Promoted to Special Ed Director Mid-Year

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  1. danicalifornia

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    Hello,
    The SPED director in my district was let go due to a laundry list of problems. After her firing I was promoted to SPED director and signed a contract for next year as well. Going into this new position I feel lucky because I already have a great relationship with the majority of intervention specialists in the district. I feel confident with the promotion, but extremely nervous at the same time. Does anybody have any advice on how to help make this transition a smooth one? The former director's biggest problems lied withjn fostering positive relationships with all IS's and leading in a manner which portrayed the values of our school. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Dani
     
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  3. PalmdaleMark

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  4. PalmdaleMark

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    Will you be working with and in charge of program specialists to determine where SDC kiddos will be placed in your district?
     
  5. danicalifornia

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    I will be directly in-charge of the intervention specialists. My district is extremely unique and there is not much differentiation with placements. My biggest area of struggle will be with moving from a teaching position to an admin position where I am in-charge of others.
     
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    Do you have your CA Admin Services Credential (I'm assuming you're from CA because of your username)? Or are they granting you an emergency credential?
     
  7. danicalifornia

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    I grew up in Cali but no longer live there. I do have all of my needed credentials so I am good in that aspect.
     
  8. PalmdaleMark

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    In my district, SPED program specialists provide a wide variety of services: they'll attend IEP meetings when needed, (if parent has requested videotaped meeting, if parent is engaged in litigation with the district, if a discussion about change of placement is going to take place, etc.) observe SDC teachers in classrooms to provide advice and support, place students at various sites before the beginning of the school year, and other tasks. They're busy people, who often receive complaints from SPED teachers but rarely compliments. It's a tough job.
    Everyone needs an "atta-boy" every now and then. I would make sure to interface with your staff on a face-to-face basis regularly, based on your schedule. They need to feel that you believe in equal treatment and have a sense of fairness, while at the same time understanding you are the decision maker. Exude confidence without arrogance. Take advice but make it subtly clear that you have the final word. Your subordinates will mirror your behavior. If you are hard working, fair, strong, compassionate, and have a good sense of humor, you should do well.
    It's more important to get your staff to respect you rather than like you. If you gain their respect, you'll ultimately be liked as well.
     
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    I agree with the equal treatment and treating them with respect. Be open to suggestions from your IS's.
     
  10. danicalifornia

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    Well my first week has went about as well as I could have expected. Thanks for all of the advice. My sense of humor and prior relationships have helped this week.
     

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