Math Instructor- Foundations Year

Mar 02, 2017
Faculty Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Urban Education Institute is dedicated to producing knowledge to create reliably excellent schooling nationwide. UEI accomplishes this through applied research designed to improve school practice and education policy; the operation of a charter school with four campuses serving children from across the South Side; preparing and supporting new teachers for Chicago; establishing robust partnerships with organizations and school systems across the city and nation; and the dissemination of tools and training designed to improve urban schooling nationwide. Reporting to the Co-Directors of the University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP), the Math Instructor will be part of an innovative and established two year training program to train elementary (1-6) and middle grades teachers (5-8) for Chicago Public Schools. The program is housed in the Urban Education Institute (UEI) and works closely with the Graham School of General Studies and the College. In addition to UTEP, UEI houses the Consortium on Chicago School Research and the four charter schools created by the University of Chicago. In combination, these three programs represent the University's deep continuing commitment to providing a quality education to all children. Chicago UTEP students earn both an MAT as well as an Illinois State Board of Education teaching certificate. By integrating the best of what we know from research and practice, Chicago UTEP program aims to prepare and support individuals who will serve as exemplary teachers, reflective practitioners, and leaders of instructional improvement in their schools.

Unit Job Summary: The Math Instructor- Foundations Year will work specifically within the Foundations Year of UChicagoUTEP's 5 year program. 2 days a week, this person will support the Math Tutoring and Homebase program, the main clinical experience for first year UTEP students in the Foundations Year, collaborating directly with the Foundations Year Coordinator/Literacy Tutoring Instructor. As part of the Math Tutoring and Homebase work, this person will supervise UChicagoUTEP interns as they tutor children in the University of Chicago Charter Schools during the regular school day for the first half of the academic year, and then supervise UChicagoUTEP interns as they practice teaching in Homebase classrooms for the second half of the year. 1 day a week, this person will teach a Math tutoring course that directly supports the Tutoring Clinical work. 2 days a week, this person will provide on-line support and feedback for intern lesson planning, plan courses, and complete administrative responsibilities to maintain and grow the Math Foundations Year work. We are in search of someone who is innovative, organized, and has exemplary coaching and mentoring skills. This is an exciting opportunity for a teacher educator who has experience preparing individuals for urban school settings in mathematics.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree or higher in a relevant discipline required. Advanced degree in relevant discipline preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum five years of experience teaching in urban schools required. Experience with designing and leading teacher professional development or teacher education courses required. Experience or extensive knowledge about work in urban schools required, CPS preferred. Experience teaching in bilingual or dual-language classrooms required; fluency in and experience teaching in Spanish, preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Shared commitment to program values required: coherent preservice-induction experience, focus on child-centered curriculum, commitment to balanced literacy and reform mathematics curricula, social justice, and interest in exploring issues of race, class, and culture with self and students required. Adeptness with technology (websites, group communication, Google docs, PowerPoint) required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Knowledge of program subject matter required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Decision-making skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Presentation skills required. Strong interpersonal skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Ability to maintain confidentiality required. Ability to manage stressful situations required; must work well under the pressure of constant deadlines, and manage planned for as well as unanticipated demands for time required. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.

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