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Social Worker, Licensed

Website AppleTree

About AppleTree

AppleTree focuses exclusively on Preschool and Pre-K education with a mission of closing the achievement gap before students get to kindergarten. We provide free, full-day public charter school programming for three- and four-year olds in 12 locations across Washington, DC,  employing our innovative and award winning instructional model, called Every Child Ready (ECR). This instructional model provides educators with tools and resources for “What to Teach”, “How to Teach” and “How to Measure Success.” Our instructional model is also used with partners across the nation. We continuously test and improve this model through feedback from AppleTree educators, partners and other stakeholders to ensure that children are learning and exploring through play and appropriate instruction.


Position Summary

AppleTree is seeking an experienced Social Worker, Licensed to support teachers, administrators, families and staff in ensuring that AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School (AELPCS) provides optimal support to all children, especially those who need extra support in developing social competencies and those with challenging home situations. The Social Worker, Licensed brings an understanding of the psychosocial development of children and the influences of family, community, and cultural differences to the educational process. Social workers help to ensure that children are physically, socially and emotionally available for instructional experiences that will close the achievement gap before children enter kindergarten.

What you’ll do…

Support achievement of all students

  • Develop an understanding of the school’s mission, culture, response to intervention instructional model and school-wide behavior management plan
    Ensure  all social work policies and practices align with the school’s mission, culture, response to intervention instructional model and school-wide behavior management plan
    Assist in the screening and assessment of students’ social-emotional and behavioral needs, including completing classroom observations
    Provide specialized, data-driven consultation to instructional staff to support effective classroom management, preventive interventions and behavior modification plans
    Participate in school processes designed to help children in need of extra support, including the Student Support Team and Multi-disciplinary Team

Acts as a resource for families and the AppleTree community/network

  • Plan and provide school-wide programming to support responsive parenting, parent involvement and identified school-needs
  • Has knowledge of community resources to assist families, including those facing homelessness, domestic violence, drug abuse, unemployment and low adult literacy
  • Collaborate with community agencies to coordinate services within the school system
  • Conduct school-wide surveys to assess the needs of the school and school families
  • Provide professional development on areas of expertise to school personnel

Provides direct services to children and families

  • Provide short-term consultation services to families who need support
  • Provide short-term, classroom-based support to children who are having difficulties adjusting to other children or school
  • Provide short-term, classroom-based support to children who are experiencing social-emotional and/or behavioral problems
  • Provide short-term individual therapy to children experiencing behavioral problems utilizing evidence-based therapeutic techniques (e.g. play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy)
  • Facilitate social skills groups
  • Refer children, parents or families to community agencies where the need is indicated
  • Act as the school-based liaison for students with community-based services and supports
  • Implement and progress monitors social emotional goals for students with IEPs
  • Provide crisis response support and assistance to children and families
  • Support interventions and conducts home visits for families struggling with consistent attendance
  • Serve as the school-based homeless and foster care liaison
  • Conduct Functional Behavior Assessments for general and special education students
  • Lead the design, implementation, and progress monitoring of behavior plans
  • Compliance and reporting
  • Seek out clinical supervision as applicable
  • Maintain systematic data collection, review, analysis and reporting processes for all social work activities
  • Complete social work services dashboards regularly and on time

Contributes to a community of practice

  • Communicate frequently with school administrators, school staff, peers and Institute staff
  • Maintain necessary records.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality with regard to all aspects of student information.
  • Understand, and practice in accordance with, federal, state, and local laws, statutes, and/or policies that relate to students and families; such as, child protection/child abuse, special education, attendance, education rights and privacy
  • Seek out professional development opportunities for oneself
  • Demonstrates professionalism in all interactions and duties
  • Maintain cooperative, respectful and supportive relationships with colleagues
  • Allocate time and resources effectively

What we’re looking for…

  • A Master’s degree in social work or counseling and appropriate licensure (LGSW, LICSW, LGPC, LPC)
  • Experience as a Social Worker or Counselor, preferably in an urban elementary school setting. Experience with early childhood is a plus
  • An understanding of the community’s health and mental health resources
  • Professionalism, sensitivity and responsibility to students and AppleTree’s mission
  • This position requires travel to multiple campuses
  • Bilingual (Spanish) candidates encouraged to apply


  • Competitive Salary
  • $2,500
  • Employee Health Benefits that are in the 95th percentile of other schools in the DC Metro Area
  • Fully covered Dental
  • Benefits for you and all eligible dependents
  • Fully covered Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Life insurance with buy-up options
  • Free Online Wellness Platform for you and up to 4 eligible dependents
  • Competitive Paid Time Off, including early close Mental Health Days
  • 5% Employer Contribution to your Retirement Account (whether you contribute or not)
  • AppleTree Scholarship to pay for continued education
  • Network Professional Development Opportunities

AppleTree’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

At AppleTree, we endeavor to foster an environment where each person’s true self and experience is welcome.  We believe that only with a diverse and inclusive environment can you truly celebrate and support all students, families, and staff. Our commitment to diversity is founded on the belief that our community is strengthened by the vibrant exchange that occurs when individuals with different backgrounds, abilities, and heritages share their various perspectives with one another.

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