Special Education Teacher - Esperanza Therapeutic Day School (Chicago)

Posted a year ago
Position Areas
Special Education


Esperanza Therapeutic Day School is a private therapeutic day school and part of a non-profit organization that provides individualized instruction for students with Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities, Other Health Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Developmental Delay utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis, Positive-Behavior Interventions & Supports,  and Structured Teaching. These approaches are used to develop academic, social, vocational, and life skills that help improve the students' quality of life and help them reach their fullest potential as active members of their community.  Currently we have approximately 70 students in 7 classrooms with: 1 special education teacher, 1 behavior therapist, and approximately 3-4 paraprofessionals in each classroom.

Essential Function: A special education teacher position with responsibilities in the area of planning and implementing educational programming designed to benefit students with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities in all areas; supervised by Director of Curriculum and School Principal.


         Plan and implement age-appropriate curriculum for students.

         Utilize and implement a curriculum aligned with research-based strategies and Common Core Essential Standards.

         Monitor, assist and train paraprofessionals in the classroom to work with students.

         Work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary framework with therapists, teachers, administrators and support staff to ensure effective instructional and therapeutic program.

         Perform student assessments.

         Utilize the results from student assessments to create IEP and skill acquisition goals.

         Collaboratively monitor IEP, behavior, and other data to ensure academic progress.

         Maintain timely and accurate reports and documentation of progress for each student, as required by the school, state, and referral districts (IEP goals and track goals, IEP reports, lesson plans, grades, IEP paperwork.

         Apply the educational approaches used by Esperanza School – training will be provided.

         Accompany students on field trips and community outings..

         Adhere to students' Behavior Intervention Plans developed by the Behavior Therapist/Behavior Analyst and attend regular meetings to be trained on these plans.

         Assist in collecting behavior data as directed by the Behavior Therapist/Behavior Analyst and ensure data collection continues in the absence of the Behavior Therapist.

         Special Education teacher will be trained in Professional Crisis Management (PCM).

         Ability to lift 30 pounds or more.


Bachelor or Master's degree in Special Education; Illinois State Certification in LBS I or LBS II, limited or unlimited (Previous Type 10)



Experience working with students with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities a plus; experience with non-verbal students/ students using AAC a plus



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Esperanza Community Services

520 North Marshfield Ave , Chicago, IL 60622

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Esperanza School

520 N. Marshfied Ave. , Chicago, IL 60622