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Lake Forest High School is seeking a Long Term Substitute: Special Education Teacher. This is a long-term substitute teaching position. All classes are co-taught classes with general education teachers.

Description: The Special Education Teacher implements current best practices, shows a deep understanding of strategies to maximize student engagement, and a passion for teaching and learning. The Special Education Teacher possesses the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with students, faculty, and parents. Special Education Teacher monitors progress, advocates for, and teaches student(s) with an Individual Education Plan and/or assigned students to their caseload enabling each student to reach his or her fullest potential.

Essential Functions:

  • Promote inclusive practices for students with disabilities when appropriate.
  • Deliver and/or co-deliver instruction to students utilizing the District’s approved curriculum with appropriate modifications and accommodations.
  • Create lesson plans and implement instructional practices that reflect an accurate understanding of the prerequisite relationships among topics and concepts and which reflect familiarity with a wide range of effective pedagogical approaches related to the discipline
  • Develop and implement differentiated lesson plans aligned to students’ needs, learning styles, and IEP goals
  • Facilitate natural supports in the general education environment for students on your caseload through heterogeneous groupings, scaffolds, and pre-teaching 
  • Foster a classroom culture which includes setting up the environment that promotes positive behavior, developing shared classroom norms, using reinforcements that students personally value, and making attempts to understand student behavior 
  • Develop a data collection system, monitor progress and share data with IEP Facilitators and other Related Services Staff (i.e., assessments, interventions, data charts, rubric data, grading procedures, etc.) for updating IEP goals and Behavior Intervention Plans
  • Collaborate, coordinate, and ensure students receive the appropriate modifications and accommodations identified in the IEP
  • Implement research based practices and implements a variety of instructional practices to teach students academic, functional, community based instruction and vocational skills
  • Provide performance feedback in a timely fashion using data derived from assessments, observations and grades (performance compared to peers, observable behaviors/habits, common assessment data, relationships with teachers/peers, etc)
  • Utilize the District’s  learning management tool (e.g. Schoology) in the classroom to help students understand and organize course expectations and requirements including listing the course learning targets, posting assignments on the calendar and posting weekly lesson plans
  • Prepare lesson plans for teaching assistants in the classroom and teach and model for them on how to meet various student needs
  • Attend and participate in IEP meetings, IEP amendment meetings,  domain meetings,  8th grade articulation meetings, attendance meetings, Manifestation Determination Review meetings, and evaluation meetings as appropriate
  • Assist the IEP Facilitators with completing quarterly IEP goal benchmarks and BIP updates for students assigned in your classroom by sharing and entering the necessary data in our IEP system
  • Meet with students to monitor progress, problem solve, and provide pre-teaching and reteaching 
  • Support students who are in crisis with collaboration with the related service staff members, faculty and administration
  • Communicate with parents and IEP Facilitators regarding matters related to the student performance in the classroom and classroom expectations
  • Attend problem solving meetings for students, reentry meetings and referral meetings.
  • Collaborate with other specialists in the building (i.e., Related Service Faculty, Vocational Coordinator, Behavioral Specialist, etc) and outside agencies to develop plans to support students, implement plans in the classroom and share data with the IEP team to support plans
  • Assist with administering state and local assessments
  • Co-plan with faculty consistently to identify a variety of teaching activities, strategies, and alternate forms of assessment  to foster student learning and growth
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth through reflection and collaboration
  • Participate in regularly scheduled professional development as assigned
  • Display high standards of honesty, integrity and confidentiality in interaction with colleagues, students and the public
  • Demonstrate dependable attendance, punctuality and work ethic
  • Assists with student toileting, self-care, hygiene, transferring as needed
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned by direct supervisor


Physical Demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, drive, and reach. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, push, pull, and lift. Repetitive motions are required. The employee must lift, transfer, and/or move students of various weights following LFHS guidelines.  Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly subject to inside environmental conditions and is subject to noises associated with both office and educational environments.


Qualifications and Requirements:
Education, Experience, and Licensure:

  • Professional Educator License with LBS1 Special Educator endorsement 
  • Master’s Degree in relevant area preferred 
  • Possesses strong knowledge of curriculum design, strategies, and assessment regarding Illinois State standards and behavioral principles 
  • Ability to initiate Non-Violent Crisis Intervention techniques, including physical restraints and time out with students


  • Effective communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills for problem-solving, promoting initiatives and conveying expectations
  • Presentation and facilitation skills
  • Experience in analyzing data to plan for intervention and instructional methods
  • Demonstrates ability to function as a positive collaborative member of a team to facilitate problem solving
  • Proficient use of technology including Google Apps for Education and school-based processing and management systems
  • Demonstrates interest and engagement in ongoing professional learning and reflection  
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate in a professional manner both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrates strength in planning, organization, communication in scheduling and efficiently meeting deadlines 
  • Demonstrates a commitment to excellence, high expectations and to the academic and personal well-being of all students
  • Maintains confidentiality
  • Adhere to Board of Education policies and procedures


Salary and Benefits: Lake Forest Schools offer extremely competitive benefits and salaries.

Additional Notes

Any questions about LTS - Special Education Teacher position should email Pete Nadler (pnadler@lfschools.net)

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