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2018-2019 Speech Language Pathologist
JOB TITLE: Speech Language Pathologist
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
REPORTS TO: Chief Academic Officer
KIPP DFW OVERVIEW
KIPP DFW is part of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a national network of 183 free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools serving nearly 70,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The mission of KIPP DFW is to provide children in underserved communities with a free, rigorous, high-quality education that offers the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to thrive in school, college, and the competitive world beyond. KIPP DFW is currently comprised of four public charter schools serving elementary and middle school students in the southern Dallas region, and is amidst a rapid growth plan that will result in a total of ten schools providing quality education options to 5,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in the most underserved Dallas-Fort Worth communities by 2021.
At KIPP DFW, there are no shortcuts: outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college. Approximately 90 percent of our students are considered economically disadvantaged and most students come from neighborhoods where less than five percent of residents graduate from college. At a time when many have given up on public education – and the future of inner-city children – KIPP schools are raising expectations. Our students are outperforming their peers and advancing toward college because we set high standards, inspire achievement, and instill confidence.
The Speech Language Pathologist is responsible for assessing, diagnosing, and treating students in grades K-12 with speech impairments. He/she serves as a campus consultant for staff, teachers, parents, and students by providing informational sessions on interventions and issues related to speech and language development. The Speech Language Pathologist is responsible for maintaining accurate clinical records for students receiving speech therapy. This position furthers the mission of KIPP DFW as it helps ensure that all students with speech and language disorders receive the therapeutic interventions they need to learn.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Speech Language Pathologist will:
Evaluate students with speech impairments
- Observe students who are having speech difficulties as noticed by parents or teachers who suspect an impairment
- Assess and evaluate students to determine if a speech impairment is present and to determine eligibility for services
- Recommend in-classroom interventions prior to therapy referral
- Participate in Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee meetings to interpret assessments and to discuss appropriate placement and goal setting for students identified as having speech or language impairments
- Participate in KIPP DFW Response to Intervention (RTI) committee meetings to discuss interventions and pre-referral recommendations
Provide therapy to students that are identified as having a speech or language impairment
Evaluate the effectiveness of speech therapy
- Meet with students on a regular basis to ensure services are provided as indicated in the ARD document; Closely follow therapy schedule and provide make-up sessions when necessary
- Provide therapy in the areas of language, articulation, fluency, and voice disorders
- Implement best practices related to therapy techniques
- Complete clinical records and paperwork associated with speech services
- Provide students with Speech report cards each quarter to track progress
- Assist teachers and parents in monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of speech therapy throughout the year
- Anticipate areas where there is a need for more development or improvement
- Meet with the ARD committee to discuss progress, interpret test results, and/or modify students’ IEPs
- Effectively communicate with colleagues, students, and parents regarding the accomplishment of therapy goals and needs of each student
Provide informative workshops for educators, school leaders and faculty members
- Work with members of the Special Education Team to provide PD one to two times a year; Address issues such as developmental and educational norms for speech and in-classroom interventions
- Provide educators and parents with resources related to speech and language
- Assist school personnel in the identification and understanding of students with communication deficits
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Master’s degree from an accredited four-year institution in Speech-language pathology, plus previous experience as a school Speech Language Pathologist
- Certificate of Clinical Competence
- Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) candidates will be considered
- Texas Speech-language Pathology License
- Professional Development to maintain Speech-language Pathology licensure is required
- Training to assess and provide speech therapy to students in Spanish is required
- Experience collaborating with team members and providing constructive and instructive feedback
- Experience using a variety of assessments to diagnose speech and language disorders
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative
- Ability to work both on broad-based strategy and everyday details
- Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
- Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities
- Ability to synthesize knowledge and present it to stakeholders in a comprehensive manner
- Independent, self-starter with a strong focus on student development
- Proven written and verbal communication skills
- Strong organizational and planning skills
- Possession of a passionate and loving attitude toward all children
- Responsiveness; Follow-up and follow-through with students, families, and faculty members is essential
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
- Proficiency using computers, printers, copy machines, and fax machines
- Reliable transportation is needed to travel between campuses
- Bilingualism (English-Spanish), strongly preferred
This position will operate on the KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth regional calendar.
Compensation & Benefits
KIPP DFW’s compensation package is competitive, including benefits.
The physical demands characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Long periods of standing and sitting and have the ability to lift items up to 25lbs. is required.
- Requires normal/corrected vision and hearing.
- Position will require travel.
- Periodic participation in activities to support the KIPP Team and Family is required.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Position will have periods of extended work week hours, which is required to support both the ongoing development of the region and the delivery of high quality education for all students.
The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies. Duties may be changed at the discretion of KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth at any time.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.
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