Physical Education Teacher for Students with Autism

Posted 6 days ago


Giant Steps day school, located in Lisle, IL, has an opening for an energetic Physical Education teacher for their Elementary program (grades K- 6).  Qualities of a successful candidate include the ability to teach elementary aged students, provide and adapt instruction in the areas of fitness, health, and wellness, and prepare students for adulthood through increasing their physical fitness and health awareness. Giant Steps is a values driven organization that offers all teachers a variety of supports including one-to-one mentoring, collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, and the ability to make instructional based decisions.

This position is full-time and offers a competitive salary. Benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, 401k, and paid time off. Giant Steps prides itself on being proactive and student-centered, while also recognizing the importance of empowering and supporting staff.

The Physical Education Teacher is responsible for developing and implementing a physical education program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders that focuses on laying the foundation for lifelong fitness practices, establishing healthy habits, and cultivating leisure interests.

Physical Fitness and Recreation/Leisure Programming
  • Plan and lead group-based or individual physical education sessions for students with a wide range of skills and abilities providing adaptations and modifications of the activities when necessary in order to promote student growth
  • Establish routines and expectations for the session that meet students’ instructional and therapeutic needs and are in line with autism best practices (e.g., warm up routine, visual boundaries for play, visual schedule, etc.)
  • Assess students’ strengths, needs, and preferences and implement creative programming to engage and motivate students
  • Create an environment in physical education sessions that encourages student participation; model and train staff during physical education sessions on appropriate methods to encourage student participation
  • Work cooperatively with other physical education teachers or physical education specialists in planning a balanced physical education program that addresses students’ needs across the grade levels (K-12)
  • Maintain recreational areas (e.g., gym, open area, etc.), supplies, and equipment, including but not limited to: regular upkeep, daily cleaning, check-in/out system for equipment
  • Complete professional documentation including daily communication logs to families, behavioral data collection, accident reports, physical intervention and seclusion forms, etc.
  • Operate within a given budget to appropriately allocate resources and continue to expand the breadth of the physical education program
  • Administer Illinois Physical Fitness Assessment/Brockport Assessment annually to students  and collect data to be reported to school districts
Staff Support
  • Collaborate with educational and therapeutic team members to ensure effective implementation of student specific interventions, including but not limited to: positive reinforcement systems, communication systems, sensory diets, and teaching methodologies
  • Model and train staff on how to incorporate fitness practices and movement throughout a student’s day
  • Participate in building-wide department meetings,  classroom meetings, program-specific meetings, all-school meetings, and professional development activities
Other Responsibilities
  • Supervise students during routines and less structured times within the students’ day (e.g. lunch, recess, am/pm bus, toileting, activities of daily living, etc.) when necessary
  • Comply with all organization-wide and program-specific polices
The responsibilities listed above are representative and not all inclusive. Other duties may be assigned by supervisors.
  • Knowledge of best practices in physical education instruction; ability to adapt instruction to meet the needs of a variety of learners
  • Knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorders – willingness to learn how to support students with varied needs
  • Able to collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team; able to listen to a variety of perspectives and ideas and incorporate them into practice
  • Able to maintain professionalism and patience in times of crisis
  • Effective communication skills – clearly and concisely communicates with others
  • Proven interpersonal skills; able to establish and maintain rapport with staff members; able to resolve interpersonal conflicts effectively
  • Positive, creative, and solution-oriented outlook, especially in challenging moments
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Flexible and able to adapt to change quickly
  • Knowledge of relevant instructional strategies
  • Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education  or Education
  • State of Illinois issued PEL (Professional Educator’s License) with PE endorsement on file with the DuPage County Regional Office of Education required
  • Pre-employment physical, drug screening, and criminal background check
  • Possesses appropriate professional credentials
  • Passing PCM training is a requirement of this position. Participation in PCM training and adherence to the Professional Crisis Management Association’s guidelines require at least average physical fitness. Any physical limitations or conditions that may impact one’s ability to participate in PCM training or PCM must be made known to Giant Steps upon application, as performance of various physical tasks is a bona fide occupational requirement of this position.
  • Work is typically performed indoors within the school facility
  • Moderate physical movement is required for the job
  • Moderate exposure to physical risk is anticipated
  • The noise level in this work environment varies from quiet to very loud.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continually required to stand, walk, sit, run, squat, kneel, crawl, climb, balance, crouch, talk, hear, smell, and see. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50+ pounds.
  • An annual performance review will be conducted each spring by the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • The Physical Education Teacher will complete a self-assessment of his/her performance and submit the self-assessment to the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment two weeks prior to his/her annual review each spring

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Giant Steps Illinois

2500 Cabot Drive, Lisle, IL 60532