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Seeking School Leaders in Chicago

Posted by | April 26, 2018 |

Overview

Chicago International Charter Schools’ (CICS) campuses are seeking accomplished, innovative, and energetic leaders to support a growing network of innovative schools. Leaders should exemplify the imperative to innovate, be entrepreneurial, and commit to Chicago’s students. These talented school leaders will join a team of determined optimists as they prepare students for success in college and life. Apply today!

Leaders at CICS’ campuses are empowered to grow and lead. Campuses give school leaders the opportunity to succeed individually while supporting teams of educators to improve student outcomes. CICS’ campuses attract bold, ambitious, outstanding, creative professionals who are willing to take risks and are committed to lifelong learning.

About the CICS Network

CICS is a pioneer—one of Illinois’ first charter networks to manage a portfolio of talented and autonomous school operators with a wide range of school models. This vibrant network of diverse Chicago charter schools enables students to thrive every day, puts them on a path to success in college and life, and empowers entrepreneurial educators to pursue excellence through innovation. There are currently 14 Chicago campuses in the CICS network.

CICS is entering an exciting time, embarking on the implementation of a new strategic plan. Joining a CICS campus at this critical point represents an exciting opportunity to be a part of shaping the new direction of the network. CICS strives to be a consistently high-performing network of academically rigorous, pedagogically diverse, forward-thinking schools that prepare every student for success in college or career. Learn more at www.chicagointl.org.

Key Competencies

* Reflective and introspective; committed to creating a culture of excellence, inclusion and academic achievement through their leadership style.

* Uses data to set academic strategy, identify trends, set goals, and monitor instruction and other streams of work.

* Leverages deep knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to improve student learning through their teachers and other instructional staff.

* Able to engage with diverse groups of stakeholders to galvanize the community around school goals and initiatives.

* Ensures the alignment of dashboards, systems and processes to establish effective operations that support student learning.

All campus school leaders must:

* Have an unwavering commitment to serving others – students, families, teammates, and our communities for the greater good.

* Give and receive feedback, and be open to coaching, mentoring, and partnerships.

* Embody a growth mindset.

* Be helpful, hard-working, self-motivated, and always willing to go the extra mile.

Job Qualifications

* At least 3 years of dynamic teaching experience.

* At least 5 years of leadership experience in a school-based leadership role (will need to demonstrate significant impact through leadership efforts).

* An advanced degree in education.

Salary and Benefits

CICS’ campuses offer a competitive salary and benefits.

How to Apply: https://app.jobvite.com/j?aj=oAkf7fw0&s=ChalkBeat

Chicago International Charter School campuses provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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Seeking Special Education Teachers in Chicago

Posted by | April 26, 2018 |

Overview

Chicago International Charter Schools (CICS) campuses are hiring talented special education teachers to join their teams of determined optimists as they prepare students for success in college and life. Join a CICS school that is helping Chicago students thrive. Apply today!

About the CICS Network

CICS is a pioneer—one of Illinois’ first charter networks to manage a portfolio of talented and autonomous school operators with a wide range of school models. This vibrant network of diverse Chicago charter schools enables students to thrive every day, puts them on a path to success in college and life, and empowers entrepreneurial educators to pursue excellence through innovation. There are currently 14 Chicago campuses in the CICS network. Learn more at www.chicagointl.org.

Teaching at CICS’ Campuses

CICS is entering an exciting time, embarking on the implementation of a new strategic plan. Joining a CICS campus at this critical point represents an exciting opportunity to be a part of shaping the new direction of the network. CICS strives to be a consistently high-performing network of academically rigorous, pedagogically diverse, forward-thinking schools that prepare every student for success in college or career.

CICS’ campuses empower teachers to grow and lead. They give educators the opportunity to succeed individually while supporting better student outcomes. CICS’ campuses attract bold, ambitious, outstanding, creative professionals who are willing to take risks and are committed to lifelong learning.

Specific Responsibilities

In collaboration with the instructional team, the special education teacher will:

* Manage/teach a caseload of special education students.

