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Thresholds High School - Special Education Teacher

We are seeking a Special Education teacher for Thresholds High School! Thresholds High School is an Illinois State Board of Education certified Therapeutic Day School for students ages 16 to 21 years old with ongoing serious mental health needs. The Thresholds High School provides a distinct combination of flexibility and support in order to help students achieve both their high school diploma and their transition goals.

Because students come from a multitude of suburban and Chicago home districts, Thresholds High School works closely with these school districts to ensure that students are successful in meeting their personal and Individual Education Plan goals, increasing academic achievement, graduating, and preparing for their next steps. Students take advantage of the robust Thresholds vocational services, which provides evidence-based Supported Employment and Supported Education for postsecondary endeavors. Students also benefit from the Young Adult Program’s rich therapeutic supports that address anxiety, frustration, school refusal, and other issues that derailed their academic success in other schools.


  • Educates the students of Thresholds High School and assumes a leadership role in the program, with direct responsibility for the supervision of all students in the classroom
  • Plans and develops a course of study according to curriculum guidelines of the school district and state requirements. Actual curriculum must often be tailored for three or more levels of academic ability and previous achievement.
  • Prepares assignments and lesson plans weekly. Monitors, assists, corrects, and grades student performance.
  • Conducts standardized tests in accordance with district policies and state laws.
  • Shares, with other Teachers and Aides, the responsibilities of monitoring the lunchroom and gym.
  • Counsels students when academic difficulties or behavioral problems arise.
  • Keeps records of academic performance, attendance, and social acclimation, and completes all required paperwork for the Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago Public Schools, and DCFS.
  • Utilizes strategies of positive reinforcement while maintaining the classroom in a clear and orderly fashion. Classroom supervision is to be provided at all times.
  • Cooperates with other staff in the coordination of treatment and treatment planning, as well as the developments and implementation of individualized service and educational plans.
  • Performs crisis intervention using Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) skills. Performs and supervises physical management when necessary. Training in TCI is provided by Thresholds.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education is required; Master’s Degree in Special Education is preferred.
  • Current Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS1) license.
  • Previous experience working with high school aged children dealing with mental illness is preferred.
  • Use of physical management technique requires moderate exertion, being able to lift 40 pounds, and mobility to lower self to a kneeling position on the floor

What sets Thresholds apart: 

  • Competitive pay - Base Salary: $57,000 - 67,000 annually
  • Subject to increase based on education and experience
  • Generous PTO (9 federal holidays, 8 days of sick leave, 15-22 days personal and vacation)
  • Dental insurance, vision insurance, 4 medical insurance plans
  • 403(b) retirement plan with 3% employer match 
  • Robust employee assistance program (EAP)
  • Mileage reimbursement 
  • Public service loan forgiveness 
  • Supervision for clinical licensure at no cost (LSW, LCSW, LPC, LCPC) 
  • Reimbursement for professional licensure and license renewal

You may apply directly at Additionally, you may reach out to Talent Acquisition Specialist Shannon Naylor at to learn more.


University of Chicago Laboratory School: Academic Specialist - Lower School

About the Department

At the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, students in Nursery through Grade 12 experience a world-class educational journey. Founded in 1896 by John Dewey as a place for educators to develop and explore novel approaches to pedagogy and curriculum, Lab continues to provide excitement and imagination in learning to this day. Academic rigor, experiential learning, and intellectual discourse are hallmarks of a Lab education. Lab educators are recognized for excellence in teaching and pride themselves on innovation in the classroom. Students in every grade have access to unparalleled resources, and all members of the Lab community benefit by partnerships and connections with the University of Chicago. Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. No less than scholarship, Lab’s mission prioritizes honoring diversity and exhibiting kindness. We are committed to building and supporting a teaching and learning community where young people see aspects of their backgrounds and identities reflected around them, where they feel a deep sense of belonging, and where they discover and use their voices to full effect. Today, 53-59 percent of Lab’s student body are students of color. Families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are also affiliated with the University of Chicago. Half of our families live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northwestern Indiana. Inclusion is a fundamental value at Lab, such that we celebrate every facet of community members’ identities, and even where we disagree, we emphasize respect, civility, and maintaining a spirit of community. Lab seeks the finest employees to join our vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training in many different disciplines, who have in common a love of learning and the wish to inspire that same love of learning in young people. We seek candidates for employment who thrive in an educational environment. We provide a great professional home for those committed to collaboration, ongoing personal and professional growth, and cultivating positive relationships. We strongly encourage applications from candidates of color, LGBTQ+ identified candidates, candidates from historically marginalized or underrepresented backgrounds, and candidates with a demonstrated commitment to a deepening diversity, equity, and inclusion practice. In turn, we strive to ensure that Lab is a joyful, welcoming, and inspiring place to work. Through our connection to the University, faculty, staff, and administrators enjoy benefits and opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Laboratory Schools' seeks the finest employees who have a desire to inspire a love of learning in our students and we employ people with a wide range of skills and training in many different disciplines. We have a long history of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion work. We continue to build on this work and seek out employees who also share this commitment to one of our core values. We are committed to making sure that Lab is a great place to work and our connection to the University of Chicago provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.

