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.
We are CREW
PCA was founded in 2007 by three Golden Apple Award winning teachers whose mission was to transform education by creating a school deeply rooted in the best practice of “learning by doing.” Their partnership with EL Education brought about rigorous community-based curriculum called “expeditions” (long term projects), experiential learning methods, and the importance of developing character through a core set of values, which we call The Points of Polaris. PCA is one of the 33 credentialed EL Education schools and one of seven EL Mentor Schools in a national network of more than 150 schools that work together with EL Education to challenge students to think critically and take active leadership in their classrooms and community. We are the only EL Education network school in the City of Chicago. To find out more about our work visit our website at www.pcachicago.org.
You are someone who has…
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
Implement content based literacy (complex text work, differentiated instructional level groups, writing projects)
Implement a “balanced math” curriculum (combination of Engage NY workshop, problem solving, number sense and fluency routines)
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.