About Perspectives Charter Schools
At Perspectives, our A Disciplined Life® education model teaches the whole child. We combine academic rigor, social emotional learning, and experiential opportunities to establish a culture of trust, curiosity and achievement. As one of the first charter schools in Illinois and founded by teachers, our mission is to provide students with a holistic, rigorous and relevant education, based on the ethical principles of A Disciplined Life®, preparing them for life in a changing world and helping them further become intellectually reflective, caring and ethical people engaged in a meaningful life. With 5 schools in three campuses, the Perspectives network has served public school students in grades 6 -12 on our city’s southside for over 20 years. Our scholars come from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the country, but they graduate from high school with a plan to enroll in college or trade school, and take with them the tools to persist in college and career. The keys to our success are our dedicated, hard‐working, creative, and compassionate colleagues.
LOCATION: South Loop
Lead Academic Rigor Excellence at Perspectives, where we live A Disciplined Life®.
At Perspectives, we pride ourselves in the quality of supports that we give to our diverse learners. We are committed to providing an equitable and inclusive education for all. Our special education teachers embody and teach our students how to live the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life® (our social emotional learning culture and curriculum) while also providing high-quality, rigorous instruction that is rooted in individualized education plans across a variety of settings. We truly believe that every student is capable of greatness, and we are committed to providing a caring community of dedicated staff that meet the diverse academic, emotional, and social needs of our scholars. Our ultimate goal is that we give all of our scholars an education that will allow them to be positive change agents in their communities and lead meaningful post-secondary lives.
WHAT YOU’LL DO: CORE RESPONSIBILITIES
Exhibit strong understanding of curriculum and rigorous academic best practices to ensure students have the resources and accommodations they need to meet the goals
Uses student performance data to make strategic decisions around classroom instruction, professional development, school programming, and resource allocations
In consultation with the leadership team, makes recommendations for course offerings, plans and implements the master schedule by the first day of school
Ensures proper materials are ready well in advance of school
Manages academic calendar and assists on the planning of parent-teacher orientation
Demonstrate excellent knowledge on making meticulous plans and data for units and lessons that address higher-order thinking skills, use formative assessment to constantly adjust plans based on student needs including IEP
Monitors student academic progress and analyze instruction to meet the needs of students with varying academic strengths and weaknesses and work with personnel to counsel students and parents who need support to reach academic expected performance
Manages support regarding academic probation, eligibility, promotion, academic policies and affairs
Communicates effectively with parents and students who are in danger of failing such as notices, contracts, or other appropriate procedures
Leads teacher development and support in order to maintain academic excellence
Partners with Human Resources to obtain and retain quality personnel that embodies ADL
Ensures compliance with all local, state, and federal special education policies and laws
Ensures compliance with all standardized testing regulations and effectively executes all standardized tests in partnership with teachers and staff
Maintains confidentiality and privacy of all school records and supervises its accuracy
Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the principal or other school leader
Social Emotional & Ethical Learning
Demonstrate effective classroom management skills and builds a classroom culture based on the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life
Passionate in the belief that all students in Chicago deserve an excellent education
Equitably enacts the Perspectives Charter Schools student code of conduct, using restorative justice practices when appropriate
Demonstrates a willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve outstanding student outcomes by taking initiative and willingness to take responsibility
Exceptional managerial skills with the ability to engage and inspire while setting clear goals and objectives for team members
Demonstrates an enthusiastic disposition, operates with a gratitude, and implements with a great work ethic to achieve continuous improvement; regularly seeks feedback and enacts it
Build meaningful and professional relationships with students and families
Discretion, confidentiality, honesty and integrity in dealing with staff, students, families and the community
Works with school counselors to ensure students are on-track for post-secondary plans
Create a collaborative approach while leading professional development and support instructional leaders improve instructional practices and reach academic excellence
Craft academic experiences that will reach the heart and teach the mind of scholars making their educational experience memorable and useful in their post-secondary life
Ability to learn new technologies quickly to effectively communicate with the school community and maintain knowledge of the most updated academic best practices available in the state/nation through research and/or internal and external partnerships
Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership preferred
Type 75 certification preferred
Ability to read and write proficiently using the English language
Ability to interact and speak effectively in interpersonal situations and before groups of people
3-5 years teaching experience in a core academic subject (Special Education, English, Mathematics, Science, or History)
1-2 years of leadership experience managing a large group of adults
Evidence of success working in an urban school environment strongly preferred
Proven record of outstanding student demonstrated performance and strong adult culture.
Demonstrates a quantifiable impact on student achievement in former teaching or leadership positions
Experience managing, coaching, and developing other adults in a school environment
Demonstrates success in engaging and empowering parents and families, in inner city urban setting
WHAT YOU BRING TO THE TEAM:
A unwavering belief in the power of inclusion and a commitment to equity in order to narrow the gap within the gap for students with disabilities
A strong commitment to live by the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life and a belief that all students in Chicago deserve an excellent education
A willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve outstanding student outcomes
Strong classroom management skills with the ability to inspire and motivate students
A commitment to life-long learning with the desire to take advantage of professional development and coaching to constantly improve
EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE COMPETENCIES
Advocacy: Champion the growth and needs of our administrative leadership, teachers, and support staff, within a collaborative environment that takes into account the differentiated needs and goals of the entire organization to support our educational goals.
Cultural competence: Effectively communicate and collaborate with diverse individuals and groups; apply positive strategies to confront social issues, including discrimination, bias and stereotype threat; and use this competence to inform teaching and learning practices.
Equity-minded: The data-driven outlook and perspectives that call attention to patterns of inequity in access, outcomes and retention as institutional problems, in an effort to develop systemic strategies within the control of Perspectives that address these inequities. This includes being willing to have robust discussions about identity-based inequities.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
Majority of work will be performed in a general office/school environment. Position requires availability for extended hours plus non-traditional hours required to perform job duties. Also requires participation and attendance at organization sponsored events and meetings. Physical demands include the ability to lift and/or push and pull 15 to 20lbs for a short period of time, walk up and down stairs several times a day, reach, bend, and constantly walk, stand, talk and hear.
Perspectives offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package for all full-time employees, including health insurance, dental, vision, paid time off including holidays, company match to 403B and company contribution towards the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund if eligible and paid life insurance, short and long term disability.
Perspectives Charter Schools works affirmatively to include diversity among its workforce and does not discriminate in the selection of its staff on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, income, marital status, or any other dimension of diversity. We encourage diverse candidates to apply for this position.