Special Education Teacher- Neal Middle School

North Chicago, IL, US
Sep 26, 2020
Grade Level
Middle School
Position Type:
Special Education/Special Ed K-12 Certified

Date Posted:

Neal Math & Science Academy

Closing Date:

REPORTS TO: Principal/Special Education Administrator

This position provides instruction and other educational supports such as case management to special needs students and assisting them in their academic and social development. Candidates should have experience with implementation of researched and evidenced based strategies and understand the needs of a diverse student population.

  1. License: Valid Illinois Professional Educator License with an LBSI.
2. Education:
  1. Required - Bachelor's or Master's degree in Education from an accredited college or university.
  1. Experience:
  1. Required - Two (2) years of successful teaching experience required.Preferred - Two (2) years of prior experience working with a diverse student population in an urban school setting
4. Language Skills:
A. Preferred - Bilingual Spanish

  1. Plan and instruct students using District approved curriculum as appropriate based on student needsModify and adapt lessons and curriculum, as needed to meet individual student's needs and IEP goalsProvide direct instruction using a variety of techniques including individualized instruction, lectures, team teaching, co teaching, hands-on formats and other instructional strategiesCreate a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity, interests, and abilities of studentsWork collaboratively and regularly with colleagues to ensure individual student's needs are metActively participate on problem solving and intervention teams to facilitate early involvement and resolution to learning or behavioral needsProvide case management of Individualized Educational Plan (IEP)Demonstrate considerable knowledge of current best practices, laws, including due process and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and interventions regarding the education of special needs studentsExhibit considerable knowledge of specific disabilities and familiarity with common children's mental health disorders, as well as specific strategies/interventions to use in the classroomSet and maintain appropriate standards of classroom behavior that are consistent with administration policies and develop rules for classroom behavior, which are enforced in a fair and just mannerEmploy a variety of instructional techniques and instructional media consistent with the needs and capabilities of the individuals or student groups involvedAssess the accomplishments of students on a regular basis, provide progress reports as required, and communicate with parents as deemed necessaryMaintain accurate, complete, and correct records as required by law, district policy, and administrative regulationContribute to the decisions made by the district and building regarding facilities, curriculum, and professional developmentWork to establish and maintain open lines of communication with students and their parents concerning both the broad academic and behavioral progress of all assigned studentsExhibit behavior consistent with the district vision, mission and belief statementsEstablish and maintain cooperative relations with others

  1. Attends and participates in staff meetingsAttends and facilitates IEP meetingsEnsures that teams are utilizing concepts of least restrictive environment and best practices with studentsDevelops data collection and data management systems; entering data into proprietary and other computer databases; analyzing data, identifying student needsAssist in upholding and enforcing school rules, administrative regulations, and board policyPrepare for classes assigned, and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisorAssumes responsibility for his or her continuing professional growth and development by attendance at professional meetings, membership in professional organizations, enrollment in advanced courses, and by reading professional journals and other publicationsTakes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilitiesAssists in other areas as neededCompletes other duties as assigned

  1. Considerable knowledge of core curriculum areas for which the teacher is responsible for instructingConsiderable knowledge of educational philosophy, teaching methods and approaches, and currently researched best practices and strategiesKnowledge of child developmentKnowledge of classroom management and instructional techniquesKnowledge of learning theory, students' learning styles and needs, and theories of multiple intelligencesKnowledge of multicultural, gender and disability fair curriculum conceptsKnowledge of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Response to Intervention (RtI)Skill in classroom and behavior management, as well as classroom presentationSkill in interpersonal relations, especially regarding working as a member of a team and the ability to work with students and staff in stressful situationsSkill in organization, and in verbal and written communicationsSkill in transitional service planning and remedial instructionSkill in utilizing computer technology for educational purposesSkill in working with students having a wide range of disabilitiesAbility to interact effectively with students, parents, and other school staff, the administration, and community members of diverse ethnic/racial and socioeconomic backgroundsAbility to adapt teaching styles to diverse student populationsAbility to apply the principles of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Response to Intervention (RTI)Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writingAbility to evaluate student performance and to present these evaluations in a manner that fosters higher student achievementAbility to multi taskAbility to be flexible regarding meeting the changing needs of students, as well as the varying modifications to District and State mandatesAbility to plan and implement lesson plans based upon District and school goals, as well as the objectives, needs and abilities of studentsAbility to utilize computer and multimedia technology, as appropriateAbility to create a structured and efficient working environment for studentsAbility to develop and update curriculum, lesson plans and associated materials necessary to meet the unique needs of the special education studentsAbility to develop relevant assessment tools, and integrate the results of the assessments into instructional unitsAbility to work in a cooperative learning environmentAbility to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds

  1. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and Google ApplicationsWorks effectively with data to increase student learningAbility to effectively use and integrate technology appropriately in daily workKnowledge of instructional technology (Smart Boards, Promethean Boards, Document Cameras, etc.)

  1. Maintains open and effective communication with administration, other staff members, parents and studentsPresents himself/herself as a team member when relating to teachers, students, administrators, parents and the communityDemonstrates and encourages respect for students, staff and parentsMaintains appropriate confidentiality when discussing student concernsMust be fair, supportive and unprejudiced when working with students and staffMust exhibit sound judgment in dealing with peopleAbility to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time, 180 days as defined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

SALARY RANGE: As per Collective Bargaining Agreement

EVALUATION: Conducted as per state requirements and/or Collective Bargaining Agreement

This description has been prepared to assist in properly evaluating various classes of responsibilities, skills, working conditions, etc. It is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and characteristic levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title. It is not intended as a complete list of specific duties and responsibilities. Nor is it intended to limit, or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. Scheduling flexibility is required to accommodate changing school/district needs. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.

The North Chicago Community Unit School District #187 is an Equal Opportunity Employer with established policies prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, marital status, arrest record, military status, order of protection status, unfavorable military discharge, citizenship status provided the individual is authorized to work in the United States, use of lawful products while not at work, being a victim of domestic or sexual violence, genetic information, physical or mental handicap or disability, if otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodation, credit history, unless a satisfactory credit history is an established bona fide occupational requirement of a particular position, or other legally protected categories. The Superintendent of Schools/designee (847-689-8150) addresses questions regarding student discrimination, and the Director of Human Resources (847-689-8150) answers questions concerning staff discrimination.

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