Bridges Public Charter School

Washington , District of Columbia ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 2878201
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : December 23, 2017
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

Bridges mission is to provide an exemplary educational program that includes all students. Our developmentally appropriate, student and family-centered educational approach nurtures students to expand their developmental skills, in order to build a foundation for life-long learning. Bridges Public Charter School is expanding into an elementary school program. We will add a grade level each year reaching capacity at 5th grade in SY2017-2018. The Special Education Coordinator is part of a 5 person Special Education Administrative Team that works with families and classrooms for the success of the school's special education program and students.

Bridges PCS is a multicultural program; we are looking to hire individuals of diverse backgrounds to join our school staff to reflect the multicultural demographics of the students we serve.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Overseeing / managing a caseload of special education students and the implementation of their IEP/504 plans in: inclusive, self-contained and pull-out settings.
Ensuring appropriate delivery of both special education instruction and related services as stipulated on IEPs/504 plans.
Ensuring compliance by the school with all local and Federal laws and regulation relating to students with IEPs/504 plans and students referred to special education.
Ensuring that services provided by contractual personnel are of high quality, provided in the LRE, and are aligned with students’ IEPs/504 plans.
Effectively communicating to parents and guardians the special education process including process for referrals, evaluations, annual IEPs/504 plans, and re-evaluations as well as parental rights granted by IDEA.
Facilitating IEP meetings using a strengths based and family centered approach
Coordinating with student’s special education team to ensure all documents are completed in a timely manner (according to state, local, and school policies and procedures) prior to MDT meeting. Connect with special education team to ensure all team members (including parents) are prepared for the content of the meeting.
Coordinating with special education team to complete quarterly IEP progress reports and provide quarterly IEP progress reports to parents/guardians.
Maintaining student files (paper and electronic) according to school and OSSE standards.
Providing training and technical assistance to case managers, teachers, related service providers and support service professionals on all aspects of cases management: use of computer systems for the special education process, writing of goal writing, progress reports, annual reviews and parent communication.
Ensuring IEPs are developmentally appropriate, curriculum/standards -based, strength based, and relevant to individual students.
Working to maintain school and LEA tracking and data system that includes: student information related to IEPs, services, service hours, evaluations, MDT referrals, time lines in which evaluations were competed and discipline incidents.documented
Supporting the planning of special education initiative and the implementation of initiatives. Integrates new developments, research findings and best practices into ongoing programs and new initiatives.
Representing Bridges as a subject matter expert in contact with OSSE, Federal Agencies and non-profits concerning students with special needs.
Overseeing special education inventory of equipment / materials.
Identifying and develops appropriate curriculum and school based assessments to support the academic growth of students with IEPs/504 plans.
Gathering and report data for all reporting requirements concerning students with IEPs/504 plans and other required reports (to the State, Department of Education, census, grant applications, annual report, etc.). Examples: Child Count and COSF
Maintaining a high level of knowledge regarding developing special education issues such as changes in federal and local special education policy.
Advocating for special education with school leadership.
Establishing and maintaining communication with parents of students in the program.
Facilitating workshops / meetings for parents, as well as identifies resources for parents of students with special needs.
Engaging parents and families in their student’s learning and acting as an ambassador for the school in the community.
As appropriate connecting with student’s outside providers, pediatricians, and therapists to support student’s needs in classroom.
Co-Coordinating ESY program
Maintaining confidentiality of student records and student information
Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills:

Preferred: Masters Degree in Special Education and certification in Special Education; or a Bachelor's Degree and certification in Special Education. Other possible degrees include social work, health education and psychology.
Have 1 to 2 years of successful classroom teaching experience in an urban school setting as a special education teacher. 2 or more years of teaching experience is preferred.
Demonstrate an advanced understanding of instructional strategies for students with autism, developmental delay, specific learning disabilities, and behavior disorders.
Extensive background knowledge with EASY IEP
Demonstrate strong skills in partnering with families.
Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of colleagues, parents, families, and community members.
Be committed to meeting the needs of a diverse student population.
Have a track record of being a team player and community minded.
Be committed to their own learning.
Have excellent time-management skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently.
Have a passion for urban public schools.
Adhere to a high level of professional and ethical standards.

Salary is based on educational level, certification(s), and years of experience. Employees will be contracted yearly. Contracts will be renewed according to evaluations and staff interest. Health benefits (medical & dental), disability insurance, and a retirement plan: 401-(k) or the continuation of the DCPS retirement plan.

To ensure safety for all students, all staff members may be fingerprinted. Background checks will be conducted on all school staff prior to their service as employees. Bridges is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate all applicants without unlawful consideration of race, religion, age, color, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Spanish-speakers and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : Special Education > Autism
    Special Education > Mild/Moderate Disabilities
    Special Education > Multiple Disabilities
    State-level Positions > Coordinator
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    Job Requirements

    • At least 2 year s of relevant experience preferred
    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency OR WORK VISA IN United States required

    Contact Information

    • Olivia Smith
    • 1250 Taylor Street NW
    • Washington, District of Columbia 20011

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