Special Education Teacher

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Full-time

INSPIRED TEACHING DEMONSTRATION SCHOOL

SEEKS SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS

The Inspired Teaching Demonstration School is accepting applications for special education teachers. The school is seeking self-motivated, dynamic, and thoughtful individuals with proven progressive, inquiry-based teaching skills to join the faculty. 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 SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER

Inspired Teaching special education staff possess the beliefs, skills, and accomplishments that lead all students to achieve at high levels, particularly those students who have been identified as needing supplemental services. 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. Candidates will be 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
  • Commitment to meaningfully assessing student learning
  • Ability to thrive in an innovative environment and interest in being part of the team that builds the systems that support a growing school

Responsibilities include:

  1. Co-teach core content subjects with a general education teacher, including co-planning, developing differentiation strategies, and co-facilitating learning and lessons.
  2. Facilitate specialized instruction for students with IEPs in and out of general education classrooms.
  3. Coordinate and participate in compilation of documentation for student records using the SEDS system, and/or committing to taking trainings in how to use SEDS if needed.
  4. Support curriculum development, and program development. Lesson plan and assess lessons.
  5. Serve as tone-setter for Learning Support program by upholding the school values, mission, and commitment to meeting every child's needs in collaboration with their family.
  6. Adopt a restorative justice orientation toward discipline by holding all children to high behavioral expectations in a dignified, clear way; viewing misbehavior as an opportunity for learning and forgiveness and not a transgression to be punished.
  7. Assist in the development of and implementation of local procedures and policies for identification, evaluation, and placement of students with disabilities.
  8. Stay abreast of all legal requirements governing special education and their application to programs in DC.
  9. Assist in the development of positive relationships with parents of students with disabilities to help them better understand their child's unique needs and to provide support to these parents.
  10. Assist in arranging transportation of students with disabilities.
  11. Participate in due process activities as needed.
  12. Participate in crisis response.
  13. Share schoolwide responsibility for supervision by performing assigned duties punctually
  14. Other duties as assigned by Principal or Head of School.

The successful Special Education Teacher:

  • Demonstrates experience as an effective teacher.
  • Demonstrates curriculum development skills and passion.
  • Is committed to and experienced with meaningfully assessing student learning.
  • Has a willingness to embrace teaching the whole child.
  • Shows potential for leadership in and beyond the classroom.
  • Engages in holistic, asset-based approach to problem solving.
  • Has a commitment to reflective practice.
  • Shows a commitment to the teaching profession.
  • Fits with the school's organizational culture and mission.
  • Demonstrates the ability to thrive in an innovative environment and an interest in being part of a team that builds the systems that support a growing school.

QUALIFICATIONS

The successful applicant will demonstrate knowledge and experience in special education, as well as in the field of progressive, constructivist education.

All Inspired Teachers must:

  • 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 teaching practice.
  • 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.
  • 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 look for these qualities in all of our staff.

We require teachers to meet the requirements for Highly Qualified Teacher status in the District of Columbia. Requirements include:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree, preferably in a content area. Master's degree preferred.
  • 3 or more years of special education teaching experience or equivalent relevant work with children will be preferred.
  • Passing of relevant Praxis exams.
  • Ability to establish strong, trusting, and authentic relationships with a wide variety of individuals, including new and experienced teachers, parents and families, and a diverse local community.
  • Clear, concise, and persuasive writing and speaking skills.
  • Integrity and a sense of humor.
  • Experience teaching with workshop model preferred.
  • Experience with restorative justice and/or Responsive Classroom preferred.
  • Experience in play-based and arts-focused programs preferred.

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.

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 houses a Teacher Residency in which Inspired Teaching Fellows study under the guidance of Master Teachers. Fellows earn their Washington DC public school teacher certification and Masters degree through a DC state-approved teacher certification program run by Center for Inspired Teaching.

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 Culture

  • The school is a place where children and adults thrive and find joy in their work.
  • The physical space communicates a genuine focus on children.
  • The emotional space requires an approach to discipline and academics that focuses on helping children develop compassion, 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 important role in the school: offering feedback to staff, attending student exhibitions and performances, and providing volunteer services.