SPECIAL EDUCATION: EVALUATION TEAM CHAIRPERSON


Systemwide
Worcester Public Schools
Worcester, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3651708 Application Deadline: November 1, 2021
Posted: August 20, 2021 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
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ACCOUNTABILITY OBJECTIVE:

This position is accountable for ensuring compliance standards are met for state and federal regulations that governs the rights of a student with a disability to ensure Free Appropriate Public Education [FAPE]. Responsibilities include the scheduling and facilitation of TEAM members to review and present comprehensive assessments necessary to determine eligibility which impacts the development of the student’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP). Through the TEAM meeting process critical accountability measures must ensure that a student with a disability has access as well as receives specialized instruction services in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The Evaluation Team Chairperson represents the district as the designee of the Manager of Special Education and is appointed to commit district resources while overseeing adherence to special education federal and state regulations which also includes compliance related matters.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.Demonstrates keen understanding and implementation of IDEA, federal and state regulations that governs the rights of a student with a disability.

2.Attendance at monthly scheduled ETC meetings and SPED Department meetings are mandatory given direct supervision and evaluation from SPED Department Head of ETC’s

3.Responsible for working directly with school based evaluation and/or educational TEAM to ensure that students with disabilities who are eligible for specialized instruction are educated in the least restrictive environment.

4.Maintain and monitor timelines throughout the IEP process by ensuring that the district maintains compliance in accordance to state and federal regulations.

5.Guiding IEP TEAMs in the determination of eligibility for special education services by the identification of what a student will need in the area(s) of specialized services as required by state and federal regulations.

6.Ensuring that students with disabilities have access to the general education CORE curriculum.

7.Review of student records to ensure compliance standards are met through the DESE Coordinated Program Review process

8.Assisting schools in analyzing data to determine measurable goals and meaningful objectives as determined by the development of the student’s individualized education program (IEP).

9.Coordination the facilitation of IEP meetings that promote parent engagement, participation and understanding of the eligibility process throughout the TEAM meeting process. .

10.Communicating with parents, school staff and community agencies to provide technical assistance and clarity regarding the IEP TEAM process.

11.Collaborating and sharing knowledge of available resources with other Team members.

12.Developing and overseeing the coordination of the IEP process which includes writing and entering the required documentation into SAGE-IEP and/or IEP Management System.

13.Responsible for working with direct service providers/liaisons with the IEP process including sharing recommendations, completing assessments, and the documentation of student-specific goals and objectives in SAGE-IEP.

14.Professional development training and technical support to district personnel including general and special education staff around the IEP TEAM process and best practices

15.Responsible for assuring equal educational opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, marital status, religion, gender identity, natural origin, sexual orientation, homelessness, or disability.

16.Performance of other job-related duties as assigned by administration.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

1.Licensure as a Special Education Teacher or Related Service Provider.

2. Master’s Degree in Education

3.SEI Endorsement - Demonstrated experience with second language acquisition

4. A minimum of five years of successful teaching experience

5.Excellent written and communication skills

6.Critical thinking given the ability to multi-task with exceptional organizational skills


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

1.Advanced educational preparation in special education leadership.

2.Knowledge of the federal and state regulations that govern special education and the TEAM evaluation process

3.District knowledge of programs and service delivery options; including alternative, career and vocational technical programs and offerings within the district

4.Strong computer literacy skills

5.Teaching experience supporting students with disabilities and/or inclusion service delivery models

6.Administrative or supervisor experience, desirable.

7.Ability to speak Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Albanian, Nepali, Twi or an African language


WORK DAY: Daily 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The position further requires Teacher’s work year (183 days), plus (10) additional days. These days will be identified and approved by the Manager of Special Education. The (10) days ensures compliance timelines and IEP’s completion are met to finalize placement and transportation services for students with disabilities in accordance to State and Federal regulatory mandates.

SALARY: Appropriate step on Teachers’ salary schedule, plus contractual stipend

TO APPLY: Any person interested in this position must submit a resume, cover letter, and answer all questions on-line at www.worcesterschools.org.

This deadline date does not preclude further advertisement or recruitment

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1

Equal Opportunity Employer
The Worcester Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Educational Institution and does not discriminate regardless of race, color, ancestry, sex, gender, age, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy or a related condition, veteran status or homelessness. The Worcester Public Schools provides equal access to employment and the full range of general, occupational and vocational education programs. For more information relating to Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action contact the Human Resource Manager, 20 Irving Street, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-799-3020.

Job Requirements
To maximize the effectiveness of your application, it is recommended that you provide a cover letter, which describes the specific training, and experience that you have for the position(s) that you are applying for and that you ensure that the certification information in your SchoolSpring profile is updated. Your MA DESE certification number will allow us to verify that you possess the correct license. Please ensure that your SchoolSpring resume, specifically, is updated as this will be used to determine your Degree and Step placement on the Teachers salary schedule.
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  • Application Questions
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    1. Have you ever worked for the Worcester Public Schools? When? What capacity?
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    2. Do you have any relatives employed by the Worcester Public Schools or the School Committee? If yes, please list name, title, and relationship.
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    3. Have you ever been terminated for cause from a prior position? If so please explain.
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    4. Do you have experience working in a public school system?
    Yes/No

    5. Do you have experience with Special Education students?
    Yes/No

    6. Do you have demonstrated experience supporting students with special needs?
    Yes/No

    Contact Information
    Triada Frangou-Apostolou, Assistant Director of Special Education
    20 Irving Street
    Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
    Phone: 508-799-3093
    Email: FrangouApostolouT@worcesterschools.net