North Park Elementary School is a PK-8 independent school located in the vibrant North Center neighborhood of Chicago. This position provides the opportunity for a talented educator to join our team as we work together to achieve our mission of, “raising confident, self-reliant individuals, in partnership with families, while instilling a sense of curiosity, a passion for learning, and a commitment to having an impact on the broader community.” Specifically, we are seeking a dynamic, innovative, and experienced second grade teacher. This person will align with our core characteristics of professional excellence by showing that they; embrace exceptional teaching, place students at the heart of their practice, values diverse perspectives and experiences, cultivate an environment of continuous growth, and nurture community through actions and attitudes. The qualified candidate must have expertise in all core content areas of math, reading, writing, science, and social studies with a focus on an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based approach. Successful teachers will have a keen understanding of the social/emotional development of second graders, a passion for experiential/integrated learning, as well as a collaborative teaching style. The teacher should be skilled at differentiating for a diverse set of learners and respond to the interests of children.
Duties & Responsibilities
This teacher will:
instruct using differentiated techniques to address students’ various learning styles and abilities.
communicate regularly with parents via blog updates, phone calls, and/or email.
communicate and work with parents, administration and outside specialists, when applicable, to meet the needs of the whole child.
create written narrative reports and carefully document student growth while helping students develop goal setting skills.
employ clearly defined processes and structures for planning, teaching and reflecting that include designing and articulating curriculum based on best practices and create thoughtful assessments rooted in conceptual understanding.
develop curriculum and a classroom culture that emphasizes critical consciousness, social justice, and multicultural education.
improve by responding to continuous feedback and self-evaluation based on individualized goals.
build trusting and positive relationships with students through a Positive Discipline approach.
meet regularly with grade-level teachers, school administrators, and other co-curricular teachers in order to collaborate and develop connections across grade levels.
attend professional development classes, seminars, conferences and/or workshops, and participate in on-site professional development.
plan for and host a “Shining Moment” exhibition night during which students demonstrate learning to parents and the community.
participate in and attend school-wide events.
The ideal candidate will have:
Elementary Education Degree; M.A. in Education preferred
a minimum of 5 years of demonstrated success as a full-time teacher, independent school experience preferred.
a stellar grasp of curriculum design and program development rooted in best practices focused on conceptual understanding and problem solving - knowledge, and experience with the Lucy Calkins Readers/Writers Workshop model and constructivist math approaches.
a strong understanding of the developmental needs of 2nd graders and experience providing a nurturing, creative, challenging and inclusive environment that fosters mutual respect and age-appropriate levels of independence. Knowledge of Responsive Classroom and Positive Discipline approaches.
the ability to communicate clearly and tactfully with parents who have high expectations.
experience with supervising and mentoring assistant teachers.
superior communication skills (oral and written), exceptional organization and planning skills, sound judgment, professionalism, and emotional maturity.
demonstrated record of developing one’s own cultural competency and incorporation of critical consciousness, social justice, and multicultural education into practice.
ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and administration to support and extend the objectives of the curriculum.
demonstrated interest in professional development as a lifelong learner.
familiarity and comfort with educational technology, specifically a knowledge of interactive whiteboard technology and iPads preferred; demonstrated examples of innovative and creative use of technology in the classroom.
flexibility in working with co-curricular teachers to integrate content across content areas.
evidence of working with and meeting the needs of diverse learners through differentiation and collaboration with outside providers.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation and benefits are competitive and commensurate with education and experience.
About North Park Elementary School
North Park Elementary School is a is a vibrant student-centered community built upon a caring professional teaching staff working in partnership with actively involved parents. We are a 240 strong Pre-Kindergarten thru 8th Grade non-sectarian, independent school that develops children to be self-motivated, independent thinkers who love learning for its own sake. We do it by discovering, respecting and growing each student as an individual. Students are engaged by a comprehensive, academically challenging curriculum emphasizing exploration and discovery.
In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at North Park Elementary School will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. North Park Elementary School does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.