Laboratory Schools: Service Learning Teacher - Middle School
University of Chicago
February 17, 2018
Location: Hyde Park Campus
The Service Learning program is responsible for educating students in grades N-12. Service Learning is currently integrated into the Middle School Advisory program and in quarterly classes in 7th and 8th grade. It allows students to participate in community initiatives at various levels through philanthropy, advocacy and direct service. The Service Learning Program pushes students to define what it means to be active citizens by reflecting on values of stewardship, social responsibility and leadership.
Middle School students explore the concepts of community building and responsible citizenship in many ways. Examples include: making bagged lunches for community members at a local shelter, volunteering in community gardens, serving meals and playing games with participants in an adult day center, cleaning up public spaces with the park district, packaging newborn supply kits for new mothers, and weatherizing homes for seniors for the winter. Middle School students have the opportunity to learn and serve in Ecuador through the Leaders for Change Ecuador Service Learning trip offered in the summer. Service learning is also integrated into academic courses, including science, art, and world languages. All community engagement experiences are enriched through pre- and post-service reflections.
In the Lower School and Primary/ Kindergarten levels service learning is a class by class endeavor with room for growth into a more cohesive program.
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 178 days or days as stipulated in that agreement.
Anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2018.
Develop curriculum, supervise students both in and out of the classroom and maintain up-to-date teaching techniques to provide students with a quality educational experience.
To foster a culture of community, teachers will build deep relationships with students, families, and staff. They maintain strong lines of communication with families about student progress, and go above and beyond to support and collaborate closely with teammates in the united pursuit of Labâ™s mission.
We are looking for team members who will emanate optimism, share feedback to solve problems, reflect on how your actions impact others, and take ownership over creating the culture you want to show up to each day.â‹
Bachelor's degree required.
Master's degree preferred.
A minimum of three years of primary / secondary school classroom experience required.
Previous experience developing and creating service learning initiatives.
Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality, preferred.
Experience working with community partners.
Experience supporting project based learning linked to service.
Support student initiatives related to service.
Ability to be agile and flexible required.
Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents required.
Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students.
Strong knowledge of course subject matter required.
Knowledge of instructional methodologies required.
Strong knowledge of child development 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.
Verbal and written communication skills
Interpersonal skills required.
Ability to build community partnerships.
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.
Ability to use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/schedule software, etc.) required.
Ability to carry or lifts loads of up to 25 lbs.
Ability to sit for up to 2 hours
Ability to use computers extensively for 4 hours or more
Ability to climb stairs up to 2 stories
Ability to push/pull objects of up to 25 lbs.
Ability to stand for 2 hours to 4 hours
Ability to Use Standard Office Equipment
Brief statement of philosophy regarding:
Ways in which your qualifications can help Lab achieve its goals of inclusivity, equity, and diversity.
Approach to teaching
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