Regional Low Incidence Project Professional Development Facilitator (LI-PDF)
- 195 days per year (.75 FTE)
- Grant-Funded Position
- Reports to the Director of Special Education/Regional Low Incidence Facilitator
This position exists to lead a coordinated, high quality, comprehensive system for professional development opportunities within the MN Low Incidence Projects-Region 11. This system involves, but is not limited to: regional Communities of Practices; focus groups; panel discussions; interviews; newsletter publications; trainings; conferences and workshops for regional program leaders and practitioners in order that those working in special education, including low incidence special education, can achieve positive outcomes that align with regional goals, innovations and initiatives.
- The LI-PDF must develop and maintain significant relationships with leaders and CoP representatives of local programs, including school districts, charter schools, and state agencies.
- The LI-PDF must attend statewide and regional meetings as necessary to install selected innovations using sound implementation strategies.
- The LI-PDF must work closely with the Regional Low Incidence Facilitator, MN Low Incidence Project Statewide Specialists, and Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) State Specialists on state and local goals, instructional strategies and identification of training needs.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
The position requires a keen understanding of:
- MN special education disability criteria, including low incidence disabilities
- evidence-based practices in special education.
- effective professional development.
- relevant federal and state laws, rules and policies related to special education.
- the complexities of the continuum of services in special education, including low incidence special education.
- models of service delivery for students with low incidence disabilities
The position requires the following skills and abilities:
- Ability to use technology for synchronous or asynchronous communication/willingness to learn
- Ability to do data collection and analysis/willingness to learn.
- Ability to analyze data in Excel and/or another analysis package to answer questions related to low incidence special education services, programs and resource allocation.
- Ability to teach and lead adult learners
- Ability to manage information and deadlines.
- Ability to appropriately prioritize competing tasks.
- Ability to take initiative to meet identified priorities.
- Ability to manage a budget
The position requires:
- Professional license and at least 3 years of experience in public education
- At least 3 years of experience in special education; low incidence special education preferred
Responsibility #1: Support the implementation of any regional and state initiatives in collaboration with regional school districts, other Regional Low Incidence Projects, the MN Low Incidence Projects, and the MN Department of Education.
- Actively participate in regular meetings with the RLIF and regional stakeholders.
- In consultation with Regional Low Incidence Facilitator (RLIF), establish and maintain a calendar of work days with 90% of days scheduled when local programs are also in session
- Collect data or ensure the collection of data as required/requested.
- Communicate appropriate information to local representatives and leadership; and relay information from local programs to the RLIF.
Responsibility #2: Develop working knowledge of special education programs within the region, including low incidence special education programs. Establish relationships with program representatives and leadership. Support local program representatives and leaders to conduct ongoing assessment of program strengths and needs; and to develop and implement strategies to address identified needs.
- Meaningfully connect with all low incidence special education programs within the region.
- Support completion of a self-assessment framework and help identify regional needs assessments.
- Actively partner with local special education program staff and leadership in order to provide the necessary PD opportunities which will address regional needs.
- Convene and facilitate regional CoPs and other organized groups in order to provide access to cross-sector opportunities for interaction and collaboration.
Responsibility #3: Develop and maintain a working knowledge of current special education innovations, foundational work, Implementation Science and necessary components of statewide low incidence disability initiatives to support local education leaders and staff.
- Attend training opportunities to expand understanding and use of special education innovations, foundational knowledge and the Science of Implementation.
- Review and understand current training methods and support development of training materials.
- Design training that supports regional and statewide initiatives and/or innovations.
- Work with the RLIF to create a regional coaching structure within each CoP in order to support sustained implementation of the select innovations.
- Actively participate in regular meetings of regional CoPs and other organized groups through conference calls, virtual meeting spaces, and face-to-face meetings.
- Attend select statewide meetings or targeted groups within the region.
Responsibility #4: Develop and maintain the internal coaching capacity of each educational program in order to create a system of sustainability and successful installation of the selected innovation.
- Help create and sustain the work of regional leadership and coaching within each regional CoP.
- Work with the identified coaches/leaders within a CoP so that individual has the content knowledge and skills necessary to support local peers as innovation is implemented.
- Provide ongoing support and technical assistance to the regional CoPs.
- Collect and report required data measures to the regional CoPs and RLIF as appropriate.
Responsibility #5: Obtain and maintain basic understanding of multimedia methods of PD delivery and support.
- Obtain knowledge and skill with use of approved technology methods in order to provide equal access and accessibility for all members of each regional program and/or initiative.
- Work with local leaders to reduce barriers for members of local education staff to obtain and participate in appropriate training and development activities.
- Collaborate with Metro ECSU staff to provide technology support so that meetings and PD opportunities can be accessed in a variety of ways.