The Lab School of Washington is an independent, progressive, arts-based school that serves students in grades 1 through 12 with diagnosed language-based learning differences on two campuses in Northwest Washington, DC. The Junior High Division, located on the Reservoir Road Campus, serves 100 students ages 11-14.
The Junior High Division is seeking a full-time School Social Worker with excellent clinical skills working with early adolescents and knowledge of the challenges faced by students with learning differences. Additionally, candidates should be experienced and comfortable working closely with both teachers and parents. Experience with and a preference for an interdisciplinary team model is desired. Primary tasks include: drop-in counseling of students; designing and teaching psychoeducational curricula; carrying small individual therapy caseload; consulting with staff; supporting the growth and success of existing school-wide social-emotional health initiatives; reviewing admissions files; presenting on mental health-related topics; and attending supervision and professional development trainings with the school’s Department of Psychological Services.
The Lab School values its progressive philosophy of education that for over 50 years has guided project-based learning for students with average and above intellectual abilities whose minds need to be nourished while they take the extra time they need to acquire proficient reading and writing skills. Through exposure to the arts, immersion in experiential learning opportunities, and engagement in hands-on science labs, Lab students discover the joy of learning and have practice in problem solving at an early age. Diversity is celebrated and cultural competency is a primary goal.
Our strong sense of a community with a common purpose is fundamental to our daily success with our students. Strengthened by their passion and faith in the school’s mission, our administrators are instrumental in building a community of professionals that are well prepared to take on the challenges of delivering a life-changing education. Our administrators are encouraged to engage in professional development in leadership, innovation, and instruction. In turn, our teachers thrive in an environment that is fueled by optimism and professional support. Working alongside their leaders, they are encouraged to develop inspired curricula and effective methodologies. Their efforts are supported by professional development in a wide range of topics including reading, arts, learning differences, health and wellness, mindfulness, inclusivity and equity.
The Lab School of Washington is an inclusive and welcoming school that celebrates diversity, including ability and learning differences, race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender identity and sexual orientation. We welcome candidates representing the diversity of today’s global world in our educational programs, admission policies, financial aid program, hiring, and school-administered programs.??
Experience with Responsive Classroom, mindfulness practices, and social-emotional learning programs are a plus. MSW, LICSW preferred. 2+ years of clinical experience with youth preferred. Send cover letter, resume, and three references to email@example.com with ‘Junior High Social Worker Position’ in the subject line.
About The Lab School of Washington
For over 50 years, The Lab School of Washington has been providing an exceptional, college-preparatory academic experience for students (grades 1-12) with language-based learning differences.
The Lab School of Washington is an innovative learning community fostering scholarship and creativity in students with different learning styles. In an environment of inquiry and hands-on exploration, Lab School students learn to advocate for themselves as they become engaged and compassionate members of a global society. The goals of the institution are to:
...provide a rigorous, best in class, college-preparatory education;
...prepare students for a lifetime of learning;
...provide intensive remediation and teach useful learning strategies;
...use visual and performing arts to facilitate the education process;
...bring multi-sensory and experiential learning methods into the classroom;
support and educate parents;
...pioneer research and design new methodologies to remain on the cutting edge of the field;
...incorporate the latest technology into all Lab School programs;
...provide a challenging yet collaborative environment for staff and invest in professional developme...nt;
...disseminate the results of our programs to public and private schools that serve students who learn in both traditional and non-traditional ways.