Classroom Support Specialist
at Giant Steps Illinois, Inc.
Lisle, IL
Lisle, IL
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  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Compensation
    Depends on experience
  • Perks / Benefits
    Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, 401K / Retirement, Employee Discounts

 The Classroom Support Specialist is responsible for providing support, resources, and colleagueship to classroom teachers. Support general and classroom project related initiatives, provide classroom supervision as coverage when needed, help with assessment organizational management and administration, manage and keep current the resources in the Giant Steps Resource Center, and provide entry level technology support integration to classroom teachers.

Duties and Responsibilities
Classroom Support

  • Support the infusion of the Giant Steps curriculum framework across all grades (K-12) levels
  • Provide additional curriculum resources to support curriculum framework that will enhance the delivery of instruction
  • Support teachers and assist in lesson differentiation, including assistance in lesson plan preparation or co-teaching lessons as decided upon by the Instructional Coordinator in collaboration with the teacher.
  • Assist teachers with implementation of individualized student programming that focuses on a specific skill or content area as they relate to the curriculum framework
  • Assist teachers in organizing and executing formal/informal assessment and/or obtaining baseline data
  • Partner with classroom teachers and Instructional Coordinator to research and implement technology-based interventions to support student growth and engagement in the curriculum
  • Manage, organize, and research new curricular and assessment resources in the Giant Steps Resource Library located in Gator Galley
  • Oversee the process for assessment check-out and effective implementation of that system
  • Offer LBS1 coverage as needed for classrooms based on a review of building-wide classroom needs assessed by Instructional Coordinator

Relationship Building:

  • Proactively create a culture of collaboration and community across the teaching department and school environment
  • Meet with program area Lead Teacher to continually gain an understanding of the needs of the teaching department; attend weekly teaching department meetings
  • Initiate and cultivate appropriate personal relationships and stewardship activities


  • Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the program to supervisor and other administrators as necessary
  • Collaborate with Instructional Coordinator on weekly schedule in order to effectively communicate availability to classroom teachers

(The responsibilities listed above are representative and not all inclusive; other duties may be assigned by supervisor/s.)
Knowledge and Leadership Qualifications

  • Knowledge of autism and educational principles, methods, and techniques that support the learning and growth of students with autism
  • Knowledge base of K-12 core curriculum content and how to implement an integrated instructional program
  • Basic knowledge of planning, developing, and implementing curriculum and lesson plans
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of wisdom, experience and judgment; ability to solve problems, manage programs and be creatively resourceful
  • Ability to use resources within a budget and collaborate with teachers and administration in assessing programming needs
  • Ability to work with a variety of students by utilizing a variety of different student supports, including, behavior plans, visual supports, sensory techniques, communication supports, or classroom structure to ensure student success and demonstrating creativity in approaches used with students
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written
  • Strong attention to detail – needed to ensure plans/processes are executed precisely
  • Self-aware – open to constructive feedback from others and asks for help appropriately

Personal and Interpersonal Skills

  • Ability to engage individuals, develop collaborative working relationships, and move strategically move those relationships along a continuum of commitment
  • Self-starter, possess the ability to propose solutions, seek out resources, and take action
  • Solution-oriented and able to see the big picture, even when limited information is available; not afraid to take charge of a situation when necessary; able to advocate effectively in situations that may be met with resistance or when taking an unpopular stance
  • Flexible and able to work in an ambiguous, fast-paced environment, while driving toward clarity and solutions
  • Demonstrate high excellence of character through a team approach by:
  • Possessing the ability to display a calm demeanor and not afraid to ask questions
  • Being confident when reactive strategies need to be utilized
  • Being willing to jump into situations and use high ethics to make difficult calls/decision
  • Implementing proactive strategies in student centered situations

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Under the supervision of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Administrator and Instructional Coordinator research and interpret current trends and research related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • Assist teachers in effectively implementing resources and instructional strategies that support the use of curricular resources with integrity within GS
  • Assist classroom teachers in IEP goal creation/implementation by assisting with informal assessment and development of supplemental materials to be used in the classroom when necessary
  • Coordinate services when asked by supervisor or classroom teacher for the purpose of ensuring efficient instruction and an effective cohesive program; provide short term coverage (i.e. 30- 60 minutes) for classroom teacher as assigned
  • Work with Instructional Coordinator and teachers to assess specific student needs and identify appropriate modifications and interventions needed within the classroom curriculum

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in special education or education (LBS1)
  • Current State of Illinois Professional Educators License with LBS1 Endorsement

Conditions of Employment

  • Pre-employment physical, drug screening, and criminal background check
  • Possesses appropriate professional credentials


  • The Classroom Support Specialist is an exempt position under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


  • Salary is commensurate with level of education and experience.


  • The Classroom Support Specialist follows the Teacher Therapist Calendar

Conditions of Employment

  • Pre-employment physical, drug screening, and criminal background check
  • Possesses appropriate professional credentials
  • Reference check(s)

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work is typically performed indoors within the school facility
  • Moderate physical movement is required for the job
  • Minimal exposure to physical risk is anticipated

Annual Performance Review

  • The Classroom Support Specialist will schedule his/her formal annual review meeting with the Instructional Coordinator in May of each year.
  • The Classroom Support Specialist will complete a draft personal evaluation to be used during the formal review and provide a copy to his/her supervisor in May of each year.
  • The Classroom Support Specialist performance review will be conducted in June of each year by the Instructional Coordinator.

Compensation Package
Giant Steps Illinois, Inc. provides a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision coverage to all full-time employees who work a minimum of 30 hours/week.

This disclaimer is to acknowledge that it is highly probable that as an employee of Giant Steps Illinois, Inc., you are at risk of personal injury. Injuries may include, but are not limited to hitting, biting, kicking, scratching, and having hair pulled by students. The extent of some injuries may result in a break in the skin. All injuries must be documented according to the policies and procedures outlined in the Employee Handbook. Often, students are placed in this setting as a result of physical aggression or acting out behaviors that may prohibit them from participating in a typical school environment. Our setting of a private therapeutic day school allows for this atypical behavior. All employees are required to show proof of a Hepatitis B vaccination upon hire.

* Giant Steps Illinois, Inc. has the right to review and change the job description when necessary.

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