ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW: KIPP DC is a non-profit network of high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools in Washington, D.C. Our sixteen schools and The Learning Center recruit and educate more than 6,300 students on six campuses in the city’s most educationally underserved communities. At KIPP DC, we empower students to access opportunities that lead to a choice-filled life. Highly skilled teachers and leaders, more time in school, a rigorous college preparatory-curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students climb the mountain to and through college and career.
At KIPP DC, we believe that the quality of instruction directly influences student achievement. Therefore, teaching and learning is at the core of everything we do, and we view our lead teachers as a critical component of our mission and success. As an organization, KIPP DC makes a commitment to their teachers. We pride ourselves on providing unparalleled professional development and leadership opportunities. In addition, we seek to create a staff culture that is ambitious, intentional, and joyful. We acknowledge the demands of the teaching profession and are continually seeking to improve sustainability and benefits.
As part of the KIPP network’s 209 schools, we share best practices and innovations with our peers across the city and across the country.
POSITION OVERVIEW: KIPP DC is looking for a dynamic, committed and flexible Speech and Language Pathologist to become part of a vibrant educational community. The KIPP DC Speech and Language Therapist will do whatever it takes to improve student achievement and ensure that students are progressing on their individual goals.
We are looking for highly dedicated SLPs who will bring a “whatever it takes” attitude to helping children succeed. KIPP DC SLPs are responsible for delivering effective, high-quality, intervention. KIPP DC gives its students an intensive foundation in the core academic subjects with an emphasis on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for success in school and in life. The KIPP DC community holds itself to high standards, cognizant that success can be achieved by all, regardless of challenging circumstances, through team work, tenacity and focused dedication.
Serve as a resource to school staff members in the development of a balanced program for oral communication and speech, language and literacy development.
Provide speech and language therapy special education students in groups and as individuals per their Individual Education Plans.
Provide intervention to students through response to intervention including small groups and classroom intervention
Participate in Multidisciplinary team meetings and responsibilities. Attends meetings, writes progress summaries on present levels of performance, and proposed IEP goals.
Serve students with swallowing disorders as it relates to the school setting.
Assist and guide teachers in observing, describing and referring suspected and identified speech and language impairments.
Assist in the proper referrals of students to agencies and specialists in the community as appropriate.
Provide appropriate individualized programs of therapy to meet individual students' needs and correct existing speech or language impairments.
Keep thorough records for each student receiving therapy or other school provided speech-language services.
Conduct speech, language and hearing screenings.
Conduct speech/language evaluations.
Provide document and other general supervision to speech and language Interns.
Believe deeply in the mission and values of KIPP and subscribe to KIPP's Five Pillars
Hold high expectations for each student
Demonstrate strong pedagogy
Implement the school-wide student management policies within classrooms and everywhere on campus
Exhibit positive rapport with students
KIPP schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.
Case manage students (this is especially common for speech only, ECE and Elementary students)
Participate in case conferences to discuss student goals and plans
Create and foster a positive learning environment
Establish and maintain strong communication lines with all parents
Be available for Open Houses, Parent-Teacher Conferences and other events involving parents
Assist in development of curriculum standards and mapping
Maintain a neat, clean classroom environment and a professional personal appearance
Serve on school committees as needed
Perform clerical duties, as required, relating to textbooks, instructional supplies, student reports and records, attendance reports, etc.
Remain on call in the evenings (via school cell phone) to provide student support
At least two years of experience (Preferred) ASHA certified (Required)
Experience/strength in phonemic awareness and reading remediation (Preferred)
Commitment to working with underserved students (Required)
Experience working in a public/charter school (Preferred)
Experience working in an urban school (Preferred)
Pass a criminal background check, as required by law
OTHER SKILLS AND TRAITS
Bachelor’s Degree required
Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP DC’s mission
Passion for education and a desire to help KIPP DC schools grow
KIPP DC is a community of high-performing, college-preparatory public schools in Washington D.C. At KIPP DC schools, students develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become Washington DC’s next generation of leaders. Equipped with a KIPP DC education, our alumni are empowered to be successful in college, careers, and life.