ABOUT MERIDIAN PCS
Meridian is a PreK-8th grade school located in Washington DC’s vibrant U Street Corridor. 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 have 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 the school. 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.
Meridian’s 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 visit mpcs-dc.org.
ABOUT THE POSITION
A Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist at Meridian is responsible for the following:
- Provides direct and indirect clinical services to students in Spanish and English who have been diagnosed with an academically-based communication disorder in areas of articulation, languages, voice and/or fluency
- Provides and completes comprehensive diagnostic assessments and evaluations of speech, voice, and language impairments; and determines the presence/absence of a specific communication disorder which adversely impacts academic progress
- Serves as a resource to school staff members by developing a balanced program for oral communication and speech, language, and literacy development in Spanish and English
- Assists and guides teachers in observing, describing, and referring suspected and identified speech and language impairments
- Assists in proper referrals of students to agencies and specialists in the community, as appropriate
- Provides appropriate individualized programs of therapy to meet individual students’ needs and correct existing speech or language impairments
- Provides speech and language therapy in Spanish and English to special education students in groups and as individuals per their Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
- Provides intervention to students through response to intervention (RTI) including small groups and classroom intervention
- Participates in multidisciplinary team meetings and related responsibilities, such as attending meetings, writing progress summaries on present levels of performance, and drafting/monitoring IEP goals.
- Provides direct/indirect service to students diagnosed with a swallowing disorder as it relates to the educational environment
- Provides an implemented therapeutic program to meet the individual needs of students with diagnosed communication impairment
- Compiles case history data on those cases where additional family history, health history, and early developmental history are deemed appropriate
- Conducts speech and language screenings
- Coordinates assistive technology support services
- Lends support and guidance to child study committees
- Maintains all documents required to file Medicaid claims and required by Medicaid, including signed copies of all Health Encounter Tracking Forms, Assessment reports, and progress notes in the student file
- Establishes and maintains strong and positive communication lines with all parents and families
- Makes self available for Meridian parent engagement events, such as Parent-Teacher Conferences, Back to School Night, and other events involving families
Ideal candidates will have the following education and experience:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university required
- Master’s degree (MA/MS) in Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology preferred
- Certification as a Speech Language Pathologist by the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
- Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
- Fluent in Spanish and English
- Two or more years of experience working in schools preferred
HOW TO APPLY
Do you embody a love of learning? Do you believe in the importance of educating the whole child? Do you want to help Meridian continue to grow from good to great?
Apply today to the Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist position!
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, veteran’s status, or any other factor, which would constitute a violation of the D.C. Human Rights Act or other applicable laws or court order.