Special Education Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time

Published

07/31/2018

Address

908 Wahler Place, SE
Washington
DC
20032
United States

Description

What You Will Do

The Scholar Support Coordinator (SSC) drives excellence and equity for all scholars with disabilities (Star Scholars). S/he works closely with the scholar support team (Principal, Teachers, Director of Scholar Support, Case Managers and others) to ensure IEP and 504 plan compliance and implementation provide scholars with comprehensive, compassionate and equitable services. The SSC primarily focuses on supporting the campus-based scholar support team to deliver a rigorous and joyful academic experience for Star Scholars through successful implementation of IEP/504 plans, observation, feedback, data-driven instruction, curriculum & assessment modifications and accommodations, professional development, and building team culture. The SSC is the direct coach and developer of scholar support teachers and is responsible for the coaching, development, growth, and performance of that team as evidenced by the achievement of Star Scholars.

 

Reporting to the Principal and directly managing Scholar Support Teachers and Paraprofessionals, you will:

 

Instructional Leadership

  • Coach, develop, & manage a campus-based team of teachers and aides daily
  • Assess overall progress of special education program on campus and address areas in need of improvement
  • Ensure that the core curricula is accessible to Star Scholars
  • Research, plan, and coordinate training (and coach teachers directly) regarding best practices that meet the needs of Star Scholars
  • Observe each scholar support teacher at least once per week and provide formal and informal feedback
  • Hold and facilitate weekly one-on-one coaching and development meetings with each scholar support teacher
  • Facilitate weekly team meetings and opportunities to analyze Star Scholar data (i.e. work samples, quizzes, exit tickets, benchmark assessments, etc.)
  • Co-observe with Deans of Teacher Effectiveness (managers of general education teachers) monthly to monitor and support the co-teaching model
  • Support teachers to develop competence in serving Star Scholars though modeling, observing, providing feedback and supporting teacher reflection and instructional best practices
  • Support teachers in the implementation of ongoing assessment, modification and accommodation, data collection and data analysis to ensure mastery of standards across content areas 
  • Lead scholar support and general education teachers to develop effective inclusionary practices and models such as whole group practices, small group interventions, and individualized learning activities
  • Set data-driven academic goals and outcomes for scholars with teachers, directly related to IEP goals, and monitor progress and adjust as necessary towards the same
  • Analyze data for Star Scholars regularly to drive decisions and additional supports for both scholars and staff
  • Track/monitor teacher responsiveness to feedback as evidenced by implementation of strategies, action plans and weekly goals 
  • Review and analyze scholar data and develop action plans with API and teachers
  • Review teacher lesson plans for quality ensuring standards alignment, rigor, differentiation, modification etc., and provide feedback on same

 

IEP Responsibilities

  • Oversee, with Case Manager and IEP Team collaboration, the development appropriate initial IEPs and re-evaluations (present levels of performance, goals, accommodations/modifications, and service hours) that will provide scholars with a free appropriate public education that is in accordance with team decisions and Achievement Prep standards
  • Review all IEPs to ensure proper services are being rendered as required
  • Manage the “Child Find” process
  • Disseminate and ensure understanding of IEP accommodations and modifications to all appropriate staff in a timely manner
  • Coordinate with general education teachers, scholar support teachers and related service providers to ensure collaboration in completing IEP quarterly progress reports and disseminating to families in the most accessible format
  • Work with the Case Manager to research, plan, and coordinate training (and coach teachers directly) regarding meeting the needs of Star Scholars
  • Work with Case Manager to manage the transition process (if middle school) to work with eligible scholars, families, and staff to design a transition plan that describes the instruction and related services objectives to support scholar success beyond Achievement Prep

 

504 Responsibilities

  • Ensure all stakeholders understand and implement all 504 plans
  • Work with Case Manager to coordinate the successful implementation of 504 planning process at campus level
  • Work with the Case Manager to research, plan, and coordinate training (and coach teachers directly) regarding meeting the needs of scholars with 504s

 

Cultural Leadership

  • Provide leadership to all staff and scholars in establishing a positive, structured, and achievement-oriented school culture 
  • Ensure that teachers set extremely high expectations and manage their classes and small groups in accordance with the Achievement Prep Way
  • Coach teachers to continually improve instructional practice, especially as it relates to issues of management and school culture 
  • Oversee effective and frequent communication with families from scholar support teachers
  • Maintain a culture centered on our ethos and core values of Determination, Respect,Enthusiasm, Accountability, and Mastery
  • Exhibit an unwavering commitment to high academic achievement and character development in our scholars

 

