrate learning and accomplishments.
  • Evaluate and grade homework, assignments, and tests in a timely fashion, providing feedback to the student on performance. Maintain records and provide evidence of growth and progress to parents and to students.
  • Provide support to staff in all areas related to emotional disturbance and behavior disorders and interventions.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 years teaching experience with exceptional learners;
  • Degree in Special Education, or related field;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of child growth and development, children with disabilities, effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning assessment and diagnosis, and research related to learning and children with exceptional needs;
  • Have excellent integrity and demonstrate good moral character and initiative;
  • Experience and expertise in student behavior management and collaborative problem solving
  • Ability to write effective IEPs and to follow IEP and 504 procedures

Core Beliefs and Desired Characteristics

Teacher candidates should possess 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. Candidates should also believe that all students have strengths and talents and that good teachers help students find them and use them to address weaknesses or overcome fears. In addition, candidates should exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Honesty & Integrity: Does not cut corners ethically. Earns trust and maintains confidence. Does what is right, not just what is politically expedient. Speaks plainly and truthfully. 
  • Analytical skills: able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it; exhibits a probing mind and achieves penetrating insights 
  • Persistence: Demonstrates tenacity and willingness to go the distance to get something done.
  • Strategic thinking/visioning: Able to see and communicate the big picture in an inspiring way; determines opportunities and threats through comprehensive analysis of current and future trends
  • Flexibility/adaptability: Adjusts quickly to changing priorities and conditions; copes effectively with complexity and change
  • Enthusiasm: Exhibits passion and excitement over work. Has can do attitude.

Salary and Benefits

Our salaries are comparable to those of other public schools in the District of Columbia area. In addition, See Forever offers a robust benefits plan, including health care coverage, a 401k 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. 

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