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It is no surprise that many members of Lab’s faculty and staff have stayed for 15-25-35 or more years. One staff member said: "Everyone wants to stay at Lab. Who wouldn’t embrace the opportunity to be flexible and creative every day? Frankly, it feels like an honor to be a part of Lab, to play a role in our collective mission and process of helping students with learning differences discover their best selves and succeed.”

The Lab School of Washington is situated in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, DC. Located minutes from historic Georgetown, the Potomac waterfront, and a short drive to the museums, monuments, and other local historic sites. Lab spans two campuses — just a half-mile apart — and offers its faculty and staff the opportunity to work in a creative, collegial, and collaborative atmosphere.

“It’s easy to feel excited to get up each morning and come to Lab. Sure, we work incredibly hard, but there’s nothing more rewarding than witnessing a child find success in a skill area that used to be so daunting for them like a ‘non-reader’ turning into a bookworm or a student who struggled to express herself talk enthusiastically about a family vacation or favorite movie.”
— Speech and Language Pathologist and Intermediate Reading Specialist

The Lab School of Washington is an inclusive and welcoming school that celebrates diversity, including race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age or any other status protected by applicable law. We welcome candidates representing the diversity of today’s global world.

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2024 Group Leader Application

We are excited that you are interested in Lab’s Summer Group Leader Program. Please complete the application here.

The Lab School of Washington’s program serves children with language-based learning differences. These may manifest as difficulties in reading, writing, and/or math at times with attentional or executive functioning difficulties. Our program is hands-on, multi-sensory, and arts-infused with extraordinarily talented teachers and clinicians.

The summer session runs for four weeks beginning July 1 and ending July 26 (closed on July 4 & 5). Group Leaders will typically be on campus from 7:45am to 1:45pm (later in the day if interested in working in an afternoon program).

If you are selected for the program, you are required to attend three days of pre-requisite training. These days are as follows (times are tentative – will be confirmed in June):

  • Wednesday, June 26 (12:30 – 4:30pm)
  • Thursday, June 27 (8:00am – 4:30pm)
  • Friday, June 28 (8:00am – 3:00pm)

As Group Leaders, you will be the anchors, the consistent presence, for a group of students transitioning from one class to the next and will assist the teacher in each of these classes. You will receive training and supervision from the administrative team of the Summer Program. 

Compensation for the Group Leader position is on an hourly basis (including orientation hours). For this coming summer, the hourly rate (including orientation hours) will be $17.50/hour.

We believe it will be a fascinating summer for you and look forward to hearing from you.

The Reservoir Group at The Lab School of Washington seeks energetic speech-language pathologists to join our team this summer for fun, engaging, and multisensory therapy sessions focused on reading and spelling! Help our students prevent learning loss and boost their skills and confidence through our daily intensive groups. Generous compensation; contact us for more information.

About the Role

  • SLPs will: 
  • Develop and implement daily small group therapy focused on  development of reading and spelling skills. Each group will consist of 2 students and 1 SLP.
  • Using the provided template, write a progress report at the end of the program for each student. 
  • Provide consultation to families as needed.
  • Provide content to the Director of Speech, Language, and Literacy for weekly newsletters.
  • Must be available for the following: 
    • Summer programming orientation: the week of June 24th (dates/times TBD). 
    • Reading & Spelling Intensive programming: July 1st - 26th, Monday - Friday 1:15 - 4:45 pm  (18 days! No programming July 4th & 5th)
    • Post-summer programming wrap up (Progress report write up & parent consultations as applicable): July 26th - August 9th.
  • SLPs will have a caseload of no more than 6 students during programming.

About the Program
Reading & Spelling Intensive Program:

  • Three 60 minute sessions, 5 days a week (Mon-Fri) 
  • Ages 7- 12 years old  (students paired by age and skill)
  • Program goals: Using Orton-Gillingham approach and Science of Reading (SOR) principles:
    increase phonological awareness skills including rhyming, blending, segmenting, and sound manipulation.
    • improve knowledge of alphabetic code for reading and spelling skills.
    • develop syllabification skills and morphological awareness to enhance reading and spelling (e.g., syllable division strategies, recognition of prefixes, suffixes, roots).
    • enhance reading accuracy and fluency for comprehension.

Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology
  • DC Department of Health Speech-Language License
  • ASHA Certification (CCC-SLP)
  • Orton-Gillingham training (IMSE's Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham PLUS or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of Google Workspace (e.g., Drive, Classroom, Docs)
  • Knowledge of Lexia Core 5® preferred but not required
  • Excellent interpersonal, written language, and communication skills
  • Ability to work creatively and in a self-directed manner
  • Resourceful, flexible, and service oriented
  • Must be available as outlined above

Please submit a completed Lab School employment application as well as a  cover letter, resume, and redacted evaluative report and clinical notes to Gretchen Kunz, Director of Speech, Language, and Literacy at this web address.

