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JESSE KENDALL 123 Elm Street ▪ Miami, FL 33183 ▪ H: 305-555-5555 ▪ C: 305-444-4444 ▪ email@example.com Career Target: DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION Performance and results-driven special education administrator with a commitment to student growth, development, and academic success seeking a position as a district-level director of special education. Strong skills in oversight and analysis of statewide special education data; manage performance review and improvement as well as state and annual performance. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE ABC SCHOOL DISTRICT, Miami, FL, 20xx-20xx Special Education Teacher Support Services Provider, PS 79 and MS 324 • 20xx-Present: Serve as the Inclusion Coordinator and provide one-on-one, group, and direct instruction and support through two assistants. Conduct Functional Behavior Assessments and design Behavior Intervention Plans, IEPs, lesson adaptations, and modifications. Designed individual transaction plans for students transitioning, advancing a grade, and transferring. Provided professional development training and modeled teaching techniques for paraprofessionals. Special Education Teacher/Inclusion Coordinator, PS 79M, The ABC School • 20xx-20xx: Provided bilingual special educational support to students with disabilities in English language arts, math, social studies, and science. Instrumental in students’ significant gains from September until May, as per Brigance Scale Assessments. Pioneered development of the P79 Herald monthly newsletter focused on student accomplishments. BCD COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, Miami, FL, 20xx-20xx 7th Grade Special Education Level I Teacher, BCD Middle School: Enrollment 460 Managed 14-25 Level I special education students in collaboration with 7th grade general education teachers to ensure complete compliance with all state and federal special education legal requirements associated with classroom instruction. Taught 7th grade math and science classes. Developed behavior management plans for students and classes. • Devised curriculum and independently instructed tutorials for Level I special education students. Targeted specific academic and organizational skills areas. Monitored and evaluated student progress and documented achievements on IEPs. Managed annual special education student reevaluations. • Customized tests and quizzes to meet the needs of special education students. Administered the Iowa Test of Basic Skills to special education students; met special needs such as small group settings, requirements for tests to be read aloud, and extended time in taking the test. • Designed and created graphic organizers and procedural cue cards to aid students with internalizing information. • Reached out to parents regarding student progress/behavioral issues and conducted parent/teacher conferences. • Consulted with general education teachers in assessments of general education students. EDUCATION & TECHNICAL SKILLS XYZ COLLEGE, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Miami, FL M.S. in Middle Childhood Education and Special Education, Grades 5-9, June 20xx XYZ STATE COLLEGE, Miami, FL Bachelor of Arts in English, 20xx LANGUAGES: Spanish and English • SOFTWARE: Microsoft Office Suite Creating a Compelling Cover Letter A powerfully written cover letter is necessary to land most interviews and ensure job search success. When an advertised position creates a pile of 100+ resumes, it becomes the responsibility of the hiring personnel to shortlist the applications. Resumes without cover letters are usually the first to go, followed by the ones with poorly written cover letters. Avoid this fate by following these effective strategies: Address your cover letter appropriately: Be sure that you get the name of the hiring manager before sending your resume, and address the letter to that individual. 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