This position is for the 2020-2021 School Year.
Mission Statement: “At Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago (SSDS), we ignite our students’ Jewish souls, educate them to their highest potential, and empower them to use their knowledge, skills, and creativity to enrich our world.”
It is the responsibility of every teacher at Schechter to help our mission come to life.
Ignite our students’ Jewish souls - At Schechter, we promote curiosity and engagement with learning and Jewish life. Our teachers’ passion creates a learning environment where students are “on fire” and eager to learn.
Educate them to their highest potential - At Schechter, we know where our students are and we focus on individual growth for each student. Teachers facilitate learning experiences where students are actively engaged in creating meaning and making connections. We recognize that students require differentiated instruction and we collaborate to ensure we are meeting students’ needs so they can achieve their highest potential.
Empower them to use their knowledge, skills, and creativity to enrich our world - A Schechter experience is much more than academic achievement. Teachers provide a safe and nurturing environment, develop close relationships with students and provide direct instruction in social-emotional learning. We recognize that we are shaping students as the adults they will one day become, and we take their character development and sense of responsibility for the community and the world seriously.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Duties of this job include, but are not limited to:
Teaches Hebrew language skills, Tanach (Bible), Jewish holidays and Parshat Hashavua, utilizing course of study adopted by the school, and other appropriate learning activities.
Participates in and is a role model during grade-level tefillot (prayers).
Develops lesson plans and instructional materials and provides individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student.
Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom.
Evaluates students’ academic and social growth, keeps appropriate records, and prepares progress reports.
Communicates with parents through conferences and other means to discuss students’ progress and interpret the school program.
Identifies student needs and cooperates with other professional staff members in assessing and helping students solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
Maintains professional competence through in-service and professional growth activities.
Collaborates with grade-level colleagues about curriculum and educational programming.
Supervises students in and out-of-classroom activities during the school day.
Demonstrates a commitment to best practice in all dimensions of effective teaching and professionalism as defined by the Thoughtful Classroom framework, including: Organization, rules and routines; positive relationships; engagement and enjoyment; a culture of thinking and learning; preparing students for new learning; presenting new learning; deepening and reinforcing learning; applying learning; and reflecting on and celebrating learning.
a. Bachelor’s degree in related subject from accredited university
b. Illinois teaching certificate is preferred but not necessary for hiring.
c. Experience is preferred but not necessary for hiring.
d. Hebrew proficiency.
e. Background knowledge of Jewish holidays, basic Jewish practices and Bible content.