STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The Special Education Teacher teaches the students of the Chicago Lighthouse individual differentiation in small groups for powerful life outcomes in academic, behavioral, communicative, physical and social-emotional domains to fully function within a therapeutic classroom and in supported life following educational eligibility up to age 22.
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- Exercises primary leadership and responsibility for the safety of assigned students in the classroom, recreation and in all training areas including following the mandates of reporting potential indicators of neglect or abuse (with communication to the principal regarding the report prior to the report when practicable);
- Assigns routine duties and educational activities to teachers assistants and supports and cooperates with staff to maintain classroom and educational areas, equipment and educational decorum for benefit for all;
- Addresses educational needs in current legal and appropriate ways such that common core requirements and Illinois State Board of Education mandates as well as equity requirements are specifically addressed in meaningful and appropriate ways for students;
- Implements appropriate transition activities starting at aged 14.5 to address educational outcomes that support positive outcomes for life after high school eligibility;
- Implements a therapeutic-educational program for a specific group of students with multiple disabilities, including visual impairment or blindness, intellectual disability, autism, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, developmental disability, traumatic brain injury, and any other secondary or component disabilities in our students profile;
- Follows dictates of appropriate and current assessment and data usage to determine appropriately prioritized intervention and levels of sequential performance gain;
- Collaborates and teams with therapists and other staff members in planning individual educational programs;
- Plans to address specific learner objectives and prepares a schedule of content area courses for satisfying time requirements as directed by the principal and achievement within the program objectives;
- Maintains respectful exchanges and cooperative relationships with families and caseworker staff to achieve a strengthening of the total family;
- Discusses program and specific goals with parents and significant others to enlist their support and allow input on a regular frequent basis;
- Performs diagnostic studies in collaboration with program consultants/therapists, adding the educational data that drives group and team focus for educational outcomes;
- Presents specific agency services to community and professional groups as appropriate;
- Maintains appropriate and timely records and writes reports on students;
- Maintains an active interest and participation in the professional field at all levels;
- Participates in agency seminars and external training to meet continuing education requirements;
- Works positively with the guidelines of the district of residence for each student to interface and be responsive to their educational needs for the student including in any transition to and from the Chicago Lighthouse;
- Performs administrative support work and other duties as assigned by Principal with a positive approach and work ethic;
- Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution with a major in Special Education or a related field;
- Illinois Learning Behavior Specialist (LBSI) licensure through the State Board of Education is required, and additional areas of licensure are of potential benefit in the position such as other special education areas of certification or a general educator certificate;
- Commitment to our mission of providing opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired and people who are of the disabled and veteran communities, is essential.
The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired is an Equal Opportunity Employer in full compliance with local, state, and federal Civil Rights & Affirmative Action laws. The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired maintains a strong policy of accommodation and a consistent practice of employing qualified individuals with disabilities. All applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunity without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, sexual orientation, military status, order of protection status or unfavorable discharge from military service.
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