ACE Tech Charter High School serves approximately 500 students from Chicago’s Back of the Yards, Washington Park and Englewood neighborhoods on Chicago's south side. 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.
ACE Tech Charter High School is seeking a dedicated educator and school leader to serve as a science teacher. Freshmen take Exploring Engineering through Physics, which is an introductory science class that covers the basic principles of engineering and scientific methods. Sophomores take Chemistry, juniors take Biology, and seniors take an elective science. Any of these positions require a candidate deeply committed to teaching students to problem solve and think scientifically while building scientific skills and literacy. We are seeking candidates that view teaching as leadership, collaborate well with others, and can manage both details and relationships.
Bachelor's degree (BA) from a four-year college or university in a Science
Valid Illinois Teaching Certificate for Physics
At least 2 years of teaching experience in an urban high school setting is preferred
Desired traits include:
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 Physics and engineering curriculum appropriate for given content and grade level. Create a year-long scope and sequence of the units that will be covered during your class within approximate time frames
- Create detailed unit plans using backwards planning, Understanding by Design, in which the goals of the unit (content and skill standards) and their assessment are the starting point for planning
- Participate in curriculum development and feedback systems in order to ensure long term planning and effective feedback loops. Typically, unit plans are reviewed by the Science 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:
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 an interview. Finalists will then submit to a background check and fingerprinting.