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Special Education Director of Instruction (20-21)

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Location: El Paso TX

Company Name: IDEA Public Schools

Occupational Category: 21-1091.00,Health Educators

Date Posted: 2020-04-03

Valid Through: 2020-04-23

Employment Type: FULL_TIME


About IDEA Public Schools

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years – that’s 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA’s co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve nearly 53,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. By 2022, IDEA will serve 100,000 students. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you—with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Houston (2020), Permian Basin (2020), and Tampa Bay (2021)!

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.

To learn more about IDEA, check out this video .

Role Mission:

The National Director of Special Education Instruction will oversee Special Education Instructional Programming for IDEA Public Schools to ensure maximum student achievement for our students with IEPs. The National Director of Special Education Instruction will directly manage Regional Special Education Managers in Year 1 and 2 to build their capacity to support special education successfully in their region. S/he will build collaborative business partnerships between national support personnel and all special education mangers to ensure IDEA’s special education instructional model is being implemented. Additionally, she will ensure high rigor and effective support in our RISE classrooms across the organization.

• Ensure successful implementation of Critical Student Intervention (CSI) in Year 1 and 2 regions by Regional Special Education Managers so that 50% of the CSI students grow 2.0 years in Reading and 60% in Math or end the year On Grade Level
• Coach Year 1 and 2 Regional Special Education Managers to successfully coach/develop campus CSI point people to build their capacity to implement CSI in their region
• Ensure the coaching/management of CSI Coaches (in applicable regions) to ensure their support of campuses results in increased CSI results.
• Develop expectations around operating mechanisms between Year 1 and Year 2 Special Education Managers and their NIFDI partners.
• Coach and Develop Year 1 and 2 Special Education Managers so that 75% of Special Education students meet their STAAR growth goal in Reading
• Ability to read and analyze Assessment data to prioritize the highest leverage next action steps
• Observe and coach special education teacher managers around holding highly effective data conversations to increase student achievement results.
• Work with teachers and LSSPs to ensure students have an effective IEP to support Reading growth.
• Coach and develop Year 1 and 2 Special Education Managers so that 100% of TEA timelines for ARDs and evaluationsare in compliance
• Model effective check ins with LSSP/SLP Leads to ensure data on compliance is reported each week
• Developing Lead LSSP/SLP ability to coach their direct reports in strategies to meet all timelines
• Coach on effective calendaring/time management so that ARDs and Evaluations are planned for appropriately
• Collaborate closely with the National Director of Special Program Compliance to ensure we are meeting all TEA/Dept of Ed guidelines for Special Education compliance.
• 90% of Special Education, RISE, and Intervention teachers rate their professional development at a 4 or higher (NTI, Course Collaborations, and Course Leader Webinars) in Year 1 and 2 regions
• Oversee the management and mentorship of all Special Program Course Leaders through the regional Special Education Leads
• Hold all special education mangers and course leaders accountable to following the effective adult PD scope and sequence timelines (content reviews, rehearsals, and debriefs) for their region
• Collaborate with the National Special Program Professional Development Manager to create needed materials based on regional/content need
• 90% Special Education Managers are retained from year to year
• Hold consistent, effective check ins with Year 1 and 2 regional special education managers
• Create effective operating mechanisms for district wide special education manager collaboration
• Utilize special program staff satisfaction surveys to strategize on tactics to ensure special education managers are feeling supported and valued in their role
• Live values of IDEA
• Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
• Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
• Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
• Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
• Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
• Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
• Embodies IDEA’s core values

Qualifications: (IDEA experience preferred)
• At least 3 years of managerial/supervisory experience with record of results (in the area of special education preferred)
• Ability to travel frequently to support IDEA regions
• Master’s degree in educational field preferred


Salaries for people entering this role typically fall between $71,200 and $92,600, commensurate with relevant qualifications and experiences. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus base on individual and organizational goal attainment