Special Education Resource 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 yielded both the 2010 and 2011 DC Teachers of the Year, and three outstanding school principals who launched their careers in our classrooms.

Special Education teachers are expected to exhibit the same skills, knowledge, and qualities required of the general classroom teachers in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, classroom management, professional responsibilities, professional relationships, family involvement, and school community. These educators are especially skilled in employing a variety of effective and innovative instructional strategies that meet and range of student needs in order to cultivate growth and achievement for every child.


Believe deeply in the Friendship mission, core values, and four value drivers (1) Excellent Teaching and Learning (2) Outstanding Leadership (3) Environment Conducive to Learning (4) Organizational Strength and Viability
Ability to develop interim assessments, analyze student data collected from interim assessments, and adjust teaching practices to ensure student understanding.
Ability to build rubrics to demonstrate how student work reflects mastery of standards.
Demonstrated ability to articulate the criteria for exemplary student work.
Ability to adjust teaching practices to maximize student achievement.
Innovative thinker who works well in a team environment.
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


Master's degree in Special Education is preferred. Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Special Education
Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and above preferred
Successful completion of the ETS PRAXIS II Education of Exceptional Students (20353) (maybe substituted for a degree in Special Education content), or minimum of 5 years of relevant Special Education classroom teaching experience (may substituted a degree in Special Education content)
Two years of relevant classroom teaching experience required
Two years of urban teaching experience preferred
Commitment to teaching students from a minority and/or lower socioeconomic background required

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