SPECIAL EDUCATION COORDINATOR 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. ABOUT DC PREP 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 www.dcprep.org. RESPONSIBILITIES OVERVIEW 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 Assessment Coordinate and implement the assessment plan for all classified students Help administer the school’s identified screening, progress monitoring, diagnostic, and outcomes measures Professionalism 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 activities 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 SKILLS AND CHARACTERISTICS 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 EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE 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 COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS 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. 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