Program Specialist (Special Education)
Location: San Leandro
Posted on: May 22, 2023
Position Overview:The Diverse Learner Program Specialist plays a
critical role in empowering teachers of diverse learners and site
administrators to ensure that all Summit Public Schools are
providing exceptional services to students with IEPs and their
families.The Diverse Learner Program Specialist provides regional
expertise, coaching, and modeling to develop highly effective
classroom teachers, confident and compliant case-managers, and
powerful influences in the lives of some of Summit Public Schools'
most neurodiverse and historically marginalized students.The ideal
candidate is an experienced special education administrator. The
ideal candidate takes initiative, possesses excellent communication
skills, thrives in a collaborative environment, has expertise in
SEIS (CA) or IEP Online (WA), knowledgeable in federal special
education law and State guidelines, at least two years experience
as a special education administrator, and has a passion for
facilitating personal and professional development experiences.Who
We Are:What if all students graduated high school with the
knowledge, skills and habits they need to lead a fulfilled life?
This is the question that guides our mission at Summit Public
Schools.Summit is a leading network of public schools that
collectively prepare a diverse community of young people with the
skills, knowledge, and habits to attain economic empowerment and
success in a chosen concrete next step toward a fulfilled life. We
operate 14 schools serving over 4,500 students in the Bay Area and
Washington state. 100% of Summit graduates are college ready and
Summit graduates complete college at double the national average.We
need exceptional, diverse, and mission-aligned teachers to join our
team to help prepare our students for a fulfilled life. Join
us!What You'll Do:Collaboration & Training
- Plan programs, provide resources and technical assistance for,
and assess the effectiveness of the diverse learner program at
- Provide leadership, observe, consult with, and assist school
site teams in developing, planning, implementing, organizing and
instructing students with diverse learning needs
- Assist site level administrators in recruiting, hiring,
supporting, training, and coaching teachers of diverse
- Serve as a knowledgeable professional in the Individual
Education Program (IEP) planning process.
- Ensure the use of best practices in the implementation of
pre-referral and positive behavioral and academic interventions as
outlined in the IEP by collaborating with school psychologists,
other specialists or site faculty including providing professional
development as needed
- Leverage individual and cultural diversity, demonstrating
knowledge and understanding of working with multilingual
- Participate in IEP team meetings as needed to ensure effective
collaboration and meet IEP meeting requirements (may serve as LEA
- Collaborate with Directors of Diverse Learners to develop and
coordinate the delivery, and effectiveness of relevant professional
development activities for both diverse learner and general
- Provides support for data driven decision-making and
accountability to improve the instructional program and assure
student progressCase Management & Programming
- Assume responsibility for appropriate identification,
educational programming and services for students with diverse
- Ensure due process requirements are met to complete the
appropriate development of IEPs and provide ongoing monitoring to
ensure IDEA compliance under the direction and guidance of the
Director and SELPA
- Coordinate and develop plans for incoming and exiting students
including interim placements, 30-day IEPs, transition IEPs, and IEP
file reviews and transfers
- Plan program, coordinate curricular resources, and evaluate
effectiveness of programs for students with diverse learning
- Manage non-public school or residential treatment center
placements and complex cases to assure appropriate services,
facilitate conflict resolution to resolve disputes related to
student's IEPs, demonstrating knowledge of current IDEA and Summit
design, policy and procedures
- Develop, implement, and revise behavior programs for identified
students in accordance with best practice methodologies and
procedures; provides ongoing monitoring of behavior programs,
including individuals and group instruction.Data Management &
- Research and leverage deep knowledge of applicable laws,
regulations, and policies that impact diverse learners
- Develop data collection systems, monitor data collection and
provide programmatic recommendations based upon results.
- Oversee referral for special education including responding to
caregiver requests in accordance with legal requirements.
- Advise and consult with site level administration in
determining appropriate offers of FAPE and 504 plans.
- Other duties as assigned to ensure overall diverse learner
program effectivenessWhat Qualifications You Need:Key Qualities and
- Commitment to uphold Summit's values, belief that all children
deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for
college and for life.
- Bachelor's degree is required.
- Master's Degree in Special Education or in a related field is
- A Teaching Credential in California or another US state is
required in one of the following: Education Specialist credential
in Special Education; Speech and Language; or Pupil Personnel
Services credential in School Psychology, Counseling, or Social
- 5+ years teaching experience is required.
- Experience creating Individual Education Programs (IEPs), along
with the ability to evaluate an IEP for legal compliance, is
- Proficiency in Google Platforms, including Google Drive, Google
Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Slides.
- Clear health and background check.Who You Are:About You
- You maintain high expectations for all students and believe all
students can find success in school, college, and life.
- You thrive while collaborating and are excited to work with
your colleagues. You find positivity in share successes.
- You're deeply dedicated to social justice and feel motivated by
the challenge and impact of working in a heterogeneous community
and closing the opportunity gap.
- You are empathetic and culturally competent. You're open to
discussing the impact of and interrupting white supremacy culture
at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and systems
- You share our vision to reimagine what schools should be and
are excited to make an impact on the public education
- You are positive and resilient in the face of big
- You possess strong people management skills, with the ability
to motivate, inspire, develop, and collaborate with a diverse group
of teachers, leaders, staff members, and community members.
- You have an ability to apply honest, actionable, and timely
feedback that results in improved performance.
- You thrive in innovative environments and are comfortable with
the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive
- You're committed to continuous improvement, see feedback as a
positive, and have a growth mindset.What You Get:In addition to
joining a highly motivated team and engaging in meaningful work,
you'll have access to a comprehensive suite of benefits including a
retirement plan, unlimited "take what you need" PTO policy, 11 paid
holidays, and 3 weeks of organization-wide closures during the
year. You and your dependents will have access to multiple health,
dental, and vision plans at 25% cost (we cover the other 75%) and
employee life and disability insurance at no cost. Our compensation
policy strives to be equitable and transparent.Summit is an equal
opportunity employer. We believe that diversity, equity, and
inclusion are directly intertwined with education. We are ALL
better when we are able to bring our whole selves to work and honor
each other's voices across identities, cultural backgrounds, and
life experiences. We welcome and encourage applications from
individuals who are members of historically marginalized
communities. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.
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