Laboratory Schools: Humanities Teacher - Middle School
Hyde Park Campus
11420 Lab Academic Divisions & Departments
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. 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.
Humanities teachers report to the Middle School Principal, provide interdisciplinary instruction of language arts and social studies in the Middle School, and teach the following skills: critical thinking, reading, writing, research, and discussion. Middle school humanities teachers are expected to attend meetings, write narrative grade reports, respond to electronic communication, and organize and supervise student activities.
Anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2018.
- Humanities teachers work in collaborative groups at departments and within grade levels; in addition they attend meetings to support the advisory program, and they serve as advisors to a group of middle school students.
- Additionally, middle school teachers meet with counselors, learning specialists, and parents when necessary, to provide the most comprehensive and inclusive approach to student needs.
- Full-time teachers are expected to work a 40 hour work week and the required number of days as stipulated by the Faculty Association contract. All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining 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.
- Bachelor's degree required
- Advanced degree preferred
- Coursework or degree that reflects multicultural content preferred
- Two years of teaching experience required
- Experience teaching in a middle school setting strongly preferred
- Experience working with students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language, and nationality preferred
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
- Ability to use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/schedule software, etc.) required.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
- Ability to carry or lift 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
Depends on Qualification
Scheduled Weekly Hours
000- American Federation of Teachers , Local 2063
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