Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School seeks to hire imaginative, caring, and talented educators to lead Middle School classrooms beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.
The ideal candidates will have a passion for working with elementary students, experience implementing best practices of progressive and/or constructivist elementary education, a lively intellect and a thoughtful approach to education. We seek educators who are reflective, open to feedback, and eager for professional collaboration.
Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, founded in 1949 and located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, attracts families from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area who seek academic excellence and individualized attention for their children from preschool through 8th grade. Learn more about Akiba at: www.akibaschechter.org
Facilitate, instruct and supervise Middle School students (10-18 in a class) in a general studies subject such as math, language arts, history, humanities, and/or science.
Interact and collaborate with colleagues on a daily basis.
Communicate regularly with parents.
Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet and scaffold students’ diverse needs and interests.
Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, and other experiential activities.
Address cognitive, affective and executive functioning skills.
Participate in all staff meetings and professional development opportunities.
Sponsor and supervise special interest student clubs as needed.
Supervise homeroom, recess or lunchroom as needed.
Serve on committees as needed.
When appropriate, integrate learning with Judaic studies to ensure a rich and cohesive program for students.
Embrace and embody the values cherished by our school.
At Akiba-Schechter, we teach students—not subjects—giving them the skills of life-long learning.
In the Lower School, literacy is the foundation of that independence, which is why we’re so committed to teaching it well. In multi-age classrooms, children in 1st/2nd grade read one-on-one with a teacher every single day, allowing them to advance at their own rate. Teachers at Akiba a...re not the “keepers of knowledge,” but empower students to find answers themselves. Moreover, open-ended and collaborative assignments promote the fact that there is not “one” right answer. Students mentor each other and develop empathy and respect for one another, secure in the knowledge that each is integral to the community. Multi-age and flexible ability groupings mean that children are always in flux, never stagnating at either the top or the bottom of a class. This promotes humility while still encouraging constant growth. Small class sizes and individualized attention mean children advance quickly, limited only by their own motivation.
In Middle School, the focus shifts more toward independence. Through hands-on activities, problem-based learning, and seminar-like discussions, students learn to ask good questions and find meaningful answers. National programs like History and Science Fair promote independent research skills and the confidence that comes from defending one’s findings to an audience. Subject matter often transcends the classroom; large-scale projects like debates, mock trials, and historical re-enactments involve even the Lower School. High standardized test scores, awards in statewide competitions, and numerous other scholastic achievements bear out the success of our approach.