Special Education Teacher 2018-19 School Year (IHSCA)

  • 2520 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

The Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy (IHSCA) provides an education focused on preparing urban youth to succeed in competitive colleges and universities, obtain job-readiness certification for entry-level positions with higher wages in health care, and gain new awareness of and seek out a healthier lifestyle.

In 2016, IHSCA achieved a Level 1 rating from CPS recognizing it as a "high performance" school and "a good choice" for families and students. IHSCA students complete a 32-credit curriculum with additional math and science requirements along with English and Spanish instruction all four years. In additional to classroom instruction, students participate in a number of unique career exploration activities including internship programs, experiential projects working with professionals in the field, guest speakers, and more.

Our school offers a variety of supportive services, chief among them the in-depth guidance provided by IHSCA advisors and educators. Our advisors begin working with students during our required summer bridge program before 9th grade, then stay dedicated to the same group of students throughout all four years of high school to build a trusting relationship and provide quality, tailored support. Given that our goal for students is not only high school graduation, but also college graduation, IHSCA provides Fifth Year advising, helping students transition through their first year of college.

Job Description

The Special Education teacher reports to the principal and is responsible for providing instruction to students with special needs in order to facilitate academic success.  The teacher provides appropriate, effective, and culturally relevant instruction to grades 9-12 that meets both SAT and AVID College Readiness standards and Common Core standards, while ensuring a safe environment that supports student’s social-emotional growth and individualized education plan (IEP). The special education teacher should present concepts using a variety of research based teaching strategies to ensure student comprehension. When applying appropriate activities the teacher should be actively aware of multiple intelligences and the needs of each student should be differentiated. These student specific characteristics should be evident when teaching curriculum and when planning assessments. In addition the teacher should demonstrate mastery of using research based and effective classroom management techniques. Ultimately, the teacher is responsible for developing students to be fully prepared for the post-secondary education or career.



· Designing lessons consistent with student IEP

· Utilizing adaptive devices/technology to provide general curricular content access to students

· Preparing and implementing IEPs (including transition plans and behavior management plans) for each assigned student based on individually assessed needs

· Using appropriate assessment instruments pertinent to academic, communication, and behavioral areas

· Adapting teaching materials to make it appropriate and relevant to the students’ needs

· Conducts individual or group sessions to meet educational, social, and emotional needs of the students

· Participates on the school-based intervention team, in-school staffing team and in the screening processes, as appropriate

· Actively participates on student IEP meetings

· Actively participates on student IEP meetings

· Plans and implements self-care programs, including direct assistance to students (e.g., toileting, positioning, lifting, feeding, etc.)

· Monitors and oversees services provided by paraprofessionals and/or other support personnel assigned to classroom and/or student in classroom

·Obtains and monitors present levels/baselines of assigned special needs students

·Refers those students who require further evaluation or follow-up services to the appropriate school personnel

·Provides feedback to students, parents and administrators of student progress, expectations and goals

·Includes a school-wide focus on the social/cultural domain of learning and student experience, with an emphasis on incorporating the No Non-Sense Nurturing  framework and Health Sciences-related materials into the classroom on a regular basis

·Takes daily attendance and submits it to PowerSchool

· Participates on Teacher Parents Conferences to discuss academic student progress

· Contacts parents via e-mail, phone or during Parent Teacher Conferences to discuss academics and behavior on a regular basis

· Willingness to sponsors extracurricular activities

· Follows all IHSCA’s school-wide standards regarding teacher behaviors

·Adheres to all IHSCA’s electronic and web-based rules and restrictions.

· Follow all guidelines found in the Instituto and IHSCA employee handbooks

· Other duties as assigned

Professional Educator and Leadership

· Identifies and participates in conferences, workshops and Professional Development sessions to keep up to date with the best teaching practices and implementing best practices in the classroom.

· Works collaboratively with instructors of core subjects to identify multiple learning strategies in order to successfully teach students with varying learning styles most effectively and in an engaging manner

· Work collaboratively with social workers, special education staff, and deans of students to ensure the behavioral and educational abilities of students are developed for success after high school.

· Uses reflective practices to assess personal and professional growth in order to seek out opportunities to continually advance professional knowledge and skill


  • M.A.T., M.Ed., C.A.S.
  • IL teaching certification in the area of special education required
  • Type 10 Secondary Certificate (6-12), Special Education Certificate (Pre-School – Age 21) required
  • LBS Endorsement required; Reading and/or ESL/Bilingual endorsement a plus
  • Five years of experience working with students with disabilities required
  • ICTS Basic Skills and Content Area tests successfully passed
  • Working knowledge of federal and state laws related to the education of students with special needs
  • Ability to maintain a high sense of confidentiality
  • Able to work with a wide variety of people
  • Team player and willing to take on multiple tasks at once and independent worker, requires minimal supervision
  • Exceptional organization and time management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Maintain composure under pressure
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Strong project management skills, attention to detail and effective management of multiple projects at one time
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines, react to unpredictable events quickly and efficiently, be resourceful, manage conflict and challenges
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the Internet




Additional Information

Submit cover letter with resume, salary expectations, a completed application (located on our Careers page), and any other information listed above as “additional attachments” when you apply.

Instituto del Progreso Latino is an Equal Opportunity Employer.