Teacher Specialist - Special Education - Secondary Transition
Is this position exempt from overtime pay?
Assists teachers, principals, and other school based staff and Central Office personnel in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of transition procedures and services for students with disabilities. Monitors and evaluates county-wide procedures and services for transition services for students with disabilities age 14 through 21 (earning diplomas and certificates). Develops and oversees the implementation of county-wide transition programs and initiatives.
Transition services are defined as: “a coordinated set of activities for a student, designed within an outcome-oriented process, which promotes movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (included supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation. The coordinated set of activities shall be based upon the individual student's needs taking into account the student's preferences and interests, and shall include instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.” ”
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
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1. Supports/leads county transition team (6 transition facilitators and 6 vocational technicians).
2. Assists teachers, principals, directors and other school based staff and Central Office personnel in the planning, delivery and evaluation of transition procedures and services for students with disabilities.
3. Monitors and evaluates county-wide procedures and services for transition services for students with disabilities age 14 through 21 (earning diplomas and certificates).
4. Maintains county-wide compliance with SPP Indicator 13 (transition plan regulations) and conducts quarterly audits to be submitted to MSDE.
5. Collaborates with the Department of Special Education to address SPP 1 (graduation data), SPP 2 (drop-out rate) and SPP 14 (higher education, training or employment after graduation).
6. Coordinates the Governor's Transitioning Youth Initiative process.
7. Collaborates with transition team to manage the Enclave Job Training Program and the Supported Employment Program.
8. Supports the On-Campus Transition Program at Anne Arundel Community College.
9. Coordinates with Sheppard Pratt, DORS and the Arc of Central Chesapeake Region to implement Project SEARCH at Anne Arundel Medical Center and the Hilton BWI.
10. Coordinates with Humanim and DORS to implement Start on Success (SOS), a paid internship program for diploma bound students at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.
11. Coordinates with the Arc of Central Chesapeake Region to provide the Life Transition Series, student/parent workshops focusing on transition topics.
12. Coordinates the implementation of the MSDE Digital Transition Portfolio.
13. Provides professional development pertaining to transition topics.
14. Attends state transition meetings and conferences.
15. Maintains an effective working relationship with parents, students, staff and outside agencies.
16. Supports the Community Based Instruction Program county-wide.
17. Collaborates with the Department of Special Education on potential grants and state-wide initiatives.
18. Additional responsibilities as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made on request to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
· Teacher certification in special education or related field (e.g., Vocational Rehabilitation) as established by the Maryland State Department of Education.
· Three (3) years of successful classroom teaching experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
· Demonstrated leadership qualities.
· Knowledge of transition services as required by federal and state law.
· Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form with professional colleagues, staff, students, and parents.
· Demonstrated ability to effectively work and communicate with diverse populations.
· Demonstrated proficiency with business software (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite-Word, Excel, Outlook and/or PowerPoint preferred).
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Career Ladder Requirements
· As required by the duties and responsibilities of the job.