Special Education Teacher

Posted on: October 31, 2019 |

About Perspectives Charter Schools

All Perspectives Charter Schools will provide scholars with a rigorous and relevant education, based on the ethical principles of A Disciplined Life®, preparing them for life in a changing world and helping them further become intellectually reflective, caring and ethical people engaged in a meaningful life.

All of Perspectives Charter Schools achieved Level 1 or 2+ this year. As one of the first charter schools in Illinois, Perspectives has a long record of preparing scholars for success in college and beyond. Our five schools across the South Side of Chicago offer an education that combines character development and academic rigor through the A Disciplined Life® education model.

Our scholars come from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the country, but they graduate from high school, enroll in college, and persist in college at a rate above the national average. The keys to our success are our dedicated, hard-working, creative, and compassionate colleagues.

Job Purpose
At Perspectives, teachers help our students learn to live the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life, while also providing high-quality, rigorous instruction in their subject areas. Perspectives teachers make meticulous plans for units and lessons that focus on higher-order thinking skills, use formative assessment to guide their instruction, provide differentiated support to all students, and build meaningful and professional relationships with students and families. They are ambassadors for A Disciplined Life and believe passionately in the potential of our students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Masters content area and is able to teach students in a clear and effective manner to drive academic achievement
• Makes meticulous plans for units and lessons that address higher-order thinking skills, and uses formative assessment to constantly adjust plans based on student needs
• Differentiates instruction to meet the needs of students with varying academic strengths and weaknesses
• Demonstrates effective classroom management skills and builds a classroom culture based on the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life
• Actively participates in professional development and works collaboratively with instructional leaders to improve instructional practices
• Builds meaningful and professional relationships with students and families
• Exhibits strong understanding of special education best practices to ensure students have the resources and accommodations they need to meet the goals in their Individualized Education Plans (IEPS)
• Constructs data driven IEPs and monitors the implementation of IEPs for students on their caseload
• Attends all annual and tri-annual IEP meetings for students on caseload
• Collects data to evaluate progress made on IEP goals
• Engages in ongoing collaboration between general education teachers, special education teachers, clinicians, and paraprofessionals
• Implements effective progress monitoring to make instructional decisions that increase student growth
Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the principal or other school leader

• Must be Highly Qualified in relevant subject areas according to the Illinois State Board of Education and hold proper special education license (LBS I/II)
• Evidence of success working in an urban school environment strongly preferred

Basic Qualifications
• A strong commitment to live by the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life and a belief that all students in Chicago deserve an excellent education
• A willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve outstanding student outcomes
• Strong classroom management skills with the ability to inspire and motivate students
• A commitment to life-long learning with the desire to take advantage of professional development and coaching to constantly improve
• Mastery of content knowledge and the ability to communicate clearly to student

Language Skills
• Ability to read and write proficiently using the English language
• Ability to interact and speak effectively in interpersonal situations and before groups of people

Physical Demands
Majority of work will be performed in a general office/school environment. Position requires availability for extended hours plus non-traditional hours required to perform job duties. Also requires participation and attendance at organization sponsored events and meetings

Benefits Summary
Perspectives offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package for all full-time employees, including health insurance, dental, vision, paid time off including holidays, short and long term disability, paid life insurance, 403B and the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund

Perspectives Charter Schools works affirmatively to include diversity among its workforce and does not discriminate in the selection of its staff on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, income, marital status, or any other dimension of diversity. We encourage diverse candidates to apply for this position.