The Director will assist in the targeted planning and implementation of the ODLSS strategic plan to increase high quality standards in instruction and improve outcomes in schools for students with disabilities. The Director will ensure consistent implementation of Instructional Models and guide the District’s vision for special education. The Director will report to the Chief of ODLSS and be a critical part of the leadership team as it implements the new strategic plan and transforms the Department into a best-practices organization.
- Will work with the manager of professional development in creating a professional development strategic plan for ODLSS that supports teachers and DL cluster programs professional development of Special Education Administrators (SEA’s) with the goal of excellent execution
- Provide continual professional development of staff to ensure instructional expertise and to build a team of subject matter experts who perform at a high level and work together well as a high-performance team
- Work with the Director of Resource Management and Accountability and the SEA’s to analyze metrics, achievement of desired outcomes and devise methods of improved instruction based on analysis and the needs of individual schools and networks
- Provide a framework and quality indicators that will support rigorous instruction for inclusion, co-teaching and cluster programs
- Spend significant time in the field to observe instructional practices and provide on-site support to SEA’s and special education staff in the schools
- Coordinate with staff within the Department and the District to provide tools, services and strategies for differentiated school-level support for principals, instructional leadership teams and special education staff that drive school improvement
- Develop consistent standards of interventions for the Citywide Assessment Team to provide research based interventions consistent with MTSS framework
- Coordinate best practices and standards of instruction for dually identified students (English Learners and Special Education)
- Develop communication systems that ensure smooth flow of information vertically and horizontally to ensure sharing and implementation of best practice across schools
Education Required: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in Special Education. (Ed.d, Ph.d preferred)
Type of License Required: Special Education teaching certificate or Professional Educator License (PEL) issued by the Illinois State Board of Education, or Type 73 or 75 (or out of state equivalent) required.
Experience and Number of Years: Minimum 7 years experience in an educational and instructional setting. Special Education experience required
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Expertise in best-practice special education instruction (consistent with state certification requirements)
- Demonstrated leadership in implementing successful instructional strategies in special education
- Proven track record in leading organizational and instructional transformation
- Expertise in professional development, as well as leadership development, building an effective team, coaching and promoting professional growth of team members
- Sets high standards and achieves measurable outcomes of success
- Strong communication skills
- Understands how to use data to inform daily decisions to improve instructional practice and student outcomes
- Demonstrates strong commitment to continuous improvement in the organization, among team members and for students.