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Junior High School Reading & Language Arts Teacher

Bridgeview, IL 60455
Job Type

This is a full-time teaching position at a private preK-12 school. In grades 6-12, it is an all-girls school. This position begins in August of 2018 and ends in June of 2019.

The junior high school reading and language arts instructor is expected to teach:

  • 6th Grade Reading and Language Arts
  • 7th Grade Reading and Language Arts
  • 8th Grade Reading and Language Arts
  • Advisory (homeroom teacher)

Junior high school reading and language arts curriculum includes a strong emphasis on student writing, grammar, reading and vocabulary.

Job Requirements

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree (required)
  • Pass school background check (required)
  • Completed or enrolled in teaching certification coursework relevant to teaching position (preferred)
  • Possess teaching endorsement(s) in the content area or grade level being taught in 2018-2019 (preferred)
  • Two years of teaching experience with a record of high student achievement (preferred)

Teacher Duties and Responsibilities

Student Achievement and Character Development

  • Takes personal responsibility for the academic outcomes of every student to ensure outcomes result in measurable academic growth and increase every student’s achievement and potential
  • Sets and holds students to high academic and behavioral standards
  • Personally embodies and demonstrates character that models positive and mission aligned behaviors that reinforce the same values in Aqsa students
  • Uses an effective system for tracking student mastery of curricular objectives for each unit throughout the school year aligned with Aqsa School Leadership Team academic goals and school mission
  • Maintains accurate and complete records, including but not limited to: attendance, behavior, student achievement data, grades, progress reports, parent communication, textbooks, etc.
  • Exhibits strong instructional and classroom management skills

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Uses measurable, ambitious, and attainable goals for the year and each interim assessment cycle (content and NWEA) set by the Aqsa School Leadership Team
  • Develops and implements daily lesson plans as part of a long-term scope and sequence aligned to the curricular goals of Aqsa School
  • Tracks student progress, and performs regular data analysis to determine student mastery and diagnose areas of conceptual misunderstanding
  • Uses a variety of approved rigorous formative and summative assessments to evaluate individual academic progress and adjust instructional plans to meet the needs of students
  • Employs a variety of creative, differentiated, and research-based instructional strategies that ensure students are actively engaged in meaningful and rigorous learning experiences
  • Uses technology to support and personalize student learning
  • Records, tracks and submits student progress, attendance and grades on time
  • Carries out and follows curriculum established by school or department

Classroom Culture

  • Develops a positive, achievement-oriented and structured learning environment so that all students are invested in their academic excellence and can fulfill their potential
  • Ensures a setting that meets the needs of all students (gifted, IEP, 504, age appropriateness, etc.)
  • Sets and reinforces clear expectations and routines that align to school-wide values, policies and mission
  • Recognizes, celebrates, and rewards student achievement and character development
  • Follows and applies school policies to reinforce school mission, culture and operations (ex. demerit, tardy and food)

Student and Family Relationships

  • Builds rapport with students, parents, and families so they understand that teachers support them
  • Establishes and maintains open lines of communication such as providing accessibility to students and families beyond the hours of the typical school day
  • Invests parents and families in their children’s academic success through consistent communication of student progress and challenges

Personal Effectiveness

  • Demonstrates passion for and commitment to the mission of Aqsa School to see our students excel academically and grow socially and spiritually
  • Continually improves teaching skills by seeking out constructive feedback and professional development opportunities
  • Demonstrates mastery and enthusiasm for content knowledge
  • Possesses strong organization, planning, and time management skills
  • Be an innovative solution finder
  • Be open to feedback and committed to continuously improving
  • Personal qualities: passionate, relentless work ethic, humility, positive in the face of challenge or change and have a positive attitude
  • Complies with Aqsa School teacher dress code
  • Be reliable and punctual
  • Comes to work enthusiastic, committed, and professionally prepared every day

Contribution to the Aqsa School Community

  • Collaborates with team members to ensure a loving, rigorous, safe environment across the entire school
  • Assumes responsibility for every single student’s success by holding all students accountable to school-wide behavioral expectations
  • Actively and professionally participates in all faculty and staff meetings, professional development, and events
  • Works with teacher peers and staff to enhance the school’s professional learning community
  • Teaches, leads, or assists other educational programs outside of regular school hours such as clubs
  • Attends prayers on time with students to monitor and manage student behavior
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as requested by school leaders that contribute to the school mission

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