Program Coordinator (Type II Program) Special Education - SY 2021-2022
The Foundation Schools is a special education day school which delivers innovative school programs and support services for children and adolescents with emotional disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and other learning challenges. For over 40 years, the combination of academic support and therapeutic services has given our students a chance to reach their full potential. The Foundation Schools has schools in Gaithersburg, Largo and Landover, Maryland that serve over 200 students in grades K-12. We are currently accepting resumes for Program Coordinator candidates for our Rockville school location for the upcoming school year 2021-2022.
The mission of The Foundation Schools is to provide a highly specialized educational and therapeutic program for students preparing them to be productive and successful in their future academic and career paths. The Foundation Schools employs special education strategies and techniques to provide quality instruction that results in the students’ mastery of approved curriculum and that promotes social, emotional and cognitive learning. We effectively manage student behavior through implementation of behavior management systems, school rules and policies.
Our Core Values’ provide a strong foundation for our programs, are integrated into our positive behavior intervention system, drive our actions and guide our staff and students daily to TWIRL (Teamwork, Work Ethic, Integrity, Respect, and Leadership). We offer a supportive working environment with small class sizes and excellent resources.
The Foundation Schools offers a comprehensive benefit package including tuition assistance and a generous retirement package. Visit our website at www.foundationschools.org for more information.
The Program Coordinator is responsible for the daily the supervision of the school program and completion of necessary educational documentation. The Program Coordinator is a leader who will oversee and support the expectation and goals of the program as a whole. The Program Coordinator will serve as the lead administrator of the program. The Program Coordinator will supervise the teachers, clinicians, teacher assistants, and behavior specialists.
FLSA STATUS: Exempt employee
SUPERVISION: The Program Coordinator is supervised by the Chief Executive Officer
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Responsible for the development and oversight of the Type II school program
- Monitor and evaluate teacher effectiveness in instruction delivery, content knowledge, and classroom behavior management
- Ensure the instructional program is of high quality and high standards by making sure that appropriate curriculum is being implemented, sufficient resources are being provided, and scalable measures are being implemented to assess the instructional program
- Complete all required assessments, annual reports, and statistical outcomes accurately and in a timely fashion
- Demonstrate knowledge of current trends in education that will support our students by enhancing the instructional programming through the implementation of new programming or instructional modalities
- Assist teachers with the current curriculum, modifications, and adaptations for a wide range of special education students (ED, Autism, ID, etc.)
- Supervise and evaluate all program staff, providing feedback, and providing clarity of role function, goals, professional development and accountability
- Review the accuracy and quality of professional writing and all related educational and clinical documentation, forms and procedures conducted/completed by all staff (e.g. interim reports, report cards, IEP documentation, etc.)
- Ensure the appropriate implementation of the curriculum and the effective use of technology to enhance the instructional program
- Ensure that testing accommodations and assessments are accurately interpreted and implemented in the students' educational programming
- Demonstrate knowledge of IDEA, FERPA, and COMAR, monitor staff compliance with laws and regulations to ensure compliance in all areas of the program (e.g. students files, educational documents, graduation requirements, and clinical documentation)
- Support staff to ensure high quality implementation of the educational and clinical programs by clearly defining and implementing new staff orientation, providing support for returning staff, and professional development for all staff (at least 2 per year)
- Maintain an accurate and appropriate instructional inventory that aligns with the curriculum and covers all subject and grade levels of print, non-print and other instructional equipment per COMAR regulation
- Conduct and maintain documentation on observations of assigned staff to evaluate staff’s knowledge, skills, and abilities, and to monitor program quality; meet with staff to discuss observations and develop performance improvement plans as necessary
- Demonstrate understanding of the ED student, interpreting testing and assessment data by assisting in the Admissions process to determine the appropriateness of prospective students
- Ensure that all IEP meetings are appropriately staffed and the IEP process is being implemented throughout the program to ensure the timely development of the IEP's
- Establish expectations for staff on standards for classroom structure, instructional lessons, and classroom management; conduct and document observations, supervise, coach, and counsel staff on performance expectations
- Ensure teachers are effectively communicating with parents/guardians about students’ academic and behavior progress and reporting other issues as needed
- Provide direction to staff during crisis and non-crisis situations to assist staff with improving behavior management skills and decision making skills; manage the need for additional staff in crisis situations and direct staff back to other duties when appropriate; facilitate debriefing sessions with staff to review incidents and identify people responsible for completing required documentation
- Implement and ensure staff uses the points and/or levels systems consistently; provide regular feedback, counseling and coaching to staff on their execution of the systems
- Contribute to the development, implementation, and monitoring of the school’s annual goals.
- Assist with the interviewing, hiring, supervision, coaching, progressive counseling, and termination process for program staff; complete performance evaluations and individual goal creation for assigned staff
- Demonstrate an understanding of how our students’ disabilities impact their behavior and ability to learn; display knowledge of students’ diagnoses and adapt intervention strategies accordingly to meet the requirements of the students’ IEPs and BIPs
- Effectively manage student behavior through the implementation of the behavior management system, school rules, policies, and procedures; model appropriate behavior for the students during the school day
- Proactively identify behaviors among all students that could lead to a crisis, an unsafe situation or disrupt the learning environment; use effective behavior management techniques to address these behaviors in order to limit the severity and length of disruptions
- Proactively provide supervision of students to ensure the safety and security of the school program at all times
- Maintain student confidentiality in accordance with The Foundation Schools Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Statement and student record confidentiality procedures
- Demonstrate appropriate use of verbal de-escalation skills to manage student behaviors; utilize the behavior continuum in order to use or consider the use of the least restrictive behavioral interventions necessary; use effective, appropriate, and approved strategies during a crisis including the participation in seclusions, therapeutic holds, escorts, and student restraints when necessary; consistently, and appropriately utilize and model TACT 2 techniques or classroom behavior management strategies
- Consistently model and implement the organization’s core values to drive actions and to guide our students to incorporate Teamwork, Work Ethic, Integrity, Respect, and Leadership into positive behaviors
- Comply with all of The Foundation Schools’ policies, rules, protocols, and procedures
- Complete other duties as assigned
Education, Experience and Certification
- Master’s degree or higher in special education or related field is required
- MSDE Advanced Professional certification or eligibility for MSDE Advanced Professional certification in special education or administration
- Three or more years of experience in an education setting, preferably working with students with emotional disabilities is preferred
- Knowledge of IDEA and its specific applications to educating students with special education needs and emotional and other disabilities
- Supervisory experience preferred
- Knowledge of curriculum and curriculum adaptations for students with disabilities
- Bilingual (Spanish/English) abilities are a plus