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K-8th Grade Art Teacher (North Side 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:
A Distinctive Schools Art Teacher is responsible for developing in each student an interest in and ability for creative expression in visual terms, using skills and techniques consistent with school guidelines; develop aesthetic understanding and appreciation; discover and develop talent in the field of art. 
A Distinctive Schools Art Teacher is the creative mastermind behind the campus art program. This person will:
  • Plan lessons that expose students to a variety of art mediums including drawing, painting, lettering, and art history
  • Provide instruction by which students develop aesthetic concepts and appreciations as well as the ability to make qualitative judgments about art
  • Instruct students in proper care and use of tools and equipment
  • Provide individual and small-group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of students with varying intellectual and artistic abilities, and to accommodate a variety of instructional activities
  • Evaluate each student’s performance and growth in knowledge and aesthetic understandings
  • Plan and present art displays and exhibitions designed to exhibit students’ work for the school and the community
  • Has a mindset of using restorative justice approach with discipline
  • Create a developmentally appropriate, positive, inclusive and safe learning environment
  • Monitor progress to ensure all students are demonstrating high rates of growth 
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of students' progress and development
  • Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with students from diverse social-emotional, cultural, economic and ability backgrounds
  • Work closely with team members and parents to best meet the needs to students
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Illinois Professional Educators License
  • Endorsement in the content area  
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
  • Salaries starting at $50,000 for licensed teachers
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.