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Special Education Teacher

Company: Oak Park and River Forest High School
Location: Oak Park
Posted on: June 1, 2021

Job Description:

Openings as of 3/22/2021

  • Special Education Teacher (.4 FTE) JobID: 1929
  • Position Type:
    Teaching/ Special Education

  • Date Posted:

  • Location:
    Oak Park and River Forest High School

  • Closing Date:

    Job Title : Special Education Teacher (.4 FTE)
    Reports to : Executive Director of Special Education
    Terms and Conditions: Effective August 2021. Full-time, 10-months, 183-day teacher calendar.
    Salary: Per Faculty Senate collective bargaining agreement, initial placement $60,844-$74,654 annually, prorated to FTE ($24,337-$29,861).
    FLSA Status: Exempt

    Please, no phone calls. The respective hiring manager will review candidates once the job posting closes. If selected to move forward, you will be contacted by phone or email. After reviewing the job posting, if you have any questions, please send an email to hr@oprfhs.org .

    Oak Park and River Forest High School , or OPRF , is a comprehensive public high school located in Oak Park, Ill., a suburb eight miles due west of downtown Chicago. We are a one-school district, with the majority of our students coming from two sender districts, River Forest Public Schools District 90 and Oak Park Elementary School District 97. We offer more than 200 courses, a variety of programs for students with special needs, 75 clubs and activities, and 29 competitive sports. We prepare our students well for post-secondary success, with an average ACT composite score of 24 and a 94% graduation rate.

    Oak Park and River Forest are communities that highly value diversity. OPRF is a founding member of the national Minority Student Achievement Network, and our school is racially and economically diverse, with about 44% of our 3,300 students identifying as African-American, Hispanic, multiracial, or Asian. Our villages have long embraced the LGBTQ community, and we have a significant mix of homeowners and renters.

    We seek faculty and staff who have high expectations for all students, and who value student voice in education. As a school, we are particularly focused on closing opportunity gaps for our students of color.

    OPRF is an equal opportunity employer that provides equal employment opportunities to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. OPRFs goal is to increase its representation of people of color.

    Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 is a progressive district that is focused not only on our tradition of excellence but our future. The District prides itself in offering our students a comprehensive 9-12 college and career readiness curriculum and a rich arts education program. Our students are curious, creative, and they come ready to learn. More than 90 percent of our students go on to college.

    Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 believes that we can become an ever-improving model of equity and excellence that will enable all students to achieve their full potential. We can accomplish this through dedicated teachers, staff, and administration who build relationships with students and have high expectations for themselves and their students. We believe in planning for and providing the academic and developmental support students need to meet those expectations. We further believe that every student can learn through exposure to academically challenging content, feedback during learning, and the educators knowledge and skill.

    Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 is a great place for those who are interested in an environment that supports creativity, leadership at all levels, innovation, a focus on professional and curriculum development, and the best practices of instruction. We are currently seeking individuals to join our team where we enable all students to achieve their full potential every day.

    1. Valid Illinois Professional Educator License with LBS 1 Certification.
    2. Minimum 3 years experience in working with students with emotional, behavioral, and academic needs.
    3. Experience in developing and implementing Individualized Education Plans and Behavior Intervention Plans.
    4. Knowledgeable about the IDEA and the laws that govern working with students with disabilities.

    Certification, Licensure, Training:
    Applicants must complete all requirements of this job as stated with the regulations of the Illinois State Board of Education ( and policies of the Oak Park & River Forest School District 200 Board of Education.

    Position Summary:
    The employee in this position must provide innovative teaching in working with students that demonstrate academic needs that impacts their ability to access the curriculum without support. The candidate must have experience in managing a caseload as well as developing and monitoring IEP progress. In addition, the candidate should be familiar with adapting curriculum to meet student needs while meeting the Common Core Standards. Ideal candidates will also possess experiences in working with populations of students that require a great deal of individual support in the area of executive functioning. This program is currently seeking highly skilled teachers that ensure the curriculum remains rigorous and meets with all expectations for graduation requirements.

    Essential Duties: (Other duties may be assigned.)
    1. Ability to create, write, monitor and facilitate IEPs for students on caseload. Actively participate in IEP meetings for students assigned to the caseload.
    2. Participate in parent meetings outside of the IEP to support student needs.
    3. Prepare materials and plan daily instruction appropriate to each assigned class.
    4. Establish reasonable expectations and keep detailed records for oral and written work and explain grading procedures.
    5. Maintain desirable discipline standards in the classroom and assist, when needed, in other school areas with student disciplinary management.
    6. Perform those duties relative to pupil accounting assigned by the Administration including the recording of attendance, evaluative data, etc.
    7. Establish and post a schedule of times for helping students who need individual assistance.
    8. Develop and administer appropriate tests and report performance to parents, dean/counselors, and students.
    9. Understand and explain special emergency procedures to students and supervise students during situations calling for them.
    10. Work collaboratively with special education teachers, general education teachers, and Support Team in understanding the needs of students and counseling students. Effectively supervise and include paraprofessionals in supporting the academic and social emotional needs of students.
    11. Be sensitive to physical and learning styles of students with respect to their identified disabilities.
    12. Promote student respect for the rights of others in the classroom.
    13. Recognize safety and health hazards and work to eliminate them.
    14. Attend department meetings
    15. Work with the Executive Director for Pupil and Personnel Services, Special Education Divisional Director, and other staff members in curriculum development.
    16. Maintain positive professional relations with colleagues.
    17. Hold high expectations for all students and demonstrate a deep belief that all students can learn and succeed.
    18. Communicate openly with students, staff, parents, and other stakeholders regarding students achievement and progress in the classroom.
    19. Commit to equity and eliminating systemic obstacles for students of color.

    Physical/visual requirements:
    Standing, sitting, walking, lifting, carrying, reaching, manual dexterity, talking, hearing and near visual acuity required.

    Environmental Conditions:
    Standard office conditions. Some activities may occur out of doors.

    Performance of this job will be evaluated annually in accordance with provisions of the Board's
    policy on evaluation of certified staff.

    Other Duties:
    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Employees are expected to perform other related functions as assigned. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

    The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive listing of the duties performed in this position. The individuals currently holding this position perform additional duties and additional duties may be assigned.

    Oak Park & River Forest High School District 200 (OPRF) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    This position description should not be considered to contain every function/responsibility that an individual may be asked to perform by his/her supervisor. Employees are expected to perform other related functions as assigned.

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