* Collaborate with students, parents, teachers, staff, and consultants to develop Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

* Work cooperatively with classroom teachers to integrate accommodations and modifications into lesson plans and curricula.

* Work cooperatively with teachers of record to deploy a variety of instructional techniques and media to meet the needs and capabilities of assigned special needs students.

* Consult with classroom teachers regarding management of student behavior according to IEP.

* Participate in or lead IEP meetings as needed.

* Demonstrate knowledge of specialized methodology for teaching students with special needs.

* Organize and maintain accurate Special Education records and files.

* Conduct assessments as needed for Special Education eligibility.

* Assess, monitor and report progress toward IEP goals and objectives.

* Complete all activities required for compliance with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

* Submit required reports and documentation to administration.

* Support students and parents with student placement, curriculum, and instructional issues.

* Keep detailed documentation from parent/student conferences.

Required Qualifications

* Bachelor’s Degree.

* Illinois Special Education Certification (LBS1).

* Working knowledge of federal and state special education laws and regulations.

Salary and Benefits

CICS teachers are highly valued. CICS’ campuses offers a competitive salary and benefits.

How to Apply: https://app.jobvite.com/j?aj=oAkf7fw0&s=ChalkBeat

Chicago International Charter School campuses provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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Director of Product

Posted by | March 16, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a director of product to lead our product and UX team.

Who are you?

You thrive in smaller organizations where you can make a huge impact, and you can draw clear lines from broad organizational goals to products that delight users and drive results. You translate strategy into execution and enjoy doing the work, not just calling the shots. You might be a news nerd or someone who loves reading policy papers, but you’re definitely inspired by our daily journalism and our mission of educational equity. You excel at communication and recognize the importance of conveying the why and how in addition to the what. You’re skilled at presenting data findings, knowing that product strategy is meaningless without the data to support it. You shine at problem-solving in highly collaborative environments and bring clarity to complex situations.

What background and skills do you have? (Not all are required, but we hope you’ll have several of these.)

  • Significant product management experience, ideally at a news organization
  • Background in UX and/or design and an innate sense for what looks good and works well
  • Experience using data to influence product strategy and the ability to present data findings in an authoritative way
  • Strong skills in data analysis and interpretation; experience with analytics platforms (e.g. Google Analytics) and A/B testing methodologies
  • Strong technical background, including knowledge of frontend, backend, and infrastructure technologies, and experience managing developers
  • Understanding of data visualization
  • Proven record of successfully launching and scaling products while working with multiple inputs
  • Outstanding communication: stellar listening skills, the ability to clearly capture other people’s viewpoints, and a knack for driving consensus and decision-making across the organization
  • Past creator of roadmaps/project plans, style guides, user manuals, and other relevant process documentation
  • Familiarity with best-in-class digital products across the journalism landscape and beyond, plus existing relationships with other news and/or product organizations
  • Interest in education and passion for Chalkbeat’s equity mission

What will you do?

  • Develop a product strategy that advances Chalkbeat’s mission, resonates with our audience, and drives toward our key performance indicators: readership, loyalty, and revenue
  • Define and own the product roadmap and feature prioritization to build and improve the user experience and outcomes
  • Establish ideal product development process and oversee product requirements and documentation
  • Communicate evolving priorities across the company, respond to requests from the newsroom and business teams, and design effective tools to document processes and train people to follow them
  • Use data to test assumptions, make recommendations, and drive actions
  • Build use cases and user stories and communicate them effectively
  • Serve as player-coach: You’re a manager, but you’re also a doer. You demonstrate capability to inspire a team while moving quickly to deliver on organizational objectives.
  • Coach, mentor, and manage your direct reports, including a full-stack developer and digital producer, plus oversee relationships with outside web development and design consultants

This position is ideally based in New York City or one of Chalkbeat’s other locations: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, or Memphis. We will also consider remote candidates. This position will report to Chalkbeat’s executive editor.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Chicago Reporter

Posted by | March 16, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking reporters to join our Chicago team.

