This position is for the 2020-2021 School Year
To create a flexible middle-grade program and a class environment favorable to learning and personal growth; to establish effective rapport with students; to motivate students to develop skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed to provide a good foundation for middle-grade education in accordance with each student’s ability; to establish good relationships with parents and other staff members; to assist in school programs subject to the SSDS Mission which states:
“At Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago, 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. “
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Duties of this job include, but are not limited to:
A. Teaches language arts and Judaic Studies (Talmud and Tanakh) to students in a classroom, utilizing course of study adopted by the Board of Education, and other appropriate learning activities.
B. Provides instruction that meets national standards and focuses on the key areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
C. 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.
D. Uses a variety of instructional strategies, such as inquiry, group discussion, lecture, discovery, etc.
E. Translates lesson plans into learning experiences so as to best utilize the available time for instruction.
F. Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom.
G. Evaluates students’ academic and social growth, keeps appropriate records, and prepares progress reports.
H. Communicates with parents through conferences and other means to discuss students’ progress and interpret the school program.
I. Identifies student needs and cooperates with other professional staff members in assessing and helping students solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
J. Creates an effective environment for learning through functional and attractive displays, bulletin boards, and interest centers.
K. Maintains professional competence through in-service and professional growth activities.
L. Collaborates with grade-level colleagues about curriculum and educational programming.
M. Selects and requisitions books and instructional aids; maintains required inventory records.
N. Supervises students in out-of-classroom activities during the school day.
O. Participates in curriculum development programs as required.
P. Participates in faculty committees and the sponsorship of student activities.
Q. Demonstrates a commitment to best practice in all dimensions of effective teaching 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.
R. Administers group standardized tests in accordance with state testing program.
a. Bachelor’s degree in related subject from accredited university
b. Illinois teaching certificate.
c. Experience is preferred but not necessary for hiring.