Special Populations


Founding Special Populations Coordinator Mission: To serve as the Special Populations Coordinator at Digital Pioneers Academy (DPA), a 6th-12th grade college preparatory school that will consistently rank as a Tier 1 Washington, DC public charter school. To ensure 100% of DPA students graduate from college and/or secure a high paying, high demand job.


DPA’s Graduate Profile:

  1. Students will develop into innovators who possess the skills to problem solve, persevere, collaborate, create, communicate, and connect as they work to solve the increasingly complex problems of society.

  2. Students are prepared for, accepted into, and complete four-year colleges.

  3. Students will demonstrate mastery of 2+ programming languages and pass the AP Computer Science Principles exam.

  4. Students will expand their social-emotional skills and mindsets to develop strong habits of success.

  5. Students will have a long-term plan rooted in their values and interests and will identify credible next steps towards achieving their hopes and dreams.


DPA’s  Big Ideas

We are different.

We believe that Computer Science is not a “Nice to Have,” it’s a “Must Have.” Every student at Digital Pioneers Academy will learn Computer Science at every grade level.

We will nurture the genius in every child.

While our education model is grounded in computer science, that simply means that we will nurture the inherent power of each student by equipping students with marketable computer science skills and habits of innovation as they build their future of choice, even if that’s not a computing job.

We believe relationships matter.

Whether it be inside the classroom, outside the school, between peers, teachers or families, we believe that relationships are key to student success at Digital Pioneers Academy.

We believe all children can learn at the highest levels.

Our students will understand that you are not born smart; you get smart with effective effort.

We believe our students learn by doing.

Most students are too passive in their learning experiences. Students will invent, design, and produce as part of the learning experience.


Position Summary

The Special Populations Coordinator (SPC) works as part of the leadership team to ensure that the education program at DPA enables students with special needs to use their abilities to the fullest extent possible. The SPC will be responsible for coordinating the total school support program including the full continuum of services that may be called for in IEPs, overseeing the Child Find process, developing and implementing program strategy, designing and implementing PD and specific training, managing data compliance and related services as well as brainstorming and piloting new service strategy.  In addition, the SPC will support all aspects of coordination of transitional services, related services, separate facilities placement, home and hospital instruction and special aide service. The SPC will coordinate the development, implementation, and evaluation of the instructional program for students with special needs.


  • Maintains all special education and Section 504 files.

  • Ensures that all students with disabilities receive the appropriate school services including the provision of related services, monitoring speech language and counseling schedules to ensure that all students receive service in accordance with their individualized education plans (IEP).

  • Ensures that all students with IEPs and Section 504 plans receive their mandated testing modifications and accommodations during state and local exams.

  • Coordinates the evaluation, reevaluation, triennial, and annual review processes for the school.

  • Ensures that all special education processes occur within the appropriate time frames.

  • Supervises related service providers and works with them to create open lines of communication between teachers and providers.

  • Supervises ELL and special education inclusion teachers to ensure appropriate delivery of services.

  • Models and fosters a culture of integrity, optimism, excellence, innovation, respect, and results.

  • Supports the ongoing development of the curriculum and instructional model as the school grows.



  • Master’s degree in special education.

  • At least three years of classroom teaching experience in an urban school setting.

  • An advanced understanding of instructional strategies for meeting the needs of students with autism, developmental delay, specific learning disabilities, and behavior disorders.

  • Belief in and alignment with Digital Pioneers Academy’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.

Compensation and Benefits

Digital Pioneers Academy offers a highly competitive salary based on experience and an excellent and comprehensive benefits package.

To Apply

Interested candidates should follow the link below to apply for this position.

Digital Pioneers Academy is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.

General Hiring Process 

 * Hiring process may be modified depending on position requirements.

* Hiring process may be modified depending on position requirements.

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