The Knapp School staff members believe the best educational program for our students focuses on fostering each child’s academic and personal potential by assisting them in discovering and developing their strengths and passions while preparing them for success in the larger community. We believe all students can achieve growth and new-found success when provided supported and customized opportunities for skills development and self-discovery. Our Special Education Teachers play a critical role in this process by prioritizing each students' development and growth through strong, supportive relationships and highly individualized academic and social emotional activities each day. Please see more about our school here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzo13a5ZW64&t=4s
The Special Education Teacher works closely with all members of the dedicated, inter-disciplinary therapeutic team supporting the students and classroom. Teachers also collaborate with parents and guardians to ensure the greatest wrap around services, school -to-home communications, and understanding of the student. Collaboration with our partnering school districts is also essential.
Our partnering public districts, schools, and parents and guardians place their students with us when a child has been unable to achieve and maintain success in general academic settings and it is clear the child could benefit from our small classrooms, low staff to student ratio, individualized and intensively therapeutic environment. School personnel and leadership aim to builds strong relationships with students, parents, guardians, partnering schools and districts as we know these relationships are critical in providing the most support to our students and lead to the greatest success.
Academically, our curriculum is dynamic and competitive. Therapeutically, our program offers students specialized supports, unique resources, opportunities to reintegrate to their home schools, and transitional and vocational skill development. Culturally, our school offers students opportunities to explore their interests through learning and social activities. Our success is possible only through nurturing relationships and strengths-based supports that focus on the holistic educational experience for each of our K-12+ students with diverse social, emotional, and academic needs.
Classroom and Students
- Establish positive learning expectations and standards for all students by planning, delivering, and assessing lessons that align to common core standards and follow grade level pacing guides
- Organize, analyze and interpret various forms of student and instructional data in order to identify areas of strength and areas of need in student instruction
- Analyze and understand student performance data to develop and plan next instructional steps and implement programming in accordance with Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals
- Attend routine daily and weekly staff meetings
- Utilize multiple forms of technology (i.e., Chromebooks, tablets) and digital resources for purposeful integration of technology into academic planning, learning, and student progress reporting.
- Develop and provide individualized, small group and differentiated instruction utilizing evidence-based reading strategies and adapted curriculum to support student growth
- Evaluate students’ progress on a regular basis using school wide assessment tool while maintaining current and accurate records of individual student achievements and areas that require growth.
- Develop and implement quality IEPs and attend annual meeting for each student
- Provide structured classroom management skills that include consideration of the characteristics and methodology of the student population
- Prepare and maintain an academically and behaviorally effective and safe classroom environment utilizing appropriate, organized behavior management system
- Perform and participate in educational diagnostic studies in collaboration with others as needed to determine strengths and lagging skills to develop and implement appropriate behavior supports and strategies
- Maintain records and write reports on relevant activities in timely manner
- Maintain ongoing communication with social worker and JCFS staff to achieve social and educational benefit for each student
- Successfully complete training in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI); successfully complete all requirements to maintain certification in TCI
- Effectively intervene in students’ disruptive behavior, both verbal and physical; including using TCI prescribed methods to de-escalate critical situations.
- Must be able to be aware of the whereabouts of the students at all times and be able to physically intervene to limit dangerous behavior as necessary.
- Use TCI prescribed methods to manually restrain students who are a variety of heights, weights, and strength capacities should they become physically out of control and consequently a danger to him/herself or others. This task may involve taking the student from a standing position to the floor, deflecting and or absorbing blows, bumps, kicks, spitting and other physically aggressive acts, moving furniture or other large, heavy objects in order to clear a space in which the student can be safely restrained.
- Has shown ability to establish and maintain effective, positive relationships with students, colleagues, parents/ guardians, and administration
- Possess strong written and verbal communication skills to provide clear instructions or information, write quality IEPs, and communicate with parents and staff
- Ability to perform duties with awareness of all governing bodies’ requirements and school policies.
- Skilled multi-tasker and excellent time manager
- Ability to thrive in fast-paced environment effectively to educate classroom of students
- Able to work cooperatively with classroom team
- Independently able to exercise sound professional judgment and establish / maintain professional boundaries
- Strength in remaining calm and flexible in high-stress situations while maintaining an understanding and supportive demeanor
- Self-directed with strong organizational and problem-solving skills
- Professional Educator License
- Must be certified by Illinois State Board of Education as a Special Education Teacher
- Experience with FastBridge assessment system or similar assessment tool
- Fluent with multiple forms of technology (i.e., Chromebooks, tablets) and digital resources for purposeful integration of technology into academic planning, learning, and student progress reporting. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs and Google Suite
- Experience preferred with grades K-12
- Able to successfully complete the physical and testing requirements Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training (Agency provided).
JCFS Chicago offers an array of benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Wellness, Paid sick and vacation time, Agency holidays, Pension, 403(b), Flexible Spending Plans, and Life Insurance.
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JCFS Chicago is committed to serving the needs of the diverse Chicago metropolitan area. Accredited by COA, Charter member of CWLA, Licensed by DCFS
JCFS Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran. JCFS Chicago provides a reasonable accommodation to those who need assistance in completing this application