SPED Coordinator

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Educators for Quality Alternatives

Educators for Quality Alternatives

EQA serves students who have dropped out, been expelled from, or have struggled academically or behaviorally in traditional settings and are looking for an accelerated path to graduation. There are three high school campuses, The NET: Central City which opened in 2011, The NET: Gentilly which opened in 2017, and a third high school campus, New Orleans Accelerated High School (NOAH), which opened in 2020 as a merger with ReNEW Accelerated High School. Students at the high schools earn a high school diploma and participate in internships, career counseling, and career training in various fields including construction, medical, and digital media.  EQA also serves middle school students through The Bridge Middle School, a therapeutic program for 7th and 8th grade struggling students. For all settings, our goal is that our students leave school with the skills, confidence and experience necessary to succeed in the career and education path of their choice.


Why become a leader at EQA Schools?

We believe that our students, who are some of the city’s brightest and most vulnerable young people, thrive when their teachers do. We know that teachers deserve strong leadership to make this happen.  In this role, you have a unique opportunity to leverage your leadership skills to benefit our staff and students.  You will be part of a close knit team that works collaboratively to support students.  With your guidance, you can work towards helping our city’s youth develop their greatest potential.

Position Summary

Between 20-25% of EQA students are identified as Special Education.  The school’s Special Education Coordinator is responsible for:

Program compliance with all state, federal, local, and organizational guidelines
Managing child find, student evaluation and re-evaluation process
Writing and Managing progress on IEPs and IEP goals
Coordinating servicing for all eligible students, and coaching and managing the staff who provide them
Providing servicing to students including SLD, ED, and other students who struggle significantly with academics and/or behavior

Detailed Responsibilities


Ensure program compliance with all state, federal, local, and organizational guidelines

Stay abreast of all laws, regulations, policies and procedures and share them with the appropriate staff
Develop, manage and continually update student 504, IEP, LEP paper and electronic compliant files
Complete internal checklists and audits to insure compliance of all components of the program
Respond to all external audits as requested
Manage child find, student evaluation and re-evaluation process

Work closely with staff, students, and families to identify students who have or have had IEPs or evaluations and to obtain the appropriate information
Coordinate school-wide and individual vision, speech, and hearing screenings at least once a semester
Work closely with staff and leaders to identify students through the RtI process who may need to be evaluated
Identify, contact with and manage Psychologists, Education Diagnosticians, Speech Therapists and other evaluation personnel to insure high quality, 1508 compliant evaluations and re-evaluations
Manage process to insure that all evaluation components are completed in keeping with appropriate deadlines
Write and manage progress on IEPs and IEP Goals

Develop high quality IEP goals which align with state policies, NET values, and student needs
Write high quality IEPs which integrate all student plans, needs, and services
Coordinate and lead IEP meetings to insure students and families are empowered in the plan development and implementation process
Work toward integrating the IEPs into all components of a student’s journey at The NET to insure it is a living document that adds value for students and staff, as well as insures compliance
Coordinate servicing for all eligible students

Coordinate academic, counseling, and behavioral servicing for all eligible students this includes push in, pull out, small group and individual services, counseling and other interventions
Insure all students receive the appropriate hours and document all services and hours
Coordinate related services for all eligible students including, but not limited to: Speech, TAV, OT, etc.

Provide servicing to students including SLD, ED, and other students who struggle significantly with academics and/or behavior

Design and teach small group and individual interventions including, but not limited to:Reading
Test prep
Social-behavior skills
Career prep skills
Provide push in, pull out, co-teaching, individual interventions as appropriate to students’ needs each semester
Program development and continual program and personal professional growth

Develop & improve special education program policies, procedures and structures
Set goals for student and program performance and analyze data to continually improve special education at The NET
Actively reflect on your own work and monitor progress toward goals
Productively seek, give, and use feedback
Positively contribute to the school’s collegial community
Participate in all scheduled professional development activities and seek out additional opportunities
School Faculty/Leadership responsibilities

All EQA staff participate in school related duties and functions such as, but not limited to: duty, test proctoring, event planning
Involve yourself in the continual development and improvement of the school’s curriculum, culture, and program

Position Requirements:

5+ years teaching at risk students with a demonstrated record raising student achievement
2+ years leading or coordinating programming and/or coaching adults
Exemplary record of maintaining special education policy compliance
A BA or BS required; Louisiana Teacher Certification in Special Education is required
Degree in and/or extensive knowledge of content area
Specialized interest and skills in working with students with learning and emotional difficulties
Excellent communication, interpersonal, relationship building & management skills
Learning mindset dedicated to effectively and innovatively problem solving and constantly improving
Passion for improving educational opportunities for urban students and for being a part of a strong, mission-driven team
Commitment to EQA’s mission, vision and growth

Start Date: July 2021
Location: NOAH: 3649 Laurel St.
Schedule: School is year-round with a generous leave schedule.
Salary: Depending upon experience. Initial salary is set based on years of experience and degrees. Future salary increases are based on performance and responsibilities.
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits and 403b retirement plan

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