Master’s degree in education, special education or related field is required
MSDE Certification or eligibility for MSDE Certification required in special education
Three years of teaching experience, writing IEPs, and/or attending IEP meetings, prior experience working with students with emotional disabilities preferred
Knowledge of special education law and the compliance requirements of the various federal, state, and local school system regulations, policies, and procedures
Training on Maryland and/or DC IEP systems a plus
Knowledge of testing and educational assessments is a plus
Excellent oral and written communication skills, computer proficiency, and a demonstrated capability to interface and maintain effective relationships with co-workers and state/country representatives
Knowledge of IDEA and its specific applications to educating students with special education needs and emotional disabilities and other disabilities preferred
Bilingual (Spanish/English) abilities are a plus
KEY JOB FUNCTIONS:
Provide technical and content training to all IEP writing staff and staff involved in developing transition plans on the Maryland and DC IEP systems, with the support of the Clinical Director(s) and Education Director(s)
Supervise the development of all IEPs including proof reading, editing, and making recommendations for revisions to maintain compliance and to meet the individual needs of students; work with the Clinical Director(s) to ensure that FBAs and BIPs are completed in compliance within required timelines
Prepare for, schedule, and conduct all IEP related meetings (annual, triennial reviews, 60 day reviews, attendance meetings, placement meetings, manifestation, and Senior exit meeting); ensure that all parties whose presence or input is required for the meetings (including staff, administrators, parents/guardians, advocates, lawyers, surrogates, social workers, etc.) have been notified in a timely manner, and obtain required documentation from all parties, including those unable to attend
Notify the appropriate staff of the outcomes of IEP meetings, any additional follow-up needed (concerns raised, assessments, meetings, etc.) and update the student database and Finance Office of any changes to a student’s IEP related services
Work with the Registrar, Education Director(s), and Clinical Director(s) to ensure that quarterly documentation of all IEPs are completed, distributed, and filed
Provide parents/guardians with required documents prior to and following an IEP meeting within specified timelines; file all related documents in a timely manner
Assist the management team regarding documentation of critical incidents as needed
Attend all appropriate state, and/or local meetings/trainings related to IEP development, coordination, transition planning, and/or state testing administration as required
Maintain positive and professional working relationships with all local school system representatives and demonstrate knowledge of all educational interventions, resources, and special programming, and provide accurate updates of this information to the local school systems’ representatives
Maintain students’ files, related to the IEP and IEP related documents, in inspection-ready condition at all times in order for The Foundation Schools to remain in compliance in all areas according to federal, state and district regulations
Provide the Clinical Director(s) and Education Director(s) with feedback regarding teachers and therapists performance in IEP related meetings
Demonstrate knowledge of current special education regulations and guidelines, and identify changes to those regulations; communicate to the Education Director(s) and Principal those changes to ensure that The Foundation Schools’ policies and procedures align with current regulations
Demonstrate an understanding of how our students’ disabilities impact their behavior and ability to learn; display knowledge of students’ diagnoses and ensure the students’ IEPs reflect the individual needs to each student
Redskins Loads of Love!
During the Redskins-Cowboys game yesterday, The Foundation Schools was awarded a grant to from the Washington Redskins Foundation Loads of Love program to put a laundry facility in the school. The generosity of the Foundation will remove one obstacle for our students, so they can build a road to success! Thank you Washington Redskins!
Our 2018 Annual Report is Out Now!
We are so proud of our students’ accomplishments last school year! Click here to view our 2018 Annual Report and read more about them!
Save the Date!
For 44 years The Foundation Schools has been helping students build a road to success. On March 28, 2019, you can help The Foundation Schools continue to pave the way for future generations by being a sponsor or donating an auction item for our annual Benefit. This exciting event is held at the University of […]
Do More 24!
We all have trouble making good choices, but our students’ challenges cause them to struggle more than others. Our students often have difficulty making the right choices inside and outside of school. To encourage and help them grow, The Foundation Schools has developed a school-wide Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports (PBIS) program in our schools […]