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The Director of Learning Support is a school leader, program coordinator, and manager responsible for ensuring all students reach their full potential. He/She develops and monitors a comprehensive program of high-quality academic teaching and services that meet each student’s identified and targeted needs. This is a director level role and a member of the school’s leadership team, reporting directly to the Principal.

(S)/he coordinates, develops, monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of the Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs), including the management of SETSS teachers, outside providers working under Agency Agreements and RSAs and other therapists or specialists. (S)/he advisee the principal regarding the special education program, particularly the school’s ICT classes, and ensures that the needs of the school’s special education students are met.

The successful candidate delivers special education professional development for general education teachers, and supports staff with curriculum modifications, instruction, and assessment for students with special needs.  Finally, the Director of Learning Support is a liaison between the school and CSD 13’s Committee on Special Education.

RESPONSIBILITIES & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Operational Leadership:

  • Serve on School Leadership Team; collaborate with team to ensure an inclusive school culture that provides all Special Education and English Language Learner services, programs, and intervention needs
    Manage Special Education department, including teachers and service providers.
  • Develop and oversee the case management system for all students with IEPs, 504 Plans, and ELL services. Ensure that the school is in compliance with the requirements of IDEA, etc. Oversee all plans for assessment to ensure compliance with all students IEPs, 504 Plans, and ELL classifications, including the coordination of state testing accommodations.
  • Oversee the implementation of processes and structures for ensuring compliance and effective participation in decision making forums (Response to Intervention, Child Study Team, IEP Reviews, 504 Team Meetings) from all service providers and teachers.
  • Serve as schools liaison with the Committee on Special Education.
  • Manage the procurement of third party services needed to provide Special Education; monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of these services.

Instructional Leadership:

  • Observe, coach and evaluate all Integrated Co-Teaching teams, establishing the foundations for successful, inclusive classrooms that implement high-quality differentiated instruction.
  • Work with instructional staff to plan for and modify instruction of students with IEPs and 504 plans. Oversee school-wide unit plans and lesson plans to ensure proper differentiation.
  • Plan and lead staff learning experiences through department meetings, school-wide professional development sessions, and other workshops to ensure that staff are empowered to meet the differentiated instructional needs to all students.
  • Meet with special education teachers regularly to collect and discuss data trends; problem solve with teaching staff to prioritize the teacher actions that will most impact student performance.
  • Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate Special Education teachers.

Qualifications

We seek a highly competent educator with special education certification who is committed to the education of children with special needs in an inclusive setting and is excited by the challenge of starting an innovative new school with a focus on special education.  The following qualifications are required:

  • Master’s Degree in Special Education or Education Administration
  • 5-7 years successful teaching experience, preferably teaching students with disabilities or providing intervention services
  • Strong understanding of Special Education and ELL services best practices and regulations.
  • Evidence of strong leadership ability, with experience leading and managing adults to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Passion for helping all Special Education and English Language Learner students become proficient and able to access their grade-level curriculum
  • Strong commitment to an inclusion model of education; experience with and/or understanding of the urban learning environment.At least three years of special education teaching experience in an urban setting;
  • Sense of humor and tolerance for ambiguity in a start up environment

ICS is committed to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color,  religion, gender, sexual orientation or any other protected category under state or federal law.

To apply for this job please visit www.icsnyc.org.

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