November 2010 - Special Educator e-Journal

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Table of Contents

  • Update from the U.S. Department Education: "Call to Service" Lecture at Harvard University by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan

  • Legislative Announcements

  • Germs at Your Fingertips!: Contaminated Keyboards in the Special Education Classroom.  By Kathy Espinoza

  • Calls to Participate

  • Update From The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

  • Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET

  • Special Education Resources

  • Upcoming Conferences, Workshops, and Events

  •  Get Wired! Websites and Listservs

  • Funding Forecast and Award Opportunities

  • Acknowledgements

  • Download a PDF Version of This Issue

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$125,000 Salary for Master Middle School Teachers
New York


Earn a $125,000 salary and join a team of master teachers at The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School, recently featured on the front page of the New York Times: (

TEP is a new 480-student 5th through 8th grade middle school in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City.  Applications are currently being accepted for teaching positions in Math, Science, English, Social Studies, Music, Latin, PE/Health Education, Speech-Language Pathologist, and Special Education.

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About TEP Charter School

TEP aims to put into practice the central conclusion of a large body of research related to student achievement: teacher quality is the most important school-based factor in the academic success of students, particularly those from low-income families. In singling out teacher quality as the essential lever in educational reform, TEP is uniquely focused on attracting and retaining master teachers. To do so, TEP uses a three-pronged strategy that it terms the 3 R’s: Rigorous Qualifications, Redefined Expectations, & Revolutionary Compensation. For more information, visit us online at


$125,000 salary + potential annual bonus, full benefits package


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Head of Schools
Long Island, NY


The Child Development Center of the Hamptons (CDCH), an affiliate of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE), and the provider of an innovative educational environment and   public school alternative for children from pre-school through 5th grade seeks a Head of Schools.  The Head of Schools will provide the leadership, direction and “hands-on” involvement to ensure CDCH fulfills its mission and delivers an exceptional educational experience to its students and their families.  CDCH offers a true “inclusion” charter school model of education and prides itself in its co-teaching model that allows both normally progressing and special needs students to achieve their full potential.

The Head of Schools will have direct responsibility for CDCH’s operating budget of $2 million and will play a key role in designing and implementing initiatives to ensure the quality, ongoing growth, and ultimately the success of the Center. S/he will be responsible for ensuring that strategic planning and center growth are integrated with operational and programmatic imperatives, and that teachers and educational support staff have the necessary knowledge, competencies, skills, supplies and support to ensure a dynamic educational experience that is reflected in students’ achievement and performance. S/he will also oversee the day-to-day operations of the School which includes designing curriculum and the delivery of appropriate related services; fostering a culture of high expectations and fact/performance-based decision making; leading professional development initiatives; and working with the Board and CDCH Foundation to establish clear and measurable goals and to expand student population.

The Head of Schools will report to Christopher Long, Ed.D., Chief Operating Officer of FREE and to the CDCH Board of Directors. S/he will provide leadership and direction to a team of approximately sixty (60) certified teachers, teaching assistants, clinicians and support staff to ensure that students are immersed in a learning environment that will help them develop socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development. The Head of Schools will help steer the Center through growth initiatives with strategic and creative problem solving, a commitment to student growth, and a deep resolve for ensuring that programs for the individuals served by the Center are provided in the most effective manner.

The mission of CDCH is to provide a dynamic and richly individualized educational experience for all children. CDCH seeks through a model of true inclusion and a personal learning plan to foster the greatest possible development of each child with equal dedication to those with disabilities; to teach responsibility and compassion; and to promote within each student a lifelong love for learning and for the continued betterment of self and the world.


The successful candidate will bring to CDCH a strong background in and knowledge of pre-school and elementary school education with knowledge of charter school curriculum design and inclusion models for classroom development.  The successful candidate will be someone who is viewed as a “natural leader,” and whose interpersonal skills and style facilitate collaboration, improvement, and implementation of “best practices” for inclusion school education. Demonstrated success in both leading professional development for all levels of teaching staff, and setting and achieving high standards for both teacher and student performance are required.  Additionally, a proven track record of engaging parents in school initiatives and their children’s success in all areas of development is highly desirable. Demonstrated success in utilizing technology to support both students in the classroom and the professional development of teaching staff is also attractive. A Master’s degree and SAS/SDA or SBL/SDL certification is required.


CHDC has retained the New York-based search firm Amrop Battalia Winston to assist with this important recruitment.  All applications and inquiries should be addressed to: Lyn Brennan, Partner, or Sheri Madison, Associate, Electronic submission of credentials is strongly encouraged.


Assistant Director - Special Education
Dover, NH

Position Summary

The Assistant Director will assist the assistant vice president and director in providing leadership and managing the work of the department from developing proposals and budgets to assigning, supervising, motivating, and evaluating staff/resources to fulfill contract requirements. A primary responsibility includes assisting in overseeing program management staff and working across divisions to ensure quality deliverables. The assistant director will provide leadership support to program managers and special education specialists in handling clients’ representatives. Additional responsibilities include the following:

  • Assist in selecting, hiring, training, and mentoring staff.
  • Supervise program management staff as assigned.
  • Assist in managing quality, timelines, and work assignments for staff.
  • Monitor contract budgets and assist program management staff in fiscal management.
  • Represent the company with client representatives in support of program managers and specialists.
  • Attend and present as needed at statewide technical advisory committee, advisory and leadership meetings.
  • Advise client representatives on technical aspects and compliance with federal laws that relate to statewide alternate assessment programs.
  • Understand and balance psychometric, political, policy, and content consideration issues associated with individual contract development activities.
  • Establish and maintain internal and external relationships conducive to achieving the company's objectives.
  • Coordinate and play an active role in developing proposals and their associated budgets.
  • Assist in all aspects of test design, including creating test blueprints and field test designs.
  • Assist the assistant vice president and the management team in developing new business ideas and strategies.
  • Travel to client sites and state departments of education, up to 40% travel required.


