September 2007 Special Educator

Table of Contents

Message from the Executive Directors

This Just In....

Legal Issues Corner

Controversial Issue Topic of the Month: Are We Overmedicating Our Children in Special Education?

Update from the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Calls to Participate

Special Education Resources

Upcoming Conferences, Workshops, and Events

Funding Forecast and Award Opportunities

Latest Career Center Classifieds

Acknowledgements


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Latest Career Center Classifieds

Early Intervention Official Designees

NEW YORK
Job Category: Sr. Health Care Program/Analyst

Description: The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, one of the oldest and largest public health agencies in the nation, is seeking several Early Intervention Official Designees for the Division of Mental Hygiene. The Division with 500 staff and an $800 million budget, plans, funds and monitors services for individuals with mental health disorders, chemical dependency, mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities; and operates the Early Intervention Program, which provides services to children 0 to 3 years of age with a significant developmental delay or disability.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Conducting initial and updated Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) meetings consistent with the federal state and local EI regulations and policies.
  • Chairing and facilitating meetings effectively
  • Ensuring the rights of families are upheld, documenting meeting outcomes and completing required paperwork, reviewing  Early Intervention eligibility evaluations for completeness and accuracy.
  • Attending regularly scheduled meetings, responding to, preparing for, and attending mediations and fair hearings,  as assigned
  • Returning messages and communications in a timely fashion
  • Establishing a demeanor conducive to an open exchange of information
  • Reporting concerns and submitting requests for technical assistance to supervisors and other EI staff when appropriate.

Educational Qualifications and Preferred Skills:

  • A Master's or Baccalaureate Degree in Social Sciences, Health Care Specialization, Physical Sciences or related programs; and a minimum of four years of progressive, responsible experience related to Health Care Program Planning, Research, Design, Operation, Evaluation and Analysis.
    Excellent people skills and effective communication with service providers, families, service coordinators and other colleagues, as appropriate.
    Understanding of child development and handicapping conditions, in addition to having knowledge of services for young children and family centered services.
  • Knowledge of EI regulations and philosophy
  • Good communication & organizational skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and responding to time frames.

Location:  Manhattan

Salary Range:   41,217 - $ 81,874 (Full-time)

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume to:

NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation
Central Office Human Resources Services
346 Broadway, Suite 711
New York, New York 10013
ATTN: Recruitment
Fax: (212) 267-9406

The position requires New York City residency or willingness to relocate within ninety days of appointment.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

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Assistant Director of Early Intervention Program

New York
Job Category: Assistant Director of Early Intervention

Description: The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Position available: Assistant Director of Early Intervention Program (Regional Office)

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, one of the oldest and largest public health agencies in the nation, is seeking an Assistant Director of Early Intervention Program for the Division of Mental Hygiene. The Division with 500 staff and an $800 million budget, plans, funds and monitors services for individuals with mental health disorders, chemical dependency, mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities; and operates the Early Intervention Program, which provides services to children 0 to 3 years of age with a significant developmental delay or disability.

Position Description: Under the supervision of the Regional Director for the NYC Early Intervention Program in the Division of Mental Hygiene, the Assistant Director will assist the Regional Director in the supervision of Early Intervention Official Designees (EIODs).


Job Responsibilities:

  • Attend Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) meetings with EIODs for supervision purposes, technical support and supervision of EIODs when there are challenging cases
  • Review IFSP completeness
  • Assist in supervision of office staff including assisting in developing and maintaining office procedures; assist with provider relations
  • Identify specific issues to enhance the implementation of the IFSP
  • Participate in technical assistance meetings with Quality Assurance and/or the Provider Relations staff, and respond to provider phone calls; ensure that the Regional Director is aware of problems and issues with staff and provider agencies; assist in the training of new staff; track challenging IFSP to monitor progress
  • Attend other meetings as assigned by the Regional Director

Location: Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens

Salary Range:  $42,482 -$93,309 (Full-time)

Educational Qualifications and Preferred Skills:

  • A Master's or Bachelor's degree in education, social work, psychology, public administration or business administration, or in an equivalent or equally acceptable program, and four (4) years of satisfactory, full-time paid experience in a major governmental agency or large corporation or foundation in management analysis or in operational direction, planning, coordination or control of which two (2) years must have been in a supervisory, administrative or consultative capacity.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Early Intervention legislation and philosophy.
  • Knowledge of the job responsibilities of an EIO
  • Good mediation and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work under pressure and within time limits
  • Supervisory experience preferred.

