Special Education Teacher
Essential Function: A professional position with responsibilities in the area of planning and implementing a therapeutic-educational program designed to benefit students in their academic, physical, social, emotional and intellectual development, to the highest degree possible; supervised by school principal.
• Develop thoughtful, age-appropriate IEP goals that meet the quality guidelines of the school and the district(s).
• Plan and implement a therapeutic-educational program within the guidelines of the school curriculum for students assigned to his/her care and establish a warm, and nurturing relationship with students.
• Maintain timely and accurate reports and documentation of progress for each student, as required by the school, state, and referral districts.
• Study and apply the educational approach used by Esperanza School; utilize therapeutic educational methods and materials and plan for their appropriate use.
• Determine supplies and equipment needs for the class and advise appropriate administrator in advance of purchases.
• Meet with the school nurse to monitor students’ health and/or medical requirements.
• Attend and participate in faculty meetings, Open House and, minimally, one parent meeting per year.
• Comply with teachers’ certification requirements and gain additional educational expertise through attendance at classes, conferences and training sessions held both at school and off-site.
• Keep well-informed about changing trends in field and recommend policies and procedures to increase effectiveness of program
• Accompany students on field trips and community outings.
• Hold regular parent-teacher conferences and additional ones as needed, in order to inform parents of educational program and student progress.
• Provide training and duties for teacher assistant(s) and supervise and evaluate assistant’s performance on a regular basis.
• Supervise the preparation of bulletin boards, displays and exhibits to enhance the aesthetic qualities of the classroom and school areas.
• Ensure adherence to students’ Behavior Intervention Plans and attend Social Work Committee meetings as requested to revise these plans
Bachelor or Master’s degree in Special Education; Illinois State Certification in LBS I or LBS II, limited or unlimited (Previous Type 10); Endorsement in EBD, TMH, MH; bilingual in Spanish and English.
About Esperanza Community Services:
Esperanza Community Services is an organization dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities become as independent as possible. The mission of Esperanza Community Services is accomplished through effective programs delivered both on our campus in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago and throughout the community. We offer a quality school for students age 5-22 with developmental disabilities and behavior concerns; a day program that helps developmentally disabled adults build self-care and vocational skills; in-home case management; 24-hour supported living residences; ABA behavior support; bilingual services (English and Spanish); plus art, music and many opportunities for remaining an integrated part of the community. Together, our programs and services provide a comprehensive array of support designed to help each student and individual reach his or her full potential.