Prairie Crossing Charter School (PCCS) is currently accepting applications for an Elementary Classroom Teacher with General Education or related experience for the 2022-2023 school year. PCCS’s team culture is one that CARES. We seek to bring on a talented individual who is collaborative, aware, respectful, empowering and sustainable. We work hard to create child-centered classrooms by consistently practicing differentiated instruction, using integrated units, and implementing authentic assessments to evaluate student growth.
Benefits of Joining the PCCS Team
Education for Sustainability
This is what makes PCCS successful. Along with meeting and exceeding the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, PCCS seeks to meet and exceed Environmental Literacy standards through the Northern American Association for Environmental Education in equipping our students to become community centered and environmentally responsible. It’s what our problem, project and place based learning approach is all about. We provide children with a personalized education experience, where they learn the value of community and the environment so they can make a positive difference for themselves and their communities
PCCS teachers have the opportunity to develop their skills through our Institute Days and bi-monthly professional development sessions. Additionally, each teacher works with a mentor and an environmental coach who provide individualized support. Our collaborative environment is rooted in student achievement data and focused on improving instructional practice and student learning. These opportunities allow us to build a vibrant professional learning community where we can sharpen our skills and have fun.
All teachers have daily prep time and weekly opportunities to collaborate with our content-area and grade-level teams. We are constantly building a professional learning community where teachers and partners are having the hard conversations and we are pushing each other to get better at our craft.
When you decide to join the PCCS team, you are choosing to work with award-winning professionals who strive together to Create Natural Leaders. We believe that children are our best hope to improve the world, if you do too, we want you to join our team.
Develops and administers school General Elementary curriculum consistent with school district goals and objectives.
Teaches classes based on both the Illinois Learning Standards as well as the Standards for Education for Sustainability.
Promotes a classroom environment that is safe and conducive to individualized and small group instruction, and student learning.
Develops lesson plans and instructional materials and translates lesson plans into learning experiences so as to best utilize the available time for instruction
Conducts ongoing assessment of student learning, and modifies instructional methods to fit individual student’s needs, including students with special needs; conducts individual and small group instruction as needed.
Instructs students in the principles of responsible citizenship and other subject matters specified in applicable laws, as well as administrative regulations and procedures of the school system.
Continues to acquire professional knowledge and follow current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research.
Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping, grading, and reporting for all student activities, achievement and attendance as required by district procedures and applicable laws.
Encourages parental involvement in students’ education and ensures effective communication with students and parents.
Ensures that students’ conduct conforms with the school’s standards and school district policies, and establishes and maintains standards of pupil behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom.
Coordinates with other professional staff members, especially within grade level, to evaluate and assess curriculum, and participates in faculty meetings and committees.
Selects and requisitions appropriate books, instructional aids and other supplies and equipment and maintains inventory records.
Administers standardized tests in accordance with District testing programs.
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Deans and other central office administrators as designated by the Executive Director.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of current teaching methods and educational pedagogy, as well as differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles.
Knowledge of K-8 curriculum and concepts.
Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.
Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.
Ability to use computer network systems and software applications as needed.
Ability to organize and coordinate work.
Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents.
Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.
K-9 (Type 03) Certificate or equivalent
Environmental/Outdoor Education background is a plus
PCCS embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better we will be.