How to Apply - Please submit your cover letter and  resume to:

NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation
Central Office Human Resources Services
346 Broadway, Suite 711
New York, New York 10013
ATTN: Recruitment
Fax: (212) 267-9406

The position requires New York City residency or willingness to relocate within ninety days of appointment.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

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Coordinator

Any location
Job Category: Coordinator

Description:  Production of paintings.  I have had my work featured on trading cards, prints and in magazines.  I need a co-ordinator  who will be co-ordinating and documenting my transactions for me.  I need someone that is straightforward and reliable.  Will not affect your present state of work.Might be making up to $600 a week.  If interested write me via dkbrowngallery@sify.com

Requirements:  straightforward and reliable

Benefits:  55,00-60,000 yr

Contact:  dkbrowngallery@sify.com

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Assistant Professor of Education

Altoona, PA
Job Category: Assistant Professor of Education

Description:  The Pennsylvania State University, the Altoona College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Special Education beginning in Fall 2008.  Qualifications include a Doctorate in Special Education or related field.  The candidates should be able to teach courses in special education and educational psychology.  Research specialization is open.  Candidates should have a strong commitment to teaching, research, community service, advising, and working with undergraduates and colleagues in an expanding program.  The position requirements include teaching three courses per semester, conducting research, and providing related service. 

Requirements: The candidates must provide evidence of teaching experience, preferably in diverse settings.  Previous experience in K-12 settings and professional development models is desirable.  Applicants should present a record of evidence and potential effectiveness in teaching, research, and service.  Candidates with a commitment to undergraduate education, interests in undergraduate research, and/or experience in program development will be given strong consideration.

Benefits:  Penn State Altoona offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package.

Contact:  Applicants should send a letter of application establishing their qualifications; a current vita; a description of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness; a statement of research interests; transcripts (official transcripts required at the time of an interview); and a minimum of three letters of reference.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications and accompanying materials electronically to edhdss@psu.edu in Word or PDF formats.  Review of applications will begin the week of November 1, 2007, and continue until the position is filled.  Non-electronic inquiries, applications, and additional materials should be sent to:

Chair Search Committee for Education
Penn State Altoona
Box/Pos. A-25487
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA  16601-3760

For additional information about Penn State Altoona, please visit our web page at http://www.aa.psu.edu.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

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SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER

Prince George’s County, MD
Job Category: 10 Month Position

Prince George’s County Public Schools is the 2nd largest school system in the state of Maryland and one of the largest in the nation. We are a system recognized for placing teaching careers on the fast track, and fervently committed to continuous improvement.
 
Our incentives include:

SPECIAL EDUCATION DIFFERENTIAL
$7,000 for National Board Certified Teachers
Relocation Package Available
Year-Round Salary Option
Loan Forgiveness Programs
New Higher Salary Scale
AND MORE!

To qualify, we require:

  • Bachelor's Degree in applicable field of education from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Holds or is eligible for a Professional Certificate appropriate to area of assignment issued by the Maryland State Department of Education
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Knowledge of school organization, goals and objectives, curriculum, teaching techniques, current trends, research, and materials of instruction in field of specialization
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the teaching and learning process
  • Ability to provide instruction that reflects multiple perspectives and multicultural education
  • Ability to infuse technology into curriculum
  • Ability to work effectively with students, parents, administrators, colleagues, community, and other school system staff
  • Excellent oral and communication skills

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. To apply and learn more, visit us at:

www.americasclassroom.org

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Special Education Teacher/ Speech-Language Pathologist/ Speech Technician

Omaha, NE
Job Category: Special Education Teacher, Speech-Language Pathologist, Speech Technician

Description: The Omaha Public School District offers opportunities for dynamic Special Education Teachers, ECSE-K Speech Language Pathologist and Speech Technicians who are committed to academic excellence for its diverse student population.  This urban school district is recognized for providing quality education for all students.

Requirements:  Special Education Teachers and Speech Technicians require a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree and a valid Nebraska Teaching Certificate (applicable level/area endorsement).  Speech-Language Pathologists require a minimum of a Master’s Degree and a valid Nebraska Teaching Certificate (applicable level/area endorsement).  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required, and the ability to work effectively with students, staff, and the community. 

