Director of Education

Chelsea School is seeking a dynamic individual with outstanding leadership, interpersonal, and organizational skills to be our new Director of Education for the 2022-23 school year.
The Director of Education is responsible for the implementation of the academic curriculum and the teaching and learning for all grade levels [5th through 12th grades]. Other responsibilities include supervision of teaching staff, oversight of certification status, and compliance with state regulations regarding instruction. The Director of Education serves as the primary contact to the Maryland State Department of Education and Office of the State Superintendent of Education [OSSE] of the District of Columbia.
The Director of Education oversees Statewide Assessments, SAT, PSAT, and ACT programs for eligible students. They serve as a member of the Admissions and Administrative teams. The Director of Education maintains Chelsea School compliance with IDEA Law; State of Maryland COMAR regulations and Office of State Superintendent of Education [District of Columbia Public and Charter School] regulations.
Chelsea School is a nonpublic special education school that serves students with language-based learning disabilities in a rigorous college preparatory environment. For more information about the school, please visit www.chelseaschool.edu.

Required Qualifications

– Maryland State Department of Education teaching certificate in Special Education.
– Experience working with students with dyslexia, ADHD, and learning disabilities.
– At least 5 years teaching experience with a history of improving student achievement
– Expertise in lesson design, multi-modal instructional practices, multi-sensory methods, assessment of students, supervision and coaching of teachers, and school leadership.
– Must meet all state requirements for employment (background check, etc.)
– Master’s degree in Special Education or related field

POSITION OBJECTIVE:

To oversee, maintain and coordinate all aspects of Chelsea School’s academic program including implementation of IEP services.

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SUPPORTS THE MISSION OF CHELSEA SCHOOL BY PERFORMING THE FOLLOWING PRIMARY DUTIES:

Work with Executive Director and Testing Coordinator to coordinate all Maryland and District of Columbia state testing for both middle and upper division
Coordinate the teacher and staff certification process with the State of Maryland Department of Education and OSSE
Develop and supervise implementation of curriculum for the academic program
Maintain goals/objectives bank for writing, math and study skills IEP objectives
Oversee the development, tracking, dissemination and proper implementation of IEP mandated accommodations for students during state testing events.
Oversee school responses to complaints or Due Process Hearings.
Oversee instructional portion of operational budget
Maintain Chelsea School compliance with IDEA Law; State of Maryland COMAR regulations and District of Columbia Public School regulations
Coordinate with administrative team members the Summer Institute for all staff prior to start of every school year
Serve as the key contact person with the State of Maryland Department of Education, OSSE and local school systems on all matters pertaining to curriculum, instruction and graduation requirements to include site visits
Develop professional education opportunities for faculty
Coordinate with administrative team to oversee the ESY Program: student schedules, budget, hire faculty, transportation, coordinate curriculum and technology support
Attend statewide and district-wide meetings pertaining to IEP related goals and objectives
Oversee planning and preparation for Academic Fair
Attend occasional evening school-wide functions such as back-to-school night, awards ceremonies, parent/ teacher meetings, open houses, etc.
Attend Admissions Committee and Administrative Team meetings
Recruit and hire content area and substitute teachers
Supervise and evaluate the performance of teaching and substitute staff, both formally and informally, on a regular basis throughout the school year
Manage teaching staff; review performance and establish goals and actions intended to achieve performance improvement
Maintain records of employee observations, review assessments and performance plans
Coordinate substitute teacher assignments
Develop mid-year and end-of-year exam schedule and communicate this information to staff and families
Coordinate Back-to-School Night activities
Coordinate the generation and distribution of Student Progress Reports and Report Cards

Interested candidates should contact Kristal Weems-Bradner, Head of School at kweems@chelseaschool.edu

Director of Admissions

Chelsea School is seeking a highly-motivated and organized individual to become our new Director of Admissions. The Director of Admissions oversees all aspects of the recruitment, vetting, and enrollment process for publicly and privately-funded students. This requires an understanding of special education assessment, diagnosis, and law, as well as an understanding of the type of students who can be successful at our school. This position requires organization, attention to detail and follow-through, as well as outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.

POSITION OBJECTIVE: To establish and increase the visibility in the outside community
and seek opportunities for the recruitment of new students to the school.

