Learning Specialist (Lower Grades)


Website The Frances Xavier Warde School

The Frances Xavier Warde School is a Catholic elementary school in downtown Chicago that provides an excellent academic, values-oriented education to students of all ethnic, religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds in a child-centered urban environment. As a keystone of its diverse community, The Frances Xavier Warde School provides need-based scholarships to thirty percent of its students. The Frances Xavier Warde School partners with its families, nurtures faith development for its Catholic students, and engages all its students to learn about and respect other faith traditions. The Frances Xavier Warde School uses a rigorous curriculum that enables students to grow, clarify their values, and develop decision-making skills and a sense of responsibility for themselves and the world they will inherit.

 

Under the direction of the Education Team, the Learning Specialist plans and provides for appropriate learning experiences for students with individualized learning plans or 504 plans in a variety of educational settings. The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of the necessary principles and application of theory into practice for effective instruction and positive behavioral supports that are beneficial for implementation with all students with disabilities.

The Learning Specialist in this position is responsible for creating a flexible program and learning environment that provides specialized instruction for students such that the students benefit from the general education curriculum to the greatest extent possible when supported with accommodations and other needed supports.

 

Job Responsibilities and Duties

The Learning Specialist also demonstrates the ability to provide positive behavioral support to students in a group and in an individual setting;

 

  • Employ special educational strategies and techniques during instruction
  • Instruct students in academic subjects using a variety of techniques to reinforce learning and to meet students’ varying needs and interests.
  • Teach socially acceptable behavior by employing techniques in an overall positive behavioral support system.
  • Modify the general education curriculum based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining an environment conducive to learning for all students.
  • Conduct and complete observations and reports pertaining to the learning behaviors of students
  • Meet with parents to discuss their children’s progress and to determine priorities for their children and their individualized educational needs.
  • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and other professionals to develop individualized education programs (ILPs) designed to promote students’ educational, physical, and social/emotional development.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records and prepare Intervention Plans on children and activities.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Develop plans for effective communication, monitoring, and follow-up of students in inclusive classroom settings.
  • Provide crisis intervention, as needed, for students and those in inclusive classrooms.
  • Assist in collection of data for providing appropriate classroom interventions.
  • Serve as a member of a multidisciplinary team as appropriate.
  • Maintain professional competence by participating in staff development activities, curriculum development meetings, and other professional opportunities.
  • Additional duties as assigned

 

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Master’s degree preferred or Bachelor’s Degree in an approved program for special education – general curriculum or have completed a major in special education
  • Understanding of Federal, State, Local mandates governing the determination of delivery of special education services.
  • Displays the ability to work effectively with administrators, colleagues, staff, students, parent and FXW community
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience working with elementary grade levels
  • Possesses excellent communications skills in written and verbal form.
  • Must be eligible or possess a valid Illinois teaching certificate
  • Familiarity with ISACS criteria and standards of excellence
  • Must be compliant with all Archdiocese of Chicago Protection of Children and Youth requirement
  • TB test

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with students, other faculty, staff, and parents as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls. The position also entails significant walking, bending, standing, lifting, stooping, and possible physical interventions in order to maintain a safe learning environment. The employee may be required to lift 10 – 50 pounds
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud
  • Hours of work may vary. Monday through Friday and are structured in eight (8) hour blocks of time, but they may be subject to include evenings and weekends as required for the School’s needs.

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