TITLE: Itinerant Elementary Teachers
1. Illinois State certificate in the teaching field qualifying the teacher to teach at the elementary level.
2. Bachelor's Degree
3. Demonstrates expertise and leadership in the curricular area(s) of assignment.
4. Such other requirements as the Board of Education may establish.
5. Able to organize time, space, materials and groups.
REPORTS TO: Elementary School Principals
SUPERVISES: Instructs and evaluates the school work of designated students
MAINTAINS LIAISON WITH:
2. Classroom Teachers
3. Literacy Coaches
4. Instructional Specialists
JOB GOAL: To help students learn subject matter and skills that will contribute to theirdevelopment as mature, able, and responsible young people by providing instruction to various groups of students for thirty minute periods due to release time for classroom teachers. The instruction will occur on a rotating basis with the Itinerant Elementary Teacher moving from class to class. The Itinerant Teacher will be responsible for high-quality instruction for all students during the time period he/she is in each classroom. Instruction provided to the students must be standards-based and aligned with what is being taught by the regular classroom teacher. Itinerant Elementary Teachers will be assigned to more than one school and will serve several classes in each school.
The following are the essential fundamentals to include but not limited to the following job duties.)
1. Maintains an instructional atmosphere that is conducive to a high quality educational program.
2. Utilizes a variety of instructional strategies to accommodate individual students’ differences.
3. Provides feedback which includes constructive criticism that motivates students.
4. Has high expectations for daily and long-term student achievement.
5. Manages the classroom so as to facilitate learning and minimize student disruption.
6. Sets limits of student behavior which are defined, communicated, and monitored.
7. Teaching in compliance with curricular requirements of the State and of the Board of Education of District 61.
8. Remaining current in the areas of research, new developments and literature on education, especially elementary and/or the area of special assignment.
9. The major instructional function of the itinerant elementary classroom teacher includes:
a. Instructional Delivery
This includes an understanding and the ability to use the principles of learning (motivation, reinforcement, retention, transfer) and the ability to make sound judgments above the use of such instructional techniques as appropriate pacing, questioning, grouping, actively involving the students, and directly vs. indirectly instructing the students.
b. Human Skills
This includes the ability to stimulate students, bring enthusiasm to the learning process, and provide both a concern and care for the worth and dignity of the individual.
c. Planning Skills
This includes the ability to develop goals/objectives for content/skills based upon evaluation of student needs, aptitude, and learning styles. Provision for both individual and group learning experience is involved
d. Evaluation of Students and Programs.
This includes the ability to construct and use diagnostic, criterion reference and student achievement tests. Evaluation also encompasses the maintenance and interpretation of records for students, parents, administrators, and other teachers.
e. Managing the Classroom
This includes controlling and structuring the learning environment so that students adhere to rules and providing opportunities for students to acquire that self-discipline necessary in school and adult life.
10. Compliance with Board Policies, Administrative Regulations, and Board-Employee Agreements at the school level.
11. Participation, on an elective or volunteer basis, in the curriculum development process at the building and district levels to periodically review all curricular areas to keep them up-to-date.
12. Participation, on an elective or volunteer basis, in the development of District Policies and Administrative Regulations, on an appointive, elective, or volunteer basis.
13. Plans for the health, safety, and physical well-being of students during instruction.
14. Supervises, classifies, evaluates and guides students.
15. Utilizes community resources for the enrichment of the educational program.
16. Assists in maintaining good school-community relations.
17. Reports all unsafe conditions to the school principal promptly.
18. Reports all accidents or injuries to the principal as soon as possible.
19. Supervises and intervenes to regulate student behavior so as to alleviate the risk that inappropriate behaviors will place students or staff at risk of harm.
Handle work which deals mostly with people, objects, equipment in a general setting; depth perception and field of vision are important. Employee regularly is required to bend, stoop, twist, turn, reach, lift (up to 50 pounds), carry, pull, push, climb, and kneel; walking and standing approximately 50-75% of each shift. Employee must recognize differences in sound, such as voices/noises that are loud and playful instead of angry and combative; ability to differentiate tones and volumes in conversation.
Caring for children can be stressful. The Preschool Teacher must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. There may be a number of situations happening at once, and the Preschool Teacher must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The Teacher will be working in a busy and occasionally noisy environment. There may be a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the Teacher will have to supervise all students at all times.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
School Year – 180 days as outlined in the collective negotiated agreement.
Salary is based upon Schedules A, of the collective negotiated agreement.
Each employee in contractual continuing service shall be evaluated at least once every two (2) years.
Each employee not in continuing contractual service shall be evaluated once every year.