Teachers at GEMS are educational leaders who understand the innovative and international nature of a rigorous, inquiry based academic framework.Â The foundation for our curriculum is a blend of an international program of studies and GEMS Education's core values - Global Citizenship, The Pursuit of Excellence, Leadership through Innovation, and Growing by Learning.Â An IB-inspired school, GEMS uses the city of Chicago as an extended campus for our extensive field studies program.
We seek passionate, creative, and risk taking individuals who are continually growing intellectually and professionally.Â Our teachers collaborate to create a learning community focused on developing independent learners who have the critical thinking skills, initiative, persistence, and experience to thrive.Â We support our teachers in expanding their skills through partnerships and exchanges with international institutions and universities.Â Our emphasis on professional learning attracts the highest caliber of teachers and staff and yields the best possible academic results.
The Mathematics Specialist at GEMS will lead the faculty in deepening and enriching studentsâ€™ mathematical understanding and fluency, work closely with teachers to review and implement a Mathematics curriculum based on Singapore Math for grades Pre K-9.Â The successful candidate will be experienced with designing and providing instruction to meet the needs of a diverse learning community.Â She/He will support and coach teachers as they work with learners through lesson modeling, direct instruction for students, identifying and facilitating professional learning opportunities for teachers, and establishing paths of communication with colleagues and parents.Â The Mathematics Specialist will lead Math Clubs and provide opportunities for GEMS students to engage in mathematics experiences and competitions beyond the school building.Â The Mathematics Specialist may also teach one or more classes at the secondary level based on the needs of students.
This is a unique and exciting opportunity to help create an integrated approach to Mathematics instruction in a new, innovative school with the support of a team of stellar educators.
Education, Experience, and Skills Required
Minimum of seven years of experience
An advanced degree with a focus on mathematics and/or mathematics teaching at the graduate or undergraduate level
Experience in Independent schools
Experience mentoring, coaching, and/or designing and leading professional development for teachers
Familiarity with a wide range of teaching approaches and strategies
An understanding of differentiated learning
An understanding of the math learning continuum from PK-5
An understanding of child development including experience with elementary-aged students
An understanding of the importance of a partnership with families and their involvement in and support of the program