Special Education Coordinator
Friendship Public Charter Schools - Washington, DC

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As the nation's first multi-campus charter school, Friendship Public Charter School has been producing college-ready students for over 15 years. From Preschool through 12th grade, Friendship invests in providing a rigorous academic curriculum that enables our children to excel as ethical, literate, and well-rounded leaders in a 21st century economy. We surpass our peers across the District in public education with a 91% graduation and college entrance rate. To this end, we also hold the quality, success, and development of our teachers with paramount importance. We provide a number of professional growth and development opportunities which have yielded both the 2010 and 2011 DC Teachers of the Year, and three outstanding school principals who launched their careers in our classrooms.

The Special Education Coordinator (SEC) is responsible for organizing, facilitating, and supporting the Special Education Team's sharing of special education requirements both administrative and instructional. The SEC, like all Special Education teachers, is expected to exhibit the same skills, knowledge, and qualities required of the general classroom teachers in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, classroom management, professional responsibilities and relationships, family involvement, and school community.

Responsibilities
  • Consistently seek and share best practices as an active and effective participant that contributes to a Professional Learning Community.
  • Communicate regularly with the Director of Special Education about the student population, the evolution of the Special Education program, and professional development needs.
  • Provide to the Director of Special Education regular updates on student and staff demographics, program development, and any concerns regarding compliance with special education law and regulations.
  • Maintain current demographics and documents regarding all students on IEPs, as well as those in the referral process (development, updating, annual reviews, and triennials).
  • Manage special education staff and related service providers within the school. Manage parent communications and support sessions regarding their child with special needs.
  • Adhere to school management and discipline policies within the classroom and throughout school campus.
  • Provide the principal and other decision makers in the school with information regarding relevant federal, state and local regulations governing special education, including placements, timelines, notifications, IEPs, parental roles, reevaluations, and procedural safeguards.
  • Refining curriculum approaches and materials to increase students' involvement and progress.
  • Establish working relations with colleagues, developing effective systems for reciprocal communication about students with special needs. This includes meeting regularly with house teams and focusing them on instructional solutions, as well as collaborating with teachers individually.
  • Provide ongoing support for classroom teachers, including taking over classroom instruction, so they can provide intensive pull-asides for students with difficulties.
  • Plan with classroom colleagues, swapping expertise and following up with supportive instruction, strategic modeling, and tailored instructional materials

Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Special Education required; Master's degree in Special Education is preferred.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and above, or Successful completion of the ETS PRAXIS II Education of Exceptional Students (20353) (maybe substituted for a degree in Special Education content).
  • Five years of relevant Special Education classroom teaching experience required.
  • Five years of urban teaching experience preferred.

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