Job Title: Learning Specialist

Reports To: Director of Specialized Support

Position Summary

This position requires love, patience and respect for children.  The learning specialist will work with the Director of Specialized Support in working with children and parents with Individualized Educations Programs (IEDs).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned) –

  • Special education teacher to ease load of children with IEPs; provide direct service minutes to special needs students, both in the resource room and inclusive settings.
  • Obtain present levels/baselines; maintain data according to IEPs
  • Complete IEP Progress Reports for each child in case load
  • Be available for Special Ed families on an as-needed basis via phone and online
  • Assist Director of Specialized Support in completing academic testing for initials and tri-annuals and writing of reports and IEPs
  • Participate in IEP meetings as needed
  • Follow up with parental or teacher concerns
  • Test students as necessary during state testing
  • Maintain office/Learning Lab hours as indicated by Director of Specialized Support
  • Respond as soon as possible but no later than 24 hours to parent, student, teacher, and admin inquiries via phone and/or e-mail during regular work week
  • Design and write behavior plans for Tier 2 students
  • Assist teaching teams in developing academic and behavioral interventions for general education students
  • Facilitate social/emotional curriculum with students on behavior plans
  • Assist specialized support team by tracking and monitoring RTI data
  • Attend all required professional development sessions
  • Other duties as required by the Executive Director and Chief Academic Officer


  • Illinois State Board Certification, LBS1(Type 10)
  • Extremely organized, takes initiative, and is flexible
  • Good communication skills
  • Thrives in and prefers a collaborative teaching environment
  • Experience working directly with children and families in low-income communities (home visits, family meetings, coordinating, and facilitating IEP meetings)
  • Excellent writing and grammar skills
  • Proficiency in Google Docs, Gmail – including experience using them in a professional capacity
  • Experience as behavior/learning specialist in early childhood or elementary level Chicago Public School or charter school a plus
  • Advocate for inclusion for children with special needs

This position reports directly to the Director of Specialized Support. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Allyson Gaston, Director of Specialized Support at