Elementary Teacher

Chicago Free School Elementary Teacher Job Description:

  • Teach in a student-centered, democratic school community where rules are made by majority vote of the assembled students and teachers and curriculum is driven by student interests.
  • Support students in democratic resolution of conflicts using a process similar to restorative justice.
  • Communicate respectfully and non-coercively with students about school rules and learning goals. Support students’ intrinsic motivation.
  • Advise a homeroom group of 12 students of mixed ages. Develop personal, supportive relationships with families of those students.
  • Teach literacy and math daily to mixed age small groups. We employ flexible grouping based on students’ individual development. Professional development will support teacher planning in literacy and math.
  • Support students’ completion of independent projects and activities.
  • Teach elective classes based on teacher expertise and student interest in a variety of areas such as social studies, science, music, art, dance, cooking, technology, writing, etc.
  • Organize and lead frequent field trips (at least weekly), based on student input and subject-area connections.
  • Use formal and informal assessment strategies to track student progress and development. We do not administer standardized test.
  • Write narrative reports 3 times per year for students in your homeroom group and participate in student-led conferences to share with families about what students have been learning and doing.
  • Participate in a staff collective to make all day-to-day administrative decisions in partnership with the board of directors. Decisions are made by consensus.
  • Take on one of five staff administrative roles including Finance, Development, Parent Liaison, Visitor and Community Liaison, and Facilities. Our school has no principal and no director.

Strong Candidates Will:

  • Be flexible, adaptable, and willing to take initiative in a startup environment.
  • Have experience working with children in an educational setting. Certification and traditional classroom experience are not required. Candidates from a diversity of professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
  • Have a strong commitment to social justice and anti-oppression.

How to apply

Please submit your resumé and your answers to the questions below via email to chicagofreeschool@gmail.com by April 11th.

Instead of a Cover Letter, Please Answer the Following Questions in a Total of Two 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?
  • Starting a new school is very demanding. What do you anticipate will be the most challenging parts of this work and how will you respond to these challenges?
  • What do you look forward to learning as a teacher at the Chicago Free School?
  • 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

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.
  • Men and people of color are especially encouraged to apply.
Chicago, Illinois
Chicago Free School

5500 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL, 60637, US