LBS High School Humanities Teacher
Perspectives Charter Schools - Chicago, IL

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High School Humanities Teacher

Job Description

The High School Science Teacher:
Exhibits a strong commitment to the ethos of Perspective Charter Schools;

Displays discretion, confidentiality, honesty and integrity in his/her relationships with the differing sectors of Perspectives and wider community;

Demonstrates initiative and responsibility as the High School Science Teacher;

Serves as an advocate for social justice, the development of character, and the right to receive and pursue an exceptional education.

Essential functions:
Provide an academically rigorous curriculum that aligns with both Perspectives standards and the Illinois Teaching Standards

Teach reading and history to 10th grade students

Prepare lesson plans, outlines and/or syllabi

Guide and offer independent practices and research activities to foster proficient oral and written expression, critical thinking, applications and ethics

Offer alternative, performance, force-choice and creative assessments and activities

Plan and facilitate field studies to support and enhance classroom curriculum

Maintain accurate student grades, records and/or portfolios

Provide input and support grade level, subject matter and instructional leader led meetings

Model and teach The Perspectives Way

Teach and/or facilitate the A Disciplined Life? curriculum

Implement and monitor both the school uniform and discipline codes

Cultivate and support parent and family involvement in school curriculum and school life

Participate and lead professional development programs

Participate in CORE and CAMP each summer

Duties as assigned in support of A Disciplined Life

Requirements Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with certification in history, social studies, or reading

Experience in the transfer of knowledge to high school students;

Ability to develop and foster successful teacher/student relationships

Ability to work collaboratively with teams and nurture collegial relationships

Proven organizational skills

Proven ability to work well with diverse constituents

Proven ability to verbally communicate ideas effectively

Proven ability to exercise initiative and discretion in the performance of position responsibilities

Required Characteristics and Skills as a Professional

Passion and skills to create a school that stands apart from other public high schools: a learning environment that is highly motivating, supportive, adventurous and rigorous

A commitment to high expectations for self, students and staff team

Ready and able to work creatively with faculty team to meet the academic and personal needs of high school teens

Desire to integrate multiple subject areas into your own content area

Ability and interest in constructivist, investigation-based learning

Enthusiastic to design and teach a challenging project-based curriculum

Comfortable practicing differentiated instruction in the classroom, teaching grades 9,10 and/or 11 with widely differing ability levels among the student body.

Willing to use the city and region as your classroom

A hunger to deepen and expand ones knowledge of chosen content area; a strong desire to deepen the understanding and mastery of ones own practice

A high regard for student potential and an ability to provide many opportunities for them to develop and assume larger roles

A commitment to frequent communication with families & community

Required Characteristics and Skills as a Person

A commitment to high moral, ethical, and legal standards and values

Willing to be bold and creative in pursuit of what is best for kids

Actively seeks coherence between ones values and practice

An expectation to learn from conflict and an ability to resolve conflict well

An expectation and desire to interact deeply with team in and out of school

Actively listens to others in order to understand

Reflective: knowledgeable of personal strengths & shortcomings; able to adapt & improve in changing situations

Willing to examine one's own assumptions and beliefs

A ready willingness to examine and alter less successful practices

Passionate in pursuit of quality

Interested in having life-changing relationships with students that are empathetic, supportive, challenging and meaningful

Desired Qualifications

Applicants must demonstrate, both in their applications and interview sessions, commitment to Perspecitves A Disciplined Life philosophy and the necessary experience to fill the variety of roles required of teachers in small schools. The responsibilities listed below represent our expectations for teachers in every discipline.

Experience in project-based teaching and learning at the high school leve

Multiple subject endorsements as a high school teacher

Up-to-date knowledge of educational technology and applications

Embrace and promote the Perspectives vision, mission, educational approach, and goals

Provide expert knowledge of subject area and related academic and research skills

Integrate cooperative group work, project-based learning, and literacy-building activities into all lesson and unit plans

Include technology, including use of the Internet and appropriate tools and software, into classroom activities

Assess student effort and progress through varied methods, including common assessments, performance-based assessment, portfolio demonstration, and PSAE-style assessments

Incorporate and address the educational needs of all students in an inclusive, non-tracked learning environment that includes special education students

Employ outstanding classroom management skills

Serve as a faculty advisor to a small group of students within the Advisory Program

Participate in staff meetings, overnight retreats, and staff development institutes (contractually compensated)

Collaborate with colleagues to develop interdisciplinary lessons, unit plans, and yearlong curriculum maps using the Understanding by Design (backwards design) framework

Collaborate with staff to develop best practices tailored to the unique philosophy and instructional approach of Perspectives Charter Schools and to the needs of our student population

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