Social Worker/School Counselor


Job Type

Part Time

Published:

05/16/2018

Address

200 Douglas St. NE
Washington
DC
20002
United States

Description


Social Worker or School Counselor

Part-time, start immediately

 

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 Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, a Washington DC, Public Charter School, is seeking a self-motivated, dynamic, and thoughtful individual to join the staff as a part-time social worker or school counselor. The school serves PreSchool – 8th grade.

 

THE ROLE OF SOCIAL WORKER or SCHOOL COUNSELOR

All educators at the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School 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. It is of the utmost importance that every member of the school’s staff believes that all children can learn and contribute to the vitality of their learning community. This combined with a deep care for all students is the foundation for our work.


The Inspired Teaching Demonstration School highly values and respects education as a profession and teachers as professionals. The school culture places a premium on educator autonomy and expertise and in turn, expects professionalism and a high level of responsibility from the staff. The school works hard to ensure staff have a positive and productive work culture, including collegiality among staff, appropriate supports for educators (including adequate supplies), and a respect for teachers as individuals and professionals.


Social Worker or School Counselor

 

Responsibilities:

The part-time social worker is responsible for the following:

  • Providing Individual Counseling for students with IEPs or 504 Plans
  • Collaborating and consulting with classroom teachers and staff around student social/emotional/behavioral needs
  • Conducting needs assessment for the school wide social/emotional/behavioral systems, interventions and supports
  • Serving as a member of the school’s Student Support Team (SST)
  • Creating and Support Behavior Intervention Plans
  • Acting as the point person for Second Step and/or other school-wide SEL curriculum to monitor fidelity and effectiveness
  • Teaching evidenced based programs in classrooms, including sex education
  • Planning and participating in family education nights about social-emotional learning
  • Serving as the Homeless Liaison for the School
  • Serving as a member of the Crisis Intervention Team
  • Collaborating with the Whole Child/Wellness Committee
  • Building strong relationships and open communication with families.
  • Contributing to the school community as an active and productive participant, promoting a culture of collaboration and inquiry.
  • Participating in regular, school-based professional development.
  • Participating in school events outside of school hours, including Student Learning Showcases.

 

The successful social worker or school counselor:

  • Demonstrates experience as an effective social worker or school counselor.
  • Has a willingness to embrace the whole child.
  • Engages in holistic, asset-based approach to problem solving.
  • Has a commitment to reflective practice.
  • Shows a commitment to the education as a 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 significant knowledge and experience in the field of social work or school counseling.

 

The Social Worker or School Counselor must:

  • Have a demonstrated ability to implement and support 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.
  • 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 will 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, Master's degree preferred.
  • 3 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant work with children will be preferred.
  • Certification as Social Worker or School Counselor
  • 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.


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 (HMO and PPO options), retirement plan (employer match available), Flexible Spending accounts, supplemental insurance through AFLAC, and pre-tax public transportation/Metro benefit.

 

TO APPLY

Submit a resume and a letter of interest through Recruiterbox at: https://inspiredteachingschool.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0f5eq.

 

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.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Submit a resume and a letter of interest through Recruiterbox at: https://inspiredteachingschool.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0f5eq.


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