The purpose of the Director of Special Education position is to ensure that all students with disabilities are engaged in high quality curriculum and instruction within inclusive educational environments leading to deep learning which results in college, career, and community readiness. The Director will carry out the mission and priorities of the both the District and Department by leading, developing, and coordinating improvement efforts to improve the academic, behavioral, social-emotional outcomes for students with disabilities. The Director provides specific oversight and supervision of a team of Assistant Directors, watch with a portfolio of schools to ensure the Special Education Plan as well as both the procedural and substantive requirements of all relevant state/federal disability laws. The Director will work directly with each of these Assistant Directors to build principal and school capacity to utilize school resources to implement a high quality and collaborative continuum of supports that leads to shared ownership for students with disabilities.
Ensure implementation of the Special Education Plan or similar improvement plans focused on increasing the outcomes of students with disabilities.
Utilize data/accountability systems to monitor, analyze, and evaluate the efficacy of special education programs, services, personnel.
Supervise and evaluate a team of special education administrators (assistant directors and/or coordinators), program support staff as well as clerical/records management staff.
Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Professional Development to design/coordinate department discipline specific and/or strand professional learning opportunities/experiences for the purpose of improving: (1) procedural compliance with relevant disability laws/district procedures and (2) outcomes of students with disabilities.
Provides guidance and direction to principals regarding implementation/analysis of schools’ instructional design/service delivery to facilitate high performing inclusive educational environments.
Work collaboratively with the Central Office staff (especially the Teaching and Learning teams) to support improvements in curriculum/instruction to accelerate the learning of all students and especially those with disabilities.
Work collaboratively with the Central Office staff to support principals and leadership teams in the school improvement/instructional design processes to promote equity, accelerate the learning of all students, especially those with disabilities.
Design/coordinate/provide discipline specific technical assistance, professional development, and/or coaching to principals/leadership teams in the area of special education (both procedural and instructional) to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities.
Work collaboratively to determine and disseminate special education and related services resources in the most effective and equitable manner leading to high student outcomes.
Support principals, PSTs, and instructional staff in assessing student learning and data analysis to ensure that students with disabilities are meeting both attainment and growth targets growing and problem solve supports and interventions for those who are not yet meeting goals.
Facilitate problem solving and or planning sessions with principals, PSTs, and leadership teams regarding the school’s design for/execution of their professional development plan targeted at improving various subgroups (especially students with disabilities).
Provide written and verbal updates to the Executive Director of Student Services, Chief of Schools/Assistant Superintendents, and when appropriate School Improvement Partner regarding school progress via the support plan.
Work LocationDoyle-Student Services
FTE/Hours Per Week
Range based on experience is $96, 273 - $111, 269.35
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledgeable about highly effective practices regarding educating students with disabilities.
Knowledgeable about procedural and substantive requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as well as Chapter 115 of Wisconsin State laws regarding students with disabilities.
Knowledgeable about the blended coaching strategies/practices to best support principals/school leaders as they engage in transforming school practices aligned to their school improvement plan.
Training, experience, and expertise in the following areas of education: leadership development, working within an instructional team, standards-based assessment and instruction, universally designed culturally relevant and differentiated instruction, and technology skills to enhance professional learning and instruction.
Demonstrated ability in the use of data to improve student learning (both at the systems and student level) and in the design and implementation of professional learning experiences to enhance adult use of student data to improve practices.
Deep and broad knowledge of research, best practices and issues in professional development in education locally, regionally and nationally.
Evidence of active and current involvement in school and/or district leadership and coaching opportunities in professional development.
Evidence of excellent: oral, written, computer- and web-based communication skills; organizational and group facilitation skills; emotional intelligence; communication skills among diverse audiences, including teachers, building coaches, administrators, instructional leaders, support staff, and technical staff.
Evidence of extensive and current collaborative professional engagement and collaborative work products.
Evidence of professional development leadership leading to concrete and successful results.
Director of Pupil Services (80) license or completion within 2 years.
Minimum of five (5) years of exemplary experience in supervising/evaluating school staff.
Minimum of five (5) years of special education administration.
Wisconsin DPI Director of Instruction (10) or Principal (51) license
This is a full time position and is eligible for benefits.
Please include resume as an attachment in your application.