School Psychologist

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Full-time

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST

The Inspired Teaching Demonstration School is accepting applications for a School Psychologist. The school is seeking a self-motivated, dynamic, and thoughtful individual with a strong belief in a progressive, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. The Inspired Teaching Demonstration School serves PreSchool – 8<sup>th</sup> grade.

At the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, a professional learning community of master teachers and teacher residents ensures that a diverse group of students achieve their potential as accomplished learners, thoughtful citizens, and imaginative and inquisitive problem solvers through a demanding, inquiry-based curriculum. With its clear mission and prominent location in Washington, DC, the school serves as a model of instruction for students and training for teachers, with the goal of becoming a leader in changing the way teachers are prepared and supported and students are educated nationwide.

THE ROLE OF SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST

Inspired Teaching staff possess the beliefs, skills, and accomplishments that lead all students to achieve at high levels. To establish a true professional learning community, all adults in the building are considered educators, as they all interact regularly with students. As such, a firm belief and grounding in the philosophy and values of the school's mission is crucial for every employee.

The School Psychologist will be responsible for

  • Conducting student assessments for the purposes of Special Education eligibility or determining appropriate IEP services and supports.
  • Participating as a member of the Student Support Team (SST): responsible for assisting the school's problem-solving team in brainstorming, creating, and planning interventions for students that will allow them to reach their potential in the classroom academically, behaviorally, and socially. This may involve participation in creating behavior intervention plans for students in need of behavioral intervention.
  • Working closely with the administrative team to determine appropriate school-wide practices and programs to encourage all students to be proactive members of the school community.
  • Consulting with teachers and/or parents to help support students to reach their potential in the classroom.
  • Providing group and/or individual counseling support to students ages 3 to grade 8. Students in need of counseling supports are identified through the SST process or are included in a student's IEP.
  • Serving as the school’s Homelessness Coordinator and the school’s Bullying/Prevention Coordinator

 Candidates are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Willingness to embrace teaching the whole child
  • Potential for leadership in and beyond the classroom
  • Holistic, asset-based approach to problem solving
  • Commitment to reflective practice
  • Commitment to the teaching profession
  • Fit with the school's organizational culture and mission
  • Ability to thrive in an innovative environment and interest in being part of the team that builds the systems that support a growing school

In addition to the criteria described above, all staff must:

  • Be deeply committed to creating a school that not only provides an excellent education for the student, but that creates an open, trusting learning environment for the teachers and staff.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to implement the school's philosophy of teaching and pedagogy – and be willing and able to share their experiences, ideas, and strategies with all colleagues.
  • Demonstrate a deep commitment to reflective practice, an ability to give and receive feedback openly and without defensiveness, and a desire to constantly question and improve their practice.
  • Have a strong ability to persevere in the face of ongoing challenges. Teaching anywhere – but even more so in an urban setting in a growing school – is a demanding profession, regularly requiring one to go above and beyond, to solve problems quickly and in the moment, and to find the positive in difficult situations. We will look for these qualities in all of our staff.

QUALIFICATIONS

The successful applicant will demonstrate significant knowledge and experience in his/her field.

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Master’s in Psychology and school psychologist certificate (NCSP preferred, but not required)
  • Required professional certification and/or licensure to administer, score, interpret, and apply results of standard assessments including the WISC, Woodcock-Johnson, and other typical educational assessments
  • 2 or more years of working in a school setting
  • Ability to establish strong, trusting, and authentic relationships with a wide variety of individuals, including school administrators, teachers, parents and families, and a diverse local community; provide culturally responsive services to students and families from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Ability to collaborate with teaching staff on improving and increasing student motivation and engagement in the classroom. 
  • Collaborate with administration and teachers around creating a safe, positive school climate.
  • Assist with strengthening family-school partnerships. 
  • Clear, concise, and persuasive writing and speaking skills.
  • Integrity and a sense of humor.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL

With its clear mission and prominent location in Washington, DC, the school serves as a model of instruction for students and training for teachers, with the goal of becoming a leader in changing the way teachers are prepared and supported, and students are educated nationwide. At the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, students learn through an academically challenging, standards-based curriculum that supports and builds the four “I”s: Intellect, Inquiry, Imagination, and Integrity. Within its walls young people learn and achieve at high levels without having to surrender their intellectual curiosity and passion for learning.

