Laboratory Schools: Homeroom Teacher, Lower School
Hyde Park Campus
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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 of igniting and nurturing an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence in the youngest members of the University of Chicago's academic community. The Laboratory Schools 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. Interested candidates should apply via our website at: http://www.ucls.uchicago.edu/about-lab/employment AA/EOE Statement: The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination. Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-1841 or by email [email protected] with their request.
Homeroom Teacher - Lower School: The Lower School (3rd - 5th grades) homeroom teachers receive direction and support from the Lower School Principal and administration.
- Build deep relationships with students, families, and staff to foster a culture of community. Maintain strong lines of communication with families about student progress, and go above and beyond to support and collaborate closely with teammates in the united pursuit of Lab's mission. We are looking for team members who will emanate optimism, share feedback to solve problems, reflect on how your actions impact others, and take ownership over creating the culture you want to show up to each day.
The anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2018.
- Duties include instructing and supervising a group of Lower School students and providing homeroom instruction including language arts, math, social studies and social emotional skills.
- Interact and collaborate with parents and other members of the faculty and administration on a daily basis.
- Head Teachers are responsible for building a nurturing, challenging, and supportive classroom environment that fosters mutual respect and age appropriate levels of independence. Create activities and curriculum that supports mathematical and spatial thinking, literacy, knowledge about the physical world and the development of empathy. Develop curriculum to support play and exploration and the construction of relationships and ideas.
- All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are expected to work a 40 hour work week and the required 178 days or days as stipulated in that agreement.
- Ability to be agile and flexible required.
- Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents required.
- Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students.
- Strong knowledge of course subject matter required.
- Knowledge of instructional methodologies required.
- Strong knowledge of child development required.
- Ability to develop curricula, lesson plans and assessment tools required.
- Analytical skills required.
- Problem-solving skills required.
- Decision-making skills required.
- Attention to detail required.
- Organizational skills required.
- Computational skills required.
- Creativity required.
- Verbal and written communication skills
- 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 use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/schedule software, etc.) required.
- Bachelor's degree required.
- Master's degree in education or related field preferred.
- Prior teaching experience required.
- At least three years of teaching experience in grades 3-5 preferred.
- Experience developing curriculum preferred.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
- Ability to carry or lifts loads of at least 5 lbs and up to 25 lbs
- Ability to sit for up to 2 hours
- Ability to use computers extensively for up to 2 hours
- Ability to Use Standard Office Equipment
- Ability to move around building/classroom to interact with students, staff, faculty, and extended community
- Cover letter
- Professional references
- Brief statement of philosophy regarding:
- Ways in which your qualifications can help Lab achieve its goals of inclusivity, equity, and diversity.
- Approach to teaching
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.
Depends on Qualification
Scheduled Weekly Hours
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