Critical analysis of literature stands at the core of our English Department as we develop thoughtful, reflective, independent readers and writers. We love literature and its power to inspire, question, and change perspective, and we hope that, along with building disciplined critical skills, we pass that love on to our students to carry on in their lives and out into the world. We strive for pedagogical diversity in how we invite students to enter texts, and we prioritize cultural and socio-political diversity in the material we teach.
Our foundational courses are not based on traditional content areas (no American lit, Brit lit, world lit, etc.), but rather are designed around the literature that best facilitates skill development. We’re more about how than what, though we know our texts very, very well. Our courses all build or reinforce a well-scaffolded, evidence-first process for developing original critical essays. We also, however, offer significant alternative assignments -- such as poetry translation, text illustration, cross-textual explorations, playwrighting or story writing -- to give students a variety of paths to think about what they read and what writers do.
We want students to step back and objectively consider the text on its own terms, and we want them to step forward and bring themselves to the text. Teachers are expected to create an environment that allows students to think critically, creatively, and independently; to foster engaging discussions in class; to help students follow a clear, structured writing process; and to adapt classroom instruction to various learning styles.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: This is a permanent part-time position that will carry a load of two or three classes (50-75%) for the 2022-23 school year. In the years following, the class load will go no higher than two classes (50%).
Teachers are responsible for helping develop the curriculum, doing so in collaboration on course teams; for supervising students both in and out of the classroom; and for maintaining up-to-date teaching techniques to provide students with a quality educational experience.
Teachers are also expected to build deep relationships with students, families, other faculty, and staff to communicate about student progress and to foster a culture of the community. We are looking for team members who will emanate optimism, solve problems collaboratively, reflect on how your actions impact others, create an engaging and inclusive school culture, and share in the united pursuit of the Lab’s mission.
The English Department is responsible for educating students in grades 9-12. The courses taught by the department are designed to teach reading, writing, and thinking skills, and the content of the courses is chosen to support those goals.
English teachers report to their respective Principals and are responsible to the English Department Chair. The high school currently supports separate History and English departments and the middle school support a combined Humanities department.
The school is developing more interdisciplinary programming and is keen to have teachers collaborate and teach across departments and divisions. Demonstrated interest and ability to do both are strongly preferred.
All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are expected to work the required days as stipulated in that agreement.
Anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2022.
Bachelor's degree in English, comparative literature, humanities or a related field is required.
Master's degree in English or a related field preferred.
A minimum of three years of middle school or high school teaching experience is preferred.
Teach any grade level of high school English required.
Teach Middle School Humanities preferred.
Developing curriculum strongly preferred.
Working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality, preferred.
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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