Requirements:
Minimum education requirement: Bachelor’s Degree
At least 3 years experience in school admissions preferred
Knowledge or background in special education (specifically dyslexia, ADHD, and learning disabilities)
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to learn quickly on the job
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work with a team in a collaborative environment
Security clearance (background check)

THE DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS SUPPORTS THE MISSION OF CHELSEA SCHOOL BY PERFORMING THE FOLLOWING PRIMARY DUTIES:

Oversee the program of admissions of new students to the school.
Present the school to prospective students and parents, which includes systematic and efficient handling of applications and communication with candidates and their parents
Interview potential candidates and their parents
Oversee arrangements for admissions testing, securing of necessary student credentials and communicating final decisions to the appropriate individuals.
Oversee the Admissions office including the creation and administering of the admissions budget, and appropriate admissions and marketing materials, mailings and publications.
Evaluate the admissions process continually and redesign where appropriate all aspects of admissions with the goal of maintaining a capacity enrollment of qualified students.
Coordinate with Director of Finance the management of re-enrollment of current private-pay students for the succeeding year

Maintain and disseminate relevant statistics on all aspects of the admission and re-enrollment program.
Participate in the external networking of the School by organizing and/or attending various gatherings and conferences (Educational Fairs, Open Houses, School Fairs, etc.)
Undertake special projects as requested.

Interested candidates should contact Kristal Weems-Bradner, Head of School at kweems@chelseaschool.edu

MS Math Teacher

Chelsea School is seeking a full-time, highly-qualified Middle School math teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. Chelsea School serves students with language-based learning disabilities in a college preparatory environment. Chelsea School implements the math goals present in each child’s IEP, and follows the Common Core curriculum for mathematics. Candidates should be familiar with remediation methods and multi-sensory approaches to numeracy instruction. Preference is given to candidates with prior special education experience.
Ideal Candidates will meet the following criteria :
Valid Maryland state education licensure (or equivalent out-of-state licensure) in Special Education, and Secondary Math, or willingness to pursue licensure
Bachelor’s degree at minimum in math, education, special education, or related field
Familiarity with a variety of multi-sensory, systematic, structured instructional numeracy programs and practices
Experience assessing student progress toward achievement of benchmarks goals and objectives
Competence in writing IEP goals and objectives in the areas of mathematics.
Excellent communication and organization skills
For more information about our program, please visit www.chelseaschool.edu

Interested candidates should contact Kristal Weems-Bradner, Head of School at kweems@chelseaschool.edu

Careers Teacher

Chelsea School is seeking a full time Careers Teacher for the 2022-23 school year. The primary duties will include teaching 11th and 12th grade Careers classes, as well as middle school Careers classes. In addition to this, the Careers Teacher will oversee transition activities at the school including: IEP implementation, the college application process, SAT and ACT preparation, college scholarship processes, linkage with state agencies, career and college readiness, etc. Chelsea School specializes in educating college-bound students with learning disabilities. Preference is given to candidates with prior special education experience.
Ideal Candidates will meet the following criteria:
Valid Maryland state education licensure or equivalent out-of-state licensure in Special Education (or willingness to earn licensure within state-mandated time frames)
Bachelor’s degree in related field.
Experience working with students with learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, and other disorders.
Familiarity with a variety of multi-sensory, systematic, structured instructional programs and practices.
Experience assessing student progress toward achievement of benchmarks, goals and objectives.
Ability to prepare students for SAT and ACT testing
Competence in writing IEP goals and objectives in the area of transition
Excellent oral and written communication and organization skills
Familiarity working with student records including: neuropsychological reports, academic testing, IEPs, etc.

For more information about our program, please visit our website: www.chelseaschool.edu

Interested candidates should contact Kristal Weems-Bradner, Head of School at kweems@chelseaschool.edu

Science Teacher (MS and HS)

Chelsea School is seeking a highly-qualified science teacher for the 2022-23 school year to teach high school Biology, Anatomy & Physiology and Middle School Science. Our science program follows the Prince George’s County Schools curriculum. Chelsea School specializes in educating college-bound students with learning disabilities. Preference is given to candidates with prior special education experience.
Ideal Candidates will meet the following criteria:
Valid Maryland state education licensure (or equivalent out-of-state licensure) in Special Education (or demonstrate eligibility to start the certification process)
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or equivalent post-baccalaureate graduate credit in education, special education, science or related field
Familiarity with lesson planning based on Common Core science curricula
Knowledge of and experience teaching science topics
Familiarity with a variety of multi-sensory, systematic, structured instructional programs and practices
Experience with IEP implementation; developing and monitoring IEP goals
Excellent oral and written communication and organization skills
For more information about our program, please visit our website: www.chelseaschool.edu

Interested candidates should contact Kristal Weems-Bradner, Head of School at kweems@chelseaschool.edu

5th Grade SpEd Teacher (Self-Contained Class)

Chelsea School is seeking a certified special educator for a self-contained 5th grade classroom for the 2022-23 school year. MSDE Special Education certification (1-8) is required to be considered for this position.

