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INFORMATIONAL LETTER:   82

POLICY CODE:    IIB

TO:          Superintendents of Schools, Special Education Directors                

FROM:    Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner of Education

DATE:     February 14, 2005

RE:          Special Education Distinguished Educator Positions

Attached is a listing of three positions that will be filled by the Special Services Team in the Department of Education, Special Education Program Review.   The Department of Education will contract with school administrative units for three practitioners, knowledgeable in special education, to serve as Distinguished Educators for the school year 2005-2006.   Units will be reimbursed for the employee’s salary plus benefits and fixed costs.   The employee returns to the school unit at the end of the contract period.

Working with the Special Services Team’s staff, the work of Distinguished Educators will involve monitoring specific programs and providing technical assistance and training to local school personnel.   If you have any questions regarding these positions, please contact Anna Feeney by e-mail:   anna.feeney@maine.gov or call:   624-6674.

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Distinguished Educators Profile

General Information :

In order to provide assistance to school administrative units, the Maine Department of Education, Special Services Team, Special Education Program Review, will contract with school units for three practitioners.   Distinguished Educators are individuals on leave from a school administrative unit who will work for the Department of Education during the 2005-2006 school year.   These are individuals who have been successful in enabling children to make outstanding progress toward meeting high educational standards.   This professional service work involves program monitoring, technical assistance, and training.   Individuals must be able to work as part of a self-directed work team. Extensive use of technology, travel and field assignments are required.  STATEWIDE TRAVEL IS REQUIRED.

Responsibilities:

  Provide technical assistance to customers statewide in area of expertise,

Knowledge and Abilities Required:

The three Distinguished Educators will have primary responsibility in the area of Special Education Program Reviewand technical assistance, as well as other related special education responsibilities as determined by the Special Services Team.   These positions will serve as the technical experts to schools, state agencies, private facilities, and community members in the areas involving special education issues and challenges.   These positions will conduct program monitoring for public schools, private schools, and state-operated programs in order to assure compliance with state and federal special education rules and regulations.   Extensive knowledge of federal and state special education regulations and procedures is required, and the 030 certificate is preferred.

Minimum Qualifications:  

Candidates must have a bachelor of arts/science degree in education, human resource development, psychology, or a related field and six years of experience as an education practitioner.   A master’s degree is preferred along with the ability to use computer technology (word processing and data processing software and telecommunications).

To receive an application, please contact Linda Dunn by e-mail at: linda.dunn@maine.gov or call 624-6656.  

Deadline for applications is March 25, 2005.

The Maine Department of Education is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer .