Special Education Family and Community Liaison
Georgia Connections Academy
Georgia Connections Academy is a tuition-free, full-time virtual school for students in grades 6-12 throughout Georgia. The school is authorized by the Georgia Charter Schools Commission and governed by an independent Board of Directors, with a mission to maximize academic achievement for students who are seeking other academic options. The school is operated by Georgia Connections Academy, a nonprofit corporation, through a contract with Connections Academy of Georgia, LLC, to provide its educational program and other services. Connections Academy, a division of Connections Education, is accredited by AdvancED, and GACA is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.
Position Summary and Responsibilities:
Working from our office in Duluth, Georgia, or from your home in Georgia, the Special Education Family and Community Liaison will be responsible for providing parents and families with information, training, and education on special education issues as well as coordinating parent to parent support, resource referral, and assistance to families in navigating the special education process. They will also work closely with other teachers and district professionals to ensure that the school’s special education program is successful and operating in compliance with federal and state regulations.
The Special Education Family and Community Liaison will be responsible for the successful completion of the following tasks:
- Design and implement parent training
- Develop and execute a program that provides school personnel and parents the knowledge on how to be “effective partners for children with disabilities”
- Build a partnership and parent mentor network within the community which is responsible for parental and school staff special education issues/concerns.
- Create training and information packets that meet the needs of the parents of children with disabilities.
- Assist parents on how to effectively communicate and work in a collaborative virtual setting with the school
- Network with appropriate community, state, and national agencies and organizations to provide parents and teachers with up-to-date information concerning special education advocacy strategies
- Communicate regularly with parents/learning coaches of students with special needs to ensure that their IEP goals are being met and that their needs are addressed in a timely and appropriate fashion;
- Consult with teachers and coordinate the implementation of specially designed instruction as defined in the IEP regarding students with specific needs and potential learning issues;
- Help teachers and learning coaches develop and implement program modifications and strategies for all students;
- Assist, as needed, with the organization and proper implementation of all paperwork, documentation and procedures for the IEP process;
- Assist with administering state testing and coordinate the special adaptations that are required based on the IEP; and
- Complete transition interviews and draft an effective transition plan
- Create a strong transition program for the school including a transition fair and relationships with vocational rehabilitation and other post-secondary programs available to students with disabilities
- Other duties as assigned.
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