The Lab School of Washington is an inclusive and welcoming school that celebrates diversity, including race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age or any other status protected by applicable law. We welcome candidates representing the diversity of today’s global world.

The Lab School seeks a full-time Social Worker with excellent skills in the Lower School working with elementary age students (grades 1-4) with learning differences, as well as consulting with parents and teachers. Lab uses an interdisciplinary team model; the ideal candidate will have excellent collaborative work skills, as well as be able to work independently in a dynamic learning environment. Candidates should have experience and skills working with students with learning differences, as well as skills supporting students from a perspective of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The primary role involves serving as a mental health resource for the division. Some of the specific responsibilities include developing and/or implementing a psychoeducational curriculum to the student body; student social and emotional support; consulting with and providing professional development to teachers in areas pertaining to emotional wellness as well as behavioral management; educating students on issues relating to diversity, mindfulness, health and wellness, and identity; parent education and support; and serving on the Admissions Committee.

Experience and training with Restorative Practices and Responsive Classroom is a plus. Competitive benefits. MSW, LICSW preferred.  

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and a completed employment application to Dr. Natosha Speight, Director of Wellness and Social Emotional Learning at this web address.

The Lab School of Washington is an inclusive and welcoming school that celebrates diversity, including race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, as well as any other status protected by applicable law. We welcome candidates representing the diversity of today’s global world.

The Lab School of Washington, an independent school for students with learning differences, seeks an individual available for substitution on an as-needed basis in Lab's Lower School program. Lab’s dynamic program offers an arts-based curriculum with small classes. Classes may include reading instruction, written language, math, social studies, the arts, and science. Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree, Experience teaching elementary-aged students with learning differences ideal.

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 Lab School of Washington is an inclusive and welcoming school that celebrates diversity, including race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, as well as any other status protected by applicable law. We welcome candidates representing the diversity of today’s global world.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and a completed Lab School employment application to this web address.

The Reservoir Group at The Lab School of Washington seeks a full-time speech-language pathologist to join a dynamic, warm, and collaborative team of 10 speech-language pathologists who work with students within Lab School and from the surrounding community. You will have opportunities to work with teachers, OTs, and mental health providers to build a strong support system for our students. 

About the Role: 

  • Develop and implement individual and small group therapy for children ages 4+ with speech, language, and/or literacy needs
  • Conduct speech and language evaluations
  • Provide consultation to families and other professionals
  • Opportunities for professional development

Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology
  • DC Department of Health Speech-Language License
  • ASHA Certification (CCC-SLP)
  • Knowledge of Google Workspace (e.g., Drive, Classroom, Docs)
  • Excellent interpersonal, written language and communication skills
  • Ability to work creatively and in a self-directed manner
  • Resourceful, flexible, and service oriented

Ideal candidate:

  • Ability to work late mornings through early evenings (e.g., 10am-6pm)
  • At least 2 years of therapeutic intervention experience
  • Bilingual or Multilingual
  • Knowledge of or training in specific programs for reading (e.g., Orton-Gillingham), writing, and/or executive functioning.  
  • Part-time applicants also encouraged to apply. 

Please submit a completed Lab School employment application as well as a cover letter, resume, and redacted evaluative report and clinical notes to Gretchen Kunz, Director of Speech & Language, at this web address.

The Lab School of Washington is an inclusive and welcoming school that celebrates diversity, including race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age or any other status protected by applicable law. We welcome candidates representing the diversity of today’s global world.

The Lab School of Washington, an independent school for students with learning differences, seeks a full-time substitute teacher in its Middle School Division (grades 5-8) for the rest of this school year (immediate opening through mid-June). Lab’s dynamic program offers an arts-based curriculum with small classes. Classes may include reading instruction, written language, math, social studies, the arts, and science. Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree. Flexibility and strong interpersonal skills are sought after attributes. Experience teaching middle school students with learning differences ideal.

The Lab School of Washington is an independent, progressive, arts-based school serving students in grades 1 through 12 with diagnosed language-based learning differences on two campuses in Northwest Washington, DC.

The Lab School of Washington is an inclusive and welcoming school that celebrates diversity, including race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, as well as any other status protected by applicable law. We welcome candidates representing the diversity of today’s global world.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and a completed Lab School employment application to this web address.

The Lab School of Washington, an independent school for students with learning differences, seeks a substitute teacher for its Lower School 4-5 days a week for the 2024-2025 school year. Lab’s dynamic program offers an arts-based curriculum with small classes. Classes may include reading instruction, written language, math, the arts, science, and physical education. Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree, Experience teaching elementary-age students with learning differences ideal.

