High School English Teacher
ACE Technical Charter High School is seeking a dedicated educator and school leader to serve as an English teacher for the 2017-2018 school year.
This position may contain the following bolded courses:
- Freshman Literature is an introductory literary survey course that covers classics like the Odyssey and Romeo and Juliet. Here, students work on core skills in reading and writing that will be crucial for future grades. A focus on formal vs. informal writing, academic vocabulary, and structured writing is promoted.
- Honors Freshman Literature is the first step in the English Honor’s track. Here students will build upon skills mastered and read to increase their analytical skills and breadth of background literary knowledge.
- Sophomores World Literature covers texts like Enrique’s Journey, the Iliad, and Lord of the Flies. In this class, students are exposed to perspectives and reflective writing. Building on the writing skills of the previous year, students will be introduced to formal writing that is based on comparison and reflection of their own culture.
- Honors World Literature students begin preparing for the final two years of the English Honor’s track. Writing longer and with more depth, students will be introduced to research strategies in connection with their writing.
- Junior American Literature covers texts like The Great Gatsby and Kindred. This class focuses heavily on integrating SAT preparation with content and writing. Junior AP Language and Composition is offered to students that have both proven themselves in reading and writing mastery through the English Honor’s track as well as in regular classes.
- Senior Contemporary Literature cover texts like On the Road and The Road. In this class, students will be exposed to near college level expectations in reading difficulty and writing scope.
- Senior AP Literature and Composition is the final step in the English Honor’s track, covering texts like The Jungle and Heart of Darkness.
- Additionally, a core elective, Academic Writing, is offered to the Freshman class. This elective focuses on specific areas of writing by specifically targeting student’s strengths and areas of concern. Differentiation and the writing process are instrumental in building strong central writing skills.
Any of these positions require a candidate deeply committed to teaching students to problem solving while building literacy skills. We are seeking candidates that view teaching as leadership, collaborate well with others, and can manage both details and relationships.
ACE Technical Charter High School serves approximately 400 students from Chicago's Back of the Yards, Washington Park and Englewood neighborhoods. ACE Tech was founded in 2004 to increase the number of urban, low-income, minority, and female youth who enter the architecture, construction, and engineering professions. While many students are interested in these professions, ACE Tech caters to students with a wide variety of interests and aspirations. The student body demographic is 66% Black and 28% Hispanic. 95% of students are low income and 15% are in special education programs. ACE Tech's mission is to provide for our students the highest levels of instruction and academic achievement combined with exemplary character development that will prepare them for postsecondary and apprenticeship education and sustained lifelong success.
- Bachelor's degree (BA) from a four-year college or university in English
- Valid Illinois Teaching Certificate
- At least 2 years of teaching experience in an urban high school setting is preferred
- Exemplary rapport with students and colleagues
- Hard worker that does whatever it takes to achieve desired results
- Enjoys being part of a team
- Passionate about the opportunity to positively affect student outcomes and school culture
- Design or implement/modify English Language Arts curriculum appropriate for given content and grade level. Create a year-long curriculum map of the units that will be covered during your class within approximate time frames
- Create detailed unit plans using Understanding by Design backwards planning in which the goals of the unit (content and skill standards) and their assessment are the starting point for planning as well as weekly standards-based lesson plans
- Participate in curriculum development and feedback systems in order to ensure long term planning and effective feedback loops. Unit plans are reviewed by the English department, discussed and collaborated on multiple weeks in advance of the unit launch.
- Use best practices in the classroom to engage students and drive student achievement
- Create and maintain a fair grading system, updating student grades once a week
- Monitor attendance, grades and behavior of all students and keep parents updated on student struggles and progress
- Participate in required staff meetings:
- Bi-weekly department meeting
- Bi-weekly grade level meetings
- Bi-weekly professional development
- Attend summer professional development opportunities and curriculum planning workshops.
Applicants will be screened initially by phone, then invited to ACE Technical Charter High School to give a 20-30 minute sample lesson followed by a formal interview. Finalists will then submit to a background check and fingerprinting.