Diverse Learning Teacher

Posted on: May 12, 2022


Founded in 2001, LEARN is a network of high-performing college preparatory, tuition-free public elementary and middle schools with the mission of providing children with the academic foundation and ambition to earn a college degree. There are 11 LEARN Schools serving 4,100 students in grades PK-8 across Chicago, Waukegan, North Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
It is our goal to create an environment, on every campus, in which our staff members feel supported, respected, and appreciated. Our staff work together at each school and across the network to share ideas, problem solve, and innovate to move our schools and students beyond the expected.

LEARN and our amazing educators, have received numerous recognitions for making an impact in public education, including the 2018 Chicago Magazine’s Top Elementary Charter Schools and the 2018 Illinois Network of Charter Schools Principal of the Year Award.

LEARN’s mission remains crystal clear: to provide children with the academic foundation and ambition to earn a college degree. LEARN is currently looking for hard-working and passionate professionals that are dedicated to transforming public education.

About the Opportunity

The Diverse Learning Teacher maintains quality services in accordance with state/federal guidelines and ensuring that instruction, modifications, etc. for students with special needs are being implemented consistently. An ideal candidate is someone who has a proven record of success and is committed to maintaining high expectations for students.

At LEARN, we recognize our Diverse Learning Teachers face unique challenges, but they say their hard work proves to be incredibly rewarding and worthwhile. LEARN is a great place to work because colleagues are empathetic and encouraging. Administrators are on their side by providing a supportive and nurturing environment with resources for scholars, professional development, and internal transfer opportunities.

LEARN wholeheartedly embodies teacher appreciation. From a genuine interest in teacher opinions, to celebrating and promoting professional advancement, to providing a yearly retention bonus and other rewarding perks like gift cards, LEARN values our teacher’s dedication to our scholars.
What differentiates LEARN teachers is their passionate advocacy for students and their commitment to set high expectations. We welcome inspired teachers and give them the opportunities to do work that excites them.

Through our implementation of a Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) at all of our campuses, LEARN embraces the idea that ALL scholars are capable of becoming expert learners. Teachers and administrators are constantly evaluating how to best support and celebrate our diversity to benefit ALL scholars’ academic and social-emotional needs and create learning environments that tear down barriers.

Roles and Responsibilities

As a Diverse Learning Teacher, your critical tasks will include:

Planning and delivering differentiated instruction to children with special needs based on the identified goals of IEPs
Implementing ongoing assessments to develop and revise IEP goals as necessary
Assisting instructors in developing interventions for students
Maintaining updated and accurate reports
Delivering ongoing parent communication
Facilitating school based problem solving meetings
Coordinating evaluations and supervising the referral process and IEP development
Ensuring timely delivery of internal and/ or contracted services
Ensuring ongoing compliance with Illinois State Law and CPS regulations while maintaining regular communication with CPS Office of Specialized Services
Providing direct services as needed to Special Education students
Demonstrating effective classroom management skills that contributes to a positive learning environment
Collaborating with peers and a willingness to grow professionally
Understanding how to use data to improve instruction and academic outcomes

This job is a great fit if:
You have a degree in Special Education and Illinois LBS I certification
You possess 1 year of Teaching experience in special education (required)
You have a demonstrated track record of delivering gains in student academic achievement
You have a demonstrated record of living LEARN’s Core Values
You are Highly Qualified according to ISBE
Preferred Qualifications

This job is an ideal fit if:
You are bilingual
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics

To succeed as a Diverse Learning Teacher, you demonstrate our core values by setting high expectations for yourself and our scholars, along with bringing a high level of energy and consistently positive attitude. You are proficient with Microsoft Office and Google applications, databases, and intranet and internet usage. You possess strong written and verbal skills, and the ability to express yourself effectively and concisely.

In addition, you have experience in development and implementation procedures, as well as the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects, adhering to strict timelines.

Above all, you are an adaptive, creative educator who is comfortable interacting with students and families. You demonstrate professional demeanor with a high degree of initiative and independent judgment, plus the capacity to tactfully and effectively deal with families, students and staff in a personable and professional manner.

Benefits Summary

We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package for all full time employees, including health insurance, dental, vision, paid vacation, personal days, paid holidays, short and long term disability, paid life insurance, 403B and the Chicago Teachers’ Pension fund.

This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties or skills required for the job and is subject to review and change at any time, with or without notice, in accordance with the needs of LEARN Charter School Network.  Since no job description can detail all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a job, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a job, reasonably required for its performance, or required due to the changing nature of the job shall also be considered part of the jobholder’s responsibility.

For applicants who apply after 11/1/21, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a valid medical or religious exemption required.