Special Education Teacher: Middle School
Perspectives Charter Schools - Chicago, IL

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Middle School Special Education

Exhibits a strong commitment to the ethos of Perspective Charter Schools;

Displays discretion, confidentiality, honesty and integrity in his/her relationships with the differing sectors of Perspectives and wider community;

Demonstrates initiative and responsibility as a Special Education Teacher

Serves as an advocate for social justice, the development of character, and the right to receive and pursue an exceptional education.

Specific Skills and Attributes:

The Teacher possesses Special Education Credentials and holds teaching certification and highly qualified status in required areas. The Special Education Teacher exhibits:

Special education and general middle school content knowledge;

Pedagogical knowledge that accentuates conceptual knowledge, and critical and reflective thinking;

A high ability to work collaboratively with teams and nurture collegial relationships;

An aptitude for mentoring and fostering teacher-student relationships;

Efficient organizational, and short-term and long-term planning skills;

Proficient classroom management.

Detailed Duties:

The following list of duties is descriptive of The Special Education Teacher's role. In some areas specific descriptors have been listed, while in others the description is listed in more general terms. As such, the duties should be regarded as an indication of the areas of responsibility and involvement, but that time and experience determines extent.

The Special Education Teacher must understand that in a rapidly developing school situation, a reasonable degree of flexibility is essential. The role often demands after hour's involvement at meetings, presentations and attendance at school and associations' conferences. The Special Education Teacher, then, is required to undertake the duties specified in the following areas:


The Special Education Teacher's instruction builds students' conceptual and tacit knowledge, whereas students excel and become proficient in content specific and life skills. Specific aspects pertaining to this role include:

Provide an academically rigorous curriculum that aligns with Perspectives' standards and the Illinois Teaching Standards;

Plans, develops, writes, and implements curriculum and educational programs in accordance with educational/treatment goals and students' abilities;

Consistent interaction with and participation in consultations with teachers, specialists, and other professionals as appropriate, in order to plan and prepare each child's individualized educational program in accordance with goals;

Attending multi-disciplinary meetings to facilitate comprehensive program planning and team-teaching;

Submit timely lesson plans, outlines, and/or syllabi that reflect proficient planning and the cultivation of scholarship, critical and reflective thinking, creativity, the celebration of differences, and the importance of social justice;

Offer alternative, performance, force-choice, and creative assessments and

activities to ensure fair and accurate student assessment and success;

Guide and offer independent and research activities to foster proficient oral and written expression, critical thinking, applications, and ethics;

Maintain accurate student grades, records, and/or portfolios, and provide its timely submission;

Attend and support grade level, subject-matter, and instructional leader-led meetings to facilitate improved pedagogy, professional development, and academic success.

Professional Development

The Special Education Teacher will participate and lead professional development during Perspectives' traditional professional development programs, and those that result from identified areas of need. Professional development is one of Perspectives guiding principles so its adherence is strongly supported and monitored.

Specific aspects pertaining to this role include:

Attendance and participation at CORE and CAMP every summer;

Designated and undesignated leadership in professional development;

Weekly participation in grade level and content-specific meetings;

Acquisition of various learning opportunities (school, district, privately sponsored events) throughout the school year;

Reflective and effective implementation of new knowledge.

School Culture and Discipline.

The Special Education Teacher establishes a classroom culture and supports a school culture that emphasizes the importance of leading A Disciplined Life Ó , the promotion of safety, and the execution of excellence. Specific aspects pertaining to this role include:

Teaching and/or facilitating the A Disciplined Life Ó curriculum;

Modeling and teaching The Perspectives Way ;

Monitoring and implementing the school uniform and discipline codes;

Supporting and cultivating strong parent and family involvement through the Disciplined Life

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