DEPARTMENT HEAD - SPECIAL EDUCATION MODERATE SPECIAL NEEDS PK-6


Worcester Public Schools
Worcester, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3672148 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: September 13, 2021 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
RE-POSTED
Applicants who have previously applied do not need to apply again.

The Worcester Public Schools is soliciting applications for a system-wide Department Head in the special education department.

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. because we will use it for your step placement.

This position is accountable for providing instructional support and/or supervision to special education teaching and support staff. Direct supports to schools will include targeted interventions in the areas of specialized services, data and progress monitoring in the areas of academics and behavioral learning objectives with an emphasis to promote high quality teaching and learning. On-going consultation and technical assistance to school based teams to ensure methodologies of data collection, assessment and measurable individualized educational goals and objectives are being implemented for students with disabilities with fidelity. Another critical monitoring component will include providing professional development opportunities within the district to ensure alignment to District goals to increase inclusion opportunities and outcomes for students with disabilities. A major responsibility will also include working collaboratively with various departments within the district to promote cohesiveness within all special education programs that fosters a positive climate to support safe schools. UDL principles and research based practices are the accountability measure that must be used to promote expectations for students with disabilities to be college and career bound as outlined in the Worcester Public Schools Compass

The Worcester Public Schools is wonderfully diverse and our successful teachers capitalize on this diversity to provide rich learning environments. Being an educator in the Worcester Public Schools will require that you have patience, perseverance, creativity, excellent content knowledge, and a true desire to prepare all students for successful lives.

For applicants who are committed to the work of preparing Worcester students to excel in college and beyond, we offer a competitive salary package and participation in federal loan forgiveness programs (more information about these programs is available on our website in the Human Resources section).

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
1.Ensure compliance mandates for students with disabilities are implemented to meet the guidelines of ESSA, NCLB, and IDEA regulations

2.Responsible for exercising vision and providing leadership that appropriately involves school based and special education staff, parents, and community stakeholders in the accomplishment of department goals and the district mission

3.Collaborate with Principals as needed in the evaluation process of identified special education staff that promotes high quality teaching and learning that supports schools and best practices for students with disabilities
4.Assess and monitor special education programs, special education teaching staff and/or related services, in compliance with state and federal mandates to ensure services are implemented with fidelity.

5.Assign staff to assure effective implementation of students’ IEPs, as related to service delivery goals and objectives based on entrance and exit criteria.

6.Assist special education teachers to implement and align the Massachusetts Common Core Standards and the WPS Compass as they relate to the individual student’s needs to promote inclusion opportunities.

7.Provide consultation to school-based Student Support Teams regarding pre-referral targeted interventions and research-based strategies to assure Child Find and adherence to the IDEA eligibility process.

8.Monitor data and assessment protocols to evaluate and progress monitor student’s performance to assist IEP TEAMS to develop measurable and meaningful IEP goals and objectives by providing support, assistance and consultation to staff in the delivery of day- to -day instruction, behavioral interventions, and related services

9.Support and assist the Manager and/or Assistant Director of Special Education and Human Resource Manager in the recruitment and retention of staff, evaluating performance and monitor staff licensure.

10.Assure the implementation of educational services and supports for students with disabilities regardless of race, color, gender, age, marital status, religion, natural origin, sexual orientation, homelessness, or disability including students on IEPs, 504s, and as needed, prior to referral for Special Education.

11.Develop and facilitate professional development opportunities for department staff, related service providers, general education teachers, parents and support staff on related topics.

12.Responsible for departmental meetings (i.e., department priorities, data analysis and in-service training, etc.) for the purpose of informing staff of educational innovations and trends.

13.Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

1.MA DESE Certification as a Special Education Teacher PK-8 with MA DESE SEI endorsement

2.Masters Degree

3.A minimum of five years of successful teaching experience or other activities in Special Education including knowledge of content standards and curriculum standards

4.Supervisory skills for managing and evaluating staff to ensure effective instructional practices and compliance with IEP's

5.Excellent written and oral communication skills

6.Critical thinking skills in the areas of specially designed instruction strategies and intervention tools

7. The ability to successfully engage teachers to be reflective in their practice and lesson planning to accelerate student engagement



PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

1.Knowledge of Special Education programs, Alternative programs, Vocational programs; and, completely versed in the program offerings of general education programs, preK – 12

2.Strong computer literacy abilities.

3.Demonstrated experience supporting students with disabilities and inclusion of Special Education student.

4.Ability to speak Spanish, Vietnamese, Albanian, Portuguese or an African language

5.Demonstrated experience with second language acquisition

WORK DAY: Teachers' work year

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


This deadline 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
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States 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. Have you ever been terminated for cause from a prior position? If so please explain.
    Brief Response (Answer limited to 200 characters, including spaces)

    2. Have you ever worked for the Worcester Public Schools? When? What capacity?
    Brief Response (Answer limited to 200 characters, including spaces)

    3. Do you have any relatives employed by the Worcester Public Schools or the School Committee? If yes, please list name, title, and relationship.
    Yes/No

    Contact Information
    Kay Seale, Manager of Special Education
    20 Irving Street
    Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
    Phone: 508-799-3093
    Email: sealek@worc.k12.ma.us