Openings for Lead Teachers and Teacher Fellows at SAIL PCS

SAIL is seeking highly qualified and motivated Lead Teachers and Teacher Fellows for grades K-8.

SAIL has an arts-infused curriculum and uses all the arts as a means of teaching or students demonstrating knowledge of all subject areas from Literacy to Math to Science to Social Studies.
Regular communication with parents is important at SAIL. Teachers send home daily contracts which details academic performance and behavior notes. There is also room for the parent’s response. In addition, SAIL uses the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching and learning that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school community. The guiding principles of the Responsive Classroom include:
•    The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum
•    How children learn is as important as what they learn
•    The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction
•    To be successful academically and socially, students need a set of social skills: cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control.

Starting with the 2009-2010 school year, SAIL was selected by the Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE) to be one of five DC public charter schools participating in a three-year pilot program using Response to Intervention (RTI), a rigorous literacy and math program. Response to Intervention is a multi-tiered approach to help struggling learners. Students’ progress is closely monitored at each stage of intervention to determine the need for further research-based instruction and/or intervention in general education, in special education, or both.

Essential Components of RTI:
•    High-quality classroom instruction
•    Multi-tiered instruction (class, small groups, and individuals)
•    Ongoing student assessment
•    Family involvement

Through this program, all students at SAIL spend two hours a day on literacy activities. Students are put in small groups according to their reading level  as opposed to strict grade level placement to work on specific literacy goals. Using RTI, SAIL is able to identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions, adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness, and identify students with learning disabilities.

Due to the rigor of the RTI program, SAIL is seeking  highly qualified, motivated, and dedicated Lead Teachers and Teacher Fellows for the 2010-2010 SY.

Lead Teachers must have at least a BA/MA 2 years of teaching experience in a Special Education Setting (inclusive, resource, and/or self-contained).

Teaching Fellows must have a BA and be currently enrolled  or willing to enroll in a Special Education MA program.
Required Documentation

Resume and Cover Letter
Copy of Licensure for Special Education
Transcripts from an accredited college or university.
3 letters of reference with current contact information

Send all application information to Toni Barton, tbarton@wvsarts.org .  For more information, contact Trudianne James at 202-296-9100 ext. 246 or email tjames@wvsarts.org.