Content Specialist and Teacher

Posted on: March 26, 2021 | |

Great Lakes Academy Content Specialist

Great Lakes Academy is a high performing charter school located in South Chicago. We opened in 2014 as a K-1 school and have grown to serve grades K-8 for the 2021-22 academic year. We are seeking high capacity, fiercely positive, growth-oriented Content Specialists for the 2021-22 school year.

Job Description

A Great Lakes Academy Content Specialist will be a part of a team of game-changing teachers working to change the face of education on the Southeast Side of Chicago. Our Content Specialists are Lead Teachers who take responsibility for the high academic achievement and character development of every child in their classrooms. In addition to their teaching responsibilities, Content Specialists lead lesson planning, assessment creation, and data analysis for a specific content area in a designated grade band. Content Specialists work over the summer (and receive an additional stipend of $7500 on top of their base salary).

For the 21-22 school year we are hiring the following Content Specialists:

3-5 Math
3-5 ELA
K-8 Science (with a focus on Middle School)

Job Outputs

Demonstrates a positive classroom culture and devotes the majority of time to instruction, minimizing discipline
Instills a joy of learning in students and works to develop motivated and self-monitoring learners with the skills to set, monitor and meet academic and SEL goals
Employs previous experience, best practices, and creativity to connect with students to ensure student achievement on interim and state tests demonstrates an average of 85% mastery; student achievement on STEP averages 4 STEPs of growth per year; 90% of students meet or exceed NWEA growth goals
Establishes relationships with students and students’ families, communicating frequently and partnering in student success
Cultivates engaging, rigorous learning environments for our students in and out of the classroom
Consistently models the BE GREAT Great Lakes Academy core values: Bravery, Endurance, Growth, Responsibility, Enthusiasm, Achievement, and Team
Develops a strong relationship with, and contributes to the development of, fellow teachers; collaborates with all staff members across team, grade level and subject area
Drives decisions based on student data and positive student growth

Job Responsibilities

Writes and delivers lesson plans that are engaging and effective per student data
Implements classroom instruction that supports the academic, critical thinking and social-emotional growth of students
Cultivates positive, collaborative relationships with families and consistent communication with families
Assesses and evaluates student growth; action plans on class-wide, group-wide and individual basis in response to student data
Creates a classroom culture that develops in students the BE GREAT core values and independent learning skills
Participates and grows tremendously during annual three-week staff orientation and training
Provides meaningful feedback to colleagues and collaborates and shares ideas and lessons and best practices with colleagues
Demonstrates dedication and determination for student growth and student success that is measurable
Supports the creation of assessments and curriculum in designated content area and grade band
Leads PD during the summer and throughout the school year
Leads assessment previews, review sessions, and data analysis sessions
Works throughout the summer to create and/or tweak curriculum in content area
Provides feedback on lesson plans and support grade level MTSS groupings


Outstanding classroom management that relies on positive, proactive reinforcement of high behavioral standards and consistent classroom systems & procedures
Strong relationship builder with students, families, and other staff members; is kind
Critical thinker with ability to analyze data and adjust plans based on feedback & data to improve student achievement
Growth mindset and ability to accept and implement feedback
Ability to work collaboratively and without ego
Willingness to place student achievement as highest goal
Self-reflective, with a drive to continually grow as a teacher
Willingness to work hard and flexibly in a dynamic environment, fast-changing environment
Ability to quickly learn and implement technology innovations in the classroom

Job Requirements

Bachelor’s degree is required.
Teaching experience in an urban public school or charter school setting preferred, but not required
Minimum 2 years of teaching experience required (5 or greater preferred)
Ability to work over the summer
Valid IL State Certification
ESL Certification preferred, but not required
Belief in and alignment with Great Lakes Academy’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.

Culture Fit- Do these words describe you?

Fiercely positive, Hard-working, Intelligent, Team oriented, Organized, Sense of humor, Belief in the power of education, Humble, Self-reflective, Goal-oriented, Enthusiastic, Growth Oriented

To Apply

You can read more about our school and apply for open roles at Reach out to Claire Hunt, Director of Talent, at if you have questions.

As an equal opportunity employer, Great Lakes Academy hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law