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 personnel, including, but not limited to special education teaching staff, related service providers, and support staff. Additionally, 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 CompassThe 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 mission3.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 students 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 students 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 or Related Service Provider; MA DESE SEI endorsement2.Masters Degree3.A minimum of five years of successful teaching experience or other activities in Special Education or related field4.Supervisory skills for managing and evaluating staff to ensure effective program development and compliance with IEP's5.Excellent written and oral communication skills6.Critical thinking skills7. The ability to successfully multi-taskPREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: 1.Knowledge of Special Education programs, Alternative programs, Vocational programs; and, completely versed in the program offerings of general education programs, preK 122.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 language5.Demonstrated experience with second language acquisitionWORK DAY: Teachers' work yearSALARY: Appropriate step on Teachers salary schedule, plus contractual stipendsThis deadline does not preclude further advertisement or recruitment.