Executive Director of Specialized Learning (2021-2022 SY)

Norwalk Public Schools
Norwalk, CT, US
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  • 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
    CENTRAL OFFICE (Norwalk City Hall)

    The Executive Director of Specialized Learning, in collaboration with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, provides leadership to coordinate and supervise the effective delivery of special education and related services. The Executive Director will take a leading role in building a vision with all staff of high expectations for students receiving special education services and providing support to staff to meet the needs of all students. This position reports to the Assistant Superintendent of Schools

    • Ensures that schools and district follow all state and federal regulations relative to the identification, placement, and program development for special education students.
    • Provides system-wide leadership for assuring the development of effective and appropriate specialized learning programs.
    • Provides leadership and system representation in matters relating to due process procedural safeguards.
    • Develops system procedures for identification, evaluation, and placement of students receiving special education services.
    • Ensures prior to evaluations, students have access to strategies and supports in the SRBI system.
    • Chairs or participates in PPTs which may result in IEP recommendations requiring additional financial commitments from the school system or which may have legal ramifications.
    • Establishes and communicates criteria for referral, entrance, and exit.
    • Represents the school system in dealing with outside agencies and organizations concerned with special learning.
    • Identifies gaps in services; monitors fidelity of implementation of special education supports and services, and identifies solutions.
    • Facilitates communication and mediation with parents and advocates regarding the delivery of specialized learning services.
    • Develops systems and procedures to ensure that parents and families understand the IEP process.
    • Represents the school system in dealing with outside agencies and organizations concerned with special learning.
    • Coordinates the development and maintenance of student special education files.
    • Develops and coordinates the development of various data reports requested by both State and Federal Agencies.
    • Assists others in the preparation and review of reports generated for State funding of Special Education programs.
    • In conjunction with the Curriculum and Instruction Department, identifies professional development (PD) needs related to special education at the district and school level and develops a plan to address them.
    • Ensures that all students with disabilities have access to core curriculum and specialized instruction.
    • Coordinates the development of information required by the transportation department in arranging specialized transportation.
    • Approves special education requests for supplies, materials, and equipment.
    • Supports principals with recruiting, hiring, and evaluating special education teachers.
    • Supports the specialized learning Pre-K program.
    • Leads and supervises the Out of District decision-making team.
    • Manages litigation associated with special education due process procedures.
    • Develops and implements Board Policies relating to students receiving services.
    • Supervises Education Administrator of Specialized Learning, Special Education Supervisors including the Assessment Supervisor and the Related Services Supervisor.
    • Prepares, administers, and oversees specialized learning budget and monitors cost-effectiveness.
    • Performs other duties as assigned by the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Schools.

    • Have a strong vision and knowledge for special education as a service, not a place, and develop teams to understand this concept when determining student needs.
    • Knowledge of learning theory, program implementation, best practices in the instruction of students, and assessment processes specifically related to special education and related services.
    • Provide professional leadership in organizing, administering, supervising, and evaluating the effective delivery of special education services.
    • Establish an optimum learning environment within the special education department and across the district and school-level teams.
    • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, policies, and procedures related to public schools, specifically related to special education and related services.
    • Exceptional oral and written communication skills and a proven track record of working collaboratively with multiple and diverse constituencies.
    • Work effectively with community organizations and families.
    • Strong record of budget development/administration & understanding of financial resources.
    • Support the value of education for all students.
    • Support the philosophy and vision of specialized learning as it relates to curriculum and instruction in Norwalk Public Schools.

    Must possess CT licensure for Intermediate Administration or Supervision (092) or Superintendent of Schools (093)
    A minimum of 5 years' experience in a leadership role focused on special education and/or school psychology
    A M.Ed. (Ed.D. or Ph.D. preferred) in Special Education, Educational Leadership, School Psychology
    A strong belief that all children can learn and deserve a quality education and a body of work to demonstrate that belief in action.

    Salary: Executive Director range - Commensurate with the NASA collective bargaining unit.
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    It is the policy of the Norwalk Board of Education to ensure equal educational opportunity for all students and to prohibit unlawful discrimination because of race, color, religion, creed, age, marital status, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or physical and mental disability in the school district's educational program and activities; and to prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, creed, age, marital status, national origin, gender; gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or physical and mental disability.

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