Special Education Teacher
Company: Oak Park and River Forest High School
Location: Oak Park
Posted on: June 1, 2021
Openings as of 3/22/2021
- Special Education Teacher (.4 FTE) JobID: 1929
- Position Type:
Teaching/ Special Education
- Date Posted:
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
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
OPRF WHO WE ARE
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
- Valid Illinois Professional Educator License with LBS 1
- Minimum 3 years experience in working with students with
emotional, behavioral, and academic needs.
- Experience in developing and implementing Individualized
Education Plans and Behavior Intervention Plans.
- 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
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.)
- Ability to create, write, monitor and facilitate IEPs for
students on caseload. Actively participate in IEP meetings for
students assigned to the caseload.
- Participate in parent meetings outside of the IEP to support
- Prepare materials and plan daily instruction appropriate to
each assigned class.
- Establish reasonable expectations and keep detailed records for
oral and written work and explain grading procedures.
- Maintain desirable discipline standards in the classroom and
assist, when needed, in other school areas with student
- Perform those duties relative to pupil accounting assigned by
the Administration including the recording of attendance,
evaluative data, etc.
- Establish and post a schedule of times for helping students who
need individual assistance.
- Develop and administer appropriate tests and report performance
to parents, dean/counselors, and students.
- Understand and explain special emergency procedures to students
and supervise students during situations calling for them.
- 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.
- Be sensitive to physical and learning styles of students with
respect to their identified disabilities.
- Promote student respect for the rights of others in the
- Recognize safety and health hazards and work to eliminate
- Attend department meetings
- Work with the Executive Director for Pupil and Personnel
Services, Special Education Divisional Director, and other staff
members in curriculum development.
- Maintain positive professional relations with colleagues.
- Hold high expectations for all students and demonstrate a deep
belief that all students can learn and succeed.
- Communicate openly with students, staff, parents, and other
stakeholders regarding students achievement and progress in the
- Commit to equity and eliminating systemic obstacles for
students of color.
Standing, sitting, walking, lifting, carrying, reaching, manual
dexterity, talking, hearing and near visual acuity required.
Standard office conditions. Some activities may occur out of
Performance of this job will be evaluated annually in accordance
with provisions of the Board's
policy on evaluation of certified staff.
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
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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