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Art Teacher (Grades 3 through 8) A Full-Time Benefits-Eligible Faculty Position Beginning August 2023
NPES is looking for a multi-faceted, dynamic, engaging, and culturally-responsive Art Teacher to join our co-curricular team of teachers in Art, Music, Drama, Spanish, Library/Media Center, and Physical Education. In addition to teaching approximately ten Art classes weekly across grades three through eight in the school’s new art classroom (completed fall 2021)–that is a total of ten periods of formal art instruction per week–the Grades 3-8 Art Teacher engages in the additional responsibilities described below in the section entitled “Responsibilities Beyond the Art Classroom.”
Responsibilities Related to Classroom Instruction in Art
*Design, plan, and implement a culturally-diverse art curriculum that empowers students to express themselves authentically and creatively; that builds skills in various genres of visual art; and that assists students in exploring and developing their own identities while developing curiosity and knowledge about the identities of others (a curriculum that offers both mirrors and windows for all).
*Prepare and implement differentiated instruction, activities, and assessments that enable all learners to find success in Art, with honest effort and open-minds.
*Build relationships with students so they are actively and meaningfully engaged in their work, and integrate student choice (optionality) into at least three units at all grade levels.
*Utilize the new kiln safely and meaningfully integrate it into the 3-D art curriculum.
*Create and maintain a welcoming, interesting, affirming, and safe classroom environment for all students, one in which listening, patience, sharing, and respect are valued and practiced.
*Differentiate instruction in visual art so all learners can learn and grow in their appreciation of art and in their skills.
*Collaborate with co-curricular colleagues and our Director of Educational Technology to plan and facilitate periodic cross-curricular units and activities throughout the school.
*Assist the Preschool through 2nd Grade Art Teacher in teaching designated lessons requiring two instructors because of the process, challenge level, or safety concerns (and they do the same for you when possible).
*Collaborate with the Preschool through 2nd Grade Art Teacher to maintain a school-wide scope and sequence (skills, concepts) and culturally responsive visual arts program.
* Support the school’s annual Gala by guiding students through collaborative class art projects for the auction (an ongoing project that requires attention throughout the year, through mid-March).
Responsibilities Beyond the Art Classroom
*Curate rotating exhibits of student art throughout the school building, and in area galleries and other local spaces as opportunities arise.
*Maintain the school’s online student galleries at Artsonia.
*Identify and implement opportunities for NPES students to experience and develop appreciation for the visual arts and for artists, drawing upon the rich cultural and artistic diversity of Chicago.
*Sponsor a Middle School Art Club during the students’ lunch/recess period 1x weekly from mid-0ctober through mid-May.
*Co-sponsor the school’s new visual arts and literary magazine with a colleague (The FIN).
*Offer a Middle School Art elective course and serve as a Middle School advisor or co-advisor.
*Collaborate with fine arts colleagues in planning and hosting the school’s annual Faith Nielsen Fine Arts Night.
*Other duties as assigned by the Head of School
Qualifications include *Bachelor’s Degree in Art, Art Education, Fine Arts, or a related field; Master’s preferred *Experience teaching students Art, preferably in an elementary school setting. *Exemplary teaching skills focused with intentionality on preparation, process, purpose, adaptability, and a growth mindset. *An understanding of the developmental needs of elementary school students at various stages (intellectually and social-emotionally) and the ability to structure and maintain a healthy, respectful, and positive classroom community. *Experience in and a commitment to including all learners in art instruction regardless of ability or differences in how one learns. *A commitment to and the cultural competence necessary to contribute with intention to an affirming, inclusive, equitable, and just community for all. *A growth mindset (seeing mistakes as opportunities for growth), an open-mind, and a belief that learning, while it involves struggle and the need for resilience, should also be a joyful experience. *Ability to work collaboratively with fine arts colleagues and other teachers to support and extend the objectives of the curriculum and to celebrate students’ creative self-expression.
About North Park Elementary School
North Park Elementary School is an independent school accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) located in Chicago's North Center-Ravenswood community. North Park serves 249 students in Preschool through 8th
Grade, and is dedicated to raising confident, self-reliant individuals in partnership with families, instilling a sense of curiosity, a passion for learning, and a commitment to impacting the broader community in positive ways. North Park seeks to nurture curiosity, spark creativity, and sustain a vibrant, inclusive, community that supports all students, helping them become the best version of themselves. North Park believes that diversity is a critical source of strength for all. For more on the school’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, visit https://www.npeschool.org/about-us/dei/