The History Department seeks a teacher with expertise and experience teaching African-American history and two or more related courses which focus on U.S., Atlantic World, the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, Latino-Americans, and/or Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Current required standard and Advanced Topic (AT) courses in the History Department include African-American, American, Early World, European, and Modern World History, and Modern World Religions. Current electives include Economics, Comparative Politics and Global Relations, Herstory, the Holocaust, and Genocide.
History teachers report to their respective Principals and are responsible to the History Department Chair. All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are expected to work the required days as stipulated in that agreement. Teachers are also expected to build deep relationships with students, families, other faculty and staff to communicate about student progress and to foster a culture of community in classrooms, advisory, and club/affinity group spaces. Enthusiasm, collaboration, reflective teaching and learning, and commitment to Lab’s mission are vital.
Lab’s History Department (grades 9-12) believes that historical study is uniquely structured to build appreciation of, and engagement in, a globalized world, and that students build valuable analytical and communication skills through careful attention to research processes and contextualization of current events in their historical antecedents. Likewise, historical study propels cross-cultural competence and an appreciation for global interdependence. In the twenty-first century, historians increasingly engage in transnational research, building more accurate and inclusive global narratives regarding historical events. These narratives provide context for our own experiences with globalization today and empower us to be better citizens. The History Department works to implement an ever-evolving, culturally-responsive curriculum, which is reflected in its recently adopted Accommodation and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statements.
Unaffiliated with the College Board AP™ programs, our faculty work to honor John Dewey by using an inquiry approach to learning and curricular objectives. The History department cultivates students’ thinking skills so they actively construct and analyze historical narratives. Open-ended interpretative questions and student-centered instructional methods (e.g., discussion, debate, and simulation) empower students to act as historians, analyzing and interpreting texts and artifacts with well-evidenced conclusions. Students become adept at scholarly research, investigating more sophisticated sources as they move from tier-to-tier, ultimately reaching ?print sources and scholarly, subscription databases from University of Chicago’s Regenstein Library. Students investigate sources critically, analyzing and synthesizing both primary and secondary sources for point of view and context, rather than accepting them at face value. Students also learn analytical writing skills of thesis formation, well-constructed and evidenced body paragraphs, and attention to proper source citation. The department is committed to a growth mindset that propels students to strive for increasingly sophisticated work as they move from tier to tier.
Develop and deliver an innovative, effective, academically challenging, and culturally responsive curriculum.
Pursue continuous improvement as an educator and historian via reading, professional development opportunities, individual and collegial research, etc., in order to provide students with a superior educational experience.
Supervise students both in and out of the classroom.
Build authentic and effective relationships with students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators, etc., that foster a sense of shared endeavor, and strengthen the collegial and collaborative relationships necessary for effective education of adolescents.
Anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2021.
Bachelor's degree and/or Master’s degree or higher in history. Applicants with either a Bachelor’s or an advanced degree in a closely related field may also be considered.
Coursework, degree, and/or continuing education that indicates familiarity with historical methodologies that seek to broaden students’ social, cultural, and geographic perspectives on both the past and the present, by engaging them in thoughtful analysis of and dialogue with different voices, trends, traditions, eras, regions, cultures, ideas, and theories of governance.
A minimum of three years of middle school or high school teaching experience required.
Working knowledge as an effective teacher of history.
Demonstrated experience working with colleagues and students of diverse backgrounds, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality.
About University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life—of thought and exploration—infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey—one of the great minds in education—established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today’s students still benefit from his vision, and today’s Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field.
Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab’s student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes.
The Laboratory Schools seek the fine...st employees—people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission of igniting and nurturing an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence in the youngest members of the University of Chicago’s academic community.
The Laboratory Schools is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.
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