Boston Preparatory Charter School, Director of Special Education (2017-2018) (Boston, MA)
Date published: 15-Mar-2017
Boston Preparatory Charter Public School (Boston Prep) is a free, public school, offering a rigorous curriculum to approximately 415 students from the most underserved neighborhoods of Boston. We operate as an integrated middle school, high school, and alumni support model. At the root of our programming is a belief that all students can succeed in college.
Mission: Boston Preparatory Charter Public School prepares students to succeed in a four-year college and embody, in thought and action, lifelong ethical growth. An environment structured around scholarship and personal growth cultivates students' virtues of courage, compassion, integrity, perseverance, and respect.
To achieve our ambitious goals, our approach includes six essentials that we believe leads to our success: we hold high expectation for students, we foster ethical growth, we have an invested, passionate student culture, we have an exceptional adult team, we offer a range of supports, and we ensure college persistence. Currently, 85% of our graduates are persisting in college, 100% of our students have been accepted to four-year colleges, and 99% of our alumni have matriculated to college the semester after graduating from Boston Prep.
We believe that exceptional student gains are the direct result of excellent teaching and programming and acknowledge the importance of students’ college readiness skills in achieving our mission. We are a mission-driven group of adults committed to refining and improving our practice such that our students can chart the life course they aspire to. We hope you will consider applying.
About the Position:
Leadership & Management
- Managing and developing an exceptional team of approximately 12 people including special educators and related service providers.
- Meeting frequently with special educators and related service providers to provide coaching and support.
- Regularly observing special educators and related service providers.
- Providing both formal and informal written feedback of instruction, pull out and push in support sessions, co-teaching partnerships and materials, and accommodations and modifications.
- Coordinating and leading professional development related to special education.
- Communicating the philosophy that all students, regardless of disability should be given the opportunity to succeed at the same level as their peers and should be fully expected to do so.
Compliance & Accountability
- Ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations for students with disabilities.
- Contracting with outside vendors for special services, including occupational therapy and physical therapy.
- Managing the pre-referral and referral process for students with special needs.
- Coordinating evaluations necessary for initial or re-evaluations for special education services.
- Writing or collaborating on writing of IEPs and 504 plans for students who receive support services.
- Chairing Team meetings.
- Overseeing provision of services for all students with disabilities.
Partnering with Students and Families
- Communicating proactively with students, families, and school administrators around academic and behavioral concerns.
- Responding promptly by telephone or e-mail to parent questions and concerns.
- Mentoring 8-15 students, through advisory meetings and parent phone calls.
- Attending occasional after-school events.
Building of School Culture
- Embodying our belief that “effort determines success” at all times.
- Frequently communicating the school’s mission to children and families.
- Adhering to school academic and disciplinary protocols.
- Assuming extracurricular responsibilities, if desired.
Maintenance of Organizational Culture
- Actively engaging in one’s learning; seeking and acting on feedback regularly.
- Actively pursuing professional development, inside and outside of the school.
- Collaborating with other teachers and administrators to advance the school’s mission.
Additional Qualifications Preferred:
- Massachusetts Certification for a teacher or administrator of Special Education.
- Prior experience facilitating the high achievement of Special Education students in an inclusion environment.
Applicants must possess the drive, experience, and entrepreneurial spirit to craft an outstanding urban public school. BPCPS is committed to a diverse workplace.
For more information, please visit our website at www.bostonprep.org.
Boston Preparatory Charter Public School is committed to ensuring that all of its programs and facilities are accessible to all members of the public. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.
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