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Special Education Coordinator:   Friendship Academy of the Arts seeks a Special Education Coordinator based at Minneapolis, MN, to coordinate school’s teaching efforts and teach elementary school students with disabilities including SLD, EBD, Developmental Delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental/Cognitive Delay, other health disorder in pull-out and inclusion settings. Administer standardized ability and achievement tests to elementary students with special needs. Collaborate with other teachers or administrators to develop, evaluate, or revise school programs. Confer with other staff members to plan or schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula. Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, or other professionals to develop individual education plans (IEPs). Confer with parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, or administrators to resolve students’ behavioral or academic problems. Coordinate placement of students with special needs into mainstream classes. Develop IEPs designed to promote students’ educational, physical, or social development. Develop or implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of disabilities. Employ special educational strategies or techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, or memory. Encourage students to explore learning opportunities or persevere with challenging tasks to prepare them for later grades. Coordinate trainings with service providers for staff development in special education. Provide consultation for regular classroom teachers in developing behavioral interventions.  Instruct students in academic subjects using a variety of techniques such as phonetics, multisensory learning, and repetition to reinforce learning and to meet students’ varying needs and interests. Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement. Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students. Modify the general education curriculum for special-needs students based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies. Maintain accurate and complete student records and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations. Position requires a Master’s degree in Special Education, Emotional Behavioral Disabilities, or a closely-related field, plus at least 6 months of experience working with students with special needs. Position also requires a Minnesota state license in Emotional/Behavioral Disorder (EBD), in compliance with the state regulations. Send resume to N. Collier, Director, Friendship Academy of the Arts, 2600 East 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406.”