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Job Summary: 

Under general supervision, the employee will:

  • Guide pupil progress towards established district standards; implement best-practice instructional techniques and strategies; adhere to curricular objectives; sustain an engaging and supportive learning environment; and demonstrate professional responsibilities. 


Duties and Responsibilities

The criterion indicated below are intended to describe various types of work that may be performed.  The exclusion of specific responsibilities does not prohibit them if the work is similar, related, or a logical task of the position. 


Planning, Preparation and instruction 

  • Aligns content lessons to common curriculum goals, learning standards, and IEP goals.
  • Lessons include authentic, real world applications of knowledge and understanding. 
  • Works in collaboration with all staff to problem solve and identify innovative, practical, and effective differentiation and remediation strategies to meet students learning needs. 
  • Honors and ensures that legal mandates are integrated effectively into the classroom setting wherever applicable as laid forth by both 504 and IEP plans. 
  • Maintains accurate records of critical student information such as allergies, behaviors, and medical conditions, and is aware of the care required. 
  • Participates in meetings, trainings, and planning sessions to best meet the needs of individual students. 
  • Evaluates/monitors student performance and collects appropriate data related to student progress and IEP goals.  Utilizes student data to inform instruction. 
  • Accurately prepares IEPs and assures all staff members and parents receive the final copy. 
  • Prepares clear, detailed, and organized lesson plans for substitute teachers including student emergency medical information. 


Classroom Environment/Management 

  •  Maintains a safe, student centered classroom, which supports students’ learning, collaboration and choice. 
  • Develops a positive classroom culture that emphasizes respect for individual differences and expects all students to achieve at high levels.
  • Develops effective classroom procedures and routines.
  • Establishes classroom standards of conduct and clear consequences. 
  • Provides ongoing coaching for teaching assistants regarding instruction, behavior management, and strategies for individual students. 
  • Assists students in managing physical needs such as toileting and arrival and departure routines.
  • Provides constant supervision for students in order to monitor their physical safety and wellbeing. 



  • Provides timely and informative communication with parents regarding curriculum, classroom expectations, and individual student progress.
  • Responds to parent inquiries that come in a variety of formats in a timely manner in line with district expectations. 
  • Establishes age appropriate, respectful dialogue with students. 
  • Effectively and collaboratively communicates with colleagues, and engages in respectful discourse.
  • Problem solves with parents and school staff when the student is experiencing difficulties. 
  • Responsible for maintaining dialogue with relevant staff to address a variety of student needs including but not limited to behavior, academic, and social/emotional learning, 


  • Appropriately integrates technology/instructional media to enhance instruction and learning. 
  • Understands legal, ethical and social issues as they apply to responsible and acceptable use of the Internet and other digital resources. 
  • Provides for safe storage and proper use of technology materials, equipment and tools.
  • Keeps current and up-to-date on applications and resources applicable for students with special needs as a technology evolves. 
  • Utilizes resources for adaptive/assistive devices that provide access for all students. 



  • Involved in ongoing self-assessment and refinement of practice in the classroom, as well as collaborative professional growth.
  • Attends staff, department, mentor/mentee, family engagement activities and in-service meetings as required by contract. 
  • Communicates and works collaboratively to support and create partnerships with colleagues. 
  • Maintains organized data of students’ growth including academic and social/emotional development. 


Licensure: Professional Educator License (PEL) – Early Childhood 

Each teacher must hold an Illinois teaching certificate in the same area of disability as the students assigned to the classroom (LBSI). 

Endorsement: Special Education Endorsement, English Language Learner Endorsement 

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