AGC Seeks Whole-Child Educators for Special Education Department

29 Oct

AGC’s holistic model, which integrates social-emotional education, project and place-based learning, and whole-student wellness into an International Baccalaureate framework has attracted a growing population of families with different learners. 18% of our students are now receiving special education services, with needs across the spectrum. AGC addresses the needs of different learners through proactive assessment and diagnosis strategies, work with our specialists, instructional interventionists, paraprofessionals and special education teachers as well as referrals to our partners at the Juvenile Protective Agency, which provides an onsite social worker and parent workshops, Mosaic Family Therapy, and Horizons for Youth, which provides wraparound services.

AGC’s philosophy is one of inclusion, and all students participate in the International Baccalaureate Programme and mission-specific learning and activities. We recently admitted three students in grades K-2 who require a self-contained classroom and are seeking to hire an Special Education teacher to join our team. We are looking for a candidate who is bilingual in English and Spanish and is qualified and certified to teach Special Education in the state of Illinois. Candidates who are not bilingual are invited to apply, however, Spanish and English language skills are strongly recommended.

Please share this posting far and wide to help us find the best match for our students and our unique school.

The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) is a non-profit Chicago public charter school, located on the Southwest side. Our mission is to develop mindful leaders who take action now and in the future to positively impact their communities and the world beyond. Our innovative and holistic approach aims to foster systemic change and inspire the way society educates future generations.

AGC values:

AGC Values

Bilingual (Spanish/English) Special Education Teacher

The Academy for Global Citizenship seeks an exemplary special education teacher to lead, alongside a paraprofessional, a small self-contained K-2 classroom for the 2015-2016 school year. Teachers are responsible for helping all of our children learn, classroom management, participating in professional development, providing feedback to others, taking ownership in the development and improvements of Individual Educational Plan (IEP), consulting general education teachers on special needs, and communicating to staff and parents regarding student performance. Special education teachers report to the Principal.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Teaching: provides students with special needs with various modes of learning to accommodate their different learning styles, by using inquiry, real-life experiences, current events, information technology, the dramatic arts and other lively sources of knowledge.
  • Instructional Strategies: responsible for using many different types of instructional strategies including teaching through inquiry, differentiating instruction (different learning styles and language backgrounds) and data-driven instruction.
  • Technology Integration: incorporates technology across all disciplines as much as possible, where appropriate.
  • Professional Development: participates in coaching cycle, stays abreast of latest techniques and demonstrates an eagerness to learn new skills and share experiences with others.
  • Curriculum Development: works closely with coach, other teachers to ensure taught curriculum is aligned with Common Core Learning Standards, the IB PYP/MYP, and is achieving the goals of the school.
  • IEPs: designs and writes the IEP or 504 plans of students in his/her caseload based on evidence-based data and in regards to Spec. Ed law.
  • Performance Assessment: sets high and measurable goals for student achievement and evaluates student progress in the instructional program.
  • Community: encourages the use of community resources, cooperates with families in welcoming them to our community, and maintains solid communication with all community members.

We are looking for staff who…

  • Have a big heart to match a big brain
  • Are bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Want their work to define best practice
  • Respect and thrive in a dynamic, changing, and growing environment
  • Know extraordinary things can happen when people work hard together
  • Want to participate in a laboratory for innovation in education

Working at AGC means…

  • Being surrounded by thoughtful, inquisitive students and hard-working, like-minded colleagues
  • Thinking outside of the box to do what is best for our students
  • Being held to high standards for continuous personal and school improvement, and being given the time and support to do so–AGC teachers receive twice as many professional development hours as their peers, and coaching from an Instructional Leadership Team with a combined experience of 13 advanced degrees and 78 years in 26 schools
  • Promoting student profile qualities of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP): inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk takers, knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, well-balanced, and reflective.
  • Gaining experience with interdisciplinary International Baccalaureate Units of Inquiry, balanced literacy, arts integration, and TERC Investigations Math
  • Having high academic expectations for every student in the school everyday
  • Getting your hands dirty in our school garden
  • Enjoying 100% organic, scratch made meals prepared by our on-site chef
  • Working in an environmentally sustainable school culture

Required Skills and Experience:

  • 5+ years experience as an educator (ideal)
  • Bilingual and biliterate (English/Spanish)
  • Familiarity with IB program (ideal)
  • Familiarity with various educational models: Inquiry-based teaching and Responsive Classroom
  • Believer in culturally relevant teaching
  • Strong leadership skills and personal drive
  • Ability to maintain a safe, orderly environment
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proven ability to play a lead role in their grade level
  • Experience accommodating students with IEPs within the classroom

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor Degree in Special Education
  • Master’s Degree in Special education (ideal)
  • State of Illinois Teaching Certificate (Type 03 and 10)
  • Endorsement or extensive experience in ELL instruction (ideal)
  • LBS1 or LBS2 Certification

Compensation:

Competitive salary based on experience and level of education. Full benefits, free breakfast and lunch, wellness fund, and professional development funds offered.

Application:

To view up-to-date grade level vacancies and to submit an online application, please visit:

http://www.applitrack.com/agcchicago/onlineapp/

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age national origin, or disability.

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