Exceptional Education Coordinator (SPED)
Greater Nashville Area, TN
Administrative – School Leadership
LEAD Public Schools grows both students and staff. We are expanding high-quality education throughout the Nashville area, and we need thoughtful, growth minded staff members to do that work. LEAD Public Schools employees are a rare bunch: driven to go the extra mile in driving student success, collaborative to the core, always striving to become a better educator, and finding ways to infuse fun and joy into the work environment. We are always on the lookout for how to make LEAD Public Schools a better place for our scholars and our families. #whyILEAD
LEAD Public Schools is a network of six public charter schools in Nashville, Tennessee. From 5th through 12th grades, our schools serve predominantly minority and low-income populations who are likely to be first-generation college attendees. The first five graduating classes of LEAD Academy High School -- the first in the school's history -- all earned 100 percent acceptance to college. Our academic success is rooted in the foundation of social-emotional learning programs and practices, including a commitment to Crew and our five Ethos: our students and staff members LEAD because they are COMMITTED, COURAGEOUS, DISCIPLINED, SELF-RELIANT and, above else, they always SERVE OTHERS.
There are many public charter schools and many models. LEAD Public Schools prides itself on being different. We balance rigor and love, taking head on the challenges that make a person academically successful and building the relationships that make them emotionally independent.
Job Goal: An Exceptional Education (ExEd) Coordinator should focus on coaching, leading, and growing all school personnel in their ability to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Through their knowledge and expertise, ExEd Coordinators drive the programs at their schools to become Exceptional Education programs that excel in student service, specially designed instruction, behavior modification, IEP compliance and management, parent outreach, co-teaching, instructional strategies, curriculum accommodation and modification, and student advocacy.
Ex. Ed Coordinators assist the school in all matters related to the ExEd programs, personnel, administration, and public relations. A liaison between the network and the school-based ExEd team related to compliance and instruction for special learners.
Job Responsibilities - Administrative
- Together with Principal and/or Assistant Principals, evaluates ExEd teachers’ performance by conducting formal and informal evaluations throughout the school year
- Develops, implements and monitors LEAD Public School procedures and programs consistent with the state and federal laws and regulations
- Plan and implement campus-based trainings and professional learning communities (PLCs)
- Manages the school-based relationship with all related service providers (OT, PT, SLP, etc.) and support in TennCare reimbursement
- Advocates for ExEd students with school leadership
- Attends quarterly ExEd Coordinator meetings during the school year
- Acts as LEA (Local Education Agency) at the Principal’s description
- Works to maintain school, LEA tracking, and data system that includes: student information related to IEPs, services, service hours, evaluations, referrals, timelines in which evaluations were completed and discipline incidents documented
Job Responsibilities - Instructional
- Participates as a member of the school’s Instructional Leadership Team
- Coaches ExEd teachers to help them create rigorous, engaging, and differentiated instructional materials aligned to courses and IEP goals
- Observes specific students/classrooms and makes recommendations
- Develops, implements, and conducts fidelity checks on specialized curriculum used in LEAD Public Schools, revising as necessary
- Develops and leads professional development for the school to increase understanding, skills, and systems used to support the growth of students with exceptionalities
- Informs school leadership and director of student progress, teacher and other personnel effectiveness and program development
- Working to maintain school tracking and data systems that include: student information related to students with disabilities (SWD) progress toward benchmarks, school assessments, grades, and IEP progress monitoring in order to make decisions toward students’ plans
- Collect, analyze, fidelity check and share data of SWD with all stakeholders to ensure progress
Job Responsibilities - Compliance
- Provides coaching and training to case managers, teachers, related service providers and support service professionals on all aspects of cases management: use of computer systems (i.e. Fastbridge, EdPlan) for the special education process, progress reports, annual reviews, and parent communication
- Develops, implements and monitors assigned LEAD Public Schools procedures and programs consistent with the state and federal laws and regulations
- Coordinates and supports IEP annual reviews and facilitates the compilation of documentation for student records
- Maintains a high level of knowledge regarding developing special education issues such as changes in federal and local special education policy
- Ensures IEPs are instructionally appropriate and relevant to individual students
- Participates in placement of students and develops appropriate scheduling for students with IEP
- Ensures appropriate delivery of both special education instruction and related services as stipulated on IEPs/504 plans
- Works to maintain school/LEA tracking and data system that includes: student information related to IEPs, services, service hours, evaluations, MD referrals, timelines in which evaluations were completed and discipline incidents documented
- Bachelor's degree is required, masters preferred
- Tennessee State Certification (Ex.Ed/SPED K-12, Interventionist K-8) OR relevant out of state certification for Ex.Ed/SPED
- Have at least 3 to 5 years of successful classroom teaching experience as an ExEd teacher
- Have excellent time-management skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently
- Committed to meeting the needs of a diverse student population
- Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of colleagues, parents, families, and community members
- Demonstrated leadership in the area of student growth and growth mindset, embodying the idea that all students can achieve
- Experience in coaching ExEd teachers preferred
LEAD Public Schools offers competitive salary and benefits packages commensurate with experience.
LEAD Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer. We seek applicants of diverse background and hire without regard to color, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.