Education Specialist I – Special Education, Inclusive Practices
$70,391 - $84,301 yearly
Region 4 Education Service Center
Houston, TX, USA
Provide professional development and services, develop instructional resources, and participate in special project activities in the area of accessing the general education curriculum for students with disabilities that support the ESC’s core purpose and strategic goals; provide additional support in the area of transition.
Education Master’s degree
Certification Texas Educator Certificate in Special Education
Experience 1. Minimum of three years of district and/or campus level leadership in special education programming at the secondary level 2. Minimum of five years of experience as a special education teacher working in public schools 3. Experience developing and presenting professional development 4. Experience leading collaborative teams 5. Experience providing instructional coaching
Special Knowledge and Skills 1. Broad-based knowledge in rules and regulations related to special education 2. Broad-based knowledge of effective inclusive practices and transition services for students with disabilities. 3. Exemplary written and oral communication skills
Preferred Qualifications: 1. Mid-management, Principalship, or Superintendent Certificate 2. Classroom experience in special and general education settings
Major Responsibilities: Primary
1. Provide leadership in assisting customer districts in planning, developing and implementing services to meet the academic and transition needs of students with disabilities. 2. Provide leadership to customer districts through professional development and services in areas including, but not limited to:
a. Accessing content through appropriate adaptations and frameworks such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) b. A Standards-Based IEP framework c. Evidence-based high quality instructional frameworks d. Effective inclusive practices such as, but not limited to, co-teaching, small group instruction, specially-designed instruction, progress-monitoring, and effective master scheduling practices e. Implementing the state assessment process for students with disabilities f. Effective secondary transition practices and working knowledge of transitions from early childhood to exit g. College, career and military readiness for post-secondary outcomes.
3. Develop, present, and facilitate effective professional development in collaboration with special education and content area teams. 4. Develop systems to assess customer needs for programming and services. 5. Develop resources to support instruction and programming. 6. Participate in developing communication networks between Region 4 customer district personnel. 7. Participate in state-level functions related to area(s) of responsibility. 8. Assist in planning and developing special project activities, e.g., grant proposals, interdepartmental services, demonstration sites, research studies and other customer-based projects. 9. Engage in professional development to maintain special education knowledge and skills in the areas of inclusive practices and transition to support content collaborations. 10. Analyze data to evaluate program effectiveness within the ESC and for customer districts. 11. Provide leadership to districts related to compliance with state and federal laws and State Board of Education rules and regulations. 12. Provide leadership to districts related to the State Performance Plan Indicators, Performance-based Monitoring, and other compliance indicators. 13. Provide technical assistance and services as specified by any applicable federal grant that funds this position.
Region 4 Education Service Center (Region 4) is one of 20 regional education service centers established by the Texas Legislature in 1967 to assist school districts and charter schools in improving efficiencies and student performance. Regional education service centers are nonregulatory, intermediate education units. Texas Education Code, Chapter 8, gives each school district the opportunity to voluntarily be served by and participate with a regional education service center.
Region 4 serves a seven-county area comprised of 48 public school districts and 37 open-enrollment charter schools, representing more than 1.2 million students, 97,000 educators, and 1,500 campuses.