Laboratory Schools: Assistant Teacher - Early Childhood
University of Chicago
DepartmentLab School Nursery/Kindergarten Faculty
About the Department
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provides 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 finest 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.
Teacher to teach and manage the elementary class.
- Attend at least one meeting a week with the Head Teacher and is expected to take part in events that may occur outside of school hours.
- Build deep relationships with students, families, and staff to foster a culture of a community. 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 Lab’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 of creating the culture you want to show up to each day.
- Full-time teachers are expected to work a 40-hour week and the required number of days as stipulated in the Faculty Association contract. All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
- An anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2023.
- Quickly adapt to changing circumstances and be flexible in work with students.
- 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.
- Analytical skills required.
- Problem-solving skills required.
- Decision-making skills required.
- Attention to detail required.
- Organizational skills required.
- Computational skills required.
- Creativity required.
- Verbal and written communication skills.
- Interpersonal skills required.
- Work independently and as part of a team required.
- Manage stressful situations required.
- Maintain confidentiality required.
- Work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.
Education, Experience or Certifications:
- High school diploma required.
- Bachelor's degree preferred.
- Prior early childhood teaching experience required.
- Experience working with a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language, and nationality required.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
- Use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/scheduling software, etc.) required.
- Strong knowledge of course subject matter required.
- Knowledge of instructional methodologies required.
- Strong knowledge of child development required.
- Develop curricula, lesson plans, and assessment tools required.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
- Move in and around the classroom/building to interact with students, faculty, staff, parents, and other members of the community.
- Move class-related equipment/tools, as appropriate, around school property.
- When appropriate, escort children from one classroom to another, in and out of the building during arrival and dismissal, and in an emergency situation.
- Demonstrate lessons, when appropriate.
- Cover Letter
- Professional References Contact Information (3)
When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.
Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement
Depends on Qualifications
Scheduled Weekly Hours
000- American Federation of Teachers , Local 2063
Job is Exempt
Drug Test Required
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