Nov 21, 2019

Student Wholeness Specialist - Special Education

  • Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Baltimore, MD, USA
Executive Leadership

Job Description

Student Wholeness Rooms are safe, inclusive spaces where students calm down, cultivate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills that will enable them to thrive in the classroom, and access a variety of academic, social, and emotional supports. Combined with other support, student wholeness rooms are expected to contribute to a more positive learning environment that promotes high academic and behavioral expectations, support improvement in student growth and attendance, and reduce disciplinary referrals.

By helping children build their SEL competencies and be more aware of their feelings, the Student Wholeness Specialist - Special Education will lead the implementation and management of the Student Wholeness Room(s) for children with a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. Recognizing that these students will require a variety of different services, modifications, and accommodations in their educational experiences, the Student Wholeness Specialist - Special Education seeks to prepare students to manage their own behavior successfully by adapting and leveraging the tools and resources available within the Student Wholeness room and throughout the district.

The Student Wholeness Specialist - Special Education will work in close cooperation with on-site related service providers, counselors, mental health support staff, teachers, administrators, and others to coordinate SEL support for students with low-incidence (sensory, developmental, and/or multiple severe) disabilities. Specifically, the Specialist will engage students who are working on communication, basic literacy, and functional skills for daily life. Additionally, s/he will collect, track, monitor, and analyze data trends to support school staff and administrators in understanding student needs, behaviors, referral and room use, as well as resources. Specialist(s) will be instrumental in connecting students, staff, parents, and community members with effective resources for social emotional well-being.

This position does not require the Student Wholeness Specialist - Special Education to be a mental health professional or special education teacher. If the Specialist identifies a student in need of additional supports, s/he will immediately refer the student to the appropriate, qualified staff rather than to the Wholeness Room

Essential Functions

Supports Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Builds relationships with students, with a focus on those referred to the Student Wholeness Room, develop an understanding of their support needs, and provide appropriate support.
  • Assists students to develop awareness of and the ability to manage their behavior, including providing tools and cultivating skills for self-calming.
  • Assists students, teachers, and fellow classmates in welcoming a student back to their assigned classroom.
  • Continues to build relationship with referred students by checking in with staff and student through classroom visits.
  • Cultivates school culture and climate by supporting new and transferring student and family orientations, back to school nights, and other school events.
Supports Academics
  • Partners with classroom teachers to coordinate missed assignments for referred students.
  • Supports teachers in identifying and integrating effective strategies for behavior management.
  • Ensures student has access to high-quality academic materials for students using the wholeness room.

Participates in Coaching, Professional Development & Team Meetings
  • Participates in professional learning opportunities, coaching sessions, and meetings

Manages Processes, Operations and Coordination with staff
  • Collects, tracks, monitors, and analyzes data associated with student referrals to ensure effective reporting and use of data to support schoolwide SEL.
  • Maintains log of all student, teacher, principal and family communication.
  • Maintains detailed work log highlighting tasks performed (i.e. interventions implemented, referrals addressed/managed and other supports provided) and report on work, as required.
  • Meets regularly with the principal and other key staff to share trends regarding student needs, behaviors, referral and room use, as well as resource access.
  • Participates in collaborative planning and/or support meetings, as requested, to support problem-solving and developing proactive strategies for meeting the needs of students, especially for those referred to the Student Wholeness Room.
  • Serves as a member of the School SEL Core Team.
  • Maintains the Student Wholeness Room as a neat and orderly space.
  • Performs and promotes all activities in compliance with equal employment and nondiscrimination policies; follows federal laws, state laws, school boards policies and the professional standards.

Maximum Salary 52204.00

Minimum Salary 42106.00

Desired Qualifications
  • Bachelor?s degree or higher from an accredited college or university, preferably special education, communication sciences and disorders, or psychology.
  • Previous experience working with students that have significant cognitive impairments, sensory deficits, and/or different types of physical disabilities, preferably in an urban school setting.
  • Ability to demonstrate an advanced understanding of differentiation practices to meet the learning, communication, and/or therapeutic needs of students.
  • Ability to support students using multiple communication methods (i.e., AAC devices) and multi-sensory integration practices.
  • Ability to assess student social and emotional well-being to support the student or refer them to appropriate staff and/or services.
  • Ability to maintain a calm, collected presence in the face of potentially stressful, emotional, escalating, and/or challenging situations.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and appropriate working relationships with school staff, faculty, students, families, and community partners.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in the use of computer applications and able to learn new skills associated with district specific tools (e.g., Microsoft Office and Online Professional Learning software).

Full time or Part time Full time

Additional Details

Qualified candidates for the above position must submit the following:
  • Completed online application
  • Resume that clearly demonstrates the above minimum qualifications. It is important that you include all experiences and education related to the position to which you are applying.
  • Upload copies of all transcripts ?undergraduate, graduate and all MSDE Certifications
  • Must provide three (3) professional references to include: name, title, business address, e-mail address and phone number
  • All documentation/certification necessary (scanned copies accepted) to substantiate minimum qualifications; must be uploaded into application
  • All documentation must be scanned and uploaded to application
Benefits -- This position is eligible for benefits. To review the available options please see the information relevant to the union for this position by viewing the following link:

Baltimore City Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and encourages resumes from bi-lingual or multi-lingual candidates.

Baltimore City Public Schools does not discriminate in any aspect of employment on the basis of race, color, ancestry or national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or age. For inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, please contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Manager, 200 E. North Avenue, Room 208, Baltimore, MD 21202; 410-396-8542 (phone); 410-396-2955 (fax).

This position is affiliated with the Paraprofessionals and School Related Personnel (PSRP) bargaining unit.

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