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Implementation Specialist (MA)

Job type: Full time salaried position
To apply: Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@cast.org. No calls please.

Job Description

Inspired by the mission and strategic vision of CAST, the Implementation Specialist plays a key role on CAST’s Professional Learning team and supports the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the field of education specifically as it relates to assisting teams in re-designing their IEP process and improving services to students with disabilities using UDL.

Responsibilities

In conjunction with the Professional Learning team, the Implementation Specialist will:

  • Collaboratively design, pilot, and evaluate innovative professional learning opportunities for educators
  • Coordinate, facilitate, and structure work with IEP Improvement teams in Massachusetts
  • Support teams to develop and use systems for reflection, including examination systems, IEPs, student work, artifacts, and analysis of video data to measure progress in the improvement of the IEP process and services to students with disabilities
  • Support up to four teams in New Hampshire to learn about and implement UDL and to develop/use systems for reflection, including examination of student work, analysis of data from class observations, and analysis of classroom video to measure progress in the application of UDL their practice
  • Other responsibilities as need to collaboratively support the work of CAST’s Professional Learning department.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education or related field
  • 10 or more years’ K-12 teaching/coaching/administrative experience
  • Experience working with adult learners and implementation; familiarity with best practices in training and/or coaching adults

Skills

  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team
  • Strong pedagogical and coaching abilities
  • Superior communication skills including listening, demonstrating respect for differing opinions, clarity of expression
  • Organized and self-starting

Knowledge

  • Understanding of or willingness to learn the core concepts and basic neuroscience of Universal Design for Learning
  • Ability to learn and understand the relationship of UDL to teachers’, schools’, and districts’ current curriculum and instructional practices
  • A deep understanding of Massachusetts IEP processes
  • An understanding of equity in education specifically as it relates to special education

Other

  • Residence in Massachusetts preferred
  • Must be willing/able to travel frequently to schools in Massachusetts and New Hampshire (as COVID-19 safety precautions allow)

Work Environment

Our work environment is collaborative, high energy, fun, and stimulating. Join us to be part of a passionate learning community dedicated to busting the barriers to learning for all learners.

We offer competitive compensation packages including health insurance, generous vacation, and flexible schedules. CAST is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to employing a highly-qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our communities and nation.

About CAST

Located a short distance north of Boston, CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. As a nonprofit, we know that every employee contributes to our international reputation as a leader in education research, technology, and universal design for learning. Teamwork, risk-taking, and collaborative thinking are essential to the way we work. Most of all, our mission—to improve learning experiences and opportunities for all individuals—motivates not only what we do but how we do it.

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