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This is an exciting time to join the Portland Public Schools. The district is deep into the implementation of the Portland Promise, with a focus on the Equity goal, which calls on all educators to be vigilant about supporting each student’s individual path to achieving high standards, and rooting out systemic or ongoing inequities. In order to reduce barriers and improve educational outcomes for students who are being considered for or are receiving specially designed instruction and English Learner services, this work is crucial. We are seeking a Special Education Multilingual educator who is aligned with the goals and values of the Portland Promise to join the district in a cross department role for this exciting and meaningful work. This position includes a generous benefit package, including full health and dental benefits.
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Located two-hours north of Boston, Portland, Maine, is a progressive and vibrant community where the possibilities for living an active, balanced and engaged life is at your fingertips. Portland Public Schools is a cornerstone of our community. We are the largest public school district in Maine and the most diverse district in northern New England with more than 60 world languages spoken by our students and families.
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Under the supervision of the Director of Student Support Services, and with the support of the Director of Language Development, the coordinator supports staff and administrators in the referral, identification and instructional programming of English Learners who have, or may have, disabilities. They will implement systemic practices that appropriately serve dual-identified students in accordance with applicable special education laws and regulations and the PPS Lau Plan for serving English Language Learners. This work includes providing direct student instruction, instructional team and guardian collaboration, and professional development in our specialized programs. This is a school-year position, with the expectation that there will be additional, compensated time for planning and implementation beyond the contract day and during the summer months. PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Direct Service
Deliver direct student language instruction (including co-teaching/modeling) to students in our specialized programs
Engage in instructional team and guardian collaboration within our specialized programs, and provide professional development to program staff
IEP and Evaluation Processes
Advise school and district staff on considering language development in the IEP referral and meeting processes.
Support school staff in identifying and administering special education evaluations for ML students.
Coordinate Alternate ACCESS testing for the district, in collaboration with the Language Development team
Support pre-K and K special education screening for the district, in collaboration with the pre-K and the Student Support Services team
Ensure that the Lau Plan Handbook and Special Education Case Manager Manual reflect best practices around evaluating and serving dual-identified students.
Implement systemic practices that ensure all dual-identified students in the district receive appropriate special education and language services, in accordance with applicable special education laws and regulations and the PPS Lau Plan for serving English Language Learners
Implement systemic practices that ensure all dual-identified students in the district have access to the general education curriculum with culturally and linguistically appropriate support.
Develop and deliver professional learning to staff regarding assessment, instruction, and other systemic practices for dual identified students.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION STANDARDS KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of special education law and regulations
Knowledge of best practices in language acquisition and language assessment
Equity oriented: self-awareness around implicit bias, and a willingness to learn and grow around equity related ideas
Holds high expectations for all learners, and a demonstrated ability to help all students meet high expectations
Ability to think and implement at a systems level, building support among diverse stakeholders to accomplish goals and initiatives
Highly effective collaborator an excellent teammate, and a strong communicator
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE:
Minimum of three years as an ESOL teacher
Minimum of three years working with students with IEPs
Experience working with students with low incidence disabilities preferred
Experience as an instructional coach preferred
CERTIFICATE AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:
Maine ESOL Certification (660)
Maine Special Education Certification preferred
Portland Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.
Position Type: Full-time
Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager Administrator > Special Education Director Special Education > General Special Education
Maine’s largest school system has 10 elementary schools, three middle schools and four high schools serving nearly 7,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12 and about 4,700 adult learners.
The district takes full advantage of its location in a vibrant city with a thriving arts life. Schools draw on the resources offered by museums, theaters, local businesses and the city’s colleges and universities.
Portland has a highly trained teaching staff. Many teachers hold advanced degrees. All of the district's teachers continue their education by pursuing professional development activities on a regular basis.
The district provides technology to support instruction, including laptops for each student in grades seven through 12 and wireless access at all schools.
Volunteers, parent-teacher organizations and businesses donate generously of their time and money to the district – an estimated 100,000 hours per year.
Graduates of the Portland Public Schools attend the country’s top colleges and universities. See www.portlandschools.org for colleges attended by recent graduates.
The Portland Public Schools gives parents an array of program choices. The district as one of the first in the country to offer project-based Expeditionary Learning from kindergarten through 12th grade.
High school students have access to one of the broadest selections of Advanced Placement courses in Maine. Qualified high school students may take up to two college courses with tuition paid by the state. A regional arts and technology high school provides hands-on courses in growth fields such as health care, robotics and “green” construction.
More than 60 languages are spoken by students attending the Portland Public Schools. Multilingual students represent about a quarter of the district’s enrollment. The district’s diversity prepares all students for their roles as world citizens.
Portland residents can pursue lifelong learning and professional success through the academic, jobs skills and enrichment courses offered by Portland Adult Education.
Most of Portland’s middle and high school students participate actively in co-curricular activities such as athletics, drama, music and service clubs. Portland students regularly excel in academic and athletic competitions at the regional, state and even national level.
See a list of recent honors, awards and recognition for the Portland Public Schools at: www.portlandschools.org. Join Portland ME Public Schools on Facebook. A focus on service learning-- connecting the schools to the wider community—results in students undertaking many projects that benefit greater Portland.
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