Computer Science Teacher - Middle School

United States, North America
Apr 16, 2014
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About The Unit: The Laboratory Schools is among the largest independent schools in the country with a history dating to 1896 under the auspices of John Dewey and the University of Chicago. Located on the U of C campus, the Schools serve children (N-12) from metropolitan Chicago with approximately 60% of the students coming from families affiliated with the University. The University environment attracts a rich and diverse student body and parents who value and support a quality educational program.

Unit Job Summary: Computer Science Teacher - Middle School: The Computer Science Department is responsible for the computer science education of students in grades two through twelve. Computer science classes are taught in the schools' computer labs; at other times the labs are open for use by students, faculty, and staff. The computer labs contain Apple computers that are managed by department members for curricular needs. The LS/MS Computer Science Teacher is responsible for developing curriculum for and teaching computer science classes in grades five and six; working together with other members of the Computer Science Department to develop and maintain a cohesive curriculum sequence from grades 2-12; working collaboratively with teachers in other subject areas to create opportunities for interdisciplinary learning; advocating for computer science education in K-12; and serving as a Middle School advisor. 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 9/1/2014. This position may close on or before May 16, 2014. Interested candidates should make application as soon as possible.

Unit Education: Master's degree preferred. Degree(s) in computer science or related field preferred.

Unit Experience: At least two years teaching experience preferred. Experience developing curriculum preferred. Experience working with upper elementary and middle school age children preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Strong knowledge of computer science subject matter required. Knowledge of instructional methodologies 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. Flexibility 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.