Chicago is in the midst of sweeping changes with far-reaching consequences for students and families, educators, and communities. Poverty, violence, and deep segregation present steep challenges for students, their families, and their schools. After a last-minute budget deal, the city school district remains on the brink of financial disaster. At the same time, a respected former principal recently has been named the new chief of schools, and Chicago boasts one of the fastest-improving big city school systems in the nation, a conclusion so unexpected that a Stanford researcher double-checked his work before confirming it.

Amid these highs and lows, Chicago’s public schools face a slew of changes at every level. In the K-12 system, school closures and bureaucratic overhauls have made a complicated system more confusing for many families. Enrollment has dropped. City officials also want to lead the country by dramatically growing the number of children enrolled in public prekindergarten, and, controversially, by not allowing students to graduate unless they have a plan for what to do next.

Reporters who join our team will cover these dynamics at a pivotal moment. You won’t just be responsible for conceiving and executing daily news stories; you’ll be tasked with providing crucial context for what is happening, who is affected, and why. You’ll analyze public policy decisions at the district and state level and assess the impact on educators, families, and communities. You will scrutinize the people calling the shots.

You’ll also tell stories about Chicago’s students. You’ll examine early childhood education from all angles and find its opportunities and its gaps; spotlight the needs of English language learners, special education students and children who have experienced poverty and trauma; and use a combination of data and on-the-ground reporting to bring the schools’ struggles and triumphs to light. You’ll collaborate with the Chalkbeat team in both the Chicago bureau and nationwide to deliver content in innovative ways. Finally, you’ll communicate and build relationships with readers and key players in the local community through our weekday newsletters, social media and events.

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and respect the transformative power a good story can wield. You’re a self-starter who is hungry to break news, eager to understand and inform vital public policy debates, and enthusiastic about creating new models for sustainable journalism. You’re a strong beat reporter who can develop reliable sources and beat the competition. You’ve got the ability to write a range of stories, from breaking news, to enterprise and long-term investigative projects. Most important, you can serve as a guide for our readers — school personnel, education insiders, parents, students, and curious citizens — in explaining how the city works. And you’re not afraid to call its leaders to task when warranted.

What background and skills do you have?

  • Substantial reporting experience, preferably in digital, with a focus on public policy issues. (We’re open to hiring veteran reporters and up-and-coming journalists alike.)
  • Experience working in a CMS, preferably WordPress
  • Background in data journalism and visual production is a plus
  • Passion for education and the future of Chicago and its children is a must
  • Knowledge about education issues and the city of Chicago are strong pluses, but not required

The positions will be based at our Chicago office.

They are full-time positions with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Story Editor (Part-Time)

Posted by | March 14, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a story editor with digital experience to make our news stories sing.

The story editor will be responsible for editing a mix of articles out of our seven local bureaus: Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, Newark, New York, and Tennessee. Stories will vary among news pieces, step-back analyses, and longer enterprise work, and each day will be different. You will work with the managing editor, digital producer, and local reporters to ready stories for publication on our website, and coordinate with the growth editor for social promotion. You will also work with the managing editor to help connect the dots across bureaus and ensure that Chalkbeat is telling a cohesive overarching story.

The story editor will provide crucial perspective, adding regional or national context where needed and ensuring that stories read logically, adhere to Chalkbeat style, and are properly sourced. While each piece that comes across the transom is different, all of our stories taken together should add up to a coherent whole, and the story editor is essential to achieving that goal through a mix of line editing, copy editing, and pulled-back critical thinking.

Who are you?

You respect the power of the (virtual) red pen, craft grabby headlines, and geek out on style guides. Although this position does not manage writers directly, you possess a mentoring spirit that’s able to coax the best story possible from reporters both green and seasoned. You believe that it’s better to teach than to tell. You live by your gut instinct for a good story and whack your way through unnecessary words to sniff out the best angle. Nut graphs? You slay them.

What background and skills do you have?

