Chicago Free School After-School Program Coordinator and Afternoon Teacher

(Due to COVID-19 this position is on hold/No After-School Programming currently)

Chicago Free School is looking for a dedicated, passionate, and creative teacher to lead our after-school program for ages 3-11, and teach two afternoons per week and on Fridays in our regular-day program with ages 5-14.

Responsibilities

Teach After-School Program

  • Lead the Chicago Free School (CFS) After-School Program every school day. The program runs from 3:30pm to 6pm M-Th and 5pm on Friday.
  • Supervise 5-20 students with a team teacher. Attendance varies by day.
  • Build respectful relationships with students and foster a positive, safe environment.
  • Uphold student-led democratic procedures holding students accountable to school rules and resolving conflict.
  • Organize choice activities in coordination with other after-care teachers based on student interest, such as free play, outdoor play, art and craft activities, music, and dance.
  • Supervise children outside except in below-zero weather.
  • Clean after-care classroom daily.
  • Maintain positive relationships with City Elementary after-care staff and students, with whom we share space for our Friday program.
  • Procure and organize materials for after school activities within a budget.
  • Take attendance daily and coordinate billing with the school finance administrator. Maintain an up-to-date student roster with health and emergency contact information.
  • Plan, procure, and prepare healthy snacks within budget.

Teach Afternoon Classes

  • Teach on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.
  • Supervise student clubs after lunch. Currently, this includes Robot Club and Dungeons and Dragons club, but club offerings change based on student interest.
  • Teach a one-hour elective class that meets twice weekly. Elective classes can cover a variety of themes including science, social studies, arts, languages, or other project-based topics based on student interest. Incorporate hands-on, interdisciplinary, and inquiry-based learning approaches.
  • Build respectful relationships with elective students and foster a safe and productive learning environment in accordance with school rules and conflict resolution practices.

Teach Friday Classes (through June 2020 only)

  • Teach all day Friday with our middle school class, grades 6-8. Work with a group of 14 students.
  • Work with the regular class teacher to plan and carry out field trips and project-based learning activities in conjunction with thematic class activities and student interest.
  • Build respectful relationships with middle school students and foster a safe and productive learning environment in accordance with school rules and conflict resolution practices.

Compensation:

  • This position is paid at a rate of $20 per hour for 27 hours per week. The CFS After-School Program is not in session on CFS holidays.
  • This position qualifies for health benefits and paid sick time.
  • Staff members whose children attend CFS receive a 50% tuition discount.

Requirements:

  • Significant experience working with children required. Experience leading educational programming preferred.
  • Experience teaching project-based learning required.
  • Ideal candidates will be comfortable taking initiative and working with significant autonomy and coordinating with a team of colleagues within the context of a mission-driven, democratic organization.

How to apply: In Place of a Cover Letter, Please Send Your Resume and Responses to the Questions Below to chicagofreeschool@gmail.com

  1. Why are you interested in working at the Chicago Free School? What appeals to you about this position?
  2. What strengths will you bring to our work to build the Chicago Free School?
  3. Describe your vision for our after-school program and how you would implement it as our coordinator.
  4. Describe your approach to working with elementary students with regard to supporting their social, emotional, and intellectual development.
  5. Talk about a lesson or activity you have led as an educator that you feel encapsulates some part of your vision for what education should be.
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Non-discrimination Statement:

  • The Chicago Free School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, or family income in the administration of its educational policies, tuition assessments, admissions and other school-administered programs.
  • People of color are especially encouraged to apply.

 

Chicago Free School Middle School Teacher

Chicago Free School is seeking a creative, motivated middle-school teacher who is passionate about student-led learning. We seek to foster a sense of ownership and self-motivation in students and are looking for a middle-school teacher who enjoys connecting students with engaging, authentic learning experiences that help them grow as a whole person.

Chicago Free School is currently following a hybrid learning model in our middle school, with outdoor, in person meetings on some days each week combined with virtual learning. This plan is in place for the month of September, with the possibility of in-person or remote learning for later parts of the year depending on virus conditions. 

Chicago Free School Middle School Teacher Job Description

  • Teach in a student-centered, democratic school community. We involve students in making decisions about curriculum and school rules, and students have significant freedom to choose learning activities throughout the day.  
  • Advise a homeroom group of 10-15 students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Develop personal, supportive relationships with families of homeroom students.
  • Support students in democratic resolution of conflicts using a process similar to restorative justice. 
  • Communicate respectfully and non-coercively with students to enforce school rules in order to foster a safe and positive classroom culture. Balance supporting students in developing independence and autonomy while maintaining a safe learning environment.
  • Develop and teach curriculum that incorporates student interests, teacher interests, and core subject competencies. Teachers have significant autonomy to develop fun, purposeful, and creative learning experiences in partnership with students. 
  • Develop curriculum geared toward middle school students and centered on project-based, interdisciplinary, service-learning, hands-on, and inquiry-based modes of learning. Incorporate social justice as a core curricular focus according to an intersectional, anti-oppression lens.
  • Support students’ individual development, goal-setting, and self-directed learning. Support students’ intrinsic motivation. Support students’ completion of independent projects and activities in literacy, math, and other subject areas.
  • Teach literacy and math daily to mixed age small groups.  We employ flexible grouping based on students’ individual development. 
  • Teach elective subject-area classes (such as painting, chemistry, or architecture) to students at a variety of grade levels.
  • Organize and lead frequent field trips connected to learning themes. Involve students in the field trip planning process.
  • Use formal and informal assessment strategies to track student progress and development.
  • Write narrative reports 2 times per year and participate in student-led conferences to share with families about what students have been learning and doing. 
  • Participate in a collectively-managed staff to make administrative and operational decisions in partnership with the board of directors.  Decisions are made by consensus. We do not have a principal or director. 
  • Take on an administrative role such as fundraising, parent communication, or facilities management in coordination with building landlords.  Staff share some administrative responsibilities with a full-time administrator.

Expected time with students per week – 30 hours

Expected planning time per week – 8-10 hours/week

Expected administrative time per week – 5 hours/week

Expected meeting time per week – 2 hrs/week

School session for teachers – Mid-August to mid-June.

Starting salary – $50,000 per year plus medical and dental benefits and 50% tuition discount for children of teachers.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience working with middle-school/junior high students in an educational setting.
  • Experience taking initiative and bringing projects to completion.
  • Track record of creating a positive classroom/school culture among young adolescents.
  • Track record of teaching according to a student-centered, student-directed model.
  • Track record of teaching multiple subjects or taking an interdisciplinary approach to teaching.

In Place of a Cover Letter, Please Answer the Following Questions in 2 Pages or Less:

  • Why are you interested in working at the Chicago Free School? 
  • What strengths will you bring to our work to build the Chicago Free School?
  • Describe your approach to working with 11- to 14-year old students to support the particular needs of this age group with regard to social, emotional, and intellectual development. 
  • Talk about a math lesson or math-themed hands-on activity that you have led as an educator that you feel was particularly successful or engaging.
  • Talk about a project-based, hands-on, interdisciplinary, or inquiry-based lesson or activity you have led as an educator that you feel encapsulates some part of your vision for what education should be. 

Please also submit photos, lesson plans, and/or samples of student work 

Non-discrimination Statement:

  • The Chicago Free School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, or family income in the administration of its educational policies, tuition assessments, admissions and other school-administered programs.
  • People of color are especially encouraged to apply.