Bridges is seeking to hire Special Education Lead Teachers to lead special education self-contained classrooms for elementary school students with high levels of emotional and behavioral needs. Grades grades 3rd – 4th grade. The teaching team will consist of 1 lead teacher and 1 Assistant Teacher. There will also be one dedicated aide in the classroom. The classroom planned enrollment size is 6 students. The classroom is rooted in the principals of ABA/VB to guide instruction and classroom management. Supervision is provided to all teaching team members by a certified BCBA practitioner. ABA or VB experience is desired but not necessary to apply for the position. Training in classroom based ABA and VB will be provided. The room and teaching team is supported by a behavior support team that includes: a school based social worker, a Behavior Intervention Lead, a Behavior Technician and ABA Coordinator. Training in classroom based ABA and VB will be provided. The position is a 10 month positions.
Bridges mission is to provide an exemplary educational program that includes all students. Our developmentally appropriate, student and family-centered educational approach nurtures students to expand their developmental skills, in order to build a foundation for life-long learning. Bridges Public Charter School is expanding into an elementary school program. We will add a grade level each year reaching capacity at 5th grade in the 2017- 2018 school year.
The ideal candidate will:
- Be "highly qualified" and have: a dual Masters Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education; a Masters Degree and certification in Special Education; a Masters Degree in Special Education or a Bachelors Degree and certification in Special Education.
- Have 1 to 2 years of successful classroom teaching experience in an urban school setting. 2 or more years of teaching experience is preferred.
- Be a strong classroom manager.
- Be committed to meeting the needs of a diverse student population.
- Have a track record of being a team player and community minded.
- Be committed to their own learning including training in ABA/VB.
- Excellent time-management skills and ability to work independently.
- Passion for public schools.
- Adherence to a high level of professional and ethical standards.
- Understanding of the FBA process and knowledge of implementing effective PBIs structures.
- Plan and manage a self-contained EBD classroom including students of multiple grade levels with high level special behavioral needs – Guiding planning and the management of the classroom based on the student needs and developmental levels.
- Plan and implement a program of instruction using the school's curriculum (Readers and Writers Workshop, Math in Focus, FOSS, Social Studies Alive, and Second Step). Ensure the program of instruction meets the individual students' goals and objectives on their IEPs and is aligned with Common Core Standards.
- Collaborate with ABA/VB Program Manager to implement classroom's ABA/VB program. This includes planning for: classroom environment, natural environment teaching, small group and whole group instruction, discrete trial instruction, behavior management protocols, and reinforcement systems.
- Assess student behavioral progress regularly using classroom/school wide behavioral data sheets
- Modify and administer classroom based and school-wide assessments to document student's progress.
- Regularly collect data to track students' progress in 3 program areas: curriculum, IEP, and behavior
- Complete quarterly progress reports (IEP progress reports and curriculum progress reports).
- Collaborate with related service providers, special education coordinator, curriculum coordinator, ELL Teacher and student parents to plan for student needs.
- Implement and maintain student's Functional Communication Protocols and PBIs Behavior Protocols to respond to students' behavior appropriately and successfully.
- Participate in the IEP process by writing present levels, IEP goals, and providing thoughtful reflections during team meetings.
- Coordinate with general education teachers to create opportunities of inclusive learning.
- Support the creation of a classroom culture and environment that develops and nurtures the emotional, cognitive and social abilities of the students.
- Engage parents and families in their student's learning and acting as an ambassador for the school in the community.
- Contribute productively to the school as a whole.
- Attend and participate in school events outside of regular school hours.
- Conduct regular EBD Team meetings to create a positive professional environment for all team members.
- Be comfortable in giving regular feedback to teacher assistants and dedicated aides
- Other duties as assigned.
100 Gallatin St. NE
Washington, DC, US 20011
Employment type:Full Time
Salary range:45,000 - 75,000
Salary:Salary based on education and years of experience
Benefits:Medical, dental, disability, retirement & personal / sick days
Language proficiency:Ability to read and write in English.