Laboratory Schools: English Teacher - High 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 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.
The curriculum of the English Department is designed to help students read literary texts closely in order to discover what the text says, what the text means, how the text affects them, and how the text achieves its effect. To this end, English teachers develop and execute engaging lessons on texts from a range of periods, literary genres, and national literatures.
Teachers are expected to create an environment which allows students to think critically and independently; to teach students to read literature closely; to foster engaging discussions in class; to help students follow a clear, structured writing process; and to adapt classroom instruction to various learning styles.
- Teachers are responsible for developing curriculum, supervising students both in and out of the classroom and maintaining up-to-date teaching techniques to provide students with a quality educational experience.
- Teachers are also expected to build deep relationships with students, families, other faculty and staff to communicate about student progress and to foster a culture of community.
- We are looking for team members who will emanate optimism, solve problems collaboratively, reflect on how your actions impact others, create an engaging and inclusive school culture, and share in the united pursuit of Lab's mission.
- The English Department is responsible for educating students in grades 9-12.
- The courses taught by the department are designed to teach reading, writing, and thinking skills, and the content of the courses is chosen to support those goals.
- English teachers report to their respective Principals and are responsible to the English Department Chair.
- The high school currently supports separate History and English departments and middle school supports a combined Humanities department.
- The school is developing more interdisciplinary programming and is keen to have teachers collaborate and teach across departments and divisions.
- Demonstrated interest and ability to do both are strongly preferred.
- All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are expected to work the required days as stipulated in that agreement.
- Anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2018.
- 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.
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.
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
- Bachelor's degree in English or a related field (ie. comparative literature, humanities) required.
- Master's degree in English or a related field preferred.
- A minimum of three years of middle school or high school teaching experience required.
- Ability to teach any grade level of high school English required.
- Ability to teach Middle School Humanities preferred.
- Experience developing curriculum strongly preferred.
- Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality, preferred.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements (if applicable):
- Ability to move loads of at least 5 lbs and up to 25 lbs
- Ability to use computers extensively for up to 4 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
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
Depends on Qualification
Scheduled Weekly Hours
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