AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School seeks a motivated, passionate, and experienced Special Education Coordinator to provide case management for students identified for special education and related services. The Special Education Coordinator ensures that all children and families with special needs receive optimal developmentally appropriate educational experiences. The Special Education Coordinator will use in-depth knowledge of early childhood special education practices to support effective and research-based interventions to children identified for special education services. The Special Education Coordinator collaborates with the Special Education Teacher and general education teaching team to ensure high-quality instruction and coordinate services for all students in their classroom. The Special Education Coordinator facilitates the eligibility process, assists with IEP goal development, and monitors timelines for assigned campuses.
The Special Education Coordinator reports to the Special Education Manager, with input from the school principal. This is a non-supervisory role.
Duties and Responsibilities
Supports Achievement for all students
Demonstrates competency and expertise with the implementation of a scientifically-based reading research, standards-driven instructional program.
Uses information and data from a variety of sources to understand students’ developmental and instructional needs and to improve teaching and learning for all students.
Supports differentiated and individualized instruction that supports individual children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development in alignment with AELPCS’ standards and the child’s IEP.
Fosters tolerance and a sense of community in their classrooms, modeling and explicitly teaching acceptance and appreciation of others.
Supports all school staff in implementing an effective and consistent school-wide behavior management system and developing students’ prosocial behaviors in conjunction with school social worker.
Supports various assessment activities for all aspects of the special education program including identification and eligibility in accordance with IDEA and aligned with AELPCS standards.
Collaborates with school leadership on professional development needed to support general education teachers.
Provides case management to all children eligible for special education and related services:
Develops annual IEPs in conjunction with the Special Education Teacher that include developmentally appropriate goals for each child, which considers the individual child’s needs.
Gathers data, documenting through the Special Education Data System (SEDS), and any other aspects of the IDEA compliance process.
Collaborates with the classroom teaching team to support and consistently assess each child’s progress toward their IEP goals and to ensure their successful access of the general curriculum.
Works with the related service providers to maximize the professionals’ impact with identified special education students in all school environments.
Provides specialized instruction during Extended School Year (ESY) to eligible students.
Manages 504 student caseload, including plan development and annual review meetings.
Establishes and maintains cooperative partnerships with parents.
Effectively communicates to parents the special education process, including referrals, evaluations, annual IEPs and 504s, and parental rights granted by IDEA.
Ensures parents receive all notifications and evaluation reports in advance of the MDT meetings; ensures parents are welcomed as participating partners in all meetings.
Collaborates with families and other school personnel to develop an effective and viable transition plan to a Kindergarten program for students with IEPs.
Actively seeks to make connections with their students’ family members and other important people in their students’ lives.
Regularly communicates the school’s and individual children’s educational goals and progress to families.
Ensures compliance with federal and local regulations.
Notifies the general education team of all special education related meetings or events to ensure timeliness and adherence to IDEA regulations.
Assists with the development of the AELPCS Special Education Program to ensure program quality, standardization of practices across all campuses, and continued compliance with all state and federal laws.
Implements all established AELPCS special education policies and procedures.
Leads special education evaluation and annual IEP compliance and timelines.
Schedules, coordinates, and facilitates annual IEP meetings, ensuring IEP completion and compliance related to LRE, accommodations, modifications, service hours, and ESY.
Collaborates with evaluators to ensure timely referral of student evaluation plans, permission to evaluate forms, and timely receipt of reports.
Maintains and monitors accurate special education records, to include documentation of service delivery by all related service providers as required by IDEA, state regulations, and AELPCS policies.
Completes COS Data and the appropriate evaluations in a timely manner in collaboration with teaching teams.
Ensures timely completion of progress reports and reviews for completion at assigned campuses.
Upholds professional responsibilities
Maintains strict confidentiality with regard to all aspects of student information.
Understands and practices in accordance with, federal, state, and local laws, statutes, and/or policies that relate to students and families; such as, speech-language pathology, special education, education rights, ethical conduct and privacy.
Maintains necessary ongoing licensure/certification maintenance requirements within specified timelines.
Demonstrates professionalism in all interactions and duties.
Maintains cooperative, respectful and supportive relationships with colleagues.
Implements all established AELPCS policies and procedures.
Communicates professionally and constructively with colleagues.
Fulfills the standards of professionalism including appropriate dress, attendance and timeliness.
Monthly professional development and cohort meetings based on staff-driven ideas.
Opportunities to attend professional development.
Expand specialized instructional knowledge-base.
Coaching support from Special Education Manager.
Opportunity to become expert in early childhood special education identification process.
Ability to work across school settings and Local Education Agencies, building collaborative partnerships with administration and teachers.
Ideal position for self-starter.
3-5 years of teaching experience required
Bachelors degree in education, special education, human development, early childhood education or related field required, Master's degree preferred
The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the Special Education Coordinator.
About AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School
Our mission is to close the achievement gap before students enter kindergarten by providing them with the social, emotional, and cognitive skills they need to thrive in school.Founded in 1996, AppleTree is a non-profit organization consisting of a research and development institute and a public charter preschool with campuses across Washington, DC.Together, they produce and use an award-winning instructional model that is implemented at all AppleTree public charter preschools, and at nine other schools and child development organizations across Washington, DC. In 2016, we reach over 2,000 students or one of every seven preschool students in the District of Columbia.AppleTree is proud to help vulnerable children catch up to their peers. In fact, children who enter AppleTree programs below grade level typically graduate at or above it, with a well-rounded foundation to succeed in kindergarten, elementary school, and beyond.