Special Education Teacher- High Functioning Autism

SWS @ Goding Elementary- DCPS - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)


School Within School, a DCPS Elementary School, seeks a full-time specialeducation teacher for the Strategies Program, serving students with High Functioning Autism (HFA). Our special education teachers work both inside and outside the general education classrooms with individuals who may have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD, speech and language differences, learning differences such as dyslexia, conditions such social, emotional and mental health needs, or have a combination of these differences. A key aspect of working in this role is identifying individual needs and being responsible for creating a safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment.

Requirements: * Bachelor's degree. * Possesses or is eligible for a valid District of Columbia Teaching License. * Meets Highly Qualified status as defined by the NCLB mandates. * Successful completion of Praxis I and II exams (unless holding a standard teaching license). * Strong instructional skills and classroom management. * Enthusiasm for and demonstrated mastery of subject matter. * Unrelenting commitment to students, self, and school's constant learning and development. * Ability to self-reflect on teaching practices and be responsive to feedback Desired

Qualifications Include: University and/or clinical training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)Those pursuing board certification in ABA are highly preferred Supervision toward BCBA, BCaBA and RBT credential is available. Strong background in social emotional learning programs using behavior analytic principles is also highly preferred

Specific Responsibilities Include: Provide small group direct social skills instruction employing principles of ABA using evidence-based curricula such as Accept. Identify. Move (AIM) and POWER-Solving;Teach individual children and small groups of students within or outside the general education environment;Prepare lessons and resources to target student IEP goals and other critical skills Provide accommodations to students and modifying work and assignments as needed;Develop and maintain a system of IEP goal data tracking and progress monitoring Train support staff to collect and help in the analysis of data;Maintain electronic and/or hand-graphed systems for progress monitoring (e.g., Excel spreadsheets);Develop and consistently with fidelity Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) and track progress using daily data recording systems and systems for visual analysis (e.g., spreadsheets, hand graphing) Assign duties to support staff that include data collection, social support, BIP implementation etc.;Ensure that support staff understand and follow through with specific duties Provide coaching to support staff when they need support, or if fidelity of implementation breaks down;Consistently liaise with classroom and specials teachers to ensure that students have access to their accommodations, academic and behavioral supports, when they are supported by program staff, and when they are in class independent of program staff; Update and maintain records student progress monitoring systems and IEP related documents;Attending annual IEP reviews or other related meetings about student progress or support services;Generate measurable IEP goals related to critical student skills; Develop, modify and adapt general education teaching methods to meet the individual needs of students;Use assistive technology and other accommodations or modifications, such as visual aids, electronic devices and token economy to stimulate interest in learning;Collaborate with classroom teachers to define and co-plan appropriate activities for students in relation to common core standards;Observe and assess of children who have long or short-term learning difficulties and work with colleagues to identify individual student needs;Work with the school-based Local Education Agency (LEA) Representative and district-level Special Education Specialist to ensure that the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (2004) are met in terms of service delivery, compliance and the provision of Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE);Liaise with our school-based Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) professionals, such as social workers, speech and language pathologist, occupational therapists, educational psychologists and paraprofessionals;Work closely with the parents and guardians of assigned students as their Special Education Case Manager;As a Reggio Emilia-inspired school, our mission is to support and develop children's potential through a uniquely child-centered, collaborative learning environment inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to education. While prior experience and training in the Reggio Emilia approach is helpful, it is not a requirement to become apart of our staff community.

We are continuously seeking to expand diversity within our community and encourage qualified candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $55,000.00 to $100,000.00 /year