School Overview

The focus of our school is to provide transformational education utilizing fine arts, design and technology to achieve success within the academic curriculum and post-secondary education. We are partnering with CPS’s school network to provide students with a high-quality education with a focus in the Arts. The administration of Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy (LBPA) would like to reach and support the younger high school student or the student who is just entering high school. At LBPA we apply the theme of creative invention throughout the entire school to challenge our youth to contribute to community, be critical thinkers, evaluate belief systems, and be leaders in a global society.


Position:  Special Education Teacher Position. All candidates must be certified Special Education Instructors in the State of Illinois. An additional endorsement in a core subject is preferred.


Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy Instructors support the academic and character development of our students by providing high quality instruction. Informed by the school's mission, teachers will ensure that all students learn the content and skills required for academic success as defined by curricular and instructional objectives and overarching school goals.  Instructors will teach appropriate content and skills by utilizing curriculum material adopted by the school, as well as providing appropriate supplemental and teacher-made materials; develop appropriate lesson plans that accommodate the range of learning styles and specialized needs of students in the classroom; create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement, and self-motivation; and, actively participate with colleagues in school improvement activities, curriculum development, instructional planning, assessment development and student support meetings.  LBPA Instructors will be responsible for driving results and supporting student achievement in both academic and non-academic areas.




·       Work in collaboration with SPED team to provide direct services as needed to special needs students in co-teaching and/or self-contained classrooms.

·       Hold monthly scheduled phone conference with Special Education families on caseload and their general education teacher in collaboration with SPED team.

  • Be available for SpEd Families on an as needed basis via phone and online
  • Assist in writing all IEPs.
  • Ensure all documents are in prior to IEP meeting (psych report, DIS provider reports/goals, GE/Parent progress) and forwarded to Case Manager for approval.
  • Complete academic testing for initials and tri-annuals and writing of reports and IEPs
  • Hold transition meetings
  • Monitor confidential tracking database for returned IEPs
  • Follow up with parental or teacher concerns
  • Work closely with all teachers to report any concerns
  • Keep files in office compliant in collaboration with SPED team
  • Update SpEd database with accommodations, dates, and other needed information
  • Test students as necessary during state testing
  • Attend all SpEd professional developments
  • Attend all special education meetings
  • Attend Special Education training as needed
  • Update caseload spreadsheet and IEP Master Calendar once a month in collaboration with SPED team.
  • Follow up on concerns with teacher and/ or parent as noted on teacher monthly progress form
  • Complete IEP Progress Reports for each student assigned, including Student progress


All LBPA Teachers must:

·       Support the mission and vision of our organization and school

·       Understand that fine arts are to be implemented into all areas of the curriculum, participate in FAI professional development and actively incorporate ideas into lesson plans

·       Be passionate about teaching students in urban areas

·       Set high goals for our students and themselves

·       Work tirelessly to attain these high goals

·       Have strong knowledge and skills in their content area and in the art of teaching

·       Be strong analytical and critical thinkers, willing to engage in debate and discourse

·       Be ready to be part of a collaborative team

·       Be open to receiving coaching and support

·       Demonstrate initiative, persistence and resiliency

·       Be results oriented

·       Be reflective listeners

·       Actively collaborate with critical stakeholder for the students

·       Commitment to Equity: Passionate about ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education.

·       Use student performance data derived from teacher-created and standardized assessments to drive instructional decision-making

·       Develop positive relationships with students, be willing to participate and lead non-instructional activities

·       Exhibit professional responsibility for daily work and attendance, personal appearance, student learning, and school success



Education and Knowledge:

All candidates must be certified Special Education Instructors in the State of Illinois.  Applicants should demonstrate a belief in the value of arts education. Strength of academic background, additional teaching endorsements,  professional experience particularly in urban communities, interview performance, and references will be considered during the selection process.


 Please forward all resumes to:


Arlesia Juran

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