Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School
  • 12-Jul-2017 to 10-Sep-2017 (CST)
  • Instruction
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Full Time

General Summary:         

Teach children with severe social-emotional problems by utilizing Science curriculum

material adopted by the school as well as appropriate supplemental and teacher-made materials. Develop appropriate science lesson plans that accommodate the range of learning styles and specialized needs of students in the classroom. Create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement, and self-motivation. Actively participate with colleagues in school improvement activities, curriculum development, teaming, and collaboration. Follow all appropriate special education forms, Individual Education Programs (IEP's), and records mandated by regulation and district policy.

Essential Functions:

50% Planning and Preparation/Instructional Methods/Assessment of Learning: Develop High School Science lesson plans in Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry according to acceptable models of teaching, taking into account school policies, state guidelines, school district curriculum, philosophy, subject matter requirements, student classroom composition, societal need and resources which accommodate a range of learning styles and specialized needs of students. Plan for individual lessons, considering effective practices and instructional methods. Present subject matter to students using various instructional techniques. Develop interdisciplinary approaches to instruction. Plan with faculty and staff. Analyze lesson presentation and anticipate how learning occurs through reflective practices. Identify curricular skills and concepts when developing and implementing instructional plans. Participate in faculty meetings, parent conferences, and transition activities for students preparing to return to their home school. Prepare instructional objectives. Show understanding of learning theory. Organize learning experiences and achieve school objectives. Identify pupil needs and work with professional staff members in assessing and helping students in all areas of their development. Identify and communicate performance expectations and document the degree to which the students meet expectation. Teach utilizing curriculum material adopted by the school and appropriate supplemental and teacher-made materials. Employ specialized instructional techniques appropriate to the disabled students' learning needs. Administer and interpret standardized and informal assessment instruments. Demonstrate various teaching techniques that address the multiple intelligences and learning styles. Evaluate the success of lessons by determining how students transfer and apply their knowledge base to new information. Utilize assessment instruments and procedures. Use assessment data to diagnose student needs and plan appropriate instruction. Implement testing procedures in accordance with school policies and state guidelines. Use current technology for instruction, assessment, and instructional management. Create instructional opportunities adapted to diverse learners. Apply curriculum integration. Provide learning opportunities that support their development.

30% Classroom Management/Communications: Anticipate needs and demonstrate efficiency and

organization when transitioning from one activity to another. Facilitate the development of classroom

rules, which establish and maintain a safe and secure environment that is conducive to learning. Maintain an efficient classroom through organized management of supplies. Handle student-related problems and show evidence of seeking supportive help. Communicate with Principal and Academic Coordinator, support staff, or parent when necessary. Supervise teaching assistant. Enforce Board policies and regulations and building procedures. Utilize strategies for classroom management that emphasize working relationships and cooperation and encourages students to resolve disagreements using problem-solving strategies. Setup the environment so that students and teacher gain mutual trust. Create a learning environment that encourages social interaction, active engagement, and self-motivation. Actively participate with colleagues in school improvement activities, curriculum development, teaming, and collaboration. Participate in activities to communicate with and include the community at large when appropriate. Demonstrate the ability to read, write, and speak clearly and accurately in the English language at a professional level. Function as a reliable and dependable staff member.

Other Functions:

15% Reports and Record Keeping: Maintain regular attendance as documented by the number of days

present and attends required meetings. Exhibit punctuality as observed in arrival and departure

times from building and required meetings. Evaluate each pupil's progress and accurately report

and record such progress. Maintain a record of pupil attendance in order to provide appropriately

for students who may be absent. Complete all required paperwork, including achievement

testing, reporting, and school progress reports for clinical meetings.

Maintain all appropriate special education forms, Individual Education Programs (IEP's), and records

mandated by regulation and district policy.

5% Ongoing professional Growth: Keep up to date and knowledgeable about the assigned subject

areas as well as in other core curriculum disciplines that directly relate to pupil learning.

Maintain professional competence through such activities as reviewing research journals,

attending in-service workshops and university classes, and sharing that information with other

educators when appropriate. Practice self-assessments, and devise plans for professional

improvement. Observe others, have others observe self, and communicate and incorporate

suggestions for improvement. Assume responsibility for upgrading technology skills.

Demonstrate support for extracurricular activities. Possess personal characteristics, which

provide a positive role model for students. Maintain appearance appropriate to teaching duties.

Assume other reasonable responsibilities as assigned, which shall not be in conflict with the

School Code of Illinois or Board policy. Assist in evaluating application for admission.

Position Salary & Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience. The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Education/Experience Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred; Special Education Certification

required; strong academic background high school education and/or experience in secondary Science required.  

Skills and Knowledge Requirements:

Strong academic background in high school education and/or secondary science (Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry) preferred.

Mental Demands:

Must be able to plan and implement lesson plans appropriate for students with severe

emotional problems and identify and use appropriate instructional methodologies to meet the needs of children with learning disabilities. Must be able to implement appropriate classroom management and control and effectively communicate with the students, parents, and other professionals. Must be able to develop reports and maintain records. Applicants should possess a strong commitment to strength perspective, empowering families and a willingness to work in a high demanding work situation that requires flexibility and innovativeness; applicants must possess cultural competency.

Physical Demands: Must be able to lift a minimum of twenty pounds. Light moving is required from

time to time. Must be able to supervise children, ages six through twenty-one, inside and outside of the School.


The Leslie Shankman School Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital or veteran status, or disability.


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