  • 5+ years’ experience in journalism and/or digital content creation
  • Expertise in story shaping, line editing, and copy editing
  • Experience working in a CMS, preferably WordPress
  • Stellar news judgment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a knack for working with opinionated reporters and editors
  • Passion for education is a must; knowledge of education is a strong plus, but not required
  • Journalism experience in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Newark, New York, or Memphis is a plus

The ideal candidate is based in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Newark, New York, Memphis, or Washington, DC. Remote candidates will also be considered.

This is a part-time position (20 hours per week). Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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National Reporter

Posted by | March 2, 2018 |

Chalkbeat is looking for a passionate, enterprising reporter to join our national reporting team.

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. Read more about our mission and values.

We’re currently in six locations — Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, Newark, New York, and Tennessee — and we’re about to be in one more, Chicago. Now, we’re looking for an additional reporter to join our two-person national team to help cover the organizations and ideas that span the country and shape what happens locally.

You’ll be responsible for writing a range of stories at a fast clip. A typical week in your reporting life might include profiling a growing charter school network, breaking news about a national teachers union, and synthesizing local stories about challenges facing refugee students.

You’re a good fit for this position if most or all of these apply:

  • You’re excited about holding powerful organizations accountable to the public.
  • You’ve thrived as a journalist in a fast-paced, high-volume news environment.
  • You’ve previously covered education locally or nationally and have more questions than when you got started.
  • You believe high-quality journalism can make a difference to the lives of students, the work of policy makers, and the strength of our democracy.

The ideal candidate would be based in or willing to relocate to New York City, but we’re open to someone working elsewhere, especially from another Chalkbeat bureau.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

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Summer Teacher Coach

Posted by | January 30, 2018 |

WHO WE ARE
Generation Teach is led by a national team of educators, driven by five core values – belonging, investment, initiative, growth, and excellence. We partner with communities to build local, diverse pipelines of exemplary educators who reflect the students and communities we serve. We recruit, train, and empower professional teachers to invest in their next generation of colleagues by coaching, mentoring, and supporting undergraduate and high-school students who are exploring careers in education as summer teaching fellows.

On average, our summer teaching fellows are:

  • 75% people of color
  • 60% Black and/or Latinx
  • 75% local – they grew up or attend college in our communities
  • 40% First Gen

We are committed to investing a new generation of prospective teachers in our most important profession. Every year, we learn with and from our fellows, professional teachers, and students. Learn and grow with us this summer!

WHO YOU ARE

  • You are a professional teacher who shares our core values and our commitment to ending educational inequity.
  • You value contributing to a diverse community of learners who challenge and support one another.
  • You want to invest your summer in the success of others. As a GT Summer Teacher Coach, you will focus on your undergraduate and high-school summer teaching fellows – their experiences and their success.
  • You are eager to receive feedback and coaching to develop the next generation of educators.

WHAT YOU WILL DO
You will complete two days of pre-summer training to learn about our program and protocols for lesson rehearsals, daily observations, growth conferences, and Teaching Fellow evaluation. You will participate in two weeks of pre-STEAM Academy training for Teaching Fellows and will lead practice sessions, model teach a lesson from our curriculum, and conduct lesson rehearsals. During our STEAM Academy, you will observe 4 Teaching Fellows each day, provide daily feedback, lead weekly rehearsals and data analysis sessions, and model teach complex concepts. The Teacher Coach position is a powerful opportunity to reflect and grow as a teacher and leader.

During the two weeks of Teaching Fellow training, the commitment is four hours a day, Monday – Friday (actual hours to be determined). During the STEAM Academy, the hours are Monday – Friday from 8:45 a.m. – noon. Teacher Coaches are welcome to arrive earlier or stay later to participate in other aspects of the STEAM Academy. If you are seeking a full-time role, please consider our Dean of Experiential Learning or Assistant Director role(s).

