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Date Added: Fri 04/06/2021

Special Education Coordinator

New Orleans, LA, US
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Job Type: Permanent, FullTime

Job Description

Job Description - Special Education Coordinator

About CANO

Community Academies of New Orleans (“CANO”) is a new charter school management organization created to bring together Esperanza Charter School, Foundation Prep Charter School, and Lafayette Academy Charter School with the ultimate goal of strengthening all three schools.  The nonprofit boards that governed Foundation Prep and Choice Foundation voted to establish this partnership in 2019 to benefit from the organizations' shared values, similar programming, and strong leadership, and set operations of CANO to launch ahead of the #removed# academic year.  

CANO's vision is to build a system of exemplary schools, deeply influenced by our students, families, and communities, with graduates who are committed to being community advocates and leaders. Its mission is to cultivate schools that nurture students' character and critical thinking ability in responsive learning environments, thereby equipping them to be impactful community leaders.  CANO will strive for high academic performance at all our schools while securing partnerships and programming that use community assets to support our schools and students.  In doing this, CANO brings a fresh, yet grounded, vision to the New Orleans charter landscape and forges a new path ahead for students, families, and communities alike. 

CANO's Values are: 

  • INTEGRITY. We always do the right thing. 
  • TEAMWORK. We work and grow together. 
  • PASSION. We love our students; our community; our work. 
  • DIGNITY.  We value and respect every member of our community. 
  • COURAGE. We approach challenges with optimism and confidence.

About the Role 

The Special Education Coordinator is responsible for coordinating curricular resources, evaluating special education programs, implementing state curriculum guidelines, hiring new staff members, enhancing productivity of existing personnel, presenting information in district meetings, training teaching staff, developing individualized education programs (IEPs), and serving as the District representative in hearings. 

About the Opportunity

  • Plans, administers, and directs the division's special education programs. 
  • Develops and administers the division's annual plan for special education. 
  • Formulates proposals for the development and revision of policies pertaining to special education programs. 
  • Establishes and monitors procedures for the screening, placement, evaluation, assignment, and reappraisal of students with regard to the special education program. 
  • Coordinates the development, implementation, and revision of the curriculum for special needs students with curriculum supervisors. 
  • Ensures compliance with state and federal regulations governing special education programs and services. 
  • Interprets special education programs to the School Board, staff, and the public. 
  • Assists school principals with planning and implementing effective school-based special education programs 
  • Conferences with parents/guardians of students enrolled in special education programs and resolves concerns. 
  • Serves as a facilitator for the Special Education Advisory Committee. 
  • Evaluates special education programs to ensure that objectives for student education are met. 
  • Prepares and administers the special education budget, prepares grant applications, and solicits funds to provide financial support for programs. 
  • Provides expenditure control for requisitioning and ordering equipment and materials for the special education program. 
  • Assesses and identifies special education program needs and provides recommendations regarding future special education equipment, program, and personnel requirements. 
  • Assists the human resources department with interviewing and recommending qualified candidates for special education professional staff positions. 
  • Supervises, evaluates, and directs the work of special education departmental personnel to include special education supervisors and coordinators. 
  • Supervises the development of in-service programs for special education personnel. 
  • Directs the preparation of reports as required by federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. 
  • Communicates with the transportation department to arrange for transportation of special education students.
  • Facilitates interagency planning between the school division and external service providers such as residential care facilities and day treatment facilities. 
  • Ensures accurate record keeping of students receiving special services or enrolled in special classes. 
  • Provides systematic academic intervention and enrichment supports for students resulting in high quality standards-based instruction. 
  • Facilitates a collaborative approach to support student success through programs and services involving family and community engagement.
  • Systematically designs a set of components including a counseling curriculum, responsive services, and systems supports for students.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of educational compliance in regards to federal and state regulations. 
  • Models non discriminatory practices in all activities. 
Drive Compliance Systems
  • Lead processes and procedures to ensure special education compliance with all mandated timelines according to NOLA PS and State Department of Education
  • Carry out the system for reviewing compliance and maintaining compliance procedures across schools (IEP compliance, evaluation compliance, MDR compliance, filing and documentation, as well as, any other special education related compliance need).
  • Conduct internal compliance audits for campus compliance.
  • Conduct a monthly compliance (i.e., IEP compliance, reevaluation compliance, filing compliance, etc.).
  • Serve as SER point of contact to facilitate exchange of records requests.
  • Conduct on-going review of student files and provide feedback to teacher/case managers to improve record keeping and compliance.
  • Participate in all NOLA PS and IDEA audits of Special Education Programming.
  • Complete compliance monitoring components required by the Louisiana Department of Education.
  • Ensure testing accommodations are in SER.
  • Collaborate with Student Support Team leaders to develop compliance goals, priorities, metrics and systems.
  • Monitors and reports on behavior, attendance, and academic data from the internal data system for students with exceptionalities.
  • Review student records as needed.
  • Coordinate the collection of IEP goal student data.
  • Maintain and modify case compliance rubric as needed to meet legal guidelines

Support and Develop School-Based Staff

  • Address any ongoing PD to the special education teachers throughout the school year
  • Provide targeted coaching to Special Education teachers who may need additional support on areas of compliance.
  • Attend IEP meetings to give feedback and support.
  • Facilitate documentation best practices through reporting out to school leadership teams.
  • Collect data on student performance across a variety of behavioral and academics to update student profiles.
  • Meet internal reporting deadlines as outlined by Special Education Director and Principal
  • Participate in ongoing professional development as required

More about CANO

CANO Schools offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, and all necessary supplies. CANO believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Community Academies of New Orleans is an EEO employer and prohibits discrimination, harassment or retaliation in accordance with federal, state and local laws."

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