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School District 308 Enhances Special Education Services with New Position

Jun 24, 2015 05:24PM ● By Steven Jack

School District 308 is enhancing its educational services by hiring a new assistant director of secondary special education.

This position was created to better serve special education students within the district and their families. The Board of Education approved Joseph Hoffman for the position at its meeting on June 22. Hoffman was hired using federal special education grant money.
“Mr. Hoffman is highly experienced, and we know he will be an asset to our district,” Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Dr. Judith Minor said. “His experience working at the central office level, directing special education services for our most needy students will allow our district to continue to refine these services at the secondary level.”  
Before making the move to School District 308, Hoffman worked at Cicero School District 99, as an assistant director of special education. In that role he managed implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), coordinated 504 plans, hired and evaluated over 500 staff using the Danielson Framework, developed and directed dynamic programs, and oversaw a budget of more than $50 million.
Hoffman has a bachelor’s degree in special and regular education from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. He earned his master’s degree in education administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He obtained an educational administration specialist degree from Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, Fla., and his director of special education endorsement from Northern Illinois University.