Middle School Resident Teacher (Science)

Posted on: October 24, 2019

Position Title: Middle School Resident Teacher (Science)

F.T.E: 1.0

Location: 2245 N McVicker Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

Reports To: School Director

Why Join the Distinctive Schools Team:

We foster a love of learning from the very first day of school

We create next generation learning environments for students in the 21st century

We empower students, families and staff to contribute to our mission in a meaningful way

We love to laugh and have a good time

We offer a great benefits package (Medical; Dental; Vision; PTO; 403b)

Position Description:

The Resident Teacher is a role that is designed to build one’s readiness to lead their own classroom. This person is paired with the instructional coach as a way to: 1) see exemplary instructional practice in action; 2) receive immediate and actionable feedback on their own practice; and 3) to provide structured release time so that the coach may leave the classroom to support others The Resident Teacher will work closely with the assigned instructional coach to plan lessons, provide instruction, and to support the overall academic and social-emotional growth and development of the students. Throughout the year, the Resident Teacher will gradually assume increasing teaching responsibilities and will receive continuous feedback from their teacher with the end goal of transitioning into a Lead Teacher position the following school year. This person will…


Cultivate a strengths-based mindset and language

Celebrate students’ academic and social-emotional development

Foster a safe, joyful, and rigorous learning environment that reflects the physical and social-emotional needs of the students

Implement positive behavioral interventions

Respond to students’ academic and social-emotional needs

Foster a safe, joyful, and rigorous learning environment

Support and reinforce student behavior according to classroom, school-wide and network expectations

Serve as a positive role model for students

Engage in positive interactions with families


Implement instructional strategies, learning tasks, materials, and technology tools that reflect consideration of and accommodation for the individual needs of students assigned

Consistently support student achievement through the administration and analysis of formative and summative assessment and use those assessments to adjust instruction based on individual student need

Assist students in analyzing or improving methods and habits of study

Use multiple forms of academic and behavioral data in order to reteach, reinforce, and extend instruction

Work cooperatively with special education teachers to support special education students behaviorally and academically according to guidelines established by Individual Education Plans (IEP’s)

Actively participate in the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) process in order to ensure that the needs of all learners are being met

Facilitate both whole- and small-group instruction

Meet all lesson planning requirements

Professional Development

Participate in all informal and formal observations

Participate in all staff meetings, committee meetings, and work sessions as required by the instructional coach, director, or network

Join and participate in all team planning and data analysis meetings

Engage in ongoing personal professional learning through reading educational journals and books, exploring educational research, enrolling in college courses, participating in all network and campus level professional staff development activities

Seek out and be receptive to feedback

Professional Expectations

Support the mission and vision of Distinctive Schools

Exhibit professional judgment and demonstrate behaviors that are professional, ethical, and responsible

Comply with all network policies as outlined in Distinctive Schools Employee Handbook and in the Distinctive Schools Professional Expectations and Responsibilities

Maintain a professional relationship with all colleagues, students, parents, and community members

Attend various school events throughout the school year to be a visible face to families and students

Complete other tasks/duties as required by Distinctive Schools and the campus leadership teams/School Director

Establish and maintain open lines of communication with students and their parents, School Directors and other colleagues

Meet all campus and network deadlines and requirements


Bachelor’s Degree

Illinois Professional Educators License (preferred)

Distinctive Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.