The Ancona School seeks a full-time head teacher for Spanish. The teacher will provide instruction of the Spanish language using a cultural context to embed the teaching and learning. The language teacher is responsible for evaluating student progress in the subject matter and communicating regularly with parents, including weekly updates to the classroom web page, and emails and phone calls to inform the child’s family of academic and social-emotional development. This teacher writes narrative-based progress reports, leads the class as part of school assemblies and special events, and monitors student behavior, and responds by developing pro-social behaviors and self-regulation.
The World Language Program is positive, non-threatening & spontaneous. The Spanish curriculum builds upon the belief that students’ language learning should be a positive, non-threatening process, similar to the way children acquire their first language. Within our classroom, students learn not only language and pronunciation skills but also learning strategies that will aid them as they continue their studies in later years. Our approach is meant to foster spontaneous and meaningful communication among students, interest, and enthusiasm for Spanish-speaking cultures, and empathy for the people living within those cultures. We frequently use a process known as TPRS – Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling. This method emphasizes the importance of the repetition of “comprehensible input” — listening and reading that is understood by the learner –as a way to more effectively acquire language.
Our curriculum weaves lessons related to geography, daily life, history, politics, music, art, and struggles for peace and social justice within the Spanish-speaking world. The intense focus on these themes as seen through the lens of human rights and social justice is both progressive and potentially transformative; cultivating compassionate, culturally proficient, and geographically knowledgeable global citizens who have the power to become positive change agents. Each year, within a four-year cycle, we focus on a different part of the world where Spanish is spoken: 1) Spain 2) Mexico, Central America & the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean, 3) South America, and 4) The LatinX Community in the U.S.A.
Essential Job Function
Follow and create curriculum that incorporates language and cultural studies as well as focuses heavily on social justice issues within the target regions
Plan and supervise overnight camping trip and an annual study-abroad trip
Assess and report on student progress four times per year
Plan and lead field trips to local institutions and parks/natural areas
Supervise lunch and recess daily
Partner with all adults responsible for students; collaborate with colleagues to plan and execute weekly Flex Days
Participate in professional development, faculty workdays, and weekly faculty meetings
Prepare for and present at school events, such as open houses and informational dinners
Communicate regularly with parents via email and the classroom website
Use innovative approaches to World Language instruction (speaking, reading, listening, writing)
Incorporate song, dance, theater, and storytelling into lessons
Partner with community-based organizations to enrich the curriculum
Engage in discussions about equity and inclusion as it relates to the target cultures
Pre-class preparation, including consultation with SST and Grade Level Team
Track attendance and report to the school office students who are in/out
Receive and welcome students
Consult with other teachers for curriculum ideas, sharing materials, and scheduling common activities
Teaching Expectations During Class
Uphold and reinforce positive behavior by modeling or drawing attention to ground rules
Remain in contact with the whole group and sense changing mood or activity
Conference with individual children about their work
Treat children with unconditional positive regard and provide individualized care for needs
Expectations After Dismissal
Refresh the environment
Complete daily notes
Reflect on individual children and group interaction
Assemble materials for the following instructional day
Communicate with SST and grade level team about any learning or social-emotional issues that surfaced during the day
Note needed janitorial services, work orders
Restructure classroom routine as needed
Place orders or go shopping
Meet with co-workers, Division Head, and Head of School to share ideas, plan, and problem solve
Perform the following selected duties as needed:
Update long-range class and children’s records
Organize special projects
Read professional journals or articles
Confer with Head of School as requested
Occasional and Ongoing Expectations
Prepare notes for conferences
Participate in staff meetings
Participate in parent education
Participate in Board meetings, as requested
Participate in professional meetings outside of school
Prepare for school’s community activities such as open houses, observations, and all general meetings or special events
Required Qualifications: Education and Experience
Masters in Education, or Spanish, or related area
Minimum of three years of teaching rooted in progressive education
Elementary teaching experience
Experience integrating social justice themes into a curriculum
Familiarity with Macintosh platform and Google suite of products, as well as Zoom
CPR/First Aid certification (preferred)
Pass a background check
Have the physical capacity to work with children.
Keep up with professional development – 15 hours per school year.
Fluency in Spanish
Strong classroom management, knowledge of Responsive Classroom a plus
Teaching and supporting a diverse student population
Communicating constructively and productively with colleagues and parents
Openness to growth and change
To apply, submit cover letter and resume in one PDF.
About The Ancona School
The Ancona School is a 21st century independent school for preschool through 8th grade students located in Chicago's historic Hyde Park-Kenwood community. Since its founding in 1962, Ancona has been a leader in providing a thoughtful, experiential and multicultural education to a diverse population of learners. The school combines the best of Montessori and progressive educational traditions with innovative teaching and curriculum in open, multi-age classrooms. Ancona graduates go on to Chicago’s most selective public, independent and parochial high schools. Outstanding teachers, active parent involvement and a true concern for social justice distinguish our community of learners.
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