Who are we?
We are Polaris Charter Academy, a dynamic EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) school on Chicago’s west side. We exist to support students to become academically successful life-long learners with a strong sense of personal and civic responsibility. With 450 students grades K – 8, PCA promotes an expanded definition of student achievement, putting both academic excellence and character development equally at the forefront.
Polaris is seeking teachers with…
*A growth mindset and is hungry to move from good to great
*Strong beliefs that ALL children are capable of achieving at high levels and feel responsible for ensuring that growth
*A strong track record of developing relationships with students and families that yield positive academic and character growth
*Innovative and research-based approach to literacy and mathematics instruction
*Strong evidence of implementing engaging and effective lesson design and instructional practices
*Proven ability to contribute to a high-performing team, along with strong communication and interpersonal skills
*Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively informally and formally with fellow team members and staff
*A commitment and thirst for continuously improving teaching and school culture through rigorous coaching and professional development
*Passion for Deeper Learning that aligns with the principles of EL Education (Learn more about EL Education at elschools.org)
*Experience in project-based learning and vision for interdisciplinary integration
*Valid Illinois teaching license(s)
As part of the Polaris Crew, you will:
*Implement CCSS/IL Standards/ C3/ UCLA aligned curriculum, using existing PCA curriculum maps as a guide
*Develop your practice by participating in rigorous coaching and professional development
*Commit to character education fostered through daily practice of Crew, a designated time to circle up your students to focus on community building, goal setting, and social emotional growth
*Collaborate effectively with your grade level partner and a part-time educational assistant assigned to your classroom
*Grow your practice and achieve more than you thought possible
Want to join the PCA crew?
PCA seeks to recruit persons of diverse backgrounds. PCA is inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical abilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs or any other non-merit fact, so that all employees feel included, equally valued and supported.
To initiate the process, please visit our website or send your cover letter and resume to Michelle Navarre, Head of School.