(Late August 2017-December 2017; Covering a Leave of Absence)
Francis W. Parker School is a renowned JK-12th grade independent day school. Founded in 1901 on the tenets of progressive education, the school currently enrolls 934 students and employs 200 dedicated faculty and staff members who, in addition to assistant teachers, substitute teachers and coaches, work together to ensure that the School lives up to its Mission to “educate students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a democratic society and global community.”
We are currently seeking a skilled and experienced substitute Intermediate and Middle School Learning Resource Teacher to cover a leave of absence, working in classroom, small group, or one-on-one settings. The Learning Resources Program aims to support students with learning differences through mainstream classroom environments and the Learning Resource teacher coordinates with many different classroom teachers in order to support students and communicate student growth and progress with parents. The substitute will help students learn their course material, gradually become more independent, gain insights into themselves as learners, and become their own best advocates. This particular position includes working with 8th graders in a departmentalized program as a member of the 8th Grade Team, and working with students from one 5th Grade self-contained classroom, collaborating with the Grade Head. Additional duties include 8th Grade advisory, chaperoning class trips, and working with colleagues on community service projects.
The faculty, staff and administration of Francis W. Parker School are integral parts of the School's community. Through their passion, dedication and commitment to the School's mission, they create and support an environment where exceptional child-centered learning can occur.
Francis W. Parker School is committed to cultivating a community of dedicated students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, administrators and alumni, who acknowledge, respect, and esteem diversity in our school; and who reflect, through their presence, the diversity of Chicago communities and the wider world.
Francis W. Parker School is an equal opportunity employer.
Bachelors degree in Learning Disabilities; Masters preferred
Background in learning disabilities and/or special education
Experience with Intermediate and Middle School students, including a thorough knowledge of the developmental needs, interests, and profiles of students ages 10-14
Possess an understanding of individual needs of students and the ability to work well with colleagues to modify and adapt instruction for all learners
Flexible and able to work closely with two teams of teachers
Broad cross-curricular knowledge base • Able to communicate clearly and tactfully with students, parents and colleagues
Superior communication skills (both oral and written), with the ability to summarize data from diagnostics and to clearly identify and describe cognitive areas that need support
Understanding and commitment to the tenets of progressive education
Empathetic, sound judgment, emotional maturity and a sense of humor
Adept at helping students, colleagues and parents understand how technology can enhance student organization, communication/self-advocacy and learning
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with background and experience; comprehensive benefits package.