Support and Intervention Leadership

  • Collaborate with the Assistant Principal of Instruction and Principal to create push-in and pull-out schedules for scholar support teachers
  • Support general education and scholar support teachers in developing and implementing targeted interventions 
  • Use coaching tools effectively (classroom observation tools, data sheets, scholar action plans, etc.) 
  • Help general education and scholar support teachers develop and implement classroom-based, developmentally appropriate interventions for individual children and groups of children to enhance their acquisition of social/emotional and cognitive skills 
  • Oversee and regularly observe all scholars’ academic and behavioral skills to provide analysis of and interventions for any eligible specialized populations
  • Review data to ensure that at-risk scholars receive small group instruction and are closely monitored over time to determine if additional supports and interventions are needed
  • Provide relevant and timely information for the SST process to members of that team

 

Member of Campus-Based Leadership Team

  • Exhibit an unwavering commitment to high academic achievement and character development in our scholars
  • Meet as needed with leadership team members and share in the duties of running the campus effectively and to plan, problem solve, and support one another on an ongoing basis 
  • Serve as an active member of the Instructional Leadership Team
  • Work as a key member of the leadership team, collaborating and reflecting daily to ensure a strong school
  • Conduct weekly conversations with the campus-based leadership team focused on scholar achievement data to ensure clear next steps and strategies to drive scholar outcomes
  • Participate in grade level meetings and ensure fidelity to grade level lead protocols 

 

Administrative Leadership

  • Meet weekly with the Case Manager to align and plan for Star Scholars and the scholar support team
  • Conduct formal and informal evaluations and professional growth plans for teacher caseload
  • Complete formal and informal observations of teacher caseload
  • Meet weekly with Principal to discuss teacher caseload progress and scholar achievement
  • Support all school based assessments as needed
  • Attend and facilitate professional development as needed
  • Receive continuous feedback from peers and school leaders on your practice and be expected to give the same
  • Liaise with Network Office staff to carry out organizational goals as necessary

 

Be willing to take on additional responsibilities as necessary to fulfill Achievement Prep’s mission for our scholars 

 

You Must Have

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Certification, degree, or licensure in special education
  • 3+ years of teaching special education in an urban setting to children in historically underserved communities
  • 1+ years of special education coordinator or special education case management experience
  • Ability to regularly attend one to two meetings per week outside of normal hours (staff hours: 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM)

 

It Would Be Nice for You to Have

  • Master’s degree in special education

 

Who You Are

You know and understand the power of education and have seen, first hand, that power manifested either in your life or in the lives of others. You are committed to serving historically underserved communities knowing that your work is part of a larger ecosystem committed to change. You believe in a quality public education for all and are determined to serve every child that comes your way. You are unapologetically mission driven and will do whatever it takes to advance the work and ensure scholar achievement. You are excited about not just the work, but doing the work at Achievement Prep. You are familiar with our community and are not afraid of or by all the beauty and challenges that come with living in impoverished communities. You value and respect everyone and demonstrate that respect in words and actions.

 

You know while there are no excuses in this work, the scholars we serve require a leader who will differentiate for all yet keep excellence the bar that is maintained at all times. You know you are the driver of academic change for Star Scholars and your support and leadership is critical to improving scholar achievement. You know culture and instruction are inextricably linked, with the establishment of a strong culture taking precedence in order to promote an environment that is 100% conducive to learning. You know that deficits (present in adults and/or scholars) are representative of skill gaps until clear evidence proves otherwise, and therefore individuals deserve to be developed to meet their potential. You believe in our families and know it is your job to ensure they are fully educated and informed about their rights and the rights of their scholar. You respect timelines and know that meeting the same are not optional or to be taken for granted. You are open to feedback, eager to grow, and bring your best to everything you do. You know the work isn’t easy and don’t expect for it to be. The grind of our mission ignites you. You are not only capable of performing but thrive in circumstances involving ambiguity and nuance. You look for or create the joy in your day-to-day and want to work with others who do, too. 

 

What We Value

  • 100% Scholars: You prioritize what’s best for scholars first.
  • Results Without Excuses: You set, track and achieve ambitious goals; and you own the mistakes.
  • Sweat the Small Stuff: You pay attention to the smallest details to ensure smooth, predictable, and effective outcomes.
  • Community Matters – Mightily: You show care and respect for others – even when the work is taxing.
  • Unapologetically Mission-Driven: You have a “whatever it takes” mentality in achieving the mission.
  • Many Minds, One Mission: You value and partner with parents and the community for the good of scholars.

 

What You Get

  • Development:
  • Ongoing weekly or bi-weekly coaching and development from direct supervisor
  • Regular internal professional development tailored to the requirements of the position and staff needs
  • Opportunities to participate in external professional development that increases effectiveness in the role
  • Compensation & Benefits:
  • Achievement Prep offers highly competitive compensation and compensation
  • Medical, vision, dental benefits
  • Flexible spending accounts for transit, dependent care, and medical expenses
  • 401k with automatic immediate employer matching up to 4%
  • It Pays to Stay:
  • Upon completion of 2 full school years of service, employees become eligible for annual loyalty incentives
  • Gifts and Achievement Prep swag
  • Bonuses

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement


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