Contact:  Interested and qualified applicants should submit a letter of application, personal resume and letters of reference to: 

Omaha Public Schools-Human Resources
Attention: Ms. Therese Bender
3215 Cuming Street
Omaha, NE 68131-2024
Fax: 402-557-2329
Visit our web site at: http://www.opa.org 

Equal Opportunity Employer

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Special Education Teacher

Manama, Bahrain (Arab Gulf Region)
Job Category: Special Education Teacher

Description: A special education teacher is needed to work one on one with a 14-year old female student who is attending the 8th grade at a regular school in Bahrain.  The special education teacher will utilize her skills and practical experience to help the student achieve her fullest potential while focusing on her emotional, mental, physical and social developmental needs.  She is expected to structure regularly scheduled short study sessions with the student at home and work with her in the classroom at school.  This individual will work as a team member with other individuals by scheduling regular consultation with school administrators, parents, and other staff members to evaluate individual progress and plan customized lessons as needed.  This person will also act as a resource specialist working one on one with the student while consulting with classroom teachers and ongoing programs taking place at school.

Requirements: This position requires a Masters in Special Education and at least 2 years of experience working in the field.  Experience working abroad is a plus and cross cultural sensitivity is a must.

Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience.  A generous benefit package is available along with a paid return ticket to the US once a year.  The position offers fully paid accommodation.

Contact: Dr. Nora A. Pharaon 201-486 3987
email: pharaon3@aol.com
Ms. Diala Pharaon 973-984 6417
email: dpharaon@gaincontact.com
www.gaincontact.com
Fax: 973-206 9296

Gain Contact Group, LLC.
97 Village Drive
Morristown
NJ,  07961

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Principal / Director of Education and Training

Richmond, CA
Job Category: Principal , Director of Education and Training

A Better Chance School uses a holistic approach to the education of our students. Our students are educated through the development of their physical, emotional and intellectual selves.

In this position you will:

  • Have the opportunity to be creative.
  • Be a part of a school that uses only positive programming.
  • Be a part of a family atmosphere.
  • Be a part of a 25 year old distinguished program.
  • You will work in a beautiful new building.
  • You will be a team leader.

Description:

  • Provide overall leadership, direction and decision making for a California Department of Education certified non-public school serving with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities ages five through twenty two.
  • Provide oversight of contractual and financial operations, and compliance with all legal, regulatory, and Board of Director mandates.
  • Maintain operational systems that assure efficient and effective operation of programs and provide relevant data for evaluation.
  • Develop, track, and evaluate program goals.
  • Develop and implement individualized education and behavioral programs utilizing a variety of methodologies.
  • Provide day to day supervision to school staff of forty, identifying areas for intervention and the development of strategies to improve staff and program performance.
  • Perform program reviews and staff development training programs for a range of needs including behavior management, functional analysis, and positive programming.
  • Develop and implement Functional Behavior Assessment and Intervention Plans for all students.
  • Serve on Executive Leadership Team and Clinical/Risk Assessment Team for the California Autism Foundation.
  • Develop and coordinate a relevant California standard based curriculum.
  • Provide ongoing orientation and training to classroom staff regarding all educational components of classroom programs.
  • Develop, manage and implement educational and related reports.
  • Maintain educational records and complete required educational assessments.
  • Prepare and coordinate student, classroom and staff schedules.
  • Responsible for interviewing, hiring, orientating, training and supervising classroom staff.
  • Develop and deliver training curriculum for families, care providers and 300+ Foundation staff.

Qualifications:

  • This position requires a Master's degree in Education, Special Education, Psychology or other related field.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain prior to employment, a valid California Special Education Credential is required. 
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience, working with individuals with severe disabilities and challenging behaviors in a classroom setting.
    BCBA is preferred.
  • Must have at least 3-5 years of supervisory experience
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. The ideal candidate will have extensive leadership experience in special education and a creative, entrepreneurial spirit.

Required Materials:

  • Cover letter stating reasons for application and summarizing candidate's qualifications.
  • Resume
  • 3-5 current letters of recommendation.

Benefits:

Position is full time with competitive wages and benefits package.

Contact Information:

Please include all information listed above and email to:  vmerritt@calautism.org. / Valisha Merritt – Human Resources Director  or fax to (510) 758-1040.

Hard copy can be mailed to:
California Autism Foundation
4075 Lakeside Drive
Richmond, CA 94806

California Autism Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.


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