Summary of Responsibilities
The Principal of Parkland Preparatory Academy directs and
coordinates educational, administrative, and counseling
activities of the school. Oversight of the day-to-day
operations of the school as a whole is the Principal's
responsibility. The Principal develops and evaluates the
school's educational programs to ensure conformance to state and
district standards. The Principal, in participation with
the Clinical Director, develops and coordinates educational and
behavioral programs through meetings with staff, review of
teacher's activities, and issuance of directives. The
Principal confers with teachers/paraprofessionals, the Clinical
Director, therapists/crisis staff, students and parents
concerning educational and behavioral problems in the
school. The Principal is responsible to lead staff in the
achievement of state standards, IEP goals, transition planning
guides, and/or district graduation requirements. The
Principal is responsible for the supervision and coordination of
the entire school environment (i.e. all school
• Sets the standards of
achievement, professionalism and goals for the school.
• Meets with prospective students
and their parents to discuss the school program.
• Directs the preparation of class
schedules, lesson plans, and cumulative records.
• Observes and evaluates teacher
and paraprofessional performance.
• Participates in the interview and
hiring process of school staff.
• Walks about the school building
and property to monitor safety and security.
• Participates in planning and
monitoring school budget.
• Participates in planning and
directing building maintenance.
• Establishes collaborative
relationships with colleagues, consultants, therapists, and
• Maintains the required
educational certifications and training required of all Parkland
Preparatory Academy employees as well as those professional
certifications and endorsements required by ISBE.
• Keeps informed, and actively
seeks training in current developments, trends, and instructional
best practices which pertain to the overall success of the
student by maximizing his or her individual skills and
• Assists in physically restraining
students and/or crisis management when necessitated by student
• Organizes team meetings.
• Recognizes and proactively reacts
to conditions which, potentially, may alter the effectiveness of
the whole program and/or their specific job responsibilities.
• Participate in IEP meetings as
the administrator and authorized representative to commit
services for Parkland Preparatory Academy.
• Participates in and supports
Parkland Preparatory Academy's social emotional program,
• Communicates with district
representatives parents/guardians and external consumers in a
positive and supportive manner.
• Organizes, participates and
contributes to in-service trainings and staff development
opportunities and provides input and suggestions for future
topics and directions.
• Attends classes, conferences, and
other opportunities for learning for personal professional
• Demonstrates knowledge of all
procedures related to emergencies and disasters.
• Participates in discussions in a
proactive, professional, and solution focused manner.
• Confronts issues with other staff
honestly and respectfully. Processes incidences to a
mutually satisfactory conclusion.
• Oversees program and behavioral
outcomes and interprets results. Use results to modify or
adapt current programming.
Must hold a Type 75 Administrative Certification and have a
Illinois Teaching Certification with Learning Behavioral
Specialist certification/endorsement/approval (LBSI).
Knowledge of educational, child development and classroom
teaching/management theories with a good understanding of
educational and therapeutic interventions is preferred.
Experience in a supervisory capacity is preferred.
Knowledge of therapeutic school rules and regulations is