Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School

Francis W. Parker Charter Essential Schools

Devens, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3078706
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : April 8, 2019
  • Starting Date: August 19, 2019

Job Description

The Special Education Coordinator at Parker provides educational, instructional, and programmatic leadership for special education in a middle/high school committed to knowing every student well and Essential School principles. Reporting directly to the Principal, the Coordinator works collaboratively with academic program leaders, the faculty, and families to deliver inclusionary special education services for students.
Key skills and capacities include: strong interpersonal skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; comfort with ambiguity, conflict, and iterative change; team-oriented approach; honoring student voice; deep knowledge base about student learning needs and creative pathways for student success; handle and balance multiple demands at the same time. Valid Massachusetts Administrator of Special Education licensure by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Leading a Team
• Supervise and evaluate all special education and related services staff as required.
• Provide support and mentorship to newly-hired and veteran special education educators and provide individualized professional development as needed.
• Coordinate schedules and services provided by school psychologists, special education staff, adjunct special education staff.
• Attend regularly scheduled academic leadership team meetings to ensure collaboration and consistency with other program leaders and initiatives.
Developing and Refining Programs
• Provide oversight and implementation of all special education programming for students at Parker.
• Contribute to adult learning and embedded professional development for all staff.
• Provide full leadership and oversight of all extended school year programming.
• Work collaboratively with sending district staff as indicated through analysis of individual cases/needs.
• Evaluate individual programs for effectiveness using data and feedback.
Program Delivery and Oversight
• Oversee case management services for all special education students, including identification, placement, follow-up, and individualized educational plan development and review.
• Assume leadership role in due process sessions including mandated mediations and hearings
• Provide thorough and timely reporting to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as required.
• Monitor the student record system related to special education
• In coordination with business manager and principal, prepare budget recommendations and oversee management and use of special education grants
• Perform tasks and assume any additional duties deemed necessary by the principal

Physical Demands/Work Environment : The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the Special Education Coordinator to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the Special Education Coordinator is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, talk, and hear. The Special Education Coordinator is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The Special Education Coordinator must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and distance vision. The demand of extended work days (attending evening events, early morning meetings, etc.) requires a high level of physical endurance.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: One year at-will with annual appointment per the principal.
EVALUATION: Evaluated by the principal annually.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Administrator > Special Education Director
  • Welcome to Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School!

    A six-year public secondary school of choice, the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School is open by lottery admissions to all residents of Massachusetts in grades seven through twelve.

    Parker is a progressive school which emphasizes learning to use one's mind well and putting the student at the center of the educational process. Students are known well at Parker. School climate is built on trust, decency and democracy.

    One of Massachusetts' first charter schools, Parker was started in 1995 by area parents and teachers committed to the principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools. Nationally recognized progressive educators Ted and Nancy Sizer were among Parker's founders and the school is part of their legacy; Ted and Nancy served as co-principals at Parker in 1998-1999.
    The school was named after Francis W. Parker, the 19th-century New England educator who is known as the father of American progressive education.

    The Parker Student Body

    In 2015-2016 the school enrolled 400 students from 40 towns in north central Massachusetts; the socioeconomic, ethnic, and educational characteristics of the student body closely reflect the general population of the region. Like all public schools, Parker serves students with a range of needs, abilities, and disabilities.

    The Faculty

    The Parker School has a talented and dedicated faculty. Parker teachers work together every summer to develop the school's curriculum and its unique program. All teachers serve as advisers to students, nurturing their intellectual, emotional, social, and ethical development. Parker gives top priority to keeping teaching loads at a level where every student can be known well. As faculty members at Parker commit to the development and achievement of their students, they also commit to one another's professional growth through critical conversation and daily collaboration. Parker trains, credentials, and supports early career teachers through the New Teachers Collaborative.

    The Trustees

    Parker School trustees include parents, teachers, educators, alumni, and community members who share a commitment to Parker's mission.

    What is a Charter School?

    Under the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993, the state may grant groups of citizens the right (or "charter") to start new public schools, which report to the state Office of Education and to their independent Boards of Trustees. By freeing these charter schools from the constraints of district supervision, it aims to nurture bold ideas and innovation in existing schools state-wide. Charter schools follow all federal and state regulations about non-discrimination; their admission is open to all.

    What is an Essential School?

    Established in 1984 by Theodore R. Sizer at Brown University, the Coalition of Essential Schools is a national network of over 1,200 schools and Centers engaged in restructuring and redesigning schools to promote better student learning and achievement. Essential schools share a common set of ideas known as the Ten Common Principles, which call for schools to set clear and simple goals about the intellectual skills and knowledge to be mastered by all the school's students; to lower teacher-student loads, personalize teaching and curriculum, and make student work the center of classroom activity; to award diplomas based on students' "exhibition" of their mastery of the school's program; to create an atmosphere of trust and respect for the school, faculty, students and parents; and to model democratic practices and honor diversity. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Francis W. Parker Charter Essential Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • Valid Massachusetts Administrator of Special Education licensure by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
    • At least 5 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Application Questions

    This employer has requested that ALL applicants answer the following questions. It IS highly recommended that you type ANY essays IN a word processing program, save them, AND THEN paste them ON the proceeding job application page.

    • 1. Please explain how the Parker school philosophy aligns with your ideas and experiences in education.
      Long Essay (Answer limited TO 4000 characters, including spaces)

    Contact Information

    • Todd Sumner , Principal
    • 49 Antietam Street
    • Devens, Massachusetts 01434
    • Phone: 978-772-3293
    • Fax: 978-772-3295
    • Email: click here

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