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Manager of Specialized Instruction and Services - Pre-School

Providence School District
Providence, RI, US
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Under the direction and supervision of the Executive Director of Specialized Instruction and Services, the Managers of Specialized Instruction and Services will both be responsible for the administration and supervision of educational programs and specialized instruction and services at the Preschool Level. Primary duties and daily operations will fall under specialized instruction. Departmental oversight and collaborative culture will be in partnership with all preschool colleagues and include planning and visioning for the department as a whole including preschool aged students with and without disabilities. The Manager will

provide leadership and support to all programs falling under the early childhood department. Focus will be in developing equitable preschool programs across the

district and throughout the community, in addition to facilitating improvement practices across all preschool departments (Including and not limited to: Child Outreach and Preschool Evaluation Team).

  • Experience as an Administrator/ Special Education Teacher at the Preschool level for at least 3 years
  • Leadership experience preferred

The position includes but is not limited to the following list of representative duties:
  • Collaborate with school and district level staff to continuously improve the academic achievement of students in preschool with disabilities
  • Coordinates preschool community and school staff in implementing effective high quality
preschool programs.
  • Provides instructional leadership in building equitable preschool programs, special
education programs and services.
  • Designs, coordinates and implements preschool expansion plans that support LRE and programmatic advancements.
  • Plans and facilitates preschool department professional development.
  • Works in partnership with preschool staff/colleagues to integrate research-based preschool instructional programs and strategies for children with and without disabilities.
    • Provides guidance and support to school sites, community sites, preschool evaluation team, and child outreach team.
    • Supports all Preschool Early Childhood Departments in the area of compliance with state,
  • federal laws, and district procedures in regards to educating young children with and

    without disabilities.
    • Works in partnership with preschool staff/colleagues to plan and develop a staffing plan for general education and special education programming based on student and district needs.
    • Hires, recruits and trains all preschool program staff.
    • Provides coaching and support to preschool educators on implementing academic
  • supports and interventions and monitoring progress in a multi-tiered system of support.
    • Day to day operations and oversight of the early childhood department
    • Plans, designs, and implements action plans related to state performance plan indicators, as well as, prepares documents and reports related to state and federal requirements and compliance reporting.
    • Provides guidance and support to school sites in the areas of compliance with state and federal law and district procedures. This includes new referrals, IEP meetings, 3 year evaluations, manifestation determination, and ESY
    • Provide academic support, communication, and interventions for students with disabilities and their families.
    • Plans and directly monitors transition services (Kindergarten) and programs to enable students with disabilities to achieve goals.
    • Plans and develops programming for Multilingual Learners with disabilities.
    • Directs, supervises and evaluates the performance of assigned staff across all preschool departments.
    • Runs successful Professional Learning Communities focused on coaching colleagues and intervention specialists with a focus on special education compliance and specialized instruction.
    • Other duties as assigned.
  • Experience with curriculum/instructional design and adaptive technologies.
  • Knowledge of and well versed in federal, state and local policies, rules, laws, regulations, and legislation pertaining to special education and nonpublic schools.
  • Master's degree preferred
  • Education, training, and experience in early childhood and early childhood special
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local policies, rues, laws, regulations, and legislation
pertaining to special education
  • Experience with Bright Stars, CECE Program Expectations, Creative Curriculum, Unique, Teaching Strategies Gold preferred
  • A minimum of 5 years of highly successful classroom teaching experience in special
education is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and guidance for the purpose of enabling
teachers to improve their practice.
  • Knowledge of reading and behavioral interventions
  • Knowledge of "teacher as coach practices" (e.g. demonstration lessons, observations,
communication skills)
  • Knowledge of RI Regulations Governing Students with Disabilities
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge and experience with research-based co-teaching models.
  • Knowledge of differentiating instruction and Response to Intervention process.
  • Knowledge of the RI Early Learning and Development Standards
  • Knowledge of Developmentally Appropriate Practice
  • Knowledge of Common Core Standards
  • Knowledge of Implementation and analysis of District assessment tools
  • Knowledge of PBIS and its implementation
  • Knowledge of the general education curriculum, program of study, alternate assessment, best practices for instruction for students with disabilities, and special education eligibilities, supports and services.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with other offices, school staff, parents, and community members.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate group processes, build consensus and resolve conflict.
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about the developmental supports and strategies utilized to meet the needs of Multilingual Learners with disabilities.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including successful facilitation of diverse groups.
  • Must have the knowledge and skills to build positive relationships with people from diverse populations.
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of PPSD and the relevance of job functions to that mission and vision.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality
  • Must possess and consistently model excellent interpersonal and customer service skills and the ability to maintain composure in a fast-paced and demanding environment.
  • You must complete the new hire compliance training prior to your first day of
  • Bilingual Preferred
  • Selected candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check. Selected candidates cannot begin work until passing their background check.
We offer a complete benefits package to full-time employees including health care, dental, vision, retirement, deferred compensation plans, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, holidays, and Personal Time Off (PTO).
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