Special Education Coordinator - The DC Special Education

Do you have the drive, talent, and commitment it takes to work at one of the nation’s highestperforming charter management organizations? Join our effort and ensure that all students are
prepared – both academically and socially – for successful futures.
DC Prep is a charter management organization committed to bridging the educational divide in the
nation’s capital by increasing the number of students from low-income communities with the academic
preparation and personal character to succeed in competitive high schools and colleges. Currently
serving 900 students in PreSchool through 8th grade at three campuses, DC Prep will grow to 10
schools enrolling 10% of public school students in some of Washington’s most under-served
neighborhoods. Now in its 8th year, DC Prep has a track record of success in ensuring that its students
and employees reach their highest potential. DC Prep's staff and school leadership are building schools
that promote meaningful relationships between faculty and students, enable excellent teaching, and
foster professional collaboration. The management team is ensuring an organization that is focused and
effective. The end result: great outcomes for students. To learn more, visit our website at
The Special Education Coordinator works to ensure that DC Prep’s Edgewood Middle campus
provides appropriate programs in the least restrictive environment for all students with special needs.
This includes managing the pre-referral and IEP processes, maintaining student data, communicating
with parents, and ensuring that the school operates in compliance with special education law and
procedures at all times. This person will report to the Director of Special Education.
Special Education Coordination
 Monitor compliance with special education processes and timelines
 Interpret and articulate special education regulations, policies, and procedures to principal,
teachers, and parents so as to ensure compliance
 Develop standardized processes, forms and protocols for all special education procedures
 Establish procedures for evaluation, and re-evaluation of students with special needs
 Oversee and/or implement all aspects of student referrals, IEP development, diagnostic
assessments, and annual/tri-annual reviews and institute and maintain a documentation system
that captures and organizes all such data
 Conduct and lead school-based special education related meetings
 Coordinate the set-up and delivery of IEP-mandated direct services to students
 Assist in the coordination of the provision of related services with related service care providers
 Oversee the development, tracking, dissemination and proper implementation of IEP-mandated
accommodations for students with special needs during state testing events
 Consult with teachers to develop classroom interventions for struggling students
 Assist teachers in preparing lessons and materials for the purpose of improving educational access
for students with disabilities
 Participate in SST meetings as required
 Provide small group or individual intervention for students with special needs
Professional Development
 Lead weekly department meetings in order to provide on-going professional development to
special education staff members
 Provide resources, workshops, and on-going training to school staff on special education practices
 Provide support for the implementation of remedial intervention programs
 Coordinate and implement the assessment plan for all classified students
 Help administer the school’s identified screening, progress monitoring, diagnostic, and outcomes
 Fully participate in opportunities for professional growth including weekly professional
development meetings, instructional coaching, and outside professional opportunities
 Keep current in subject matter knowledge and learning theory and be willing to share this
knowledge for continual improvement of the school’s curriculum
 Take full responsibility for all duties and share responsibility for grade-level and school-wide
School Community
 Communicate regularly with families to share academic progress and develop a supportive homeschool relationship
 Model and support DC Prep’s mission of instilling character and leadership values and infusing the
school’s character education and social skills development program into daily instruction
 Fully embrace DC Prep’s mission, vision, and values and promote them to students, staff, other
faculty, parents, and members of the outside community
Deep belief in DC Prep’s vision and mission
Strong accordance with DC Prep’s values: results for students, first and foremost; good minds and
good hearts – inextricably linked; excellence, always; reflection and refinement; optimistic
determination; and generosity and humor
Exceptional instructional and classroom management skills
Demonstrated content area mastery
Passion for teaching and connecting with students and families
Commitment to academic and personal excellence
Desire to work as a team player with teachers and staff
Focus on maintaining a school environment promoting academics, character, leadership and
continuous learning
Ability to interact professionally with parents and community members
Understanding of need for and willingness to do “whatever it takes” to support student
achievement in traditionally under-served communities
Meticulous organizational ability in order to set priorities, organize workload, handle multiple
responsibilities and meet deadlines
Emotional constancy and extraordinary interpersonal skills
Positive attitude, maturity, and personal stability sufficient for a demanding position
 Two years of lead teaching experience with a special education population, preferably in an urban
public school, with a record of high student achievement
 Master’s degree in Special Education or a related education field
 Meet the appropriate grade level and subject area requirements to obtain “Highly Qualified” status
for the District of Columbia under the No Child Left Behind law and IDEA
 Bachelor’s degree from a competitive college or university
 Highly competitive salary with the opportunity to earn performance pay based on individual and
organizational results
 Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability
insurance; maternity, paternity, and adoption leave; and a 403b retirement plan
 Laptop for school and home use and monthly cell phone stipend
 Leadership opportunities and/or flexible schedules (for teachers who demonstrate stellar student
academic gains and superior contributions to the entire school community)
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: To apply, please complete an application and submit a resume at
http://jobs-dcprep.icims.com. No phone calls, please.