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20 Sep 2021

Teacher Special Education Teacher- Signing Bonus

Distinctive Schools
 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Position Title: Special Education Teacher- $5,000 Signing Bonus

F.T.E: 1.0

Location: Four Chicago Campuses Hiring 

Art in Motion- 7415 S East End Ave, Chicago, IL 60649

CICS Bucktown- 2235 N. Hamilton Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

CICS Irving Park- Special Education Teacher – $5,000 Signing Bonus

CICS Prairie- 11530 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago, IL 60628

Reports To: School Director

Start Date: Fall 2021

The Mission of Distinctive Schools, an educational practice leader committed to social justice and the elevation of access and achievement in historically marginalized communities, is to support each child in becoming an engaged and curious learner, a confident self-advocate, and a creative problem-solver by setting high expectations and nurturing a positive culture that honors diversity, collaboration, and optimism.

Position Description:

A Distinctive Schools Special Education Teacher has the awesome responsibility of providing support to students with diverse learning needs. This person will:

  • Serve as primary instructor for students with identified learning needs in both resource and inclusive settings
  • Develop lessons that address students academic, interpersonal, social and emotional needs
  • Provides research-based specialized instruction to address the instructional goals and objectives contained within each student’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP)
  • Develops and implements annual Individualized Educational Program (IEP) plans for students to include: present levels of educational performance, special education needs, instructional goals and objectives, and the special education and related services required to meet those goals.
  • Make collaboration a priority with general education teachers and school leadership
  • Communicate regularly with families regarding instructional programming and student progress
  • Has a mindset of using restorative justice approach with discipline
  • Monitor progress to ensure all students are demonstrating high rates of growth
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of students’ progress and development
  • Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with students from diverse social-emotional, cultural, economic and ability backgrounds
  • Work closely with team members and parents to best meet the needs to students


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Illinois Professional Educators License
  • LBS1 Endorsement

Sign On Bonus Terms:

  • Bonuses offered for a limited time only
  • Associates must be employed at the time of the payout
  • Payouts will occur on 60th day of employment

Why Join the Distinctive Schools Team:

  • We are a collaborative team of professionals supporting each other to instill a love of learning in our students
  • We empower students, families and staff to contribute to our mission in a meaningful way
  • We make an impact in our communities by serving some of the most historically marginalized in the city
  • Distinctive Schools was named one of Crain’s 2021 Best Places to Work in Chicago; culture is at the heart of what we do
  • We offer a great benefits package for full time employees (Medical; Dental; Vision; PTO; 403b match, discounted gym membership, tuition reimbursement options, referral bonus)
  • 4% pension contribution
  • Salaries starting at $50,000 for licensed teachers

Distinctive Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.

How to Apply

Art in Motion Link- CICS Bucktown Link- CICS Irving Park Link- CICS Prairie  Link-  

Bureaus: Chicago. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Teacher. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.