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 Lab School of Washington is an inclusive and welcoming school that celebrates diversity, including race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, as well as any other status protected by applicable law. We welcome candidates representing the diversity of today’s global world.

Submit cover letter, resume, and employment application to this web address

The Lab School of Washington, an independent school for children with learning differences, has an opening for a full-time middle school math teacher beginning with the 2024-2025 school year. Ideally, the candidate would hold certification in math or special education, be willing and able to pursue certification in math or special education, or be certification-eligible in the District of Columbia. Our ideal candidate will also have a Master's degree, experience teaching students with specific learning differences, and be knowledgeable in teaching foundational math concepts through pre-algebra skills.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and a completed Lab School employment application to this web address.

The Lab School of Washington is an inclusive and welcoming school that celebrates diversity, including race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age or any other status protected by applicable law. We welcome candidates representing the diversity of today’s global world.

The Lab School of Washington seeks a full or part-time world languages teacher to teach Spanish and ASL to middle school students (grades 5-8) with language-based learning differences. The ideal candidate has experience teaching ASL or Spanish and is comfortable teaching entry-level skills in both areas. Lab would consider a candidate experienced in one of these two areas who is willing to learn the skills necessary in the other discipline. Essential functions of this job include modeling and teaching accurate hand shapes using the five parameters of ASL and conversational Spanish, including vocabulary, grammar, and Latinx culture, and an ability to effectively exchange and impart information with and to students. Ideally, the candidate would hold certification in these content areas or special education, be willing and able to pursue certification in these content areas or special education, or be certification-eligible in the District of Columbia.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and a completed Lab School employment application to this web address.

The Lab School of Washington is an inclusive and welcoming school that celebrates diversity, including race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age or any other status protected by applicable law. We welcome candidates representing the diversity of today’s global world.

The Lab School of Washington seeks a full-time Upper School Math and Computer Science/Robotics teacher for the 2023-2024 academic year. The ideal candidate has an advanced degree and experience teaching a variety of upper school-level math courses, through Algebra II, to students with learning differences as well as a background in Computer Science. The focus of the Computer Science course would be on programming languages, computer systems, and algorithmic problem-solving. Proficiency in the Python and JAVA programming languages will allow for collaboration with the existing Robotics course. The ability to provide structured, creative lessons that support the learning and application of math concepts in traditional, innovative, and practical ways is critical. Ideally, the candidate would hold certification in math or special education, be willing and able to pursue certification in math or special education, or be certification-eligible in the District of Columbia.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and a completed Lab School employment application to this web address.

The Lab School of Washington is an inclusive and welcoming school that celebrates diversity, including race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age or any other status protected by applicable law. We welcome candidates representing the diversity of today’s global world.

The Lab School of Washington, an independent school for students with learning differences, seeks a substitute teacher for its Upper School 4-5 days a week for the 2024-2025 school year. Lab’s dynamic program offers an arts-based curriculum with small classes. Classes may include English, history and social studies, math, the arts, and science. Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree; experience teaching high school-age students with learning differences is ideal. Flexibility and comfort with high school coursework are crucial attributes.

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 Lab School of Washington is an inclusive and welcoming school that celebrates diversity, including race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, as well as any other status protected by applicable law. We welcome candidates representing the diversity of today’s global world.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and a completed Lab School employment application to this web address.

Externship Opportunity

The Lab School of Washington (LSW) is an independent school for students grades 1 through 12 with language-based learning differences (e.g., dyslexia, dysgraphia) and ADHD. LSW is an interdisciplinary environment consisting of educators, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers and artists.  The Psychology and Wellness Department consists of three licensed psychologists, four social workers, and one licensed professional counselor who provide services to LSW students as well as children, adolescents and young adults from the community. Externs will provide individual and/or group therapy to up to 5 LSW students, typically addressing anxiety, peer difficulties, and/or emotion regulation. Externs will also participate in one psychoeducational battery per month, with increasing autonomy in test administration and scoring, interpretation and report writing. Externs will have the opportunity to conduct classroom observations and parent intakes, and to participate in IEP team meetings and didactic seminars. Weekly individual (and potentially group) supervision will be provided by a licensed psychologist on site. This unpaid externship requires two days (16 hours) per week, roughly Sept. through early June.

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 Lab School of Washington is an inclusive and welcoming school that celebrates diversity, including race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, as well as any other status protected by applicable law. We welcome candidates representing the diversity of today’s global world.

To apply: Please send the following materials to Dr. Mary Jo Coiro (maryjo.coiro@Labschool.org) by February 1:

  1. Cover letter;
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. A graduate transcript (unofficial acceptable)
  4. Two recommendation letters from clinical supervisors