Special Education Coordinator

About us

The Lincoln Academy is a new K4-12 charter school in the city of Beloit, Wisconsin.  We will serve 700 scholars when fully enrolled after four years.  We will offer K4 through 2nd grade and 6th through 9th grade the first year.  We will add a grade in elementary and high school each year until we grow into K4-12.


The Lincoln Academy has three pillars - Academic Rigor, Character Expectations and Career Pathways.

  • Academic Rigor:  We will ensure all scholars are prepared with foundational skills and will be on grade level within three years of enrolling.  This will be accomplished through specifically designed curriculum, longer instructional day, interventions/enrichment, blended learning opportunities, strong professional development, coaching and a growth mindset expectation.

  • Character Expectations:  A strong emphasis on character development and citizenship will build our school culture.  Civic responsibility, service learning and community outreach will play an important role in developing character in our scholars.  Restorative Practices and the Jubilee framework for character education will guide TLA in a joyous, collaborative and healthy school environment where all scholars thrive.

  • Career Pathways:  Career exploration will begin in K4 and scholars will develop an Individualized Learning Plan by 8th grade to help guide them in their course selections in high school.  Scholars will set career goals and be fully prepared to graduate high school.  They will be able to have choices to enroll in a 2 or 4 year college or technical school, enlist in the armed forces or be employed in a living-wage job.


Vision: The Lincoln Academy will be the premier K4-12 school in the state of WI providing college and career pathways for scholars to lead happy, choice-filled lives.  We are committed to an equitable environment with rigorous instruction, joyous interactions, and strong community partnerships.


Values:

  1. Children First-Every decision we make is in the best interest of the scholars we serve.  We are completely focused on their education and their well-being and we always act accordingly.

  2. Trusting Community-We model and expect transparency, honesty, open communication and respect to collaborate with one another and push each other to always be our best.

  3. Get it Done-We are fiercely determined to do whatever it takes to ensure scholars reach their goals.  Innovation and productivity will drive our quest.

  4. Find the Joy-The work is challenging.  And in the face of those challenges, we choose joy.  We choose positivity.  We choose to find the wins.  We choose to lift each other up.

  5. Community Focus -We work alongside our families and community partners to build alliances that afford our scholars unique learning opportunities.   Shared voices will be honored and help us grow.

Job Description

The special education coordinator is the person responsible for providing special education scholars with learning activities and experiences designed to help them fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth. The coordinator will teach part-time and provide compliance oversight of the special education services at The Lincoln Academy.  He or she will support the other support services team members and develop a collaborative team model to ensure special education services are provided effectively and efficiently.  It is the expectation that this individual will work with the colleagues, parents, and scholars to create a school environment that is focused on student achievement, character and success beyond high school. TLA is a school where scholars and families are supported, while maintaining high expectations for all.  The special education coordinator is expected to fully embrace the school's methodology and uphold the high expectations of The Lincoln Academy.  The special education coordinator will support an equitable environment with rigorous instruction, joyous interactions, and strong community partnerships. Though it is impossible to list all roles the special education coordinator will fill, specific job responsibilities include:


Essential Functions:

  • Oversee all special education programming at TLA

  • Ensure TLA is in compliance with federal and state regulations under IDEA and 504

  • Review all IEPs and documentation to ensure compliance and accuracy

  • Troubleshoot any challenging parent or scholar interactions

  • Assist in training staff of IEP writing and service delivery

  • Work closely with the Chief Instructional Officer to ensure high standards for all scholars

  • Collaborate with scholars, parents, and other members of staff to develop IEPs

  • Plan and lead IEP meetings

  • Maintain compliant IEPs

  • Write quarterly progress reports to IEP goals

  • Implement the Universal Design for Learning to differentiate instruction

  • Use the UDL resources in the school provided curriculum

  • Support people-first language with all staff

  • Hold the same high expectations for all scholars, while differentiating the ways to arrive at the goal

  • Maintain educational equity by writing IEPs to grade level standards

  • Provide IEPs At-A-Glance for content teachers

  • Implement an instructional, therapeutic, or skill development program for assigned scholars and show written evidence of preparation as required

  • Plan and use appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect understanding of the learning styles and needs of scholars assigned

  • Work cooperatively with classroom teachers to modify regular curricula as needed and assist special education scholars in regular classes with assignments

  • Employ a variety of instructional techniques and media to meet the needs and capabilities of each scholar assigned

  • Conduct ongoing assessments of scholar achievement through formal and informal testing

  • Provide personal needs for scholars as stated in IEP

  • Create a classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of scholars

  • Manage scholar behavior, including BIPS

  • Intervene in crisis situations and physically restrain scholars as necessary according to IEP

  • Consult with classroom teachers regarding management of scholar behavior according to IEP

  • Consult district and outside resource people regarding education, social, medical, and personal needs of scholars

  • Establish and maintain open communication by conducting conferences with parents, scholars, administrators, and teachers

  • Use effective communication skills to present information accurately and clearly

  • Keep informed of and comply with federal, state, district, and school regulations and policies for special education teachers

  • Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents required

  • Maintain confidentiality

  • Other duties as requested


Skills/Attributes:

  • Strong working knowledge of IDEA requirements

  • Alignment with The Lincoln Academy's vision and values

  • Strong people skills and leadership ability to develop a team environment

  • Belief in maintaining the bar for educational equity for learners at every ability level

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced setting with high expectations

  • Demonstrated professionalism and integrity

  • Strong critical thinking skills and strategic problem solving skills

  • An ability and passion to work with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds

  • A joyous attitude and drive for personal excellence

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to adapt to change quickly and efficiently

  • Interpersonal skills that encompass strong relationship building and communication

  • Ability to use technology and data to drive toward exceptional outcomes for scholars

  • Demonstrated strong work ethic

  • Adaptability in working with various age groups ranging from Kindergarten to high school

  • Commitment to professional growth and personal development

Requirements

Education

Master's degree in special education


Experience

Experience teaching in an urban setting preferred


Licensing

WI Cross Categorical Special Education K-12 (2801); working towards special education director license preferred

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Certification required annually before first day with scholars


Physical Demands/Working Conditions: The majority of this job involves walking, sitting or standing necessary to observe classroom and school activities, mostly indoors. The ability to physically perform the duties and work in the school setting is required.  Some conditions include:

  • Must be able to stand up to 2 hours instructing staff or instructing a classroom of learners

  • Must be able to sit and look at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing for up to 2 hours at a time

  • Must be able to lift up to 25lbs on a frequent basis

  • May be required to lift and position scholars with physical disabilities; control behavior through physical restraint; and assist non ambulatory scholars.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.