Homeroom Teacher - Primary School

Location
Chicago
Posted
May 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life, of thought and exploration, infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey, one of the great minds in education, established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today's students still benefit from his vision, and today's Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field. Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab's student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes. The Laboratory Schools seek the finest employees, people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission. It is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.

Unit Job Summary: Primary School Homeroom teachers (Gr. 1&2): Receive direction and support from the Primary School Principal and administration. Duties include instructing and supervising a group of Primary School students and providing homeroom instruction. Create a nurturing, challenging, and supportive classroom environment that fosters mutual respect and age appropriate levels of independence. Monitor the performance of students and communicate concerns with administrators, other teachers and learning/counseling faculty, and parents. Interact with parents and other members of the faculty and administration on a daily basis. Full time teachers are expected to work a 40-hour week and the required number of days as stipulated in the Faculty Association contract. All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2017.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred. Coursework or degree that reflects cultural competency preferred.

Unit Experience: Prior K-3 teaching experience required. A minimum of three years of teaching experience preferred. Experience developing curriculum preferred. Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Strong knowledge of course subject matter required. Knowledge of instructional methodologies required. Ability to develop curricula, lesson plans and assessment tools required. Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Decision-making skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Computational skills required. Creativity required. Flexibility required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Interpersonal skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Ability to manage stressful situations required. Ability to maintain confidentiality required. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required. Ability to walk around building during the school day and climb stairs to escort children to special classes and out of the building in the event of an emergency required.