Teacher Need - Educational Life Skills Program (ELSP)

Wheeling , IL
BlazerWorks Schools - Special Education Teacher Direct Hire 08/01 Apply

Supervisor: Principal

Employee Group: Teacher

Work Year: Teachers' calendar

Licensing: Professional Educator License - LBS-1, Psychologist, or Social Worker

At least 3 years working in school districts

Early Childhood through Middle School Experience preferred

Board Certified Behavior Analyst



To provide a positive, enthusiastic, nurturing, and caring educator to serve as a special education teacher in a self-contained educational life skills classroom. Candidate must possess a willingness to work towards the development of a continuum of special education programming.



  • This self-contained program serves students whose disabilities include moderate to severe cognitive impairments.
  • Candidate should have at least 3 years experience in working with students with a range of disabilities
  • Understands basic classroom management theories and methods; with strategies for individual behavior management, crisis prevention, intervention, de-escalation techniques, and the balance between classroom management with academic teaching strategies.
  • This program utilizes use of community resources and functional skills curriculum to address the needs of the students.
  • Use various teaching methods to promote learning including intensive individualized instruction, problem-solving assignments, and small-group work.
  • A full complement of related service and individualized mainstreaming or integration opportunities are available as recommended by the IEP team.
  • Provide physical care as needed: diaper, toilet, feed, reinforce adaptive PE/motor activities per instructions from therapist(s); assist, as needed, with independent living skills; employee may have to use physical ability to lift students and perform other manipulations
  • Creates a classroom culture which is a cognitively busy place, characterized by a shared belief in the importance of learning; establishes high expectations and personal achievement.
  • Understands the aspects of schedule, routines, and transitions that promote development and learning.
  • Demonstrates ways in which technology can assist with creating and managing the learning environment, incorporating the verbal and visual redirection and classroom expectations.
  • Provides supervision of paraprofessional educators.


Job Requirements

Specific skill and knowledge-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include:

  • Federal, state, and district policies, regulations and laws pertaining to job functions.
  • Preparing and maintaining accurate records.
  • Business appropriate grammar and punctuation in English.
  • Reading and spoken fluency and comprehension in English.
  • Basic mathematical skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division).


Specific ability-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include:

  • Maintaining high standards of confidentiality.
  • Communicating tactfully and courteously with diverse groups.
  • Effectively presenting information in one-to-one and group situations.
  • Working independently, staying focused on tasks, and assuming responsibility for assigned projects and duties.
  • Making sound decisions on the basis of available information.
  • Maintaining accuracy of work products.
  • Demonstrating fiscal responsibility.
  • Adapting to changing work priorities.
  • Working collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Demonstrating behavior which promotes positive relationships.
  • Respecting opinions of others.
  • Demonstrating the ability to manage conflicts.
  • Applying common sense understanding to carry out instructions.
  • Maintaining professional integrity.


Specific physical ability-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include:

  • Completing tasks using fine finger dexterity.
  • Utilizing computer keyboards and screens to enter, retrieve, and transform information or data.
  • Sitting, standing, walking


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


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