Special Education Teacher (SY22-23)

Posted on: May 12, 2022

Perspectives Charter Schools Network is seeking multiple Special Education Teachers for the 2022 – 2023 school year!

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.

Perspectives’ Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

We are committed to reducing barriers and fostering an anti-racist, non-discriminatory and inclusive environment by internalizing our core values of A Disciplined Life® and ensuring that our practices allow our diverse population of students and staff to grow, thrive, and excel.

Job Purpose

At Perspectives, we pride ourselves in the quality of supports that we give to our diverse learners.  We are committed to providing an equitable and inclusive education for all.  Our special education teachers embody and teach our students how to live the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life® (our social emotional learning culture and curriculum) while also providing high-quality, rigorous instruction that is rooted in individualized education plans across a variety of settings.  We truly believe that every student is capable of greatness, and we are committed to providing a caring community of dedicated staff that meet the diverse academic, emotional, and social needs of our scholars.  Our ultimate goal is that we give our diverse learners an education that will allow them to be positive change agents in their communities and lead meaningful post-secondary lives.

Duties and Responsibilities

Exhibit 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)
Demonstrate excellent knowledge of specially designed instruction
Construct data driven IEPs and monitor the implementation of IEPs for students on their caseload
Attend all annual and tri-annual IEP meetings for students on caseload
Collect data to evaluate progress made on IEP goals
Implement effective progress monitoring to make instructional decisions that increase student growth
Master content area and teach students in a clear and effective manner to drive academic achievement
Make meticulous plans for units and lessons that address higher-order thinking skills, and use  formative assessment to constantly adjust plans based on student needs
Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of students with varying academic strengths and weaknesses
Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the principal or other school leader
Engage in ongoing collaboration between general education teachers, special education teachers, clinicians, and paraprofessionals
Demonstrate effective classroom management skills and builds a classroom culture based on the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life
Build meaningful and professional relationships with students and families
Participate in professional development and work collaboratively with instructional leaders to improve instructional practices

Bachelor’s Degree Required
Eligibility to work in the United States on a full-time basis
Highly Qualified in relevant subject areas according to the Illinois State Board of Education and licensed in special education (LBS I/II).
Please still apply if you are special education-certified in a different state and/or have a specific timeline for your certification in Illinois.

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.