Jackson Director of Student Supports (2020-21)
Company: RePublic Schools
Posted on: November 9, 2019
What You'll Do Overview At RePublic, we believe all means all, and
we have a deep commitment to serving students who need us most. In
any given year, anywhere from 12-20% of students in our schools
require special education services (and in our Nashville region, we
are serving a growing ESL/ELL population as Nashville's community
evolves). Our scholars require a diverse range of instructional and
socio-emotional supports to meet the highest of academic
expectations. The school-based Director of Student Supports (DSS)
in each of our schools is responsible for designing, implementing,
and managing a robust, compliant, and effective vision and strategy
for serving scholars with diverse learning backgrounds - and
ensuring that staff members have the training and development
necessary to ensure all scholars have a rigorous and differentiated
learning experience. The school-based Director of Student Supports
reports directly to the Principal and serves as a critical internal
and external-facing member of the school-based leadership team. Key
- Special Education Leadership + Management
- Develop efficient and effective systems and processes that
enable RePublic scholars to gain access to high-quality special
education services, including designing a schedule for, assigning
scholars within, and managing logistics of daily school-wide
Intervention blocks to ensure that this time is effectively used
across the school to provide differentiated supports to scholars at
all levels of learning.
- As needed, directly manage a caseload of students to provide
educational services to scholars with special needs (both
co-teaching in general education classrooms and/or providing
service minutes to students in small-group settings).
- Lead and build relationships with service providers
(consultants and agencies) to ensure high quality, holistic
services are in place for scholars on school caseload.
- Directly manage and coach the school's Special Education
Teachers and ELL/ESL Teachers, and continually improve the
effectiveness of teachers through implementing a variety of
- Observe classroom instruction daily and providing "live"
real-time coaching and engage in consistent observation/check-in
cycles to ensure teachers are able to lead scholars to
- Lead teachers to create rigorous, engaging, and differentiated
instructional materials aligned to course and IEP goals,
intellectually prepare to ensure strong lesson execution, and
analyze student data to monitor progress, close gaps, and ensure
dramatic gains for all scholars
- Train Special Education + ELL/ESL Teachers to manage caseloads,
write and implement winning IEPs, monitor compliance requirements,
co-teach in general education classrooms, and provide direct
services to scholars in small-group settings
- Plan and execute professional development at the school level
for general education teachers re: how to best serve and
differentiate instruction for students with special needs
- Academic Diagnostics + Scholar Progress Monitoring
- Develop systems to track and monitor progress of students with
special needs and communicate the progress with key stakeholders
(students, staff, and families)
- Develop systems and schedules to manage the implementation of
all RTI (Response To Intervention) testing at the school level for
all students, including diagnostic reading assessments, MAP
assessments, and high-stakes state assessments
- Reporting + Compliance
- Ensure Special Education and ELL processes at the school are
well-managed and compliant with all regulations from host districts
and state departments of education .
- Ensure 100% compliance of all IEPs on school caseload: ensure
all IEPs are authentically compliant and written with excellence.
This includes writing and collaborating with others to write high
quality IEPs, as well as holding robust IEP meetings with all team
members present and contributing.
- Manage case management communications across teams, including
content compilation, monthly compliance communication, weekly
performance indicator data, and other communication needs that may
- Maintain communication and relationships with district and
state partners who support school's work in student supports Who
You Are Our ideal Director of Student Supports has an unwavering
belief that our students can achieve at an exceptionally high
level. Beyond that, he/she is:
- Deeply committed to serving our kids. You have elected to work
with historically underserved students, and do this work because
you believe that all students, regardless of background, are
capable of excellence - and that it's on us as adults to get our
kids there. You can speak knowledgeably about our mission, and
demonstrate a commitment to our educational model. You understand
that educational inequity is more pronounced in the South than
anywhere else in the nation, and you want to work with RePublic in
part because of our commitment to this region.
- A special education guru. You have at least 3-5 years of
special education (and ideally, general education) teaching
experience with a demonstrated track record of exceptional student
outcomes. You have deep experience and a contagious passion for
serving students with diverse special needs.
- A laser-focused systems builder who designs airtight systems
and processes that endure over time and maximize efficiency. You
anticipate where a system will break down before it ever stands a
chance, and you know that the systems you create are high-stakes
from an instructional, legal, parent engagement, and compliance
- A detail maven and masterful executor. Your personal
organization system ensures you get things done. You sweat the
smallest of stuff, communicate effectively in all forms, and plan
fervently backwards to meet timelines, achieve big goals, and
manage complex projects with many moving pieces (and lots of
involved stakeholders) across a finish line.
- A data fiend. You look for and are able to discern trends that
drive your decision making, and you evaluate the effectiveness of
these interventions based on how the data changes.
- A people leader. Ideally, you've coached, directly managed, and
demonstrably moved the effectiveness of other adults before taking
this job. You build relationships across lines of difference,
inspire and motivate others to buy into your vision, navigate
challenging conversations with finesse, make tough calls,
communicate effectively in all formats, give and receive feedback
fluidly, and model/hold a high bar for adult excellence and
- A growth-minded tinkerer. You are self-aware and humble enough
to understand where you rock, where you need to pick up your game,
and how this impacts the people you lead. You seek feedback
constantly because you're hungry to get better, and you take
extreme ownership of the outcomes of the people you coach and
- A gritty problem-solver. You keep it cool when things are
crazy, approach problems with viable solutions, and know when you
need to roll up your sleeves to support your team.
- Other qualifications:
- A bachelor's degree with a preference for a graduate degree in
a related field.
- Required: Valid Special Education teaching license /
certification in TN, MS, or in states with reciprocity; endorsement
in ESL/ELL strongly preferred.
- At least 3-5 years of teaching experience in K-12 special
education or ELL/ESL with a track record of impressive student
achievement results required; experience teaching general education
courses strongly preferred.
- At least 1-2 years of leadership experience directly managing +
coaching adults required, experience managing the special education
/ student supports program at a school strongly preferred.
- Familiarity with state and federal law and regulations around
student support services strongly preferred Salary is competitive
and commensurate based on experience. Compensation at RePublic
includes a comprehensive benefits package.
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