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Public School Monitoring Specialist

Company: Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Location: Malden
Posted on: August 5, 2022

Job Description:

Location field must contain 'city, state' or a zip code to perform a radius search (e.g., Denver, CO or 46122 ). City and state must be separated by a comma followed by a space (e.g., Houston, TX ) State of Massachusetts Public School Monitoring Specialist Malden , Massachusetts Apply Now Please Note:Applicants must submit both a cover letter and resume with their job submission. Mark attachments as relevant to this submission when applying. The Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) reviews special education and civil rights requirements in school districts and charter schools through a process called Tiered Focused Monitoring (TFM). The TFM review process is adaptive and student-centered, with a focus on equity and racial equity. Through TFM, the Office of Public School Monitoring provides support and assistance aligned to a school district's or charter school's level of need, leading to improved equity and outcomes for students. The Office of Public School Monitoring collaborates with other offices in the Department to support districts and charter schools in building systems and developing in-district capacity to ensure an equitable, inclusive, and accessible education for all students. The Education Specialist C/Monitoring Specialist's primary responsibility is to serve as a liaison for districts and charter schools undergoing a TFM review. The Education Specialist C/Monitoring Specialist will lead and conduct TFM reviews and serve as a team member on TFM reviews. Each Education Specialist C/Monitoring Specialist works in collaboration with a team led by a supervisor and is assigned a mentor within PSM. The TFM review process involves a thorough and thoughtful analysis of district data, including review of policies and procedures specific to special education and civil rights laws and regulations. A close examination of warning indicators, such as suspension and graduation rates, is conducted to identify any areas of discrepancy based on a variety of protected categories, including race. The Education Specialist C/Monitoring Specialist utilizes information gathered from the review of district data to provide tailored support and guidance to a district or charter school prior to conducting onsite monitoring activities. The data review also informs the activities that will occur during the onsite visit. Onsite monitoring activities include interviews with district or charter school administration and staff; review of records of students in special education; review of policies and procedures; and classroom observations. If it is found that requirements are not being met, the Education Specialist C/Monitoring Specialist will work with the district or charter school to develop an improvement plan that includes periodic progress updates. The selected individual will perform the following duties: Analyze self-assessment data submitted by the district or charter school to develop a plan for the TFM review Build relationships with district and school administrators and provide ongoing support and technical assistance throughout each stage of the TFM cycle (self-assessment, onsite review, progress updates) Engage in data-driven conversations with school leadership, addressing areas of disparity identified in reported data and documentation Articulate areas of non-compliance through written TFM Reports Support districts and charter schools in the development of Continuous Improvement & Monitoring Plans, Corrective Action Plans, and progress updates resulting from TFM reviews Participate in trainings and discussions addressing racial equity, racism, and racial microaggressions, and apply strategies, as appropriate Facilitate cross-office support to enhance and streamline assistance provided to districts and charter schools Perform other duties as assigned Based on assignment, travel throughout the Commonwealth and out-of-state travel may be required. *Preferred Qualifications:* The ideal candidate will have some, but not necessarily all, of the following skills and experiences: Public and/or private school teaching and/or administrative experience in special education Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in education Ability to analyze multiple sources of data to identify trends Familiarity with policies that support equity and inclusion, including those related to bullying, harassment, physical restraint, and discipline Capacity to collaborate with a team to reach logical conclusions and make sound decisions that are well-documented Ability to multitask through planning, scheduling, and managing workflow when engaged in work with multiple schools and districts Ability to be adaptive in response to the needs of schools, districts, and external stakeholders Capacity to lead teams while anticipating, understanding, and addressing the challenges that come with different perspectives Ability to make a clear oral and compelling presentation of facts or ideas Ability to express ideas clearly in writing and to write appropriately for different audiences Ability to hold oneself accountable to fulfill individual and collective responsibilities Receptive to constructive feedback Questions regarding this posting may be directed to Dawn DeRoche in Human Resources at Dawn.E.DeRoche@mass.gov First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have a Bachelor's Degree and at least four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional educational experience in a specific, relevant, or related content area, educational program/or service. Substitutions: A Master's degree or higher in a specific or related educational content area may be substituted for two years of the required experience. Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. Special Requirements: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License or the equivalent from another state may be required. *Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Education* *Organization: Department of Elementary and Secondary Education *Title: *Public School Monitoring Specialist Location: Massachusetts-Malden - 75 Pleasant Street Requisition ID: 220006CO

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