Special Education Teacher

Posted on: December 21, 2020 | |

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We are seeking a Special Education (SPED) Teacher for our Elementary school.

Department Function:

Passages Elementary School serves families and their students from kindergarten through eighth grade. We welcome all students living in Chicago and are one of the most diverse schools representing over 40 languages. Passages offers a tailored educational program focused on high academic standards and instruction based on students’ individual needs.

Basic Job Function:

The Special Education Teacher is responsible for the pre-referral and referral processes of special education, including overseeing the creation and implementation of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 plans. The teacher is responsible for creating a flexible program and learning environment that provides specialized instruction for students with disabilities, such that the IEP goals and benchmarks are met for each student. Additionally, the students should benefit from the general education curriculum to the greatest extent possible when supported with supplemental aides, accommodations, and other needed supports as prescribed by the IEP.

Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Implement IEPs for a variety of students with a variety of needs.
Ensure compliance with all state and federal special education laws. Identify all qualified students and connect them to the appropriate special education services.
Create and implement engaging lessons that supports students such that they consistently meet their IEP goals.
Implement IEP supports, from modifications to accommodations, from push-in to pull-out intervention.
Manage weekly meetings with teachers and leadership team monitoring student progress
Assist in the MTSS process, and any testing necessary.
Follow the schedule as outlined by the case manager and/or administrator for all students with IEPs.
Manage parent relationships and communications for students receiving special services. Meet with parents to discuss their children’s progress and to determine priorities for their children and their individualized educational needs.
Employ best practices during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory.
Provide direct and indirect instructional support to students in a positive environment.
Instruct students in academic subjects using a variety of techniques such as phonetics, multi-sensory learning, and repetition to reinforce learning and to meet students’ varying needs and interests.
Teach socially acceptable behavior, as determined by the students’ IEPs by employing techniques in an overall positive behavioral support system.
Modify the general education curriculum for students with disabilities based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies.
Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining an environment conducive to learning for all students.
Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and other professionals to develop individualized education programs (IEPs) designed to promote students’ educational, physical, and social/emotional development.
Maintain accurate and complete student records and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
Develop plans for effective communication, monitoring, and follow-up of students in inclusive classroom settings.
Assist in collection of data for providing appropriate classroom interventions.
Provide crisis intervention, as needed.
Assist in preparation of data for local, state, and federal reports.
Maintain professional competence by participating in staff development activities, curriculum development meetings, and other professional opportunities.
Communicate at least weekly with parents and families.
Follow all policies and procedures prescribed by Passages administration and AHS.
Maintain confidentiality.
Have demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others
Have willingness to assume any responsibilities appropriate for the position
Support the Mission Statement of Asian Human Services.
Always behave and speak in a professional manner.
Set a good example in terms of punctuality and attendance.
Attend staff and team meetings.
Be proactive in matters relating to health and safety.

Qualifications (knowledge, skills & abilities):

Bachelor’s degree is required
Valid ISBE Special Education endorsement
Ability to modify and/or accommodate lesson plans to create individualized lesson plans to support students of all different needs and abilities.
Knowledge of state and federal special education laws to ensure the compliance of the school with regulatory requirements.
Ability to clearly communicate with families, students, and staff regarding individual student needs.
Ability to collaborate with classroom teachers to support all students.
Strong coordination and collaboration skills to organize and schedule the special services of all qualified students.
Ability to regularly sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, operate a computer, hand-held learning devices, other office equipment, and reach with hands and arms.
Ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Asian Human Services Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer dedicated to the fair and equal treatment of all of its employees without regard to age, gender, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, political or union affiliation, maternity status, parental status, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law.