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Lead ED Special Education Teacher

Washington, DC

Job Category: Special Education Teacher - Secondary

Posted on September 14, 2017


The Lead Special Education Teacher for Cornerstone is an integral member of the academics team whose focus is to guide students in their social-emotional and academic development.  In this role, the Cornerstone Lead Teacher will serve as a case manager for all students enrolled in the program (6-10 students), they will ensure compliance with all special education regulations and timelines and ensure all  students are receiving services. The ED teacher is responsible for all students engaged in academic experiences guided by high expectations, research-based pedagogy and care for each child’s developmental needs.

The Lead Special Education teacher is responsible for ensuring the services are delivered with fidelity. This teacher will collaborate with the academic, wellbeing and student life teams, external partners and services providers as well as parents to provide an unparalleled personalized academic experience.

Monument Academy values the personal well-being and professional growth of our staff. The Lead Special Education Cornerstone teacher will create a personalized development plan collaboratively with the Principal and will receive weekly coaching to ensure progress toward personal and professional growth.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Promote Monument Academy’s core values and model the highest behavior standards for staff and student at all times
  • Create and implement personalized learning plans for each student that are data-informed and Common Core State Standards aligned.
  • Deliver grade level curricula identified by Monument Academy with fidelity and consult on strengths and challenges of the curricula
  • Collaborate with the Academic Team to improve lesson plans and instructional materials
  • Assist in the development of IEP goals and objectives and ensure appropriate implementation of student interventions through collaboration with the Classroom Teachers
  • Utilize provided supplemental resources for intervention and enrichment and identify or create additional resources, as necessary
  • Demonstrate commitment to the implementation of Positive Behavioral Supports and Interventions and Positive Action to maintain a positive, safe, productive, and child-centered learning environment
  • Utilize data to assess student learning and the effectiveness of teaching practices
  • Collaborate with academic team members as well as other teams within the school to share student information
  • Implement student-specific interventions and track related progress for both academic and social-emotional needs
  • Communicate regularly with parents and caregivers regarding student progress and challenges
  • Conduct home visits with another staff member as needed
  • Fully participate in professional development opportunities on and off property throughout the year
  • Provide and seek feedback from other members of the Academic Team and Monument Academy staff and leadership


  • Three or more years of classroom teaching experience in an upper elementary or middle school in an urban setting, inclusive classroom and/or co-teaching experience preferred
  • Experience working with at-risk youth, foster youth, or youth with high social emotional needs highly desired;
  • Demonstrated ability to set ambitious goals with students and data-supported evidence that these goals were met;
  • Experience with the IEP process from assessment to identification and creation to monitoring and review;
  • Thorough knowledge of special education laws and regulations;
  • Cultural competency in working with students and families from different racial, ethnic, linguistic, and sexual orientation backgrounds;
  • Ability to connect with families/caregivers;
  • Highly qualified designation as recognized by District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Special Education certification required


  • Relocation package available plus a signing bonus of $1000
  • Competitive compensation commensurate with experience. Monument Academy is committed to its policy of full inclusion and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or national and ethnic origin in hiring and employment, nor in the administration of its educational policies, or admissions policies.


Marcia Sandifer, Recruiter

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