Responsibilities

  • Complete pre-reading and two days of pre-summer training
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the core curricula of the summer program to support and advise Teaching Fellows
  • Facilitate lesson rehearsals
  • Observe each Teaching Fellow every day and provide actionable feedback through a growth conference or feedback note
  • Communicate and collaborate with the Director to ensure Teaching Fellow success inside and outside the classroom
  • Work with Teaching Fellows to analyze student work and adjust instruction
  • Confer with other Teacher Coaches to identify professional development needs and opportunities
  • Complete pre-, mid-, and post-summer evaluations of Teaching Fellows
  • Evaluate program and give actionable feedback for continued evolution of best practices

QUALIFICATIONS
Ideal candidates will meet or exceed the following qualifications:

  • Model and embody GT core values
  • Believe all students can and will achieve
  • Build and value relationships
  • Create communities where everyone grows as learners, collaborators, and teachers
  • Seek and implement feedback
  • Problem solve quickly while working strategically toward long-term results
  • Show initiative to lead when appropriate
  • Invest in the experience and success of others
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree, at least two years of full-time teaching experience, and desire to grow while developing the next generation of urban educators

COMPENSATION AND COMMITMENT
The commitment is Monday through Friday, June 4, 2018 through July 20, 2018, 8:45 a.m. to noon. Compensation for the part-time coaching position is $2,100.

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Associate Director, Curriculum

Posted by | January 29, 2018 |

TITLE: Associate Director, Curriculum
DEPARTMENT: Programs, Education
LOCATION: Chicago (CSC)
REPORTS TO: Director of Curriculum

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
The Associate Director of Curriculum works closely with the National Director of Curriculum to design an e-learning Civics curriculum project for secondary-level students, ensuring that curricula and supporting tools, modules and other training resources are based on anti-bias pedagogy, sound instructional design and current learning standards, and utilize technologies responsive to the different learning styles of students.  The Associate Director will collaborate with e-learning and resources platform development staff and/or consultants to ensure curriculum and subsequent training is fully operational on the online platform. Under the direction of the Director of Curriculum, the Associate Director will initiate connections with potential partners, collaborate on the training components and provide oversight in evaluation of the project.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Review existing ADL classroom online and print curricula to gain an understanding of the philosophy, principles and overall approach of anti-bias curriculum development.
• Become familiar with the proposed content of the Civics curriculum, and conduct research to gain familiarity with current and innovative strategies and approaches in civics education.
• Develop a project outline, work plan and timeline for developing the Civics curriculum.
• With the guidance and oversight of the Director of Curriculum, design and write modules for high school Civics lessons that are pertinent, intersecting civics and anti-bias content when appropriate.
• Provide recommendations for ways that the Civics curriculum can be presented in an online course.
• Recruit and conduct educator focus group(s) throughout the Midwest on classroom and online needs and to pilot and gain feedback on online Civics lesson content.
• Ensure curriculum assessment practices are varied and reflect current and sound educational pedagogy.
• Initiate and develop new web content including blogs, webinars, teacher strategies, parent/family resources and other resources in order to market and share information about the curriculum.
• Collaborate with the Director of Education Marketing in implementing marketing strategies including email campaigns, teacher surveys, social media contributions, partnership leveraging opportunities, etc.
• Collaborate with the Director of Training to develop the pilot teacher training, Train-the Trainer sessions and webinars.
• Oversee the evaluation design and implementation.
• Represent ADL at national education conferences, webinars and meetings, as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Skills

• Expertise in curriculum design and development
• Excellent organizational and project management skills, including organization of work plans, timelines and reports
• Experience in education marketing and promoting programs
• Excellent research, writing and editorial skills
• Knowledge, understanding and experience in social studies curriculum
• Knowledge and understanding of anti-bias education
• Ability to simultaneously handle multiple assignments, work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines
• Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office
• Classroom teaching experience preferred

2. Work Experience
• Minimum of three to five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of curriculum development, diversity training, project development/management, primary/secondary education, and/or school administration

3. Education
• BA in Curriculum Development, education or a related field, MA degree preferred.

The information in this job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification.  It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job, nor is it to be interpreted as a contract for employment.