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Special Education Teacher

Company: Hope
Location: Springfield
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Who We AreHope is a clinical, educational, and therapeutic provider for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder. We exist to help children and their families reach their maximum potential by providing state-of-the-art applied behavioral analysis therapies, access to recreation, vocational training, and individualized education programming. Hope offers dynamic, varied programs individualized to the individual's needs. Our mission is to provide state-of-the-art services in the most inclusive environments to encourage persons to fulfill their individual potential through evidence-based treatment, advocacy, and community education.In 1957, the Hope School, founded by Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Jordan, opened its doors in a modest home in Springfield, IL. At the time, no school could serve the Jordans' daughter Judith Ann who exhibited multiple disabilities. The Hope School (now known as the Hope Learning Academy) filled that need and quickly became a place of hope and healing for other families seeking community services for children with disabilities. Since 1957, the Hope Learning Academy has led the development of new methods to educate, treat, and care for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.Job Summary*Note: If you are a Teacher and wanting to move into the Special Education field, Hope will support you through to obtaining a Emergency Special Education Certification with the State of Illinois!*The classroom teacher ensures that the events of the school day and the staff interaction with the students are geared to promote the physical, social, behavioral, academic, and emotional development of the students of the Hope Learning Academy. The teacher shall develop assessment based IEP goals/objectives and education routines that provide a functional age appropriate curriculum for the students. The teacher shall prepare lesson plans based upon the student's IEP goals and objectives and shall provide both educational instruction to students and guidance/direction to educational specialists.We are offering a sign-on commitment bonus for special education teachers.

  • 3 Year Commitment receives a $5,000 sign-on bonus
  • 5 Year Commitment receives a $10,000 sign-on bonus
    Essential FunctionsUnder the supervision of the principal and Chief Operating Officer at Hope, the special education teacher will:
    • Prepare assessments and present levels of performance for IEP meetings and participates in development of appropriate IEP goals for youth.
    • Develop and implements educational activities and programs in accordance with IEP goals, ensuring educational activates and programs are functional and age appropriate to promote achievement of each student's IEP goals.
    • Train, supervise, and evaluate classroom lead teacher aide and education specialists.
    • Maintain current classroom information book, student program books, lesson plans, student's files, and emergency packets.
    • Collaborate with team members in interdisciplinary team meetings, interdepartmental meetings, and special staffing for students.
    • Maintain regular communication with parents or guardians regarding students' educational progress, programs, and activities.
    • Model appropriate behavior to students (manner of speech, appropriate dress, etc.), treating youth with dignity and respect.
    • Reports behavioral signs of illness, pain, injury, discomfort or any deviation from normal behavior to the appropriate person.
    • Assume responsibility for compliance of student rights and program delivery as defined in the Illinois Department of Mental Health Code and the Confidentiality Act, as well as the Child Care Act of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services; serves as a mandated reporter concerning incidents of purported abuse/neglect of students.
      Minimum Qualifications
      • Must hold a valid Illinois teaching certificate
      • Maintain a valid Illinois driver's license (Certain employees may be exempt due to date of hire.)
      • Successful background clearance, physical, and drug/alcohol screening and the ability to meet all licensing standards of the Department of Human Services and the Department of Child and Family Services
        Benefits (including but not limited to):
        • Tuition Reimbursement
        • Health, Dental and Vision Benefits
        • 401K
        • On-Site Cafeteria
        • Short & Long Term Disability
        • Vacation, Sick, Personal and Paid Holidays
        • Career Advancement Opportunities


Keywords: Hope, Springfield , Special Education Teacher, Education / Teaching , Springfield, Illinois

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