Reports to the Vice President of Educational Services. Works with small groups of students within a self-contained classroom or departmentalized structure, striving for the improvement of classroom performance. Implements evidence-based instruction designed to improve student achievement. Plans, writes and implements a therapeutic individual educational program (IEP) for assigned students. Participates in staff meetings and conferences related to the position. Requires knowledge of trauma exposure, knowledge of the 5 S’s of trauma: Safety, Self-Regulation/Soothing, Supportive, Strengths, Self-Care, and an understanding of and recognition of the signs of traumatic stress. Must be able to effectively use verbal intervention skills with individuals six (6) through twenty-one (21) years of age.
Uphold agency policies and abide by rules and regulations found in the Educational Staff Handbook
Plans, writes, implements and updates the district’s individual educational plan (IEP) for assigned students
Engage students by planning, preparing and implementing evidence based and coherent instruction
Assess student’s academic and social emotional progress on a regular basis.
Maintain the classroom environment by establishing a culture of learning and managing student behavior
needs Utilize strategies that support healing, recovery, and that resist re-traumatization
Engage caregivers, parents, family members and other stakeholders in a professional and therapeutic manner
Use evidence-based methods and strategies for teaching and supporting students. Provide students with ongoing constructive feedback regarding their progress
Maintain records, write reports, and keep accountable for classroom progress. Substitute for other education staff as needed
Participate in weekly education staff meetings, department meetings and individual conferences as designated
Participate in agency/educational seminars and in-service programs as designated by administration
Works with agency staff and outside stakeholders to develop a positive work atmosphere
Proactively works with peers, administration and other stakeholders to prevent escalation of student behavior
Maintain confidentiality of employees, volunteers, and program participants to provide a safe environment
Attend at least two trainings related to being trauma informed in a twelve month period
Ability to work effectively with program participants and family members, employees and vendors in a culturally diverse environment to support healing and recovery
Participates in the development and implementation of continuous quality improvement activities as assigned
Other duties as assigned
Requires a valid Special Education teaching certificate (LBSI) from the State of Illinois or a reciprocal state
Knowledge of childhood trauma and prior experience working in settings with youth and families that have been exposed to trauma or experiencing traumatic stress preferred
For more than 150 years, Lawrence Hall has been delivering high quality care to abused and neglected youth and their families throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. The agency has not only sustained itself for the duration, but it has redefined how our traumatized youth are educated and treated. We serve over 1,000 young people and their families annually through Residential Treatment, Foster Care, Education, Workforce Development and Older Adolescent programs.