Lead Special Education Teacher

Posted a year ago
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LEARN is a network of  high performing college preparatory, tuition-free public elementary and middle schools. that serve children. There are 10 LEARN Schools serving 4,100 students in grades PK-8 across Chicago, Waukegan, and North Chicago.

LEARN and our amazing educators, have received numerous recognitions for making an impact in public education, including the 2018 Chicago Magazine's Top Elementary Charter Schools and the 2018 Illinois Network of Charter Schools Principal of the Year Award. 

LEARN's mission remains crystal clear: to provide children with the academic foundation and ambition to earn a college degree. LEARN is currently looking for hard-working and passionate professionals that are dedicated to transforming public education.  


The LEARN Charter School Network is a network of college preparatory elementary dedicated to providing our students with the solid academic foundation and ambition to earn a college degree. Our college preparatory elementary schools provide a rigorous educational program that is built upon an intimate understanding of each student’s individual learning style and academic needs. We are guided by five principles which include: expectations of high achievement; mutual respect; the development of a safe and nurturing environment; active family participation; and the positive development of the whole child. The Lead Special Education Teacher will be responsible for providing guidance and support for other special education teachers, planning and delivering tailored instruction to children with special needs and co-teaching as applicable with the lead classroom teacher a portion of a class or a student. 

Organized by 1-5 major categories of work to be performed, including % of time out of 100%
  • Serve as special education team leader for the school, providing guidance and support for other special education teachers (possible stipend or caseload adjustment).

  • Planning and delivering instruction to children with special needs due to learning, mental, emotional, or physical disabilities per the goals of the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Adapting general education lessons and/or teaching basic skills, such as literacy and communication techniques.

  • Assisting classroom teachers in developing interventions for students; and implementing ongoing assessments to develop and revise IEP goals as necessary

  • Cultivate and maintain ongoing relationships with student’s families, and facilitating school-based problem solving meetings.
  • Coordinating evaluations and supervising the referral process and IEP development
  • Ensuring timely delivery of internal and/or contracted services
  • Ensuring ongoing compliance with State, Local and Federal Laws and regulations while maintaining regular communication with Director of Student Services.
  • Maintaining updated and accurate reports.
Education, Training and/or Experience
  1. Degree in Special Education and Illinois (LBS I certification) or State/District Certification or Endorsement
  2. Multiple years of Teaching experience in special education
  3. Demonstrated track record of delivering gains in student academic achievement
  4. Demonstrated record of living LEARN’s Core Values
  5. Extensive experience as a special education teacher K-8.
  6. Experience with the special education eligibility process including the rationale for the decisions that are made.
  7. Experience with multiple service delivery models (co-teaching, resource, interventions, and instructional settings).
  8. Experience with progress monitoring and data based decision making to improve instruction.
  9. Passion for MTTS and closing academic gaps.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics
  1. Strong use of data to impact and facilitate instruction
  2. Experience with Microsoft Office and Google applications, databases, and intranet and internet usage.
  3. Strong written and verbal skills
  4. Professional demeanor
  5. Ability to express self effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  6. Experience in development and implementation procedures.
  7. Understands and can apply legal or regulatory standards to decision-making
  8. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects, adhering to strict timelines
  9. Detail oriented and highly organized.
  10. Comfortable interacting with internal and external stakeholders, particularly families and regulatory bodies
  11. Ability to defuse situation and get other organized to meet project expectations 
  12. High degree of initiative and independent judgment
  13. Maintains a high level of energy and a consistent positive attitude.
  1. Special Education Teacher License/Endorsement as required by the state/district (Illinois- LBS 1) or applicable state. 
Nature of work requires an ability to operate standard business office equipment.  Requires ability to communicate and exchange information, collect, compile and prepare work documents, set-up and maintain work files.  Physical demands require the ability to stand, bend, reach high and low, stoop, walk around the classroom and kneel upwards of 60% of the day.  In addition, walking up and down stairs several times a day.  Must be able to lift 30-40  pounds for short periods of time. 
Majority of work performed in a general school and office environment.  Position requires occasional participation and attendance at organization sponsored events and meetings.
This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties or skills required for the job and is subject to review and change at any time, with or without notice, in accordance with the needs of LEARN Charter School Network.  Since no job description can detail all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a job, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a job, reasonably required for its performance, or required due to the changing nature of the job shall also be considered part of the jobholder’s responsibility.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, family medical history, disability or veteran status.

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