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Teaching | Special Education | Watertown-Mayer Public Schools

Description

Job Summary:

The Special Education Evaluation Coordinator serves in a district-wide lead teacher position for students from kindergarten through transition age young adults for special education evaluations. The primary responsibilities include facilitating, organizing and leading child study meetings in collaboration with the school psychologist, being a key contact for special education teachers in all buildings and communicating between buildings and the district.  The Evaluation Coordinator will also lead the evaluation and due process continuum which brings students from referral through the evaluation process.  The responsibilities assumed by the Special Education Evaluation Coordinator allow for quality and consistency district-wide and enables the special education teachers to spend more time in preparation for and direct instruction of students with special needs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Consultation:

  1. Consults with regular and special education teachers and related service personnel (OT, PT,OHI, SSW, SLPs,etc.)

  2. Participates in elementary school Problem Solving Team (PST) regarding identification, intervention suggestions and evaluation of handicapping conditions.  The Evaluation Coordinator’s participation is only to be an intellectual resource to assist the team in developing and analyzing intervention plans.vgf

  3. Collaborates closely with case managers and team members to assure information is communicated clearly between the evaluation process and the writing of the IEP.

  4. Collaborates closely with the district school psychologist to problem solve and determine evaluation plans.

Staffings/Due Process Facilitation:  

  1. Co-lead child study meetings with the school psychologist 
  2. Coordinates scheduling team meetings with parents and appropriate team members

  3. Facilitates all team meetings following an initial evaluation

  4. Ensures consistency and quality of due process paperwork 

  5. Receive and process referrals for initial comprehensive educational evaluations

  6. Manages issues of compliance:

    1. Timelines

    2. Internal consistency

    3. Distribution of completed paperwork

    4. Collaborate with the district special education secretary to document appropriately for MARSS reporting.

Evaluation:

  1. Prepares and manages timelines and permission for the evaluation process.

  2. Administers and interprets academic assessments 

  3. Conducts observations of student in classroom

  4. Interprets evaluation data, analyzes evaluation results and writes evaluation reports in collaboration with the school psychologist

  5. Uses evaluation information to collaborate with the case manager to aid in the writing of the IEP.

Additional Responsibilities:

  1. Attends appropriate staff development activities to keep current with state and federal statutes/regulations and current trends.

  2. Acquires and advances technological skills related to computer programs used in maintaining special education records, files and reports (SpEd Forms).

  3. In collaboration with the special education secretary, enter new students into sped forms while managing active/Inactive students, assigning sped forms access to case managers and related service providers.

  4. Develop a 30-day evaluation calendar annually to ensure timelines are met

  5. Provide on-site support and guidance for new and veteran special education teachers

The above job description is intended to represent only key areas of responsibility; specific position assignments will vary depending on the needs of the department.

Required Education:

Special Education Licensure as a special education teacher through the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board

Experience in the delivery of special education and/or related services as well as experience in special education evaluation and IEP due process.
(Internal applicants do not need to upload transcripts into the application).

Required Skills and Knowledge:

  1. Able to demonstrate full compliance within own current due process

  2. Knowledge of state and federal law related to special education

  3. Demonstrate leadership and problem solving skills

  4. Knowledge of evaluation procedures

  5. Attention to detail

  6. Strong organizational skills

  7. Effective communication and human relations skills

  8. Expertise in facilitating effective meetings, providing results-oriented staff development support, promoting collaborative team processes, and coaching teams through conflict.

  9. Ability to lead effective meetings

  10. Team player

Physical Factors:
Continuously (66-100%) – sit, talk or hear, type/use computer
Occasionally (1-33%) – Stand, walk, use hand dexterously, reach with hands and arms
Climb or balance, physically lift/carry up to 10 lbs.
Never (0) – Physically lift/carry up to 25, 50, 75, 100 or more than 100 lbs.

For additional informaiton, please contact Rande Peyton, Director of Special Education, at 952-955-0207, rande.peyton@wm.k12.mn.us