Lead Special Education Inclusion Teacher
Friendship Public Charter Schools - Washington, DC

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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.

Friendship teachers are responsible for delivering a rigorous curriculum in a nurturing, family oriented and disciplined environment that results in high academic achievement. Teachers maintain high expectations for student success regardless of the challenges faced through persistence and dedicated commitment to ensuring student learning. The teaching hours for all grade levels are generally 745 a.m. to 415 p.m. except for early student dismissal on Wednesday at 130 p.m. Upon early dismissal on Wednesdays, Friendship teachers participate in professional development and collaboration time as part of contributing to the Professional Learning Community. Additionally, teachers have the opportunity to take on further responsibilities such as participating in school committees and campus open houses, tutoring during Saturday Learning Camp, etc.

Responsibilities

Set and maintain high academic and behavioral expectations for all students
Lead students to high levels of academic success in an urban school environment
Create a welcoming, positive learning environment that motivates and engages students
Maintain high ethical standards and open communication with students, teachers, parents and school administrators
Consistently seek and share best practices with colleagues as an active and effective participant in a Professional Learning Community
Develop formative assessments, analyze results and adjust teaching practices to ensure student understanding of material
Utilize literacy strategies across all content areas and design rubrics to measure student mastery
Design and deliver engaging instruction addressing the needs of a full range of student learning styles
Maximize learning time by continually adjusting teaching practices
Adhere to school management and discipline policies within classroom and school campus

Qualifications

Bachelors degree in Special Education required; Masters degree in Special Education is preferred
Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and above
Or Successful completion of the ETS PRAXIS II Education of Exceptional Students (20353) maybe substituted for a degree in Special Education content
Five years of relevant Special Education classroom teaching experience required
Five years of urban teaching experience preferred

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