Head Teacher - Nursery/Kindergarten
University of Chicago - Chicago, IL

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Laboratory Schools


11420-The Laboratory Schools

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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

Head Teacher - Nursery/Kindergarten: Plan and carry out program for nursery/kindergarten class. Develop curriculum based on Program of Studies. Building on work of Piaget, Vygostky, Dewey and the Reggio Emilia, program includes play, co-created curriculum, long term projects, art, music, and story drama. Collaborate with other teachers as they plan and evaluate the curriculum and programs. Develop a sense of community among the children and assess children on an ongoing basis through careful observation of their play and work. Maintain close contact with parents through newsletters, phone calls, and e-mails; contribute to school wide initiatives and to serve in various leadership capacities in the school. Supervise work of assistant teachers. Contribute to general life of the school.

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 9/1/2013. To be considered for this position, please apply on or before January 31, 2013 by Noon.


Bachelor's degree required.

Master's degree preferred.


Prior teaching experience required.

Two or more years of teaching experience at the Nursery/Kindergarten level preferred.

Familiarity with Reggio approach preferred.


Strong knowledge of course 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

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Campus - Hyde Park

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Union (If applicable):
000-American Federation of Teachers, Local 2063

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