Middle School SPECIAL EDUCATION Teacher- Rowe Elementary & Middle School

Posted on: May 22, 2023 | | |

We are seeking teachers who are able to provide a rigorous learning environment for our scholars, helping them develop as individuals, as well as master the subjects they need to succeed. You will be responsible for developing lesson plans and then implementing those plans in the classroom, giving you the flexibility to tailor your lessons to both you and your scholars’ interests and strengths-based on data. You will also be responsible for building relationships with scholars ensuring that you maintain a positive classroom culture where all scholars can learn and thrive. This can extend outside the classroom by assisting with coaching sports, family and community events, organization events, school clubs, and extracurricular activities. More than anything else our teachers must develop their scholar’s unique talents and foster a passion for learning and growing.

Rowe Elementary/Middle School is a stand alone charter school, with a K-5 campus, and a 6-8 campus. Both campuses are located in the West Town/Wicker Park area of Chicago.

Rowe is proud to be a part of the Northwestern University Settlement House, a dynamic and innovative leader in creating transformational opportunities for children and families, in order to disrupt generational poverty. All programs nurture, educate, and inspire so that families can take personal responsibility for their futures and attain self-sufficiency and reach aspirations. Alongside a rigorous curriculum, our school focuses on the SEL component of education in great detail, as well.

If you are looking for a fast paced, collaborative, and mission driven teaching environment, Rowe could be for you!!!

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Reach out to Jason Smith, Principal, with any questions. (

Key Duties/Responsibilities

Teach scholars across multiple grade levels in a pull-out and/or push-in setting using a modified curriculum to best meet the needs of the scholars according to their IEPs
Design and implement instructional lessons that are targeted to meet the academic needs of students with exceptional needs and to meet their annual IEP goals and quarterly benchmarks
Utilize a variety of learning styles in instructional activities to ensure all students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences
Consult with classroom teams, Case Manager, and Dean of Special Education to ensure Special Education compliance is always up-to-date and instructional expectations are being met
Use a data-driven approach to modify/adapt instructional plans in order to maximize student learning.
Monitor/track individualized student goals and assumes responsibility for meeting individualized student goals
Provide testing accommodations to scholars on caseloads for classroom and state-wide assessments
Work with classroom teaching teams to write quality IEPs that include current instructional data as well as meaningful goals that will help scholars achieve in and outside of the classroom
Participate in weekly professional development, Sped department meetings, meetings with Deans, and additional professional development and collaboration to improve outcomes for all our scholars
Perform other related duties as required and assigned

Ideal Skills/Traits

A strong desire to become a better teacher by joining our Rowe Elementary School team
Able to work collaboratively with colleagues including general education teachers, related service providers, the IEP team, the Leadership Team, and other Special Education teachers
Committed to building relationships with families in pursuit of providing the best education for Diverse Learners
Experience with teaching and differentiating ELA and math curriculum aligned to the Common Core Standards
Experience with writing IEPs and participating in IEP meetings
Experience developing and modifying long-term plans, units and assessments using cross-curricular data
Demonstrates success in raising the achievement levels of traditionally under-served scholars


Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in education, Master’s degree preferred.
Hold a CURENT Illinois Professional Educator License; LBS1 endorsement required.
Minimum of 2-3 years teaching experience required, Special Education experience preferred.
Experience working in a diverse, urban learning environment is a plus!
Bilingual skills are a plus!

Position Type



Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. We offer a robust health benefits package. In addition, all staff members are equipped with the tools needed to succeed, including a dedicated workspace, laptop, email, high-speed internet access, and all necessary supplies.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Northwestern Settlement is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, making all employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other characteristic or classification protected by law.