Civitas Schools is an educational management organization,
which operates three campuses of Chicago International Charter School
(CICS). We serve approximately 2,100
students in grades Kindergarten through Grade 12, on three sites: CICS Ralph
Ellison High School, CICS Northtown Academy High School, and CICS Wrightwood
Elementary School. Civitas Schools provides urban students with an outstanding
college preparatory experience rooted in high expectations for student
achievement and civic responsibility.
Civitas Schools creates and sustains learning communities
that value rigorous instruction, relevant curricular design and responsible
leadership. Our mission is to create
life long learners who possess 21<sup>st</sup> century intellectual skills,
strong belief in self, cultural competence to be successful in any environment,
and a commitment to making a positive impact within their community.
To support the advancement of this vision, CIVITAS SCHOOLS
and its employees are committed to:
- Making student-centered decisions
that drive high quality teaching and learning.
- Holding high expectations
for all members of our learning communities while providing appropriate
levels of support.
- Valuing and developing all
of our employees by providing instructional coaching, transparent
evaluation, and high quality professional development.
- Incorporating the voice of
teachers and families into the decision-making and problem solving
are expected to demonstrate a commitment to professionalism, equity, cultural competence,
high expectations, and developmental appropriateness.
POSITION TITLE: School Psychologist
REPORTS TO: Director of Student Services, Civitas Schools
The School Psychologist provides a full range of school psychological services to children in grades K-12 at four different schools, including screening and assessment, designing remedial educational programs, individual and group counseling with school staff, parents, and outside agencies as appropriate. Functions as a member of the multi-disciplinary team to determine the student's eligibility for special services, appropriate programming, and on-going progress. Implement all procedures to meet compliance standard.
- Provide individual and group services to children and/or parents that emphasize improved educational performance and/or conduct.
- Screen and evaluate referred children including selecting appropriate instruments, administering tests, observations, and writing reports which state the evaluation findings and provide for educational program recommendations.
- Participate as a member of the multi-disciplinary team and the individualized education program (IEP) committee contributing evaluation findings and collaborating on the child's educational plan.
- Provide collaborative consultation and documentation of results including assisting basic education staff with suggestions and implementation of
- RTI, pre-referral intervention strategies, and providing recommendations and modifications to assist basic education staff in working with special education students in the classroom setting.
- Consult with parents, teachers, and other appropriate staff regarding the student's program and any adaptations/materials needed to facilitate improved performance in the classroom or at home.
- Provide direct services through a variety of methods (e.g. classroom presentations, co-teaching in general education settings, in-services to staff/parents, etc.) as needed.
- Maintain appropriate data on students to document current levels of performance and other pertinent information. Re-evaluate, as appropriate, to determine extent of progress and effectiveness of therapy.
- Establish and monitor the necessary caseloads, procedures, and resources to manage school psychologist services to students/staff and work cooperatively to accomplish the goals of the IEP.
- Adhere to the ethical standards and codes of the profession and to the established rules, regulations, and laws governing special education programs. Participate in activities that promote professional development and use clinical/educational research to enhance therapy services.
II. Professional Growth and Responsibilities
- Supports and implements Civitas Schools policies, regulations, procedures, and administrative directives; demonstrates loyalty to the District and other administrators. Supports and follows the policies and procedures of the Civitas Schools organization.
- Submits records, reports and assignments promptly and efficiently.
- Deals with obstacles and constraints positively.
- Demonstrates ability to adjust to and use new approaches in the performance of his/her duties.
- Seeks and takes advantage of opportunities for professional growth.
- Maintains dress and appearance appropriate to a professional office setting.
- Assists with other responsibilities as assigned by the School Directors or Director of Student Supports for Civitas Schools.
Type 73 School Service Personnel certificate
Personal attributes: All Civitas staff must:
- Support the mission and vision of our organization and schools
- 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 an resiliency