Special Education Coordinator
About Great Oaks Charter School – Wilmington
The Great Oaks (GO) Charter School – Wilmington opened in downtown Wilmington in the fall of 2015. This school year, Great Oaks – Wilmington serves 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. In the 2021-2022 school year, Great Oaks will add 12th grade to its enrollment, celebrating its first ever graduating high school class. Great Oaks provides a unique structure of support for its students. Middle school students receive daily individualized instruction from an AmeriCorps tutor to supplement their classroom learning. This commitment to mentorship and individualized learning helps Great Oaks students reach their maximum potential.
Supporting our neuro-diverse learners is at the heart of what we do. A successful Special Education Coordinator is mission-driven, adaptable, and has a collaborative team mindset. The Special Education Coordinator will work closely with the Director of Student Support Services to support special education teachers and students, as well as other staff members in their implementation of IEPs and support for neuro-diverse students. The Special Education Coordinator will report directly to the Director of Student Support Services.
Key Responsibilities Include
- Supporting teacher planning which is aligned to the Common Core Standards and student assessment data
- Collaborating with the Special Education Team, Director of Student Support Services, General Education Teachers, Administrators, and Great Oaks AmeriCorps Fellows to support differentiated learning plans for all scholars
- Planning and facilitating professional development sessions for staff
- Supporting case managers in their 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.
- Supporting case manager and students in the facilitation of IEP meetings using a strengths based and family centered approach
- 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, timelines in which evaluations were completed and discipline incidents documented
- Gathering and reporting 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
- Co-Coordinating the Extended School Year program
- Maintaining confidentiality of student records and student information
*This should not be considered an exhaustive list. Special Education Coordinator will collaborate closely with the Director of Student Supports to carry out responsibilities.
Competencies and Qualifications
The successful candidate will have proven success in implementing high-quality instruction that led to the improvement of student achievement in an urban school. S/he will possess exceptional relationship-building skills and the ability to communicate clearly to multiple stakeholders. The successful candidate will also have:
- A strong academic record with a Bachelor’s degree from a competitive college or university required; advanced degree in special education is preferred
- At least five years of experience in special education
- State teaching certification in special education
- A strong belief that all students can succeed
- An exceptional ability to respond well to feedback and implement it immediately
- 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.
This position is for the 2021-2022 school year and the successful candidate will start July 1, 2021.
Great Oaks provides a competitive compensation and benefits package; exact compensation will vary based on experience and education.
Spanish-speakers and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.