Laboratory Schools: Dean of Teaching & Learning, N-2

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Hyde Park Campus

11420 Lab Schools Ed Programs

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.

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Job Summary:

The Dean of Teaching and Learning will work as a member of a team with Principal and Dean of Faculty, and Dean of Students, in providing the smooth functioning of all programs in the N-2 division, helping to assure the academic and social progress of the students, maintaining good community relations, advising the N-2 Principal on matters concerning the division and representing the Principal as requested. The Dean will ensure that the school's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is included in all work. The Dean reports directly to the Principal of the N-2 division.

Academic administrators are expected to build deep relationships with students, families, faculty and staff to foster a culture of community. We are looking for team members who will emanate optimism, solve problems collaboratively, reflect on how actions impact others, create an engaging and inclusive school culture, and share in the united pursuit of Lab's mission.


  • Coordinates and collaborates around N-2 curriculum including organization of curriculum reviews of major areas over time (math, including computational thinking, literacy, science, social studies, making);
  • Supports Learning Coordinator and Math Specialist in math and literacy curriculums
  • Documents arc of learning from 3 year old year through second grade
  • Ensures smooth transition of students as they matriculate from grade to grade at ESH and into Lower School
  • Participates in the hiring of all faculty and staff
  • Works with the Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Dean of Students, N-2 to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion goals throughout program
  • Supports developmentally appropriate pedagogy for each developmental stage
  • Articulates coherence across classrooms and across age groups
  • Supports Reggio principles in Nursery and Kindergarten
  • Works with the community to articulate use of technology and arc of making
  • Identifies and supports professional development and supports teachers in creating classroom environments that support teaching and learning
  • Supports teachers in differentiated learning
  • Supports and connects classroom projects and investigations

  • 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 and progressive educational principles 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 think strategically required.
  • Understanding of adults, team dynamics, and relationships
  • Passion for lifelong learning, ability to share curiosity with others.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • Master's degree preferred
  • Advanced degree in education preferred or comparable experience

  • Leadership experience in education required
  • At least three years of leadership experience preferred
  • Early childhood - 2nd grade teaching experience strongly preferred
  • Experience working in a team setting
  • Supervisory & evaluation skills required; preferably in a unionized environment
  • Experience leading, developing and managing change management initiatives
  • Familiarity with Reggio and project based learning.
  • An understanding of Dewey's philosophies and experiential learning.
  • Significant experience in creating, implementing, managing and assessing educational programs preferred
  • Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Ability to use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/schedule software, etc.) and student database software required.
  • PowerSchool experience preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • 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

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Job No:
Posted: 4/22/2018
Application Due: 6/7/2018
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