Special Education Teachers (2020-2021 School Year)
Special Education Teachers
Under the general supervision of the building administration and the Director of Special Education, to provide Special Education services to students and their educational teams.
Essential Performance Responsibilities
- Design the individualized education plan (IEP) for each assigned student consistent with the total educational philosophy of the district, Illinois Learning Standards and state and federal law.
- Design learning experiences and utilize adaptive devices/technology to provide access to general curricular content to individuals with disabilities.
- Collaborate with colleagues in planning and constructing benchmark lessons, instructional interventions and/or programs.
- Provide direct services as needed to assigned special needs students.
- Use appropriate assessment instruments pertinent to academic, communication, and behavioral areas.
- Identify, select, and modify instructional resources to meet the needs of the students with varying backgrounds, learning styles, and assessed special needs in accordance with the district's philosophy, goals and objectives.
- Provide specialized instructional techniques and media through individual and/or group sessions designed to meet the educational, social, and emotional needs of the students.
- Participate on the school-based intervention team, in-school staffing team and in the screening processes, as appropriate.
- Monitor and oversee services provided by paraprofessionals and/or other support personnel assigned to classroom and/or student in classroom.
- Establish techniques and procedures that result in an atmosphere for teaching/learning in which students can grow in their capacity for self-discipline.
- Establish two-way communication with parents, students, and fellow staff members in an honest, positive and constructive manner.
- Fulfill the requirements of attendance, punctuality, reliability, and responsibility with regard to school building and school district policies and procedures.
- Understand and accept students as individual human beings with dignity and worth, and helps them improve their self-image by helping them grow in their understanding of their capabilities and limitations.
- Demonstrate competency with knowledge pertinent to the subject being taught, but recognizes content is only a means to an end.
- Recognize the differences in needs, abilities, and interests among students and adjusts instruction to meet those needs, abilities, and interests.
- Stimulate students to work toward maximum potential and to take pride in their accomplishments.
- Plan effectively both for the present and future with respect to establishing teaching strategies which are goal oriented and purposeful.
- Select, evaluate, and use effective materials, services, and methods of instruction to motivate students to learn.
- Establish rapport and understanding with school staff colleagues.
- Recognize that being a constant and avid learner is prerequisite to being a good teacher; the teacher realizes that learning and teaching are dual aspects of a never-ending development process.
- Any other duties as assigned.
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Principal and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.
Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone.
Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of child speech/language pathology principles, assessments, methods, modification, etc., and current developments in in the field.
- Knowledge of differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles.
- Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.
- Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.
- Ability to use computer network system and software applications as needed.
- Ability to organize and coordinate work.
- Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents.
- Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.
Works in standard office and school building environments.
- Current Illinois Certification appropriate to the position
- Current Certificate Endorsement in the appropriate subject matter.
- Current valid Driver’s License (If applicable for the position)
- Bachelors from an accredited college or university in Elementary Education or related discipline applicable to teaching assignment.
- Master’s Degree in related area preferred.
Successful prior teaching experience for the appropriate grade level preferred.
FLSA Status: Exempt
2020-2021 School Year
Per 2019-2020 Teacher Salary Schedule