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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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The Lab School of Washington is an independent school for students with learning differences that is known for its highly respected arts-integrated curriculum. The school is seeking a dynamic, talented individual to teach music classes five days a week to students in 1st - 6th grades. The music teacher is responsible for creating a classroom environment that supports the development of students’ appreciation and understanding of music. The teacher will teach techniques of vocal and instrumental music expression, discover and develop students’ abilities and talents in the field of music, and develop knowledge and skills in listening to and reading music. This individual will be joining a vibrant arts faculty that encourages and participates in collaborations with all aspects of school community programming.

Candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree in music, hold a teaching certificate in the District of Columbia, or be certification-eligible. Experience working with students with learning differences is ideal. Candidate should have performance experience and musical skill competency, including the ability to sing and play multiple instruments. Submit cover letter, resume, three professional references, and an employment application to lowerschool.recruiting@labschool.org.

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.

Job Responsibilities

  • Teach 1st through 6th grade music classes in an engaging, developmentally appropriate way.
  • Create an inclusive classroom environment and develop meaningful relationships with all students.
  • Support students’ social-emotional and academic development by communicating regularly with classroom teachers.
  • Develop and support a curriculum that provides a balanced approach to music education, including singing, playing instrumental music, creative movement, and performance.
  • Adjust and adapt curriculum based on students’ needs.
  • Conduct ongoing evaluation of student progress; communicate progress with parents via conferences and written reports
  • Plan, rehearse, and direct students in school performances.
  • Work in collaboration with other team members to support student needs and promote cross-curricular collaboration when possible.
  • Participate in other school-wide activities throughout the year, including division and faculty/staff meetings, and other events.

Additional Skills

  • Commitment to creating a joyful and innovative learning environment for students
  • Ability to create an inclusive classroom community that allows all members to be safe, valued, and respected  
  • Demonstrated understanding of best practices in lower school music education
  • Understanding of the importance of social-emotional development and application of appropriate practices within the music classroom
  • Ability to understand students’ strengths, challenges and interests in order to motivate and engage all learners
  • Ability to communicate and partner with students, colleagues, and families
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-motivated, responsible, and organized  
  • Flexible and positive attitude

 

The Lab School seeks a part-time/full-time High School English teacher for the 2021-2022 academic year. The ideal candidate has an advanced degree and experience teaching classic and contemporary literature, reflecting a global perspective, to high school students with learning differences. The ability to effectively foster a deeper understanding and critical analysis of literature, to enhance structured and creative writing skills, and to instruct in the areas of media literacy and research are sought after attributes. The candidate must hold certification in the content area or Special Education, or be certification-eligible in the District of Columbia.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, an application for employment, and three references to Lisa McMahon, Head of High School at lisa.mcmahon@labschool.org.

 

The Lab School seeks a full-time High School Social Studies teacher for the 2021-2022 academic year. The ideal candidate has an advanced degree and experience teaching modern world history, US history, and government to high school students with learning differences. The ability to effectively engage students in the stories and interconnectedness of history, current events, laws, and social institutions, utilizing multiple perspectives, is a sought after attribute. The candidate must hold certification in the content area or Special Education, or be certification-eligible in the District of Columbia.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, an application for employment, and three references to Lisa McMahon, Head of High School at lisa.mcmahon@labschool.org.

 

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 Elementary Division, located on the Foxhall Road Campus, serves approximately 70 students ages 6 to 10.
 
The School is seeking a full-time School Social Worker with excellent skills working with elementary aged children, as well as consulting with parents and teachers. The Lab School uses an interdisciplinary team model, so the ideal candidate will have excellent collaborative work skills, as well as be able to work independently in a dynamic learning environment. Candidate should have experience and skills working with students with learning differences, as well as skill supporting students from a perspective of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The primary role involves serving as a mental health resource for the division. Some of the specific responsibilities include: developing and implementing a psycho-educational 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 Responsive Classroom is a plus. Excellent benefits.  MSW, LICSW preferred. Send cover letter, resume, and employment application to reservoirgroup@labschool.org, with ‘Elementary Social Worker Position’ in the subject line.
 
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 Head of Lower School comprised of the Elementary and Intermediate Divisions (ungraded but encompassing the equivalent of 1st through 6th grades) with approximately 160 students on two nearby campuses. The ideal candidate will hold a Master’s degree in a relevant field of study, have substantial leadership experience in a lower school setting and insightful understanding of the role of the teacher, and leadership experience working with students with language based learning differences. Click here for a full position statement including preferred credentials, responsibilities, an overview of the program, the search process and application requirements.

After an initial review of applicants, the School will conduct interviews with selected candidates. Finalists will be invited for a more comprehensive series of interviews. Ideally, an appointment will be made in March.

The deadline for priority consideration is February 28.