EARLY CHILDHOOD DIRECTOR

Midwest Academy for Gifted Education is a not for profit institution focused on the social, emotional, and academic needs of gifted students in the Chicagoland area, specializing in the HG+, for ages corresponding to JK-12.

JOB DESCRIPTION

MAGE Instructors implement rigorous curriculum, differentiate instruction, and implement various instructional practices that are developmentally and intellectually/academically appropriate.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Creating a learning environment that promotes high levels of engagement, academic risk taking, and student growth;

  • Maintain health and safety of all students;

  • Submitting lesson plans for review, as requested;

  • Designing and delivering all course instructional activities, incorporating differentiation and a variety of instructional practices;

  • Recommend appropriate instructional materials for use;

  • Assessing and evaluating student learning progress;

  • Integrating instructional technology as developmentally appropriate;

  • Communicating with parents, staff, and administrators; 24 business hour turn around on e-mails and calls from parents.

  • Committing to continued professional learning.

  • Attendance commitment of 1 weekend day a month for up to 6 hours for no more than 6 occurrences during the school year.

  • Teaching/Planning/Supervising during published academic school year days:

    • The professional work day is from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with student attendance between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

  • Attending outside of school hours meetings and events:

    • Weekly staff meeting until 4 p.m.

    • One (1) weekend day a month for up to 6 hours no more than six (6) times during the school year.

    • Monthly school event after school hours no more than eight (8) times a year. Events may last until 9 p.m. and for which there is at minimum two (2) weeks prior notice to the event.

  • Collaborating with other instructors/staff/administrators

  • Supervising students during arrivals, dismissals, and snacks/meals, managing the classroom, and managing student schedules to ensure timeliness (e.g. on-time dismissal, appropriate meal time, etc.)

  • Setting and managing expectations with students and parents.

  • Teaching primarily students who are 4-5 year old.

  • Supervising different age group during some cross-age opportunities, such as during a reading buddies activity.

  • Supervising one overnight trip, such as a museum sleepover with students and families or a family overnight camping experience  with an older age students and families.


 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with transcript. At least 60 credit hours in elementary education with at least 21 credit hours in early childhood;

  • Master's degree, at least three years of lead teaching and experience with gifted and twice exceptional students preferred;

  • Gifted endorsement strongly preferred;

  • Experience teaching accelerated, telescoping, and/or compacted curricula;

  • Experience finding appropriate reading materials for high lexile and or comprehension readers;

  • Project and child-led learning experience;

  • Deep familiarity with early children’s literature;

  • Experience with reading assessment and common interventions;

  • Subject matter expertise as appropriate up through at least 6th grade is required; 8th grade preferred, in mathematics, reading, writing, and science;

  • Facility with a variety of teaching methods;

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;

  • An understanding of issues that affect students and their families;

  • Flexibility to attend to myriad professional responsibilities;

  • Mobility to supervise active children;

    • Ability to lift up to 40/50 pounds;

    • Must be able to ambulate up and down 4 flights of stairs multiple times a day and walk at least 2 city blocks;

    • Ability to run occasionally for at least a few minutes

    • Ability to work in a variety of positions in an instructional setting for 3-5 minutes at a time, such as squatting, stooping or bending over from the waist, kneeling, or even lying on the floor and ability to stand and walk for extended periods.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license;

  • Must be willing to visit new student’s homes once to ease transition into the school;

  • Positive discipline and regulation experience, such as mindfulness training, zones of regulation;

  • Patience;

  • Tolerance for allowing movement during activities where it is safe to do so.

  • Professional attire (business casual), athletic shoes encouraged. No open toed shoes or slippers unless there is medical need.

 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with scholastic competition teams;

  • Experience in putting on a class or school performance or production;

  • Interest in sponsoring a student interest club that might meet once a week after school;

  • Interest in coaching a sport or an activity such as track and field, baseball, chess, theater, choir;

  • Ability to speak/teach a foreign or classic language;

  • Ability to play/teach an instrument.

  • Non-smoker

 

Additional requirements:

  • Previous State of Illinois Gateways registration preferred or will need to complete registration prior to job;

  • Completed or willing to complete mandatory reporter training prior to starting the job;

  • CPR certification either current or willing to obtain prior to starting the job;

  • Commits to a minimum of a year contract, with 2 month notice if wishing to leave;

In order to start working, educators must pass background check and provide a current physical examination including TB test and other vaccines.

 

Benefits:

  • One of the teacher’s children receives a tuition waiver for the duration of employment at the school. A plan for siblings is currently under consideration;

  • 10 paid vacation or sick days a year;

  • Continuing education possible after one (1) full year of employment, provided MAGE meets enrollment thresholds.

 

Compensation commensurate with experience.

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