The school focuses on developing student potential in four areas: Intellect, Inquiry, Imagination, and Integrity. Students master content in Reading & Literature, Communication, Math, Science, and Social Studies—and have the ability to apply their knowledge to relevant and current situations, problems, and experiences; students develop the skills of a researcher, using their intellectual curiosity to pose and solve problems; students exhibit the skills of divergent thinkers, with the courage to create, the willingness to approach problems with a joyful spirit, and the ability to play; and students develop the skills and dispositions necessary to function as members of a democratic society.

Teachers are held to a high standard of excellence and professionalism. Teachers demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the subjects they teach; draw on an extensive repertoire of authentic and engaging strategies for instruction and assessment, steeped in the knowledge of how children and adolescents learn; contribute to a vibrant and active professional learning community; and forge strong and positive relationships not only with students, but also with community stakeholders, including families.

The school hosts Teaching Residents enrolled in Center for Inspired Teaching’s Teacher Certification Program in which Inspired Teaching Fellows study under the guidance of classroom teachers. Fellows earn their Washington DC teaching certification through the DC state-approved teacher certification program run by Center for Inspired Teaching.

As a demonstration school, staff works to disseminate our instructional approach through inviting education influencers to visit the school, and disseminating the model outward via preparation of Teaching Residents, conference presentations, and other opportunities to speak in the community.

The school is a place where children, adolescents and adults thrive and find joy in their work.

  • The physical space communicates a genuine focus on learners.
  • The emotional space requires an approach to academics and discipline that focuses on helping children and adolescents develop compassion, empathy, respect for others, self-discipline, and problem-solving skills.
  • The intellectual space of the school asks teachers and students to act as leaders, share opinions and ideas, identify problems and generate solutions, and collaborate and work together as a community so that everyone experiences success.
  • The school emphasizes parent and community involvement. Parents play an active and important role in the school - volunteering in classrooms, creating special events for families, supporting student learning, and contributing to the positive climate.

Primary methods of instruction include inquiry and active learning, where the teacher serves as facilitator and coach to support student learning. Instruction includes an emphasis on social-emotional learning, and classrooms are characterized by student-centered organization styles such as differentiated instruction, collaborative groups, and child-initiated play.

SCHOOL GOALS

For Students: The school focuses on developing student potential in four areas: Intellect, Inquiry, Imagination, and Integrity. Students master content in Reading & Literature, Communication & the Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies—and have the ability to apply their knowledge to relevant and current situations, problems, and experiences; students develop the skills of a researcher, using their intellectual curiosity to pose and solve problems; students exhibit the skills of divergent thinkers, with the courage to create, the willingness to approach problems with a joyful spirit, and the ability to play; and students develop the skills and dispositions necessary to function as members of a democratic society.

For Teachers: Teachers are held to a high standard of excellence and professionalism. Teachers demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the subjects they teach; draw on an extensive repertoire of authentic and engaging strategies for instruction and assessment, steeped in the knowledge of how children learn; contribute to a vibrant and active professional learning community; and forge strong and positive relationships not only with students, but also with community stakeholders, including families.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The Inspired Teaching School offers competitive salaries, commensurate with experience. The school offers a strong benefits package that includes health care (multiple plan options), retirement plan (employer match available), Flexible Spending accounts, supplemental insurance through AFLAC, and pre-tax public transportation/Metro benefit.

 

The Inspired Teaching Demonstration School is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and encourages applicants from all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national original, marital status, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected status. All employment decisions are made solely on the basis of the individual’s qualifications as related to the requirements of the position being filled.