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.
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
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.
About The Ancona School
The Ancona School is a 21st century independent school for preschool through 8th grade students located in Chicago's historic Hyde Park-Kenwood community. Since its founding in 1962, Ancona has been a leader in providing a thoughtful, experiential and multicultural education to a diverse population of learners. The school combines the best of Montessori and progressive educational traditions with innovative teaching and curriculum in open, multi-age classrooms. Ancona graduates go on to Chicago’s most selective public, independent and parochial high schools. Outstanding teachers, active parent involvement and a true concern for social justice distinguish our community of learners.