Perspectives Charter Schools Network is seeking a Special Education Teacher for the 2022-2023 school year!
To qualify for the Sign-On Bonus, candidates must be new applicants not considered for a similar role, and not currently employed by the organization in order to qualify. Bonus will be paid within 30 work days from the start date with signed agreement. There is a 1 year payback clause if employment ceases prior to first year anniversary.
About Perspectives Charter Schools
At Perspectives, our A Disciplined Life® education model teaches the whole child. We combine academic rigor, social emotional learning, and experiential opportunities to establish a culture of trust, curiosity and achievement. As one of the first charter schools in Illinois and founded by teachers, our mission is to provide students with a holistic, 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. With 5 schools in three campuses, the Perspectives network has served public school students in grades 6 -12 on our city’s Southside for over 20 years. Our scholars come from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the country, but they graduate from high school with a plan to enroll in college or trade school, and take with them the tools to persist in college and career. The keys to our success are our dedicated, hard‐working, creative, and compassionate colleagues.
LOCATION: South Loop, Bronzeville, Chatham
Teach Special Education at Perspectives, where we live A Disciplined Life®.
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.
WHAT YOU’LL DO: CORE 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
Social Emotional & Ethical Learning
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
Active Illinois Teaching License preferred, not required
High Qualified in relevant subject areas according to the Illinois State Board of Education
Holds a deep belief that all students in Chicago deserve an education where social emotional learning and high academic expectations are delivered with excellence
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 students
Has strong relationship building and communication skills
Demonstrates initiative, flexibility, and responsiveness
Exhibits a strong commitment to ethos of Perspectives Charter Schools by thriving to live by 26 principles of A Disciplined Life®
This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.
This job operates in a school setting and office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers and smartphones.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This position regularly requires long hours and occasional weekend work as job duties demand.
Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area travel may be expected
Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
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. Physical demands include the ability to lift and/or push and pull 15 to 20lbs for a short period of time, walk up and down stairs several times a day, reach, bend, and constantly walk, stand, talk and hear.
Comprehensive and competitive benefits package
Health, dental, and vision insurance
Paid time off including holidays
Company 403B plan available
Company contribution towards the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund if eligible
Paid life insurance
Paid short and long term disability.
ISBE-approved professional development provider
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.