Special Education Supervisor / Assistant Principal

Woodland School District 50 is an Equal Opportunity Educator/Employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and educational environment by hiring individuals who support and contribute to the diversity and excellence of our student and academic programs through their teaching and service to our students, parents, and the community we serve. If you welcome inclusion, equity, and diversity, have an unwavering commitment to the success of all students, embrace and celebrate the individuality of our student population with respect to race, ethnicity, and economic status, and seek to celebrate the cultures that contribute to making our district so rich, please join our team! Minority candidates encouraged to apply.

TITLE: Special Education Supervisor / Assistant Principal
POSITION TYPE: Administrative
DATE POSTED: April 28, 2021
LOCATION: Woodland Elementary School
DATE AVAILABLE: August 2, 2021

DESCRIPTION: The Special Education Supervisor / Assistant Principal is responsible for the supervision and evaluation of district special education programs to which they are assigned. 


  1. License/Certification:  
  2. Required – Professional Educator License with Principal or General Administrative and one or more Special Education endorsements in the State of Illinois 
  3. Education: 
  4. Required – Master’s Degree 
  5. Preferred – Master’s Degree in Special Education or Educational Leadership 
  6. Experience:  
  7. Required – Proven record of educational leadership, including a strong background in curriculum, assessment and staff development. Experience in improving literacy skills of students. Experience in supporting the supervision of the instructional program of the school. Experience working with a diverse population of students. Illinois Qualified Teacher Evaluator. Five (5) years of successful teaching or related experience. 
  8. Preferred – Five-plus (5+) years of successful teaching or related experience in a public school district setting. Illinois Qualified Teacher Evaluator. Preferred – Three (3) years of successful special education administrative experience. Experience working with a diverse population of students, families and staff. Experience in effectively leading student academic growth of all students. Fluency in both English and Spanish. 


  1. Provide supervision and consultation to each classroom teacher 
  2. Assist the teacher with the establishment of clear, concise, programming goals which reflect the needs of each student by: 
  3. review past and current educational data, including current individual educational program goals
  4. determine learning styles and present functioning levels 
  5. determine individual needs for physical setting (equipment, layout, material) 
  6. determine social/emotional needs 
  7. Assist the teacher with the implementation of programming goals 
  8. developing program schedule(s) 
  9. grouping of students 
  10. selecting and modifying materials 
  11. designing and implementing instruction that parallels individual learning styles 
  12. utilizing effective classroom management techniques including crisis intervention 
  13. establishing optimal teacher/student interaction including instructional and social interaction
  14. Assist teachers in the preparation of appropriate and legally correct IEPs including correlation with Illinois State Learning Standards 
  15. Assist with disciplining of IEP students as needed 
  16. Effectively evaluates staff performance which includes providing staff with accurate feedback following the District teacher evaluation plan and the administrative procedures and practices 
  17. Evaluate the effectiveness of the technical aspect of special education programs in the area of exceptionality and give appropriate written recommendations to the teacher, principal, and the Assistant Superintendent of Special Education. 
  18. Participates as an active participant in school-based leadership team meetings and district meetings 
  19. Chair all IEP meetings and/or annual reviews for children who may be eligible for special education, for those currently enrolled in special education, and for those being transitioned into full-time regular classroom placement 
  20. Assist parents in understanding the needs of their child and the special services and/or programming their child is or will be receiving 
  21. Provide in-service training to both regular education and special education staff on relevant special education topics 12. Assists with inventory of educational materials as relates to PPS staff and students 
  22. Assists in building with the supervision of students as needed 
  23. Performs such other tasks and assumes such other responsibilities as may be assigned by the Assistant Superintendent of Special Education and/or Principal.



Planning and Preparation – Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of content and pedagogy, students, and resources. Design coherent instruction and select appropriate instructional activities, and has the ability to assess students learning. 

Classroom Environment – Creates an environment of respect and rapport, establishes a culture for learning, manages classroom procedures, manages students’ behavior, and has the ability to organize physical space. Instruction – Communicates clearly and accurately, uses questioning and discussion techniques, engages students in learning, provides feedback to students, and demonstrates flexibility and responsiveness. 

Professional Responsibility – Reflects on teaching, maintains accurate records, communicates professionally, contributes to the school and district, grows and develops professionally, and shows professionalism. 

Technical: Competent in digital environments including but not limited to; Google Apps for Education, Embrace, databases, spreadsheets, Microsoft Office, district email system, the district’s attendance system, etc. 

Interpersonal: Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with students, staff, parents, businesses and community. Strong organization, communication and interpersonal skills. Comprehensive strategic thinking and rapid problem-solving skills to effectively handle crisis that arise. Ability to cope with deadline pressures. Creative problem solver. Ability to facilitate meetings efficiently. Empathetic, humanistic and open-minded. Strong sense of teamwork. Strategic thinker. Must be able to make difficult decisions that impact the organization in a positive sense. Must be able to work harmoniously with the community, students, parents, staff, and administration, etc. Must be able to communicate effectively with students, parents and staff. Must exhibit sound judgment in dealing with people. Must have strong organizational skills. 


  1. Support the establishment of mutual respect and equal human dignity across the entire school community. 2. Welcomes inclusion, equity and diversity. 
  2. Have an unwavering commitment to the success of all students. 
  3. Understanding that your identity may be different than students, parents, and staff. You are willing to put those differences aside for the success of all students. 
  4. Regardless of the identities of students, staff, or parents, works collaboratively to build a successful relationship with them. 
  5. Willingly anticipate, identify and adopt change. 
  6. Engage in all job-related interactions and activities, with contacts from within and outside the District, in a courteous and professional manner. 
  7. Communicate with styles that are approachable and respectful. 
  8. Participate in professional development and training to become more effective and efficient. 10. Take initiative to manage multiple tasks. 
  9. Effectively organize work to be as productive as possible. 


Manual Dexterity: Work requires definite skilled and accurate physical operations requiring some close coordination performance. 

Physical Effort: Work requires handling average weight materials or equipment, but not for sustained periods. 

Working Conditions: Some exposure to definitely disagreeable elements may exist, i.e., temperature changes, use of steps/stairs, walking long distances throughout the building, etc. 

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Exempt full-time position. Monday – Friday. Ten and one-half month year (200 days).  SALARY RANGE: Based on experience and education. 

HOW TO APPLY: Internal applicants should apply online at www.dist50.net and attach a resume to the online application. External applicants should apply online at www.dist50.net and attach three letters of recommendation, resume, and transcript(s) to the online application. 

All applicants must be willing to interview in person and demonstrate skills through a situational analysis. Applicants will be contacted within three weeks if invited for an interview. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Further information regarding this position may be obtained by contacting:  


 Dr. Lanée Walls 

 Assistant Superintendent of Special Education 


lwalls@dist50.net or (847) 596-5631

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 14, 2021