Special Education Teacher 20-21 (Meridian Public Charter School)
ABOUT MERIDIAN PCSMeridian is a PreK-8th grade school with an elementary campus located in Washington DCs vibrant U Street Corridor and a middle school campus a few blocks up the road in Columbia Heights. Our mission is to inspire a passion for learning in our students and to help them build their self-confidence and self-respect through academic achievement.Our 650+ students are a diverse mix of African-American, Latino, Asian, African, and White students. Almost 30% of our students are English language learners, and we serve one of the largest Latinx populations in DC charter schools. Meridian is committed to serving our local community, and one-third of our students live within a half mile of our campuses. We are also proud of the fact that Meridian is a school of choice for parents all eight wards of the city are represented among our student population.Meridians strengths include two beautiful campuses with nearby outdoor and recreational grounds; state of the art technology for students and teachers; updated and aligned curricula; an academic program laser-focused on student growth, achievement, and social-emotional development; extensive professional development and support for teachers and leaders; and a school culture grounded in student achievement, collaboration, and student-centered learning.For additional information about Meridian visitmpcs-dc.org.ABOUT THE POSITIONWe are seeking special education teachers to work with our PreK-8th grade students.Special education teaching positions are full-time, salaried, 10-month positions. Special Education Teachers at Meridian are responsible for the following:Collaborating with colleagues to develop and deliver specialized instruction in the classroom designed to help students meet grade-level standards and achieve personal learning goalsUtilizing strong content knowledge to effectively present enticing and rigorous Common Core-aligned lessonsDeveloping Individualized Learning Plans (IEPs) for students on assigned caseloadEnsuring the records for each identified student are up to date and well-organized, and contain necessary progress notes and assessmentsModifying assessments and classwork for students with special needsAdminister and develop subject specific assessments for the purpose of assessing student competency levels and/or developing IEPsAssessing student progress against IEP goals, learning targets, objectives, expectations, and/or goals for the purpose of providing feedback to students, parents, and administration.Tracking and monitoring assessment results in order to regularly refine teaching practices and design differentiated lesson plansCommunicating with families regarding service delivery and student progressServe as a member of a multidisciplinary team as appropriateEstablish and implement effective classroom management procedures, and maintain a productive, safe, and focused learning environmentOther duties as assignedQUALIFICATIONSIdeal candidates will have the following education and experience:Bachelors degree required. Concentration or advanced degree in education preferred.Two or more years of teaching experience as a K-12 teacher in an urban environment with a strong record of student achievement preferredExperience with co-teaching models preferredExperience writing and monitoring IEPs preferredSALARY AND BENEFITSA recent TNTP Insight Survey of our teachers placed our staffs satisfaction with compensation in the top quartile of all charter schools in DC. We also lead the charter sector in compensation transparency, and publish our salary scales for teachers, apprentice teachers, and dedicated aideshere.Meridian teachers and staff are compensated competitively for their time and have opportunities to earn additional income through leadership opportunities at the school level, offering extracurricular clubs and sports for students, and facilitating tutoring programs.