"Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed." - Maria Montessori
The Resource Specialist is a certificated, exempt position with Element Education, Inc. (EEI) which operates Dehesa and Community Montessori Charter Schools. The Resource Specialist directly reports to the Director of Special Education. The Resource Specialist will work directly with the Director of Special Education to implement the EEI’s Special Education programs and provide support and guidance to Educational Facilitators and parents of students with special needs.
1. Evaluate/informally assess special education students upon enrollment and for annual review meetings
2. For Initial referrals/Triennial Reviews: Conduct academic assessment using standardized test(s) upon receipt of signed Evaluation Plan; Write report of results and submit to School Psychologist and Director of Special Education 10 days prior to IEP meetings; participate in eligibility determination as part of IEP team
3. Develop Individualized Education Program for students with special needs, using 5-way test for IEP goal development
4. Schedule IEP meetings with parents and communicate schedule with appropriate personnel (administrator, school psychologist, high school counselor, related service providers, EFs, etc.)
5. Attend IEP meetings for all students with special needs as Resource Specialist
6. Maintain files of enrolled students with active IEPs to ensure confidentiality and security
7. Design instructional program based on students’ IEP goals/objectives and Learning Styles
8. Provide direct small-group instruction to students (SAI) according to their IEPs
9. Collaborate with EFs, parents and related services providers regarding implementation of special ed students’ instructional program
10. Collaborate with related services providers, EFs, teachers/tutors and parents to monitor special ed students’ progress towards IEP goals (at benchmark dates) and communicate progress with parents (at report card dates)
11. Respond to telephone calls/email messages from parents, staff, teachers/tutors regarding special education
12. Submit requests for special ed. curriculum/supplemental materials/VCI requests (in accordance with students’ IEPs) to Special Education Director
13. Distribute special ed. curriculum/supplemental materials to students/staff as needed & maintain records of non-consumable items
14. Assist with parent/staff trainings as appropriate
15. Collaborate with SPED Director and participate in SST process as needed
16. Attend monthly Special Education Department meetings
17. May serve as an Educational Facilitator for students as needed
18. Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
1. Understanding of Personalized Learning Model
2. Demonstrate considerable knowledge of computers and all aspects of the Microsoft Office Professional software programs
3. Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and make deadlines
4. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
5. Demonstrates good judgement, approachable and professional, solid problem-solving and logical thinking skills, ability to handle multiple tasks, self-motivated, and well organized
6. Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships
7. Knowledge of and experience with a wide range of K-12 curricula in all subject areas
8. Knowledge of and experience with a wide range of educational philosophies
9. Must exercise emotional maturity in communicating with students, parents, and DCS staff
10. Ability to manage a home office and flexible schedule
Work Schedule: 11 months
FLSA Classification: Exempt
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to read, speak, see, and hear well enough to communicate by telephone, electronically, and in person. Employee must also regularly be able to write, file, type and operate a computer, telephone, and general office equipment. Job duties are occasionally performed on electronic mobile and desktop devices. The employee must frequently sit for an extended period of time and is required to occasionally stand and walk. The employee must occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or lift up to 25 lbs. The employee must have reliable transportation and occasionally be able to drive to the main office in Escondido for staff meetings, parent meetings, meeting with students, etc.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position works in a variety of settings but majority of the work is conducted in the home office. Other settings include but not limited to student homes, DCS Learning Centers, the Escondido Main Office, picking up materials from vendors, any other duties as assigned.
*Element Education, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.