Special Education Liaison...

Reports To: Director of Special Education
Department: Special Education 
FLSA Status: Exempt
Months: 12
Pay Grade: 4 - Contingent Upon ESC Salary Schedule

Education Service Center Region 15 is dedicated to excellence in education through leadership, partnership, and service.

Position Purpose:   As a service organization, Education Service Center Region 15’s primary commitment is to provide superior support to every Local Education Agency (LEA) stakeholder served.  Our people are our greatest asset.  All staff in the Teaching and Learning program area believe it is imperative that all students have the same opportunity to learn no matter where they live or what school they attend.  Therefore, the Teaching and Learning program area is committed to assisting our LEAs in the task of ensuring a proficient teacher is in every classroom throughout Region 15.  As a member of the Teaching and Learning program area, you will assist in helping us achieve our vision of a proficient teacher in every classroom by providing our LEAs with high-quality support and resources.  

This position reports to the Special Education Director and is responsible for leading and guiding the LEAs of Region 15 in research-based best practices relative to specific content of this position; while supporting a high performance culture that emphasizes excellence, quality, productivity, and standards.

Essential Functions:
  • Program Knowledge and Understanding: Exhibit deep content knowledge specific to Special Education Kg - 12th Grade; to provide continuity, coherence and effectiveness in the development of the teaching/learning process. Stay current and up-to-date on the most effective practices, skills and strategies that enhance knowledge and transfer of learning.
  • Partnership, Support and Coaching: Design, deliver and facilitate content-specific, as well as, systemic best practice (e.g., campus-wide/district-wide) job-embedded professional development, including:
    1. Whole-group trainings that build a shared understanding of skills, practices, or systems and include opportunities for practice.
    2. Support for participants implementing a new skill, practice, or system within their context, including co-planning, observation, and real-time feedback.
    3. One-on-one coaching sessions that identify participant successes and develop their capacity to improve high-leverage areas of growth.
  • Culture & Growth: Contribute to maintaining and improving the culture of the ESC through customer service, respect for confidentiality, displaying self-initiative, and modeling a growth mindset through self-reflection and feedback reception.
Major Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Provide initiatives, supports, and professional development as well as analysis and manage of data and projects that have potential in the field for both educators and/or high immediate impact for students with disabilities
  • Serve as a liaison between Region 15 districts, Region 15 ESC, and the Texas Education Agency
  • Analyze data for all districts related to Special Education, inclusive of Significant Disproportionality
  • Successfully embed Design Thinking and 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) processes to meet goals outlined in ESC Special Education Liaison Grant performance measures 1 and 2. 
  • Working primarily with LEA special education and campus leaders, increase the knowledge, skills, and motivation of LEA teams to analyze data relevant to students receiving special education services and supports; identify a problem; reflect critically on end-user input, root causes and potential solutions; create a plan for improvement that includes sustainability of progress; and maintain a cadence of internal accountability.
  • Working primarily with LEA special education and campus leaders, identify target LEA needs relevant to students receiving special education services and supports and connect them to supports and resources that effectively meet those needs.
  • Deliver or facilitate regional professional development and support to LEAs regarding special education monitoring procedures and expectations, including review preparation and post-review follow-up, in coordination with TEA’s Department of Review & Support; and School, Family, Community Engagement (SFCE) initiative activities in coordination with ESC leads and TEA’s SFCE program manager.
  • Attend all required Austin ESC Liaison weeks and participate in feedback loops and collaborative activities that connect policy and practice statewide. A maximum of five (5) Austin-week days may be missed for other ESC required work with advanced approval from TEA grant program manager. These days are not required to be consecutive.
  • Complete one (1) on-site observation that aligns to program requirements and/or essential functions and follow-up debrief meeting with TEA Grant Manager annually.
  • Serve as the ESC Region 15 contact and lead for TEA’s TIER (Tiered Interventions using Evidence-based Research) Network in order to communicate and distribute information, resources and assistance to Region 15 schools.
  • Participate collaboratively with the other 19 Education Service Centers and Texas Education Agency representatives to enhance services and supports statewide.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Special Education Program Director and/or the Executive Director.
Special Knowledge/Skills:
  • High expectations for the achievement of students with disabilities
  • Highly professional written and verbal communication is evident
  • Strong abilities in communicating with diverse groups of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of instructional processes used with struggling learners in local education agencies
  • Ability to analyze data and utilize input from a diverse group of stakeholders to determine professional development, programs, products, and services to meet the needs of local education agencies
  • Organizational, collaborative, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience serving as a Special Education provider and/or Administrator with proven results for student achievement among students with disabilities
  • Experience in coordination among General Education and Special Education programs to ensure cohesive services for students with disabilities
  • Exceptions to these requirements will be considered based on exemplary skills, training, and record of success.
Contact Information:
Brian Arrott
Director, Special Education