Master’s degree in education or a directly applicable discipline with a minimum of seven (7) years of combined special education experience (preferably with students with significant cognitive disabilities) and/or state level alternate assessment experience, and/or alternate assessment experience with an educational testing company, with at least four (4) years direct special education experience and two (2) years of experience supervising and directing professional staff. District-and/or state-level experience preferred.


Individually and collectively, the people at Measured Progress make a difference. Our K-12 assessment and professional development programs help improve the achievement of students nationwide. As a not-for-profit organization, we are able to truly embrace our mission “to improve teaching and learning.”

Located in the beautiful Seacoast area of NH, Measured Progress provides a generous benefits package, and work/life balance.

If you would like to become part of a national, values-driven organization, we encourage you to look to Measured Progress as your destination employer.

To apply, please visit our login to  self-service Website at


Pamela Ford
Human Resource Representative
Measured Progress
100 Education Way
Dover, NH 03820
Tel:  603-749-9102 x2285
Fax:  603-516-1136


Assessment Specialist, Special Education
Princeton, NJ & San Antonio, TX


ETS (Educational Testing Service), with headquarters in Princeton, NJ, is a global $1.3B not for profit organization.  Our mission is to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, performing educational research and influencing policies that promote learning, performance, education and professional development. As a nonprofit corporation and an innovator in developing tests for clients in education, government and business, we are dedicated to advancing educational excellence for the communities we serve.

We presently have opportunities that can be based in either our Princeton, NJ or San Antonio, TX locations for Special Education Assessment Specialists. In this key role, you will develop tests and related products in the field of education, including special education and pedagogy. Duties will include writing, reviewing and revising test questions as well as assisting in design/development of new assessments and innovative products and services.  This position further offers the opportunity review and revise program publications and interpretive test preparation materials and participate in teacher training activities.


  • Master's degree in education
  • At least three years of increasingly responsible professional experience, including experience in educational measurement, applied statistics, teaching, or editing
  • Teaching experience and certification in elementary education is required, along with knowledge of strong pedagogical practices across K-12 levels
  • Knowledge of special education in the area of high incidence disabilities is highly desired
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the field of education in order to develop tests and to serve as resource person for peers, committees, and clients


We offer a competitive salary and excellent compensation package including medical, dental, vision, 403(b) retirement plan, life and disability insurance, paid time off and an employee assistance program. Please apply online at:

Equal Opportunity Employer

Apply Here


Achievement Center Director
Greenville, SC


Southern Teachers Agency is assisting Christ Church Episcopal School (CCES) in a search for their first Achievement Center Director.  Founded in 1959, CCES enrolls approximately 1,000 students in primer (kindergarten) through grade twelve.  CCES is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, and is one of the few independent schools in North America offering the full continuum of IB programs K-12.  As an Episcopal school, CCES is committed to developing the full range of students’ abilities and interests, not only their intellectual, athletic, and artistic potential.

Located in the Piedmont region of South Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville is the North American headquarters for Michelin and BMW.  Greenville offers a high quality life within an internationally diverse community.

The Achievement Center Director is a new 12-month position for CCES.  The director will have the benefit of spending the 2011-12 school year working at the school to learn its culture and assess its learning support needs.  The Achievement Center will officially open in the 2012-13 school year.  The Director will report directly to the Headmaster and will be charged with stating the vision for the Center, fostering a culture of inclusivity, creating a communications plan, designing professional development programs, managing the budget, and designing and implementing the Achievement Center’s academic program.

This is an exciting and rare opportunity to design and initiate a program within the framework of a well established and supportive school.  Because of the nature of this project and the time allotted to its design and implementation, candidates should view this opportunity as a multi-year commitment.


The most successful candidates will be familiar with approaches to learning differences and will have demonstrated leadership experience, excellent communication skills, and a personal style that engenders trust.

Interested applicants should submit (preferably by e-mail) an STA application, current resume, list of references, and educational philosophy to Mr. Jamie Estes at

For more information, including a full position profile and an application, please visit


Mr. Jamie Estes
Southern Teachers Agency
7 Elliewood Ave., Suite 2A
Charlottesville, VA 22903


Assistant Professor of Education and Child Study
Northampton, MA 01063


The Smith College Department of Education and Child Study invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Education and Child Study to begin Fall 2011.  We seek a candidate with:

  • strong background and research interests in teaching and learning
    expertise in teaching courses in individual differences among learners
    language diversity
  • special education and learning differences in the K-12 classroomcurriculum and instruction in these areas
  • commitment to designing and implementing high quality teacher education in a liberal arts setting that emphasizes the relationship of theory and practice
  • Also required is previous experience as a K-12 teacher and/or a record of working with teachers in a professional development context. Ph.D. or Ed.D. required by September 2011.

About the Department

The Department of Education and Child Study at Smith College is deeply rooted in a liberal arts model of teacher education, offering a rigorous, interdisciplinary major and minor and stressing the critical importance of subject-area preparation. The Department’s nationally-renowned, K-6 laboratory school stands as a model for teacher preparation; the facility is a rich resource for experimentation and innovation, and for linking research to practice. Community engagement, urban education, and an overall commitment to public education PreK-12 are also critical aspects of the Department’s program for teacher preparation.

Smith College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Smith College is an equal opportunity employer encouraging excellence through diversity.


Submit application at with cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching philosophy and research plans, and graduate transcript.  Three confidential letters of recommendation should be mailed directly to Christine Barbuto, Department of Education and Child Study, Smith College, Morgan Hall, 37 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA 01063. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2010.

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