Department: College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)
Assistant Director/School Improvement/Early Childhood Special Education Specialist
The Kellar Institute for Human Disabilities seeks applicants for a full-time administrative faculty position within the Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) for Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) at George Mason University. The Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC), Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities at George Mason University, in support of a grant from the Virginia Department of Education, provides technical assistance and professional development to school and related services personnel in Virginia Superintendent's Region 4, who work with students with disabilities. Specifically, the TTAC staff work to improve instructional practices of those who work with students with disabilities in an effort to increase the academic success of these students. Particular attention is given to those schools struggling to meet the state standards for making adequate yearly progress on indicators established by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
Purpose of the Position:
To provide support in the form of training and technical assistance to school personnel who work with students with disabilities in Virginia Superintendent's Region 4 with primary responsibility as the supervisor for the early childhood TTAC staff, developer of trainings to support the implementation of the CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System – pre-K) and the representative to Virginia Tiered Systems of Support for Early Childhood (preK-8).
Provide supervision to TTAC early childhood staff and participate in the TTAC leadership team, ensuring that TTAC early childhood specialists focus Region 4 work efforts on the objectives set by the VDOE (Virginia Department of Education) and are consistent with the VDOE early childhood special education work plan.
Responsible for coordination and delivery of specific training and professional development, as directed by the VDOE, as well as at the request of schools and school systems, to support school personnel in improving practices that facilitate higher student performance and academic outcomes for students with disabilities with an emphasis on quality inclusive practices.
Work within the Virginia Tiered Systems of Support (VTSS) in school divisions in Region 4, providing support to administrators and teachers at the PK and early elementary level, specifically in the area of developmental stages and social-emotional competence and behavior in young children.
Facilitate collaboration and teaming of early childhood and early intervention professionals to serve children birth through 5 with an emphasis on a smooth transition from early intervention to Part B services.
Responsible for ensuring that Early Childhood (EC) administrators have accurate and current information on state policies and procedures, which includes, but is not limited to, the collection and analysis of EC division data as directed by leadership at the VDOE.
Through the Virginia Quality Initiative, provide educators and child care providers with implementation training, ongoing coaching and progress monitoring that leads to increased program quality and sustainability of improvement efforts with an emphasis on inclusion.
Provide training and mentorship to new TTACECSE staff members in the area of TTAC office, university, and state policies and procedures.
Provide roll out and ongoing training in Region 4 on state (VDOE) initiatives.
Additional responsibilities in both leadership at the TTAC regional and state level and in early childhood as assigned.
Qualifications required for this position include a Master's degree or higher in Special Education, General Education, or related field and knowledge of effective best practices and current issues in General and Special Education as well as experience directing a team of professionals who provide professional development to in-service teachers and administrators.
Specifically, the qualified individual must possess:
Knowledge of effective best practice and current issues in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
At least five years in the field, including experience in administration and supervision
Experience working with a team of educational professionals to provide professional development related to young children on research-based inclusive practices, curriculum-based assessment, and specialized instruction.
Detailed and updated knowledge of research-based practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and the ability to collect, analyze and use data to inform decisions.
Knowledge and understanding of early childhood indicator data.
Knowledge of quality early childhood practices and assessments, including the CLASS assessment (with reliability in the CLASS preferred)
Knowledge and understanding of Virginia Tiered Systems of Support
Knowledge and understanding of early childhood coaching strategies
Experience with and knowledge of adaptations and modifications that enable students with disabilities access to the general education curriculum;
The ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, to individuals and groups; and skills and experience in collaboration, teaming, and building relationships with teachers and administrators, including district level school administrators.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Prince William, VA
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For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 46638
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