Post Secondary Teacher $3,000 Sign On Bonus
Chicago, IL Chicago Academy
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Easterseals Academy is a therapeutic school that provides schooling for children with an autism spectrum disorder, emotional disability, developmental delay, or intellectual disability. School districts refer students to Easterseals Academy where the schools provide an alternative school placement for these students to help them to achieve independence. Easterseals Academy has three campuses, located in Chicago, Machesney Park, and Tinley Park.

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The primary responsibility of the Post Secondary Teacher is to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of each student. The SPED teacher is accountable for the development, implementation, and monitoring of all aspects of classroom programming.


This position is located at the Easterseals Academy - Chicago Campus at 1939 W. 13th Street, Chicago 60608.


  • Adhere to all mandated reporters and OIG guidelines at all times
  • Develop weekly lesson plans in alignment with student IEP goals
  • Perform and submit formal assessments at least 10 days prior to each student’s annual review, but not earlier than 30-days prior
  • Develop, in collaboration with team members, appropriate IEP goals based on assessment results 10 days prior to annual review
  • Update and provide data-based quarterly progress reports and IEP benchmarks
  • Note in lesson plans, references of informal assessment of specific students that triggered plan
  • Arrange for and perform activities, materials, and prompting hierarchies that relate to the IEP goals
  • Mentor and train classroom and 1:1 assistants to anticipate those activities that they can perform, which support the lesson plan
  • Provide monthly suggestions to the School Administrator/Program Coordinator on areas of training that would enhance the skills of teachers and aides
  • Conduct weekly meetings with paraprofessional staff members and submit documentation to administration
  • Interact with the School Administrator/Program Coordinator and clinical staff regarding clinical recommendations
  • Observe the performance of classroom staff sufficient to perform an evaluation and assist administration with annual performance evaluation
  • Notify the School Administrator/Program Coordinator of the onset of unacceptable performance of classroom staff
  • Communicate daily to parents via notebook or phone regarding the ongoing performance of students
  • Maintain and update all required components to student main files
  • Participate in at least 2 outside training per school year directly related to serving students with special needs, particularly those diagnosed with autism
  • Participate in all scheduled in-house training throughout the school year
  • Participate in student IEP/MDC meetings throughout the school year
  • Participate in medical case review meetings for students throughout the school year
  • Conduct at least 2 observations in other classrooms and provide the administration with documentation of each observation throughout the school year
  • All other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and Illinois State Type 10 teaching certificate or LBS1 (limited or unlimited) or;
  • Bachelor’s Degree and an Illinois State teaching certificate in an area of regular education, and a Special Education endorsement, letter of approval, or a short-term emergency letter of approval

Experience Required:

  • Completion of required clinical hours for teaching degree/certificate
  • Experience working with special needs populations is necessary


  • Ability to perform all functions necessary to obtain certification in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and CPR
  • Ability to multi-task in a high-stress environment
  • Ability to interact with diverse personalities
  • Above average endurance

ADA: Easterseals will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. Unless exempted by the Americans with Disabilities Act, all persons hired for this position are required to possess the ability to perform the physical tasks necessary to treat clients, i.e., bending, floor-sitting, etc., as well as to have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently.

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