As the nation's first multi-campus charter school, Friendship Public Charter School has been producing college-ready students for over 15 years. From Preschool through 12th grade, Friendship invests in providing a rigorous academic curriculum that enables our children to excel as ethical, literate, and well-rounded leaders in a 21st century economy. We surpass our peers across the District in public education with a 91% graduation and college entrance rate. To this end, we also hold the quality, success, and development of our teachers with paramount importance. We provide a number of professional growth and development opportunities which have afforded us both the 2010 and 2011 DC Teachers of the Year, and 3 outstanding school principals who launched their careers in our classrooms.
The Dedicated Aide works with an instructional team consisting of the lead teacher, a special education teacher and/or paraprofessional. The dedicated aide – special education may work to support the program, ensuring consistency for identified children throughout the day. This individual provides individual instructional support for a child/children with Individualized Educational Plans (IEP) using intensive, research-based strategies under the direct supervision of the lead teacher.
- Supports the creation of environments and instructional opportunities that meet the needs of diverse learners
- Provides individualized behavior and academic supports to improve children’s achievement of individual academic and behavioral goals in support of children’s IEP goals
- Consistently implements behavioral and academic strategies outlined in children’s IEPs
- Uses information and data from a variety of sources to understand children’s instructional needs and progress against IEP goals
- Maintains records and documentation
- Keeps other members of the classroom teaching team, appropriate service providers, and families informed of progress and challenges regarding the student
- Ensures a safe, clean, attractive and engaging centers-based classroom that encourages both exploration and complex play for children with special needs
- Fosters tolerance and a sense of community in classrooms, modeling and explicitly teaching acceptance and appreciation of others
- Works with the teaching team to ensure the classroom contains sufficient supplies and materials for individualized instructional supports
- Assist young children with personal hygiene, meals and other daily activities
- Communicates the individual children’s goals and progress to families and also ways in which the family can support the child at home
- Plans collaboratively and shares ideas and resources with instructional team
- Collaborates with the teaching team to evaluate instructional effectiveness and to modify instructional approaches based on feedback
- Actively participates in professional development opportunities provided and seeks out additional professional development
- Maintains confidentiality and treats all information about children and their families in strictest confidence
- Fulfills the standards of professionalism including appropriate dress, attendance and timeliness
- High school diploma or General Education Development Certificate (GED) required
- Demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics. Must be energetic, reliable, flexible and integrity driven
- Strong communication skills in order to ensure effective, positive interactions with their teaching team, staff, parents and children.
- Solution focused and goal oriented
- Strong communication skills required in order to effectively engage with teachers, staff, parents, and children
- Ability to thrive in a highly collaborative work environment
- Ability to maintain a patient and supportive relationship with assigned students required
FPCS’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, status as a special disabled veteran, or any other protected criteria as established by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to recruitment and hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfer, layoff, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment. Employment decisions at FPCS are based solely upon relevant criteria, including an individual’s capabilities, qualifications, training, experience and suitability.