Paragon Academy is a new TK/Kinder – 8th grade charter school in Compton, CA. We open in August 2018 with TK/Kinder and 1st grade, growing one year until we are at capacity with 8th grade in 2025-26. We balance structure and zest in an intentional culture designed to ensure all children are college and career ready from day one. We hold high expectations for ourselves as a staff and leadership team, as well as for our scholars. One of our core tenets is ‘College starts in Kindergarten,’ and we have an unequivocal belief that all students regardless of race, ethnicity, zip code, or socio-economic status deserve an excellent education. We also ‘Lead with Urgency,’ another core tenet. Time is a non-renewable resource. Our scholars have but a single year in each grade. They cannot afford for us to take our time or for change to come at an incremental pace. We seek instructional leaders and staff that believe the same.
Within a structured, ambitious, and supportive community, driven by academic excellence for all children, Paragon Academy of Compton educates students for academic success, college readiness, and a life of opportunity.
About the Role
The Coordinator of Student Services is responsible for supporting the academic needs of scholars needing additional services, including those with IEPs and 504 plans. Our founding Coordinator is a critical member of our school leadership team and will work closely with the Executive Director to ensure a strong foundation for our Student Services supports.
The Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the pre-referral and referral processes of special education, as well as managing the creation of, and execution of, Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for special education students and the creation, execution and fidelity of our Special Education program. Like all Paragon Academy teachers, the Coordinator of Student Services is accountable for the creation of strong, intentional instructional plans, embodying our core tenant ‘It Takes a Village’ by building strong, positive relationships with scholars and families, using data to drive instruction and individualized support, and actively engage in collaboration with colleagues and professional development to improve their practices and skills.
- Create and maintain a system for monitoring compliance with all federal and state rules and policies regarding special education
- Lead testing of all students who may be eligible for special education, and ensure appropriate Individual Education Programs (IEPs) or 504 plans are put in place to provide them with specialized instruction, support, and special education services
- Ensure school’s compliance with all state and federal special education law
- Serve as the point of contact for all matters involving special education due process
- Serve on school leadership team and attend weekly leadership team meetings
- Collaborate with Executive Director to create staff schedules and monitor compliance and special education service implementation; to set vision for special education and Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtI2) programming
- Coordinate and facilitate, with the Executive Director, the relationship with our SELPA
- Facilitate professional development sessions for general education and special education teachers on accommodations and modifications for students with IEPs, ELLs, and students with 504 Plans
- Create and execute engaging lessons that supports scholars’ special needs such that they consistently meet/exceed IEP goals
- Manage weekly meetings with teachers and leadership team monitoring student progress, coordinating the RtI2 process, and any necessary testing
- Assesses and evaluates student growth; action plans on class-wide, group-wide and individual basis in response to student data
- Collaborate closely with other teachers to plan and develop differentiated lessons, assessments, and instructional materials
- Collaborate with student support services providers and Lead Teachers in coordinating support schedules for all special needs students
- Work directly with Lead Teachers to address classroom issues related to Special Education supports
- Manage family relationships for students receiving special education
- Enforce and support schoolwide and classroom expectations that ensure a consistent, structured, supportive community and a strongly managed classroom
- Work collaboratively with Executive Director, school leadership team, and entire school staff toward mission
- Actively participate in regular Professional Development, including Summer Staff Development, weekly Grade Level Team Meetings, and ongoing Whole Team Professional Development
- Complete other tasks as directed by Executive Director and/or leadership team members
- Ability to coordinate the execution of evaluations and creation of IEPs or 504 plans for students in need of such
- Strong coordination and collaboration skills to organize and schedule the special services of qualified students
- Deep knowledge of elementary-aged socio-emotional development as well as responsive, age-appropriate development strategies
- Entrepreneurial spirit that thrives in a start-up environment
- Highly-organized and efficient; able to coordinate multiple moving parts, and multiple tasks daily
- Able to problem solve and think creatively about establishing systems and structures for a new school
- Excellent communication skills with diverse constituents (teachers, families, students); clear writer, facilitator, and public speaker
- Demonstrate emotional constancy, system and procedural consistency, and intentional calmness and positivity
- Has demonstrated ability to manage cross-functional teams
- Consistently model Paragon Academy’s core values (We are Audacious, Brilliant, Curious, Determined. We have Zest, Integrity, Purpose.)
- Culture fit: Fiercely positive, Hard-working, Intelligent, Team oriented, Organized, Sense of humor, Belief in the power of education, Humble, Self-directed, Goal-oriented, Enthusiastic, Reflective and responsive to feedback
- Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree in Special Education is preferred
- Minimum of two years of teaching experience in Special Education in an urban public school or charter school setting is required; Three to five years is preferred
- Prior coordination of Special Education services is preferred
- Valid California State Special Education (Education Specialist) certification is required
- Knowledge of state and federal special education laws to ensure the compliance of the school with regulatory requirements
- TB clearance
- Background check clearance
- Bilingual (English and Spanish) is preferred
- Belief in and alignment with Paragon Academy’s mission, core tenets and educational philosophy is required.
Salary and Benefits
Paragon Academy offers a competitive salary, comprehensive health benefits, and retirement benefits.