Illinois Association for Gifted Children

Seventh and Eighth Grade Science Position at Gifted Independent School

  • 05/10/2022 9:18 AM
    Message # 12774648

    Position Description 

    This position requires experience with lab-based physics and chemistry and the requisite science and math content knowledge. The content is advanced and comparable to high school, but with the recognition that students are middle-school age.

    Middle School science teachers are instrumental in nourishing gifted students’ hunger for deep exploration, rigor, and knowledge. They balance student interests with an established curriculum. They challenge and care for gifted students. Gifted students often have very high development in one or more areas, and other areas that might be lower, with all areas requiring support and challenge.  Gifted students are individuals and vary in needs, sensitivities, and intensities, and are sometimes different from their chronological peers. The teacher creates community in their advisory, reinforces social-emotional learning for their students’ growth, supports children’s wellness, develops curricula with their colleagues, and contributes to the school’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice work. Class sizes are small, averaging 12 students. 

    All teachers are expected to participate in ongoing curriculum and DEI work, which are key focus areas for the upcoming year.    

    Desired Characteristics:

    • A passion and vision for providing a challenging, engaging program for gifted children

    • An innovative and best practice approach to teaching, including effective differentiated instruction 

    • Mastery of creative and diverse methods of teaching and assessing students

    • Demonstrated talent in creating a positive nurturing environment for students

    • The ability to work closely and collaboratively with faculty across disciplines

    • Belief in the critical importance of diversity in the life of a school

    • Commitment to social and emotional learning

    About the School

    Science & Arts Academy (SAA) is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational, not-for-profit day school for 255 students from pre-kindergarten through middle school located in Des Plaines, IL.  SAA educates gifted children in an academically differentiated and enriched environment while recognizing the unique development of each child.  Our supportive community encourages students to embrace their potential and cultivates their academic abilities, creative talents, and emotional growth.  

    The school is committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body.  SAA values the representation and full engagement of individuals within our community whose differences include – but are not limited to – age, ethnicity, family makeup, gender identity and expression, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

    SAA seeks to hire highly qualified teachers who will contribute to a school environment that challenges academically and creatively talented students, honors excellence in teaching and learning, and respects differences in individuals.  SAA takes the child where he or she is and provides academic challenges appropriate to the student’s ability, aptitude, and intelligence while recognizing and supporting the unique social/emotional needs of gifted children. 

    SAA embraces and celebrates the diversity of our school, and works to create and sustain a diverse, inclusive, equitable, and just community that is safe and welcoming for all; we recognize to do so requires commitment, reflection, deliberate planning and action, and ongoing accountability.

    Required Qualifications:

    1. Bachelor’s degree. 

    2. Preferred: Master’s degree; gifted education coursework

    3. Illinois Teaching Certification (or proof of in-process)

    4. At least three years of teaching experience

    Science & Arts Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in any of its personnel policies or procedures against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability or religious belief.

    How to Apply:

    Application materials sent in a single Word, Google doc, or PDF to Tim Costello, Head of School:

    1. Cover letter indicating specific interest in the position

    2. Resume

    3. List of three references (name, contact information, relationship to candidate)  

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Illinois Association for Gifted Children

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Aurora, IL 60506

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