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Coordinator, Extensions Program

MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CLASS DESCRIPTION
OFFICIAL TITLE: Coordinator CODE: 0435 SQ/OQ: Not Applicable
WORKING TITLE: Coordinator, Extensions Program GRADE: N MONTHS: 12
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF CLASSIFICATION: Under the direction of the director of the Department of Special Education Services, the Office of Special Education administers and supervises services for students with intellectual disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders who are provided with special education services through the Extensions Program. Implements federal, state, and local policies and procedures related to students with disabilities; serves as liaison to administrators and instructional staff members system wide in regard to students¿ needs. Ensures success for all students and promotes best practices for instructing students with disabilities.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION STANDARDS
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of federal and state special education laws and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) policies and procedures regarding special education services, birth to age 21. Knowledge of Alternate Learning Outcomes (ALOs) aligned with the MCPS curriculum 2.0 and the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards as they relate to special education. Knowledge of various MCPS service delivery models to support the needs of students with intellectual disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders. Ability to collect and analyze data. Extensive knowledge of best practices associated with the development of Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavioral Intervention Plans for students with significant cognitive impairments. Ability to work effectively with staff members, parents/guardians, and students. Excellent organizational and managerial skills. Ability to work independently, problem solve, and use appropriate resources. Demonstrate competence in evaluating, observing, and supervising teachers. Excellent oral and written communication and human relations skills. Knowledge of the 3 MCPS Professional Growth Systems.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: Masters degree in special education or related field; at least five years of teaching experience serving students intelectual disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders across a range of ages and settings. Administrative and/or supervisory experience in special education, preferably in public schools. Experience in consulting with and supervising instructional staff members, and in planning and developing professional learning. Computer literacy required. Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience, which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position, may be considered.
CERTIFICATE AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS: Meets Maryland State Department of Education certification requirements for Administrator I. Certification in special education or a related field. Meets Maryland certification requirements for Administrator I and in the assigned discipline. Completion of OAT I or II, or completion within one year of the position start date.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (Special requirements such as lifting heavy objects and frequent climbing.) Ability to move training materials (50 pounds).
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: (Frequent overtime or night work required, etc.) Frequent night meetings, weekend work, and extended work hours.
OVERTIME ELIGIBLE: No

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Works closely and collaboratively with the associate superintendent, Office of Special Education, and director, Department of Special Education Services, to ensure the provision of services for students with disabilities through the Extensions Program located within comprehensive school settings.

Provides support and/or supervises and evaluates program specialists, behavior support teachers, social workers, and other Extensions Program staff members.

Receives and responds to requests from principals and school-based staff members for support regarding the identification, evaluation, and placement of students with disabilities.

Collaborates with special education staff members and supervisors of special education to provide consultative support to teachers of students with mild to moderate and significant intellectual disabilities with a focus on service models including Extensions, Learning For Independence, Autism, and School Community-based services.

Provides instructional and behavioral support to special education teachers.

Collects data on student performance and administers and interprets formal, informal, and classroom-based assessments for students with intellectual disabilities and/or autism, in order to assist in instructional decisions designed to improve student achievement in the Least Restrictive Environment.

Assists with the selection and adaptation of materials to assist students with intellectual disabilities and/or autism, to access ALOs aligned with Curriculum 2.0 and other curriculum models. Communicates and collaborates with staff members in the Central Placement, Resolution and Compliance, and Autism Waiver units.

Works closely with school-based and central services staff members and parents/guardians, to identify appropriate academic interventions and strategies to improve the performance outcomes of students with intellectual disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders.

Works cooperatively with school administrators, parents/guardians, teachers, and the Department of Special Education Services staff members.

Supports schools, parents/guardians, and community efforts to improve the graduation rate of students with disabilities.

Plans and delivers districtwide professional learning opportunities for teachers and paraeducators working with students with intellectual disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders with significant behavioral needs.

Collaborates with the Division of Business, Fiscal and Information Systems to develop budgets, allocate staffing, and secure necessary resources.

Responds verbally and in writing to parent/guardian inquiries regarding services to students served by the Extensions Program.

Participates in Individualized Education Program team meetings as appropriate.

Responds to and prepares written correspondence to principals and community members at-large regarding the provision of special education services for students with intellectual disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders.

Assures that staff members, principals, and teachers are informed of changes in laws, regulations, and policies.

Represents the Department of Special Education Services on local and state committees.

Participates actively as a member of the leadership team of the associate superintendent, Office of Special Education.

Performs related duties consistent with the scope and intent of the position.

Class Established: 3/2017
Date(s) Revised: 8/2018
Last Reviewed:

This description may be changed at any time.

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