Facilitates and supports the overall administration of state mandated testing including alternative assessments for all TLC school programs. Supports students who are participating in mainstream classes within the local public schools.
SUPERVISOR: Director of Instruction & Department Principal
FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Comply with school, state, and federal policies and procedures, as well as support the mission of the school.
Communicate clearly with students in their first language.
Maintain a current working knowledge of The Learning Center curriculum, the MA Curriculum Frameworks, and MCAS procedures.
Demonstrate appreciation and sensitivity to the diversity among individual students.
Cooperate in a constructive relationship with parents and be receptive to their contributions.
Maintain professional boundaries.
Use available resources to analyze, reflect upon and refine professional knowledge and skills.
Plan and complete necessary testing or data collection, documentation and interpretation of data and effectively share with staff, students and IEP team members as needed.
Maintain student and staff confidentiality.
Maintain a professional appearance in accordance with The Learning Center’s policy.
Contribute to self-growth and continuous improvement through active participation in professional development activities and meetings.
Maintain accurate records.
Demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness to the needs of the students and the school.
Perform other tasks, as directed by the Director of Instruction.
State Testing Coordinator Role:
Oversee the administration of MCAS and ACCESS testing at TLC.
Ensure TLC compliance with DESE requirements regarding MCAS and ACCESS testing.
Ensure TLC compliance with DOE requirements regarding state testing in other sending states (e.g., NH state testing).
Train and support staff in MCAS/MCAS Alternative Assessment administration.
Order and organize MCAS materials, set up rooms for testing, schedule MCAS volunteers (e.g., hall monitors).
Provide regular and ongoing support for principals, and teachers completing MCAS portfolios.
Review all portfolios for all TLC programs.
Access MCAS, MCAS Alt and ACCESS results from DESE website and enter results into TLC database.
Facilitate the sharing of MCAS reports with families and LEAs.
Mainstream Coordinator Role:
Collaborate with students, families, TLC Teachers, Interpreter Coordinator as well as outside providers (e.g., public schools staff) to provide ongoing and appropriate support to TLC students who are mainstreaming in the local public schools.
Work with families, TLC teaching staff and interpreters, and public school staff to schedule TLC students in appropriate (e.g., Advance Placement, College Preparatory) classes within the local public schools.
Work with TLC interpreting team to provide professional development to those public school teachers who will have TLC students in their classes.
Facilitate and/or conduct quarterly observations of all mainstream classes.
Weekly communication with TLC interpreting team mainstream coordinator, public school teachers, and TLC teaching staff. At least quarterly contact with families in order to improve planning and communication related to students taking mainstream classes.
Represent and report on mainstream classes in quarterly reports, report cards and during IEP meetings.
**May be required to drive students on field trips and/or to mainstreaming classes. Additional driving responsibilities as needed.
**Some lifting may be required when working with young students or students with special needs, however, TLC embraces and celebrates a spirit of inclusion and diversity, and reasonable accommodations and modifications will be made whenever possible. The diversity of our student population may require that some assignments have a heavier physical responsibility due to safety. If the opening for which you are applying will require more strenuous physical activity, the unique needs will be discussed at the time of interview.
*Perform other tasks as assigned by the Department Supervisor.
*Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
**TLC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all employees and applicants for employment are afforded equal opportunity in every area of hiring and employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, age, criminal record (inquiries only), handicap (disability), mental illness, retaliation, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, genetics, active military, and any other legally protected characteristic.
**TLC embraces and celebrates a spirit of inclusion and diversity, and reasonable accommodations and modifications will be made whenever possible.
• A minimum of 3 years teaching experience
• MA degree in Deaf Education
• A minimum of conversational fluency in American Sign Language required, with native, or near-native ASL fluency preferred
• Written language competency
• Experience with MCAS testing preferred
• Massachusetts State Teacher Certification (or certification from a reciprocal state) or ability to be licensed in the state of Massachusetts
• Ability to work effectively as part of an educational team
Note: In the event that a viable licensed candidate does not apply for any of the above teaching positions, a candidate may be eligible to be employed under a 1-year waiver from MA DESE. The unlicensed candidate must submit documentation of completion of all requirements for the position except for DESE testing (written, performance, and literacy skills) in order to be eligible to be granted a waiver allowing one year to complete the testing requirements and acquire a preliminary vocational technical educator license.