Special Education Support Specialist

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Description

Special Education Support Specialist

Essential Functions

  • Exhibits a working knowledge of and assists in monitoring state and federal regulations and guidelines in special education
  • Provides support and guidance to special education staff in the areas of special education compliance and specially designed instruction
  • Demonstrates knowledge of various methods of data collection and subsequent analysis and interpretation of data to drive appropriate instructional decisions and interventions
  • Support teachers with using assessment data to plan instruction
  • Monitors development of Individual Education Plans (IEP) and provides feedback to special education teacher and administrator
  • Supports and participates in special education meetings
  • Possesses considerable knowledge of effective and varied teaching and co-teaching strategies and assessment techniques
  • Effectively organizes and presents information both orally and in writing
  • Prepares information for local, state, and federal special education reports
  • Participates in Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) meetings as a special education consultant
  • Provides case management for students with disabilities receiving services in alternative placements
  • Assists in the provision and monitoring of homebound/homebased instruction for students with disabilities
  • Assist teachers in the development and implementation of effective classroom management strategies, positive behavioral supports, individual behavioral intervention plans, instructional planning, and classroom organization related to special education services
  • Assist teachers in the development of instructional materials, adaptations, accommodations, modifications and assessments needed for students with special needs who are educated in the general education and/or special education setting
  • Trains, models, and coaches teachers in planning and implementing research based effective instructional practices for students with disabilities in elementary, middle, and high school
  • Plan and deliver ongoing professional development for special education teachers and support staff to meet division and building level training needs
  • Assists the Special Education department in designing and supporting the implementation of school based programs to meet the needs of all students with disabilities
  • Possesses considerable knowledge and understanding of the principles of team building
  • Maintain district and building level Special Education support logs
  • Remain current regarding national and state standards, and special education trends and issues
  • Perform related work, as required
Additional Duties
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Director of Special Education and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
                Note:    The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities.  It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.

Equipment
Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone.

Travel Requirements
Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of current teaching methods and educational pedagogy, as well as differentiates instruction based upon student learning styles.
  • Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.
  • Ability to use computer network system and software applications as needed.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, students and parents.
  • Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.

Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards
Works in standard office and school building environments.
                

Qualifications Profile
  • Must hold or be eligible for a Virginia Teaching License with an endorsement in Special Education required.
  •  Master’s Degree in Special Education, preferred
  • Must have at least five (5) years of successful special education teaching experience.
  • Must have the personal characteristics necessary for working effectively with students of all grade levels and parents, administrators, and teachers.
  • Master's degree is preferred.
  • Personal characteristics conducive to working effectively with students, teachers, school and division personnel, community groups, and parents
Terms of Employment
  • Salary Range:   11 Month Teacher Salary Scale  $ 49,500 to $82,917 ($2,944 Additional for Master’s Degree) 
  • Contract:          11 Months Employment/220 Days/7.5 Hours per day
  • Benefits:           Employer Portion Paid Retirement, Life Insurance, Contribution to Medical Insurance, Personal and Sick Leave

FLSA Status:       Exempt

 

Posted By

Suffolk Public Schools

100 North Main Street, Suffolk, VA 23434
 
Insights
Compare with State

Amount per Student

$11,497

State Average: $11,724

% ELL Students

1%

State Average: 9%

Student Teacher Ratio

14.35

State Average: 14.22

% IEP Students

12%

State Average: 13%

FTE

1,883

State Average: 801