Chelsea School specializes in educating students with language-based learning disabilities in a college preparatory environment.
Ideal Candidates will meet the following criteria:

– Valid Maryland state education licensure in Special Education 1-8, or eligibility for conditional licensure in Special Education 1-8
– Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or equivalent post-baccalaureate graduate credit in education, special education, or related field
– Familiarity with lesson planning based on Common Core curricula
– Knowledge of and experience teaching elementary academic content
– Familiarity with a variety of multi-sensory, systematic, structured instructional programs and practices
– Experience with IEP implementation; developing, writing and monitoring IEP goals
– Excellent oral and written communication and organization skills

Interested candidates should contact Kristal Weems-Bradner, Head of School at kweems@chelseaschool.edu

Chelsea 7th Grader Raises Money for Baseball in Puerto Rico for Mitzvah Project

Chelsea 7th Grader Raises Money for Baseball in Puerto Rico for Mitzvah Project

Chelsea School 7th grader Sol Miranda-Weiner is known to his school friends as a young man with two passions: science and baseball. As he turns 13 this year, he will becoming a bar mitzvah and completing a mitzvah project. Sol has chosen to raise funds and support Play Ball Puerto Rico, an organization that renovates baseball fields that were devastated by Hurricane Maria and numerous earthquakes.

“For me, one of the most important things about becoming a Bar Mitzvah is the opportunity to help others”, said Sol. “I love playing baseball, and I play on some really nice and safe fields in Washington, DC, and I want kids in Puerto Rico to have that too.”

“I have chosen to renovate a field in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where one of my grandpas was born. In Ponce, the few fields that survived Hurricane Maria, did not survive the earthquakes. All the money that I raise will be used to renovate a specific field there. I really like that they will also make sure to involve the community to renovate their field.”

Play Ball Puerto Rico was started by then 13 year old, Lawson Strenecky, who wanted to do something when he saw the devastation of Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria.

“I am very excited and committed to working with Play Ball, PR and have been joining board meetings to better plan for this amazing opportunity to serve.  I also plan to volunteer in person, to help fix the field and get to know the community, when I am in Puerto Rico this summer.”

Sol is asking the Chelsea Community to be a part of his Bar Mitzvah project by donating money to Play Ball, Puerto Rico to help communities have a safe place to come together, and for kids to play baseball in Ponce.

For more information, please visit the website at https://www.playballpr.com/

To donate: you can donate through PayPal using the email: Info@playballpr.com . Make sure you mark donation and not payment for services and make a note that this is for Sol’s project.

You can also send checks directly to Play Ball Puerto Rico:

Dr. Bernard J Strenecky

C/O Play Ball Puerto Rico

3518 Sorrento Ave.

Louisville, KY 40241

Support Maryland Senate Bill 706!

Did you know that nonpublic school teachers are paid 23-40% lower than teachers in public schools?

Did you also know that nonpublic teachers are required to meet the same licensing requirements of public school teachers?

Please join Chelsea School in supporting Maryland Senate Bill 706 which will help to align nonpublic teacher salaries with those of their public school counterparts. Hiring and retaining quality teachers remains one of the biggest challenges facing schools like Chelsea.

Over 85% of Chelsea School’s students are funded by their public jurisdictions because they require the intensive, individualized support that most public schools cannot provide. These students come to Chelsea after experiencing years of academic failure. Chelsea School, and schools like it, give these students a chance to experience academic success while building literacy, numeracy, and writing skills. With a graduation rate of nearly 100%, Chelsea School alumni are now excelling in colleges and universities, as well as in a variety of professions from law to education. These same students were previously at-risk for dropping out or slipping into the school-to-prison pipeline.

YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

There will be a hearing on SB 706 – MANSEF’s salary parity bill – before the Senate Budget and Tax Committee on Wednesday, March 2. PLEASE CALL AND EMAIL THESE LEGISLATORS to register your support. Show them you care about our publicly funded students who need
qualified teachers who must be paid similar to their public school counterparts. Please tell legislators to support this much needed legislation as our schools will not be able to serve Maryland’s most challenged students. Working in a nonpublic special education school should not put our staff at a disadvantage.

Here are emails and phone numbers to flood their offices by Wednesday afternoon.

