Bennett Day School is a progressive independent day school looking for passionate educators with innovative spirit and rich background in early childhood, primary classroom, and school experience. We are a new type of independent school; unabashed believers in the values of progressive education, we put students at the center of the process of learning.
Primary Teacher positions are for an education professional eager to participate in the development of a growing Reggio-Emilia inspired academic program and help create and support a unique school culture. Bennett Day School teachers understand that the craft of teaching is dynamic; they adapt to and integrate this belief in his or her daily work in the classroom and school community. The primary grade teacher will work in collaboration with other teaching teams, the TESLab teacher, and the Principal to integrate rich, developmentally appropriate programming in the classroom. The primary grade teaching position follows a two year loop.
3+ years experience as primary grade lead or co-teacher
Experience in progressive education preferred
Program and curriculum development experience; inquiry-based and/or project-based learning preferred
Experience/professional development in/with special education
Collaborative mindset; adept at working with teams and open to new ideas
Deep engagement in pedagogical trends, research, and best practices
Experience with technology as a tool for teaching and learning
Education Background: a Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree in education preferred
Grade-level curriculum development
Individual student documentation and evaluation
Family communication: home visits, four conferences, family open house, weekly newsletters/blogging
Mentoring, collaboration and communication with Apprentice Teacher
Professional Development: Tuesday afternoon faculty meetings and Friday afternoon, ongoing professional development in and out of school
Collaboration and leadership in Google Chromebook Pilot Project
Collaboration, communication, and integration with Specialist teachers (Art, Music, TESLab, Spanish, PE)
Participation in self-evaluation and reflection process; individual and team meetings with the Principal
Participation in three family/community evening events
Hours: 7:30a-4:00p T/TH/F; 7:30a-5:00p M/W (Faculty meetings and Professional Development
Attend summer and school year PD, including New Faculty Orientation August 13-14, Faculty PD Aug 15-24, end of year PD dates, and on and off campus PD.
About Bennett Day School
Bennett Day School is a new PreK-12 independent school in the heart of Chicago. Currently operating grades PreK, JK, SK, and First, Bennett Day School is founded with progressive roots. A fundamental and driving force behind our Reggio Emilia-inspired program is the belief that children of all ages learn through questioning, exploring and discovering. We are committed to advancing creativity, leadership and a love of learning for students and teachers.