Special Education Program Specialist - Instructional Focus

Green Dot Public Schools - Los Angeles, CA - Full time


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The Special Education Program Specialist is responsible for assisting and enhancing the work of Teachers, Special Education Aides, School Psychologists, and School Leaders, Parents, and Classified Personnel in the area of special education practices and promoting the conceptual, intuitive, and personal skills necessary for their professional development. The goal of this position is to provide direct support for schools in the maintenance of a compliant and collaborative special education program with the support and supervision of the special education program administrator. This is a year-round position, requiring work both during and after school hours.


Green Dot Public Schools is a non-profit charter management organization driven by the mission to transform public education so that ALL students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life. Green Dot operates 26 public schools in historically disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles, Tennessee and Washington. As one of the three largest charter management organizations in the nation, Green Dot schools consistently achieve outstanding academic outcomes through innovative college-preparatory curriculums, collaborative and personalized teaching methods, and strong support systems for both students and staff.

Outside of the classroom, Green Dot schools provide a rich array of after-school programs and services for students so that they have safe, educational and enjoyable opportunities after the bell rings. Additionally, Green Dot strongly believes in community empowerment. Schools regularly organize events that bring together students, parents, educators and political leaders to advocate for active civic engagement and unity. Since 1999, Green Dot has been a celebrated leader in closing discrepancies in access to high-quality educational opportunities regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.


Instructional Support

> Coach Special Education teachers in the area of curriculum and instruction and classroom management strategies across multiple campuses.

>Promote standards-based instruction by providing demonstration lessons, focused observations, and professional development on research-based instructional strategies and classroom practices.

> Utilize the coaching model to provide opportunities for teacher reflection on standards-based demonstration lessons and classroom observations.

> Train teachers to manage, interpret, and use assessment data and facilitate the analysis of data and student work to guide instructional decision-making

> Work collaboratively with the school site administration and Lead SPED Teacher to plan and facilitate special education professional development.


> Develop and manage a comprehensive IEP meeting schedule and implement systems of accountability to have a compliant special education program in multiple sites.

> Support enrollment of students receiving special education services to ensure correct placement and establish services in all data systems to ensure implementation of IEP.

> Serve as the administrator designee for IEP meetings to ensure all IEP meetings have the required participants.

> Coordinate and monitor all service providers in Welligent and other systems to ensure accurate delivery of services.

>Develop, monitor SPED aide schedules to ensure the maximization of resources. (when applicable)

Program Support

> Provide individual coaching before/during/after IEP meetings.

> Train teachers in all special education guidelines and provide technical support to assure that they comply with special education regulations and Green Dot policies.

> Provide updates on Special Education procedures to maintain compliance.

> Collaborate in the development of programs and services to ensure implementation of all special education programs and be responsive to parent and program needs.

> Provide ongoing training for special education aides and campus security officers to ensure implementation of behavior supports (when applicable)

> Collaborate with program administrator to develop master schedule that adheres to student IEP placements and collaborate with counselors to monitor individual student scheduling.

> Other duties as assigned


> Supervise, support and evaluate special education aides in the implementation of best practices (when applicable)


> Valid Clear/Level II Education Specialist Credential

> Valid CA Administrative Services credential highly desirable

> A minimum of 5 years teaching experience in special education with a history of improving student achievement. Teaching experience in multiple Special Education Setting highly desirable (e.g., SDP, RSP)

> Relevant Masters or equivalent degree preferred

> Strong Knowledge of the Disabilities Education Improvement Act, California Standards Base instruction, Response to Intervention Framework, Behavior Modification Strategies, and Education Code

> A passion for improving urban middle and high schools, and driving education reform

> Experience working in an urban school setting

> Demonstrated leadership capabilities

> Proven management and team building skills

> Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills

> Excellent verbal and written communication skills

> Excellent collaborative and organizational skills

> A strong ethical base and self-awareness

This employer strives for a balanced, productive workforce, which is diverse in terms of age, gender, and cultural identity. We do not base hiring or promotional decisions on factors other than performance and professional growth potential. Please note that we are unable to sponsor H-1B Visa applicants.


Salary for this position is $70,000 - $80,000, depending on experience. We also offer a comprehensive benefits plan as well as the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all students.


We require all candidates to complete an online application at http://jobs.greendot.org/. Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible.

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