Senate Budget and Tax Committee
Guy.guzzone@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3572
jim.rosapepe@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3141
paul.corderman@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3903
adelaide.eckardt@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3590
sarah.elfreth@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3578
nancy.king@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3686
ronald.young@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3575
melony.griffith@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3127
cory.mccray@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3165
george.edwards@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3565
michael.jackson@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3700
johnnyray.salling@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3587
craig.zucker@senate.state.md.us 410-841-3625

House Ways and Means Committee
Vanessa.atterbeary@house.state.md.us 410-841-3471
Alonzo.washington@house.state.md.us 410-841-3652
dalya.attar@house.state.md.us 410-841-3267
Eric.luedtke@house.state.md.us 410-841-3110
Jason.buckel@house.state.md.us 410-841-3404
Eric.ebersole@house.state.md.us 410-841-3328
michele.guyton@house.state.md.us 410-841-3793
mike.griffith@house.state.md.us 410-841-3444
jessica.feldmark@house.state.md.us 410-841-3205
Chanel.branch@house.state.md.us 410-841-3257
Joseph.boteler@house.state.md.us 410-841-3365
MaryAnn.Lisanti@house.state.md.us 410-841-3331
Jheanelle.wilkins@house.state.md.us 410-841-3493
Wayne.hartman@house.state.md.us 410-841-3356
Kevin.Hornberger@house.state.md.us 410-841-3284
Julian.Ivey@house.state.md.us 410-841-3326
Dana.Jones@house.state.md.us 410-841-3211
Julie.palakovichcarr@house.state.md.us 410-841-3037
April.rose@house.state.md.us 410-841-3070
Robert.Long@house.state.md.us 410-841-3458
Darryl.barnes@house.state.md.us 410-841-3557

Edith.patterson@house.state.md.us 410-841-3247
nick.charles@house.state.md.us 410-841-3707

New Wednesday Enrichment Program Launches

New Wednesday Enrichment Program Launches

At the beginning of February, Chelsea School launched a new Wednesday enrichment program to bring performing arts and creative experiences to our students for the second semester of the 2021-2022 school year. The purpose behind this project is twofold: to provide our teachers with additional time to plan for their classes, and to provide our students with a social-emotional and creative outlet in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and virtual learning.

To accomplish this, Chelsea School has partnered with local groups to provide enrichment classes in playwriting, improvisational comedy, coding, hip hop dance, drama, spoken word poetry, filmmaking, and step dance. Students will participating in two of these groups each Wednesday for nine weeks, after which they will move to new classes. The response from students has been very positive.

“I’m really enjoying the opportunity to be creative and express myself,” said a Chelsea School sophomore. “I didn’t think that I would like this as much as I do.”

One of the most troubling impacts of the pandemic on students was social isolation and the amount of time spent away from their peers in face-to-face social situations. Chelsea School’s administrators are hoping that this enrichment program will help to foster better socialization for our students.

“Our students need to be able to express themselves,” said Kristal Weems-Bradner, Head of School. “These enrichment classes give them a space to do just that. We are hoping that this will not only allow them to become more comfortable working in a group, but will also help them to build confidence.”

Teacher Feature: Perry Nichols

Teacher Feature: Perry Nichols

For more than 25 years, Perry Nichols has made a positive impact on the health and livelihood of Chelsea School students. He is known as a major jokester amongst the teachers, writing limericks and getting a laugh out of everyone!

You may recognize Mr. Nichols from an NBC4 news segment last year, after Chelsea School had the opportunity to partner with local nonprofit Leveling the Playing Field. This exciting experience gave Chelsea students at-home sports kits, which allowed them to engage in physical education during virtual learning. Students and staff can attest to the fact that Mr. Nichols is constantly looking for new and exciting ways to engage students in their own wellness.

“I like seeing the satisfaction on a child’s face when they learn a new skill, a new game, or a new sport, and when they improve on a skill involved with that sport or activity,” said Mr. Nichols. “I like teaching the whole child. This means giving the child as many parts of a skill needed to accomplish a single task and showing them how and when to use every part of the skill to accomplish that task.”

Chelsea staff and students have nothing but love (and jokes) for our beloved Mr. Nichols:

“Mr. Nichols pushes me as my coach.”

“He has an amazing energy and a laugh that lights up a room!”

“He is super funny and nice!”

“Health class is really fun.”

We are so incredibly grateful to have Mr. Nichols as a teacher, mentor, coach, and friend here at Chelsea School!

P.S – To watch Mr. Nichols featured on NBC4, look HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5d6DP1qYIM