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Portland Public Schools
Student Support Services Coordinator
Description: The Student Support Services Coordinator is a district-wide teacher-leader position that serves to support, consult, and facilitate processes in Portland Public Schools in support of students with exceptionalities. The Student Support Services Coordinator provides technical assistance and compliance oversight to schools in support of the district mission, vision, and strategic plan.
Reportsto: Director and Assistant Director of Student Support Services
Work Year: District-wide responsibilities for PEA contract days and stipend responsibilities
Requirements: Certification as Special Education Teacher 282 or 286
Master’s Degree in Education or Special Education preferred
Experience in implementing IDEA/Maine Unified Special Education Regulations, Response to Interventions Systems and Section 504 Accessibility Plans
Major Responsibilities: To facilitate the process and procedures for referral and initial identification of students with exceptionalities. In collaboration with other departments, the Student Support Services Coordinator works to review data and trends to ensure that we are supporting each student's particular path to achieving high standards.
Facilitate the process and procedures for special education referral, initial identification, ordering assessments, gathering essential data necessary for IEP meetings.
Align assessments, based on the referral data, to be completed for Initial Eligibility requirements.
Facilitate and lead Initial Eligibility meetings as the LEA representative in collaboration with the building level administrator.
Serve as the LEA representative in times of need.
Ensure accuracy and timeliness of all required documentation associated with the development of Individualized Education Plans in collaboration with Special Education Instructional Strategists and Special Education Case Managers.
Provide consultation and monthly professional development for building based Special Education Instructional Strategists.
Collaborate with School Psychologists, Speech and Language Clinicians, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists on assessment timelines and schedules for compliance with initial referral rules.
8. Develop and maintain effective scheduling and communication systems for assessments and IEP meetings.
9. Provide technical consultation as necessary in the development and implementation of Section 504 Accommodation plans.
10. Meet regularly with Director and Assistant Director of Student Support Services to review processes, patterns and trends to inform program improvement.
11. Model and encourage integrity and ethical conduct while advocating for students’ rights for access to equitable opportunities to learn in the Portland Public Schools.
12. Perform all other tasks as assigned by the Director and Assistant Director of Student Support Services.
An additional stipend for the following responsibilities:
Organize, lead, and/or participate in on-going professional development and training.
Meet regularly with Special Education Instructional Strategists and District-level leadership.
Meet regularly with school teams and principals.
Participate in 3 additional work days for customized yearly training
Participate in 2 additional work days for new staff training yearly
Serve as a resource to principals and school leadership in the area of 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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