Special Education Teacher/Case Manager at Maya Angelou Academy
Since it began operating in 1997, the See Forever Foundation's mission has been to create learning communities in lower-income urban areas where all students, particularly those who have not succeeded in traditional schools, can succeed academically and socially. The Foundation operates the Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools in DC, as well as the Maya Angelou Academy at New Beginnings’ secure facility for committed youth in Laurel, MD. Our students develop the academic, social, and employment skills they need to build rewarding lives and promote positive change.
Our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, and mutually respectful environment that motivates and prepares each student to fulfill his academic or career potential. With the support of a wide circle of caring adults, students will develop the skills they need to make sound decisions and lead rewarding lives.
If you are interested in learning more about See Forever, please visit our website at www.seeforever.org.
Maya Angelou Academy @ DC Jail is an alternative school within a Central Detention Facility within the DC Department of Corrections. The school is designed to meet the needs of students who are currently detained by the justice system regardless of academic career history and current academic standing.
The Maya Angelou Schools is seeking a Special Education Teacher/Case Manager for the 2021-2022 school year. This teacher will be responsible for ensuring that all students with special learning or emotional needs receive the level and kinds of support that will enable them to succeed, in the most inclusive and non-stigmatizing a manner possible. We have small teacher-student ratios, allowing for individualized attention, and special needs students are fully included in the classrooms.
Specific responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
● Working collaboratively with our general education teachers to implement IEP accommodations; modifying instructional lessons to meet a wide range of learning needs
● Collaborating with other school leaders to facilitate professional development training in special education for staff members
● Working closely with parents, school professionals, and outside service providers where necessary
● Teaching in content area classes using the co-teaching model
● Managing a caseload of students with an IEP (organizing all meetings, collecting data, uploading information into data systems, and maintaining and updating IEPs as needed)
● Serving as the central point of contact for the parent, student, and staff for instructionally-based issues such as:
o monitoring the student’s progress, attendance, and other factors affecting the student’s academic success throughout the year
o contacting parents and teachers to share information/progress reports
o coordinating/collaborating with classroom teachers, counselors, and specialists regarding the student’s accommodations, program modifications, instructional supports, etc.
o responding to parent concerns and questions regarding the implementation of the student’s IEP and instructional program
o serving as an advocate and mentor for the student
● Attending SPED Team meetings and Instructional Team meetings
● Reporting information to the SPED Coordinator to ensure compliance
● Creating a classroom and school environment that features a rich diversity of resources, engages student interest, promotes student leadership and stimulates student learning
● Having thoughtful approaches to teaching concepts and sparking student interest while also imparting essential factual knowledge
● Managing administrative assignments effectively and with a high level of professionalism and integrity
● Modeling and contributing to a school culture of hope and high expectations for achievement.
● Bachelor’s degree in education or subject field (required)
● Certification in District of Columbia/another reciprocal jurisdiction or provisional
● Experience working with incarcerated or opportunity youth (preferred)
● Familiarity with research-based instructional strategies
● An unyielding belief that with the appropriate supports, coupled with high expectations, all students can significantly improve their academic skills, and can develop prosocial and culturally normative behaviors that will enable them to succeed at school and
● Firm belief that all students have strengths and talents and that a good teacher helps students find these and use them to address weaknesses or overcome fears.
At the Maya Angelou Schools, the key to our success is rooted in building trusting, respectful and nurturing relationships with each other. We strive to create safe spaces for all to be able to reach their limitless potential. We are at our best when we work together to ensure the unique needs of our community are met. We empower each other to grow successfully so we can see forever! This is how we live the Maya Way, even when no one is watching.
Core Beliefs and Desired Characteristics
Candidates should possess an unyielding belief that with the appropriate supports, coupled with high expectations, all students can significantly improve their academic skills, and can develop pro-social and culturally normative behaviors that will enable them to succeed at school and beyond. Candidates should also believe that all students have strengths and talents and that good teachers help students find them and use them to address weaknesses or overcome fears. In addition, candidates should exhibit the following characteristics:
Honesty & Integrity: Does not cut corners ethically. Earns trust and maintains confidence. Does what is right, not just what is politically expedient. Speaks plainly and truthfully.
Analytical skills: able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it; exhibits a probing mind and achieves penetrating insights
Persistence: Demonstrates tenacity and willingness to go the distance to get something done.
Strategic thinking/visioning: Able to see and communicate the big picture in an inspiring way; determines opportunities and threats through a comprehensive analysis of current and future trends
Flexibility/adaptability: Adjusts quickly to changing priorities and conditions; copes effectively with complexity and change
Enthusiasm: Exhibits passion and excitement
Salary and Benefits
Our salaries are comparable to those of other public schools in the District of Columbia area. In addition, See Forever offers a robust benefits plan, including health care coverage, HSA/FSA and dependent care accounts, voluntary dental, vision, short term and long term disability options, commuter benefits, a 401k retirement savings plan, student loan refinancing options, and the opportunity to positively impact students with a broad range of experiences and backgrounds.
See Forever is an equal opportunity employer. We believe a diverse staff is a better, more effective staff.
This position is primarily sedentary and is performed in an office setting. Position requires ability to communicate effectively, and the ability to use computers, telephones, and other office equipment. Periodic out-of-town travel is also required. To be qualified, you must have the requisite skills, experience and education for the job and must also be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. The See Forever Foundation/Maya Angelou Schools provides reasonable accommodations to applicants upon request.
If you are interested in applying for a teaching position, please submit your resume and cover letter here: www.seeforever.org/careers/. Resumes and cover letters should be in MS Word or PDF.