7/8 Language Arts and Social Studies Head Teacher and Advisor
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7/8 Language Arts and Social Studies Head Teacher and AdvisorKira Dault2021-03-23T10:12:47-06:00
The Ancona School seeks a full-time head teacher for 7th-8th grade Language Arts and Social Studies. The teacher will provide instruction in reading, writing, and social studies to children in grades 7 and 8 (multi-age classroom), as well as collaborating with the grade-level cohort, which includes the other 7th/8th Grade Advisors, Student Support Team, and multilevel (special subjects) teachers for the grade level. This teacher works as an advisor with time dedicated each morning to building community and social and emotional learning.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Essential Job Function .
Prepares and delivers curriculum in reading, writing, grammar, civics & advocacy, Chicago history, the Silk Road, and WWII and the Holocaust and manages the learning experiences for students to ensure the needs of the group and individual students are met.
Plans and facilitates History Fair and Social Justice Data Fair.
Communicates regularly with parents, including weekly updates to the classroom web page and emails and phone calls to inform the child’s family of academic and social-emotional development.
Writes narrative-based progress reports, leads and participates in parent-teacher conferences.
Leads class in advisory program, including daily advisory meetings.
Attends camp and supervises students.
Supervises lunch and recess daily.
Partners with all adults responsible for 7th and 8th grade students’ education and well-being; collaborates with colleagues to plan and execute weekly Flex Days.
Prepares for and presents at school events, such as open houses and informational dinners.
Participates in professional activities designated by the Head of School, which may include workshops, curriculum retreats, meetings, grade reporting, planning, and other professional pursuits.
Attends all pre-announced staff meetings and professional sessions, including staff, level, committee, and evening parent meetings.
Follows the school’s policies and procedures for student evaluation and record keeping, meeting all due dates as required
Assesses the needs of the class and prepares requests for materials, furnishings, and classroom budget; updates inventory list and submits to Head of School on last day of school.
Other job duties as assigned.
Pre-class preparation, including consultation with SST and Grade Level Team
Track attendance and report to the school office students who are in/out
Receive and welcome students
Consult with other teachers for curriculum ideas, sharing materials, and scheduling common activities
Teaching Expectations During Class
Uphold and reinforce positive behavior by modeling or drawing attention to ground rules
Remain in contact with the whole group and sense changing mood or activity
Conference with individual children about their work
Treat children with unconditional positive regard and provide individualized care for needs
Expectations After Dismissal
Refresh the environment
Complete daily notes
Reflect on individual children and group interaction
Assemble materials for the following instructional day
Communicate with SST and grade level team about any learning or social-emotional issues that surfaced during the day
Note needed janitorial services, work orders
Restructure classroom routine as needed
Place orders or go shopping
Meet with co-workers, Division Head, and Head of School to share ideas, plan, and problem solve
Perform the following selected duties as needed:
Update long-range class and children’s records
Organize special projects
Read professional journals or articles
Confer with Head of School as requested
Occasional and Ongoing Expectations
Prepare notes for conferences
Participate in staff meetings
Participate in parent education
Participate in Board meetings, as requested
Participate in professional meetings outside of school
Prepare for school’s community activities such as open houses, observations, and all general meetings or special events
Reports to Head of School and/or Division Head
Work Area Assigned
Classroom, Outdoor Learning Space, Hallway; must secure substitute or leave only at assigned breaks.
Required Qualifications: Education and Experience
Masters in Education or humanities field
Minimum of three years of teaching rooted in progressive education
Middle school or late elementary teaching experience
Experience integrating social justice themes into a humanities curriculum
Familiarity with Macintosh platform and Google suite of products
CPR/First Aid certification (preferred)
Pass a background check
Have the physical capacity to work with children.
Keep up with professional development – 15 hours per school year.
Sedentary work, light work, medium work
Close visual acuity
Inside and outside environmental conditions
Respect for children
Passion for education
Openness to growth and change
Expected Hours of Work
Monday-Friday, 7:50 am-3:30 pm
Wednesdays, 3:35-4:45 pm (Reserved for Staff Meetings)
When supervising camp, travel is provided for 5 days, 4 nights, out of state outdoor education
Annual faculty retreat
Professional attire; no sweats, jeans, clothing with holes, etc.
Be prepared to sit on the floor and avoid jewelry that can be a distraction to the children
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
It is the policy of Ancona School not to discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation or national origin. This policy shall include, but not be limited to, the following: recruitment and employment, promotion, demotion, transfer, compensation, selection for training including apprenticeship, layoff and termination.
Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time position offering a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a benefits package including medical and dental insurance; tuition remission; professional development opportunities; and an employer-matched retirement plan.
Interested candidates should submit complete this form, and submit it along with a cover letter and resume, in one PDF, to: as soon as possible.