Special Education Teacher, IHSCA

  • Chicago, IL
  • Full-time

Company Description

Founded in 2010 by Instituto del Progreso Latino, a leading community based educational center, the Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy (IHSCA) is dedicated on preparing students for careers in health care, an area that is chronically short of personnel and will have a high demand in the foreseeable future. The school will serve as a bridge to a variety of careers within the health professions.  Our students are being prepared to pursue higher education or prepare them to go from the classroom directly into the workplace.  See http://healthacademy.idpl.org/homepage.aspx  for more information on our school.


IHSCA’s mission is to prepare students for success in competitive colleges and universities while simultaneously providing job readiness certifications in entry-level positions with higher wages at the healthcare sector. We envision our school as an intergenerational community education center with full integration and participation of faculty, students, staff, parents and partners in decisions that shape the school’s existence.

Job Description

The Special Education Teacher reports to the Principal and is responsible to teach high school students at IHSCA.  Provide effective instruction that meets both ACT College Readiness Standards and Common Core Standards in order to prepare students to graduate from IHSCA. Expectations for an IHSCA Special Education teacher include (but are not limited to) increasing student knowledge of health sciences, how to explain concepts with varying techniques for assuring student comprehension, applying hands-on activities, and being actively aware of multiple intelligences in the student body when preparing curriculum and lessons. The Special Education teacher’s goal at IHSCA is to create skilled students who are capable of mastering the subject to be fully prepared for the rigors of demanding college curriculum and success as future medical professionals.



Planning and Instruction

  • Actively works with fellow department members to develop appropriate curriculum and lesson plans for 9th to 12th grade students.
  • Uses all resources made available by department head and actively seeks out new sources of material to share with other department members
  • Continually uses Best Practices to create a safe and inviting classroom environment that fosters both academic and social/emotional learning for all students
  • Completes IHSCA weekly lesson plans based on course Scope and Sequence in a timely manner and makes adjustments as recommended by department head and/or administration
  • Creates lesson plans for all grades and courses being taught by the teacher
  • Creates lesson plans and required classroom materials for Substitute Folder, updating as needed
  • Uses Mastery Manager Data Analysis software in order to accurately track student progress on both large scale standardized tests and course-specific tests and quizzes
  • Designs projects that are rubric-based, rigorous, culturally relevant and challenging for students
  • Ensures that all students including students with disabilities receive appropriate accommodations/modifications as stipulated on the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and the Students with Disabilities Act
  • Collaborates in a timely fashion with Special Education Department to create opportunities for co-teaching and positive whole group interactions with the SPED teacher in the General Education classroom, including scaffold and differentiated instruction for all students
  • Provides students with scheduled office hours on a regular basis in order to assist students in need of extra help
  • Submits attendance into IMPACT system and to Registrar as stipulated by Registrar
  • Inputs grades in IMPACT on a timely basis
  • Completes all SPED paperwork in a timely fashion
  • Complies with all regulatory paperwork requirements in a timely fashion


Building School Culture:

  •  Participates on Teacher Parents Conferences to discuss academic student progress
  • Contacts parents via e-mail, phone or during Parent Teacher Conferences to discuss academic and behavioral issues
  •  Mathematics at IHSCA also includes a school-wide focus on the social/cultural domain of learning and student experience, with an emphasis on incorporating Health Sciences-related materials into the classroom on a regular basis.
  • IHSCA mathematics teachers work together with academic advisors and the Office of Industry Liaison to generate and support extra-curricular opportunities for students.
  • The Mathematics Department also supports the science components of IHSCA’s curriculum.
  • Sponsors and/or supports extracurricular activities
  • Demonstrates support and knowledge of school’s vision, mission and values
  • Follows all IHSCA school-wide standards regarding teacher behaviors
  • Adheres to all IHSCA electronic and web-based rules and restrictions.


Professional Educator and Leadership:

  • Identifies and participates in conferences, workshops and Professional Development sessions to keep up to date with the best teaching practices
  • Works collaboratively with instructors of core subjects to identify multiple learning strategies in order to successfully teach students with varying learning styles most effectively and in an engaging manner.
  • Uses reflective practices to assess personal and professional growth in order to seek out opportunities to continually advance professional knowledge and skill




  • M.A.T., M.Ed., C.A.S. or LBS I  required.
  • Five years of experience working with  students with disabilities required.
  • IL teaching certification in the area  of special education required.
  • Type 10 Secondary Certificate (6-12),  Special Education Certificate (Pre-School – Age 21) required.
  • LBS Endorsement required.
  • Technologically literate including using Microsoft Office is required. Fluency in English and Spanish is desirable.
  • Ability to maintain a high sense of confidentiality.
  • Able to work with a wide variety of  people.
  • Team player and willing to take on multiple tasks at once and independent worker, requires minimal  supervision.
  • Exceptional organization and time management skills.
  • Above average “customer” service attitude.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
  • Maintain composure under pressure.
  • Dependable and punctual.
  • Strong project management skills, attention to detail and effective management of multiple projects at one  time.
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines, react  to unpredictable events quickly and efficiently, be resourceful, manage conflict and challenges.
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the Internet.

Additional Information

Interested candidates send a completed employment application (found on website http://www.idpl.org/idpl_careers.html  ) with a cover letter, resume, salary history and salary expectations.  All items can be included as attachments as part of your application.





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