Teaching and Learning Consultant- Early Development Network
Position Purpose: The special education teaching and learning consultant shares responsibility for the effective planning and implementation of special education programs and services for students with disabilities ages Birth through 3 years old. The individual will assist in the planning and presenting of professional development supporting the use of best instructional practices in teaching. This individual supports Early Childhood Special Education programs in the district by collaborating with parents and Early Development Network teams as well as Early Childhood teams as students prepare for transition into school-based services. Technical assistance is also provided to staff in meeting the federal and state regulations governing the provision of special education services.
Essential Performance Responsibilities
- Responsible for the coordination, management, and leadership of the Planning Region 19 activities.
- Supports delivery of services in the child’s natural environment and supervises the Service Coordinators that are part of the Early Development Network team.
- Knowledge and understanding of Special Education Rule 52 and standards and regulations.
- Ensure compliance with all special education regulations (IFSP, MDT).
- Collaborating with Early Childhood staff to ensures successful transitions from Early Intervention Services in the Early Development Network to early childhood school-based settings.
- Maintain effective communication with administration, staff, families, and community agencies.
- Provide expertise in the use of assessments and feedback.
- Demonstrates knowledge of best research based instructional practices.
- Ensures best practices in Early Intervention (Birth to 3-year-old) are implemented by all homebased service providers.
- Conducts staff observations and coaching visits.
- Creates and delivers professional development throughout the year.
- Provides additional support to all new Early Development Network staff.
- Administers OPS staff appraisal process with approval from Special Education Executive Director.
- Models best practices in providing in-person and online professional development for the Early Development Network staff members.
- Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops, or professional meetings, or by conducting research.
- Collect and report necessary data that is required by Nebraska Department of Education.
- Works with an understanding of a diverse student population and equity.
- Shows evidence of the willingness and the ability to comply with the standards for ethical and professional performance established by district policy as well as the State Board of Education.
- Demonstrates a commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the OPS district.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Master’s Degree with appropriate course work in Administration, Supervision, Early Childhood Special Education, Special Education, Educational Psychology, or related field, preferred.
- A valid Nebraska Teaching Certificate (or the ability to obtain) with endorsement in the area of administration and supervision required and Early Childhood Special Education preferred.
- A minimum of five years successful teaching experience Early Childhood Special Education, licensed childcare experience, or therapy experience preferred.
- Knowledge of Special Education and related services for children with verified disabilities.
- Specific knowledge of Child Development in the area of Birth to 3-year-olds.
- Ability to be flexible and shift priorities as needed.
- Knowledge of best instructional practices for students with disabilities from Birth to 3 years old.
- Understanding of and ability to support the implementation of the District’s Strategic Plan.
- Exemplary organizational skills.
- Exemplary oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to plan and deliver high quality professional development.
- Ability to provide instructional coaching.
- Ability to demonstrate skills pertinent to positive relationships and the ability to collaborate effectively with instructional staff, students, parents, administrators, and the community.
- Knowledge of current teaching methods and educational pedagogy.
- Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding special education and students.
- Displays a significant degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
- Knowledge of OPS’s mission, purpose, goals, and the role of every employee in achieving each of them.
Performs other related tasks as assigned by central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
Location: Teacher Administrative Center (TAC), 3215 Cuming St. Omaha, NE 68131
Reports To: Executive Director of Special Education
Work Schedule/FLSA Status: 261 Day, 12-month / Full Time – Exempt
Salary Schedule: OSAA, Level 6