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ASPIRA of Illinois – Leadership Through Education

Position Summary

Founded in 1961, Dr. Antonia Pantoja’s vision for ASPIRA was to create leadership clubs to address
young people’s need for positive cultural identity, leadership skills and ensure graduation from college
to pursue a career and give back to the community. ASPIRA of Illinois was established in 1968 by a group
of educators to address the social and educational challenges of Puerto Rican students in Chicago. This
group of educators were inspired by Dr. Antonia Pantoja’s work in New York. Overtime, ASPIRA of Illinois
has evolved into 4 charter schools and youth center in Chicago.

The Social Studies/History Teacher teaches course curriculum that motivates the student to learn
integrating a course of study within the parameters of the school philosophy, Illinois State Board of
Education, the school’s framework and learning goals

ASPIRA Social Science/History Teacher

  • Prepare lesson and unit plans, course objectives and outline for course of study following
  • curriculum guidelines and the school’s educational philosophy
  • ● Instruct students using various teaching methods, such as project-based learning, lecture and
  • demonstration, audiovisual aids and other materials to supplement instruction
  • ● Prepare and administer tests to evaluate student progress, corrects tests, record results and
  • issues reports to inform parents of progress
  • ● Involve both students and parents in the evaluation of academic and social goals and the
  • formation of the Individualized Academic Educational Plan (IAEP)
  • ● Provide individual help to students to maintain satisfactory progress
  • ● Contribute to the professional learning community to impact student achievement and enhance
  • the learning environment
  • ● Create and use Competency Based Curriculum (CBE)
  • ● Learn and use Mastery Connect and Power school to track student’s grades and academic
  • progress
  • ● Ability to support students with standardized testing (STARs/SAT/PSAT)
  • ● Ability to differentiate instruction
  • ● Collaborate with colleagues on school initiatives to promote academic success
  • ● Confer with parents to discuss student progress, academic, attitudes and achievements
  • ● Teach rules of conduct and maintain discipline in classroom and on campus
  • ● Counsel students when adjustment and academic problems arise
  • ● Maintains attendance, progress reports and grade records as required
  • ● Actively participate in faculty and professional meetings, open houses, parent conferences,
  • educational conferences, training workshops and other related activities
  • ● Maintain positive, cooperative, and mutually supportive relationships with the central
  • administration, parents, and representatives of resource agencies
  • ● Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with
  • students, parents, school personnel, and agencies associated with the school
  • ● Perform other duties as assigned


  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education or a related field
  • ● A minimum of two years of experience working with high school students
  • ● Hold a IL Teaching certificate (ISBE verified))
  • ● Excellent computer skills
  • ● Fully bilingual (English & Spanish)
  • ● Willing to obtain ESL certification within the first year of work at ASPIRA Inc. of Illinois
  • ● Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills, both verbal and written.

Statement of other duties: This document describes the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions. The employer has the right to revise this job description at any time.

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