As the Principal’s designee, the School Staffing Specialist (SSS)/LEA Representative is responsible for coordinating the staffing and educational planning process at the local school. The SSS/LEA serves as the designee of the Local Educational Agency (LEA) in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) meetings at the school where special education eligibility, placement, dismissal, and program changes occur.
The person assigned this responsibility will be assisted by the district staffing team in each exceptional student education process at the school.
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
Certification in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) by the Florida State Department of Education to teach in the State of Florida.
Three (3) years of teaching experience in ESE
By job title:
School “Staffing Specialist” are certified in Exceptional Student Education and serve as the school’s LEA
“LEA representatives” are not ESE certified and are often identified through the role of other Student Services positions such as Guidance Counselor, etc.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The SSS/LEA must possess knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the theory and development of Exceptional Student Education, General Education Intervention Procedures, Child Find, ESE program eligibility and reevaluation criteria under FLDOE, program placement procedures as identified in the district’s Special Programs and Policies document, exceptional student education program options and community services available for students with disabilities and gifted students.
Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate using written and oral communication skills, including discussion with students’ parents in regard to procedural safeguards, legal rights and informed consent.
Ability to use effective, positive interpersonal skills, planning and organizational skills, skill in analyzing and evaluating student progress and programs.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinate with school staff, District Staffing Specialist (DSS), school and/or district administrators, evaluators, service providers, families and parent representatives (advocates and/or attorneys) to convene all Individual Education Plans (IEPs), Education Plans (EPs), and Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Tier 3 Planning Team meetings at the school.
Attend regularly scheduled district training sessions in order to remain current regarding federal and/or FLDOE rules and regulations which impact decisions in meeting the needs and services for the education of students with disabilities and gifted students. Including but not limited to: New personnel trainings, mini trainings, matrix trainings, QIEP training etc.
Facilitate and provide training to school staff relative to ESE procedures, least restrictive environment, PEER and other ESE related concerns.
Assist in the development of all IEPs, EPs and documents required for eligible and identified ESE students actively enrolled in the school.
Maintain accurate ESE paperwork and supporting documents to reflect the appropriate service delivery models and compliance with service for all ESE students we identified on the IEP or EP.
Serve as liaison/trainer to school level staff regarding changes related to exceptional student education in school board policies, procedures, state and federal laws and program services provided by the district.
Maintain and organize ESE folder(s) in student cumulative files.
Understand and demonstrate efficient use of districtwide management systems to include Skyward, EDW, Certify and PEER.
Maintain all ESE student program data within the district’s student database ensuring accuracy and current level of service as identified in the student’s IEP and EP in order to obtain maximum funding for ESE students.
Serve as the school contact for all State Reporting and FTE issues and data regarding exceptional student education through each FTE Survey period.
Performs other duties assigned by the principal
Works cooperatively with school (IMO) student services staff including MTSS Coach, ESE teachers, interventionists, service providers and social workers.
Works cooperatively with District (OCPS) Staffing Specialist, School Psychologist, School Social Workers, Service Providers, district Program Specialist and ESE Directors.
Performance for this job will be evaluated in accordance with the IMO Teacher Handbook.
About Innovation Montessori Ocoee
Innovation Montessori Ocoee, founded in 2011, is an OCPS charter school, set on 18 beautiful acres in Ocoee, Central Florida. Our school serves approximately 860 children from preschool through high school.