Special Education Coordinator 2018-2019 SY
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Los Angeles, CA
Where Exceptional is the Rule
ABOUT ALLIANCE COLLEGE-READY PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter school organization in Los Angeles, serving nearly 13,000 low-income scholars across 25 free public middle and high schools on 28 campuses. In our 14th school year, Alliance has a proven record of success: though our scholars come to Alliance on average four grade-levels behind in reading, 95% of Alliance graduates have been accepted to college—including 77% to a four-year university in 2017. We strive to truly change the life trajectories of our scholars and communities, with a goal of 75% of Alliance graduates completing a four-year college degree. We also value our people, illustrated by being in the top 10% of Gallup’s global Best Place to Work survey. Now is the time to join our collaborative community to make long-lasting change across Los Angeles.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY:
The Special Education Coordinator is an integral part of the school’s instructional leadership team and responsible for overseeing programs that provide educational assistance to children with mental, psychological, learning, behavioral or physical disabilities. With specialized expertise in the instruction of students with special learning needs within or outside the mainstream classroom, the Coordinator collaborates with the site administrator and teachers to ensure that the needs of all students are met. The Coordinator works under the direction of the school site principal and Director of Special Education to develop a comprehensive suite of resources and processes for the identification, placement, and support of students across the spectrum of academic ability. In addition, the Special Education Coordinator will maintain and monitor special education data for the school site.
- Maintain and develop knowledge of current Special Education regulations and best practices
- Provide professional development, consultation and resources to special education teachers regarding placement, curriculum, and procedures.
- Analyze assessment results to drive instruction and IEP development
- Schedule and facilitate IEP meetings in a collaborative and professional manner and translate meetings when necessary
- Support general education teachers and administrators in implementation of appropriate strategies to meet the needs of students with IEPs
- Create and maintain Special Education documentation as required by federal, state, district, and CMO regulations (e.g. EL Dorado SELPA and LAUSD).
- Develop and assist with appropriate behavior management techniques for students with special needs
- Mentor Resource Specialists (education specialists) at assigned school site.
- Manage school’s caseload and/or provide guidance to education specialists at the site on the development of Individual Education Programs and Individual Transition Plans in accordance with federal, state and district standards
- Manage school’s IEP caseload in district’s data management program (i.e. Welligent, SEIS)
- Ensure IEP timeline compliance of caseload
- Complete monthly Alliance internal reporting documents for assigned site (e.g. 311 report)
- Manage relationships with outside vendors to ensure students receive all individually prearranged IEPs services (i.e. Occupational Therapy, Language and Speech, etc.)
- Develop positive relationships with parents and families in order to engage them in the IEP process and keep them updated of student progress
- Influence the Response to intervention (RTI) and Student Success Team (SST) process
- Manage and/or assist with the development of 504 plans at assigned site
- Other duties/projects as assigned by school administrator and/or the Alliance Director of Special Education
Oversee Special Education Data Systems
- Analyze Alliance achievement data to identify special education programs and service needs.
- Assist with IEP data for El Dorado SELPA and LAUSD.
- Maintain and monitor caseload compliance in Welligent/SEIS.
- Update special education student’s information data systems.
- Track and monitor grades, and other achievement data for students in the special education program
- Assist with other duties as assigned.
- Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Special Education or related field.
- Valid California Education Specialist Credential is required.
- 3+ years of experience working with students with special needs.
- 1+ years of experience coaching and observing teachers (Leadership role – Department Chair, Mentor Teacher, etc.).
THE STRONGEST CANDIDATES WILL HAVE/BE:
- Knowledge pf and ability to communicate federal and state laws and procedures, legal issues, codes, regulations and requirements pertaining to areas of assigned responsibility for special education
- Understanding of principles, practices, methods, curriculum development, instructional strategies, data analysis, progress monitoring, and techniques applicable to special education and SELPAs
- Ability to observe individuals and environments; facilitate and participate in-group processes; prepare written documents; address large and small groups; provide feedback, recommendations on, and implementation of remediation strategies
- Strong interpersonal, communication, and relationship-building skills with both children and adults
- Passion for and commitment to the success of children from high-poverty communities
- Open to feedback and eager to develop professionally
- Flexible, optimistic, comfortable with change and ambiguity, and able to learn quickly
- Entrepreneurial spirit to thrive in a fast-paced and achievement-oriented environment
- Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team
- Understanding of the nuances of urban school environments and school culture
- Ability to deliver engaging, meaningful, and actionable professional development to teachers
- Excellent skills in time management and multi-tasking
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools prides itself in offering its employees a competitive salary and a rich group benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage for the employee and her/his eligible dependents. Retirement benefits are also offered and include a generous employer match/contribution.
To apply, visit www.laalliance.org/careers to submit a resume and cover letter. Please note that only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools are free public charter schools which do not discriminate against any student, parent, community member, or employee on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
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About Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
About Us In 2004, the first Alliance public school opened at the corner of Western and Martin Luther King Blvd., starting with a small group of dedicated educators serving a few hundred families who wanted something better for their children. Alliance sought to prove that an exceptional education is possible for all students, regardless of their background or zip code. Today, Alliance is the largest charter school network in LA and larger than 75% of all school districts in California yet successfully educating 12,500 students in 25 high-performing, tuition-free high school and middle school academies. Today we have more than 6,000 graduates, and continuing to make a difference in the lives of every one of our students. See more successful performance details in our 2016 Annual Report. Alliance's founding principle of school autonomy with accountability helped build a culture that supports teacher innovation at each school and strives to understand what works to prepare students to succeed in college. As a result, Alliance schools significantly outperform traditional public schools while still sharing a common mission and core values. Today, Alliance supports a network of independent schools by providing operational services, resources, training, guidance, and oversight to ensure that all schools operate effectively and provide educational services that address the individual needs for every student including: Facilitating the definition and support of key educational and operational parameters that are shared across schools. Serving as the charter holder of record and local operator of its schools.