Summary: The Principal is an experienced inspirational school leader responsible for the daily operation of administering and supervising the school program for all special education students. The principal is responsible for all aspects of the school program from personnel to curriculum and program planning such that the educational, clinical, and behavioral needs of students are met. Knowledgeable of special education law and practices is essential. Through building strong relationships with families, students, faculty and staff, the Principal will ensure a culture in which students and adults are supported in achieving excellence and everyone in the school community is accountable for results. The Principal will provide direction to school personnel to ensure financially sound policies and procedures are implemented and practiced, and compliance with all applicable regulations and guidelines is maintained. The Principal will act as a liaison to the community and local school systems’ personnel to build awareness and support for the Foundation Schools Programs. The Principal works closely with all Directors under the direction of the CEO to ensure the fulfillment of the mission, vision and core values of The Foundation Schools.
Leadership and Management
Adheres to and enforces in a timely manner all Foundation School policies and procedures
Ensures that all school personnel are knowledgeable of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) as well as other related laws and regulations
Monitors and directs the school operations in accordance with all local, state and district regulations ensuring full compliance on a daily basis
Provides accurate and timely submission of state, district, local school system, and Foundation School reports (annual, statistical, program, and department) as requested
Maintains accurate databases and files of former and current students
Establishes and ensures a safe, secure and orderly environment conducive for effective teaching /learning to occur
Implements the school’s annual budget
Adheres to all budgetary requirements as set forth by The Foundation Schools
Monitors the school’s enrollment and implements changes to make appropriate and timely staffing and purchasing adjustments to maintain budget expectations
Supervises the admissions process to ensure appropriate student enrollment is maximized and adhered to
Maintains an inventory of equipment and instructional materials
Ensures proper care and handling of student files in accordance with state, district, and local school system guidelines
Maintains the safety, security, and cleanliness of the school facilities
Keeps abreast of Special Education laws, regulations, policies and best practices; communicate those to school staff on an on-going basis
Staffing and Supervision
Assists with the recruitment, selection, assessment and evaluation of staff
Provides direct observation, coaching and evaluation for school personnel utilizing regular feedback cycles and clear performance metrics as set forth by The Foundation Schools
Keeps the Directors abreast of staffing needs in a timely manner
Ensures proper staffing for all activities to meet state and district regulations
Complies with all HR policies and procedures
Works with staff to identify professional development needs and assists them in developing their professional development plans on an annual basis
Plans, facilitates, and implements school based professional development in consultation with CEO
Schedules and conducts regular school staff meetings
Ensures all guests, visitors and interns are following The Foundation School policies and procedures
Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
Executes a school wide vision for instruction and culture as set for by The Foundation Schools
Executes school –based strategic plan with actionable, measurable goals and regularly monitors progress toward goals by collecting and analyzing data as set forth by The Foundation Schools
Assists with the identification and selection of scientific, research-based instructional strategies and interventions for all students to enable them to progress in the general education curriculum and meet Common Core State Standards
Ensures that students evaluations and IEPs are in compliance, accurate, aligned, and up-to date
Ensures that daily instruction and programming are aligned to each student’s IEP goals
Implements and oversees a school-wide Positive Behavior Support Program as set forth by The Foundation Schools
Implements summative and formative assessments as per Foundation Schools and district and state mandates to measure student progress
Submits data regarding student progress as requested
Supervises all school related special programs including LINKS and Career Connections
Recommends, implements and supervises all extra curricular activities
Oversees the Extended School Year (ESY) program and submits required reports
Attends meetings and trainings conducted by local, state and district school systems that are recommended and/or offered to nonpublic school administrators as approved by the CEO
Develops and maintains open lines of on-going communication and positive working relationships with students, families, state, district, and/or local school system representatives and community stakeholders, investing them in the school’s vision
Manages parent inquiries, calls, visits and concerns in a timely manner
Provides timely, accurate, and factual information to CEO regarding significant concerns raised by students, staff, parents/guardians, community stake holders, state, district, and/or local school system representatives
Encourage family involvement in the school
Works with higher education institutions to establish practicum and internship opportunities for their students
The Principal performs and assumes other responsibilities as delegated and assigned.
Master’s degree or higher in Special Education or related field
Minimum of 5 years of school leadership experience of which at least 3 years must be in a special education capacity
Must hold or meet Maryland professional special education certification or licensing requirements
Demonstrated knowledge of special education law, regulations and best practices
Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience that provide the knowledge, abilities and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered
Eligible for or hold a current Maryland Administration or Supervision and special education certification or licensure
School Supplies Needed!
Please help to ensure that our at-risk students can start the new school year with the supplies necessary for them to get on the path to success. Donations of all types of new school supplies are needed and welcomed throughout the month of August, including: Pencils Colored Pencils Pens (Blue & Black Ink) Calculators (Including Used TI-84 Graphing Calculators) Notebooks (Composition […]
Special Thanks to Our Partners at Hargrove!
We are so lucky to have been selected by Hargrove, LLC‘s Exhibitor Services and Trade Show Division to be the recipient of their Team Building/Community Service Day! Their team created and donated baskets of classroom essentials, beautified our walls with a TWIRL mural, and did an incredible job overhauling our book room so teachers can easily […]
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!