The Dean of Teaching and Learning will work as a member of a team with Principal and Dean of Faculty, and Dean of Students, in providing the smooth functioning of all programs in the N-2 division, helping to assure the academic and social progress of the students, maintaining good community relations, advising the N-2 Principal on matters concerning the division and representing the Principal as requested. The Dean will ensure that the school’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is included in all work. The Dean reports directly to the Principal of the N-2 division.
Academic administrators are expected to build deep relationships with students, families, faculty and staff to foster a culture of community. We are looking for team members who will emanate optimism, solve problems collaboratively, reflect on how actions impact others, create an engaging and inclusive school culture, and share in the united pursuit of Lab’s mission.
Coordinates and collaborates around N-2 curriculum including organization of curriculum reviews of major areas over time (math, including computational thinking, literacy, science, social studies, making);
Supports Learning Coordinator and Math Specialist in math and literacy curriculums
Documents arc of learning from 3 year old year through second grade
Ensures smooth transition of students as they matriculate from grade to grade at ESH and into Lower School
Participates in the hiring of all faculty and staff
Works with the Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Dean of Students, N-2 to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion goals throughout program
Supports developmentally appropriate pedagogy for each developmental stage
Articulates coherence across classrooms and across age groups
Supports Reggio principles in Nursery and Kindergarten
Works with the community to articulate use of technology and arc of making
Identifies and supports professional development and supports teachers in creating classroom environments that support teaching and learning
Supports teachers in differentiated learning
Supports and connects classroom projects and investigations
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
Bachelor's Degree required
Master's degree preferred
Advanced degree in education preferred or comparable experience
Leadership experience in education required
At least three years of leadership experience preferred
Early childhood - 2nd grade teaching experience strongly preferred
Experience working in a team setting
Supervisory & evaluation skills required; preferably in a unionized environment
Experience leading, developing and managing change management initiatives
Familiarity with Reggio and project based learning.
An understanding of Dewey’s philosophies and experiential learning.
Significant experience in creating, implementing, managing and assessing educational programs preferred
Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Ability to use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/schedule software, etc.) and student database software required.
PowerSchool experience preferred.
About University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide 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 fine...st 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.
The Laboratory Schools is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.
Interested candidates should apply via our website at: http://www.ucls.uchicago.edu/about-lab/employment
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