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Resident Teacher (2020-21 School Year)

F.T.E: 1.0
Location: Chicago, IL
Reports To: School Director
Start Date: August 2020
The Mission of Distinctive Schools, an educational practice leader committed to social justice and the elevation of access and achievement in historically marginalized communities, is to support each child in becoming an engaged and curious learner, a confident self-advocate, and a creative problem-solver by setting high expectations and nurturing a positive culture that honors diversity, collaboration, and optimism.
Position Description:
The Resident Teacher is a role that is designed to build one’s readiness to lead their own classroom. This person is paired with the instructional coach as a way to: 1) see exemplary instructional practice in action; 2) receive immediate and actionable feedback on their own practice; and 3) to provide structured release time so that the coach may leave the classroom to support others The Resident Teacher will work closely with the assigned instructional coach to plan lessons, provide instruction, and to support the overall academic and social-emotional growth and development of the students. Throughout the year, the Resident Teacher will gradually assume increasing teaching responsibilities and will receive continuous feedback from their teacher with the end goal of transitioning into a Lead Teacher position the following school year. This person will...
  • Cultivate a strengths-based mindset and language
  • Celebrate students’ academic and social-emotional development
  • Foster a safe, joyful, and rigorous learning environment that reflects the physical and social-emotional needs of the students
  • Implement positive behavioral interventions
  • Respond to students’ academic and social-emotional needs
  • Foster a safe, joyful, and rigorous learning environment
  • Support and reinforce student behavior according to classroom, school-wide and network expectations
  • Serve as a positive role model for students
  • Engage in positive interactions with families
  • Implement instructional strategies, learning tasks, materials, and technology tools that reflect consideration of and accommodation for the individual needs of students assigned
  • Consistently support student achievement through the administration and analysis of formative and summative assessment and use those assessments to adjust instruction based on individual student need
  • Assist students in analyzing or improving methods and habits of study
  • Use multiple forms of academic and behavioral data in order to reteach, reinforce, and extend instruction
  • Work cooperatively with special education teachers to support special education students behaviorally and academically according to guidelines established by Individual Education Plans (IEP’s)
  • Actively participate in the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) process in order to ensure that the needs of all learners are being met
  • Facilitate both whole- and small-group instruction
  • Meet all lesson planning requirements
Professional Development
  • Participate in all informal and formal observations
  • Participate in all staff meetings, committee meetings, and work sessions as required by the instructional coach, director, or network
  • Join and participate in all team planning and data analysis meetings
  • Engage in ongoing personal professional learning through reading educational journals and books, exploring educational research, enrolling in college courses, participating in all network and campus level professional staff development activities
  • Seek out and be receptive to feedback
Professional Expectations
  • Support the mission and vision of Distinctive Schools
  • Exhibit professional judgment and demonstrate behaviors that are professional, ethical, and responsible
  • Comply with all network policies as outlined in Distinctive Schools Employee Handbook and in the Distinctive Schools Professional Expectations and Responsibilities
  • Maintain a professional relationship with all colleagues, students, parents, and community members
  • Attend various school events throughout the school year to be a visible face to families and students
  • Complete other tasks/duties as required by Distinctive Schools and the campus leadership teams/School Director
  • Establish and maintain open lines of communication with students and their parents, School Directors and other colleagues
  • Meet all campus and network deadlines and requirements
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Illinois Paraprofessional License
  • Willing to enroll in a Teacher Preparation Program OR must possess a Professional Educator License
Why Join the Distinctive Schools Team:
  • We are a collaborative team of professionals supporting each other to instill a love of learning in our students
  • We empower students, families and staff to contribute to our mission in a meaningful way
  • We make an impact in our communities by serving some of the most historically marginalized in the city
  • We offer a great benefits package for full time employees (Medical; Dental; Vision; PTO; 403b match, discounted gym membership, tuition reimbursement options, referral bonus)
  • 4% pension contribution
Distinctive Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.