The Ancona School needs a part-time head teacher for 5th-6th grade Science and other responsibilities. The teacher will provide instruction in science to children in grades 5 and 6 (multi-age classroom), as well as collaborating extensively with the grade-level cohort, which includes the other 5th/6th Grade Advisors, Head Teachers, Learning Resource Teachers, School Counselor, and multilevel (special subjects) teachers for the grade level. This teacher works as an advisor with time dedicated each morning to building community and social and emotional learning. The head teacher is also responsible for evaluating student progress in these subjects and communicating regularly with parents, including weekly updates to the classroom web page, parent-teacher conferences, and emails and phone calls to inform the child’s family of academic and social-emotional development. This teacher writes narrative-based progress reports, leads and participates in parent-teacher conferences, leads the class as part of school assemblies and special events, and monitors student behavior, and responds by developing pro-social behaviors and self-regulation.
Prepare and deliver curriculum in these subjects (original curriculum in-house)
Co-teach Science Fair and Sexual Education units
Assess and report on student progress three times per year
Lead class in advisory program (daily advisory meetings)
Supervise class when attending camp
Plan and lead field trips to local institutions and parks/natural areas
Supervise lunch and recess daily
Partner with all adults responsible for 5th and 6th grade students’ education and well-being; collaborate with colleagues to plan and execute weekly Flex Days
Participate in professional development, faculty work days, and weekly faculty meetings
Prepare for and present at school events, such as open houses and informational dinners
Communicate regularly with parents via email and the classroom web site
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Reasonable Accommodation/Essential Duties of the Job
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Sedentary work, light work, medium work
Close visual acuity
Inside and outside environmental conditions
Deep facility with Language Arts and Social Studies
Teaching and supporting diverse student population
Communicating constructively and productively with colleagues and parents
None (of staff)
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
When supervising camp, travel is provided for 5 days, 4 nights, out of state outdoor education
Annual faculty retreat
Required Education and Experience
Minimum of three years of teaching rooted in progressive education
Middle school or late elementary teaching experience
Experience with Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Units of Study
Preferred Education and Experience
Masters in Education, History, English, or related area
Training with Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Units of Study
Experience with progressive education, interdisciplinary education, inquiry-based learning, or similar
Experience working in an independent school
Experience working with an advisory program
Familiarity with Macintosh platform and Google suite of products
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
None required for this position.
It is the policy of Ancona School not to discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation or national origin. This policy shall include, but not be limited to, the following: recruitment and employment, promotion, demotion, transfer, compensation, selection for training including apprenticeship, layoff and termination.
The Ancona School is a 21st century independent school for preschool through 8th grade students located in Chicago's historic Hyde Park-Kenwood community. Since its founding in 1962, Ancona has been a leader in providing a thoughtful, experiential and multicultural education to a diverse population of learners. The school combines the best of Montessori and progressive educational traditions with ...innovative teaching and curriculum in open, multi-age classrooms. Ancona graduates go on to Chicago’s most selective public, independent and parochial high schools. Outstanding teachers, active parent involvement and a true concern for social justice distinguish our community of learners.