The Academic Specialist serves as part of the Learning and Counseling Department and a member of the team that provides support services to children and teachers in all areas of achievement.


  • Assess students' academic progress.
  • Provide instruction individually and in small groups both in and out of the classroom.
  • Co-teach or lead full group lessons.
  • Provide assistance in differentiating instruction.
  • Consult with homeroom teachers and other members of the Learning and Counseling Department.
  • Meet with parents and attend staffings.
  • Monitor and document student progress.
  • Supervise students both in and out of the classroom.
  • Work collaboratively with other teachers, interact with their own faculty (Lower School), colleagues outside their faculty, other professionals, staff and administrators, students, and parents.
  • Monitor student performance, recognize problems, coordinate with administrators, other teachers, and parents to address identified problems; and maintain up-to-date teaching techniques, progress-monitoring, and technology to provide students with a quality educational experience.
  • All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are expected to work a 40 hour work week and the required 179 days or days as stipulated in that agreement.
  • Anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2023.


  • Quickly adapt to changing circumstances and flexible in work with students.
  • Interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents required.
  • Analytical skills required.
  • Problem-solving skills required.
  • Decision-making skills required.
  • Attention to detail required.
  • Organizational skills required.
  • Computational skills required.
  • Creativity required.
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills required.
  • Work independently and as part of a team required.
  • Manage stressful situations required.
  • Maintain confidentiality required.
  • Work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.

Additional Requirements​​

Education, Experience or Certifications:


  • Bachelor's degree in learning disabilities or special education or closely related field required. 
  • Master's degree in learning disabilities or special education or closely related field preferred. 


  • Minimum three years of experience in a special education position required.
  • Working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, learning abilities, socio-economic status, language and nationality preferred.  
  • Working with small groups of students within the regular classroom and in a resource-room setting preferred.
  • Working with classroom teachers on strategies for differentiating instruction preferred.
  • Providing remediation and differentiated instruction in the academic areas of reading, written language, and mathematics preferred. 

Technical Knowledge or Skills:

  • Knowledge of and willing to continue to learn and implement diversity, equity and inclusion best practices.
  • Knowledge of and willing to continue to learn and implement social emotional leaning.
  • Strong knowledge of learning disabilities, and executive function, ASD and related learning challenges.
  • Knowledge of instructional methodologies required.
  • Strong knowledge of child development required.
  • Develop curricula, lesson plans, and assessment tools required.
  • Use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, Google Suite, calendar/schedule software, etc.) required.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Move in and around the classroom/building to interact with students, faculty, staff, parents, and other members of the community.
  • Move class-related equipment/tools, as appropriate, around school property.
  • When appropriate, escort children from one classroom to another, in and out of the building during arrival and dismissal, and in an emergency situation.
  • Demonstrate lessons, when appropriate.

Required Documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Professional References Contact Information (3)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Benefit Eligibility -  Yes

Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement - No

Pay Frequency - Monthly

Pay Range - Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours 40

Union - 000- American Federation of Teachers , Local 2063

Job is Exempt - Yes

Drug Test Required - No

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required - No

Health Screen Required - No

Posting Date - 2023-02-23-08:00

Remove from Posting On or Before - 2023-08-23-07:00

Posting Statement:​​

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.


The Loop Speech, Language, and Learning is a private practice that partners with independent schools in Chicago to provide support to their students during the school day. We are currently interviewing Learning Specialists (LBS1) for the 2022/23 school year.


Great opportunity to work with a growing private practice that serves pre-school through 8th grade students. The current position is approximately 15 hours/week at one school with an opportunity to grow the case-load. Applicants must have experience with school-aged children with learning differences in reading, math, and written expression as well as experience with executive function skills.

Job requirements include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Valid IL Professional Educator’s License endorsed for LBS1
  • Provide diagnostic assessment and learning remediation services to students
  • Develop and implement individualized learning plans or IEPs utilizing an educationally based model with goals aligned to educational standards
  • Participate in required meetings
  • Provide consultation to teachers, parents, and staff
  • Participate in activities that support students’ educational programs
  • Complete compliance activities including: daily progress notes, weekly documentation of all services delivered, and quarterly report of student achievement
  • Training in Wilson preferred

The Loop SLL can offer:

  • Clinical support and supervision
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • Pay commensurate with experience- 1099 position.
  • $55-70/hour

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Glenview, IL 60025

Professionals in Learning Disabilities and Special Education is a not-for-profit organization offering continuing education programs to inform members of current instructional practices, assessment, and policy issues in the field of learning disabilities.  PLD/SE also offers a referral service to the community, providing qualified professionals for diagnostics and remediation.  PLD/SE provides programs as a service to its members.  PLD/SE does not endorse any specific program, speaker, instructional materials, method, treatment, or evaluation center for children with disabilities.  

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