Lake Forest Country Day School is seeking a Middle School Social Studies teacher for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. The current Social Studies curriculum includes a study of American history as well as cultural studies of Russia and China. Additional content includes units on Chicago and Illinois History, the Ancient World, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. The department is poised to expand the curricular content to further explore world cultures. There is an intentional focus on skill development, study strategies, Cornell note-taking, and project-based learning. While the curriculum is well established, there is autonomy for each teacher to choose best-practice methods for instruction.
LFCDS, located on a 30-acre campus about 30 miles north of Chicago, Illinois, is a co-educational, independent day school serving 400 students from age 2 through eighth grade. The School has a long tradition of producing thoughtful, confident, and successful students. Children are known, loved, and challenged at LFCDS, and a state-of-the-art facility provides a remarkable setting for inspired teaching, academic rigor, and attention to individual needs.
Middle School Social Studies Teacher
Teach four to five middle school social studies sections
Work collectively with the other members of the department on curriculum development
Engage in regular goal-setting and curricular integration conversations
Engage in activities that foster and celebrate team unity
Engage in dialogue with other members of the faculty to foster a collaborative spirit
Attend regular department meetings
Plan and revise curriculum as needed
Work as part of the department, ensuring that teamwork, flexibility, sense of humor and creative problem-solving remain important
Member of the Faculty
Serve as an academic advisor
Attend regular team meetings
Collaborate with Head of Upper School to establish professional growth areas of focus
Help to flexibly organize time within the daily schedule
Write narrative progress reports
Articulate regular parent communication
Perform all non-teaching duties assigned by the Head of Upper School
An ability to broaden student understanding of different cultures around the world
Confidence in presenting historical context in a dynamic, student-centric way
Comfort and experience with technology and its use in the classroom
A master’s degree and previous experience teaching middle school social studies
Mission Statement: Inspired teaching, academic rigor, attention to individual needs, a commitment to responsible citizenship—these principles infuse every aspect of life at Lake Forest Country Day School and define our dedication to producing students of strong character with a passion for learning.
Lake Forest Country Day School seeks and embraces diversity among our faculty, staff, and student body. LFCDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, religion, marital status, disability, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, order of protection status, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable law.
Individuals interested should send a cover letter and resume via mail or e-mail to:
Head of Upper School
145 S. Green Bay Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
About Lake Forest Country Day School
Lake Forest Country Day School (LFCDS), founded in 1888, is a coeducational, independent preK-8 school located on a 29-acre campus in Lake Forest, Illinois, USA, a suburb approximately 30 miles north of Chicago. The School serves families from more than 30 communities. The School is affiliated with the Country Day School movement and is a member of The National Association of Independent Schools, The Independent Schools Association of the Central States, The Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools and The Secondary School Admission Testing Board.
Inspired teaching, academic rigor, attention to individual needs, a commitment to responsible citizenship—these principles infuse every aspect of life at Lake Forest Country Day School and define our dedication to producing students of strong character with a passion for learning.