Resident Teacher- CICS Bucktown

Posted on: July 20, 2023 | |

Title: Resident Teacher
Location: CICS Bucktown: 2235 N. Hamilton Ave, Chicago IL 60647
Reports To: Principal
Salary: $42,029
Employee Type: Regular Full Time
Start Date: August 2023

Apply: Distinctive Schools creates diverse, joyful, welcoming communities rooted in social justice and rigorous learning. We support all learners to be engaged, curious, and to achieve their full potential. Our students become confident advocates, creative problem-solvers, and collaborative leaders.

Position Overview

This role is designed to build one’s readiness to lead their own classroom. The Resident Teacher is paired with the teacher as a way to:

See exemplary instructional practice in action

Receive immediate and actionable feedback on their own practice

Provide structured release time so that the coach may leave the classroom to support others

The Resident Teacher will work closely with the assigned teacher 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.

All job responsibilities are in partnership with the assigned teacher.



Maintain a student-centered perspective in decision making
Believe that all students can learn and can achieve great things
Contribute to the equity work of the campus and network and engage in culturally responsive decision making
Build and foster a culture of belonging through positive and strong relationships with students, families, and staff
Cultivate a strengths-based, equity focused mindset
Foster positive climate and culture
Serve as a positive role model
Instruction 90%

Implement the DS Model
Facilitate whole class and small group learning opportunities using identified curriculum, resources, strategies, and assessments
Deliver strong instruction, independently and in cooperation with teacher, that requires that students hold the cognitive lift and are deeply engaged in the learning
Use core instructional tools to co-design, prepare and deliver dynamic lesson aligned to grade-level standards that engage students in rigorous learning experiences
Work cooperatively with special education teachers to support special education students behaviorally and academically according to guidelines established by Individual Education Plans (IEP)
Assist in the maintenance of inventory of all instructional materials
Help maintain accurate and complete records of students’ progress and development
Support administration with analysis of assessments that monitor progress to inform and design appropriate response/strategies, making adjustments as needed to support students in mastering grade level standards
Participate in the assessment of students daily, weekly, and at the ends of units and analyze assessment data through campus and network wide systems
Actively participate in the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) process in order to ensure that the needs of all learners are being met
Support students in improving methods and habits of study
Meet all lesson planning requirements
Perform other duties as assigned by teacher
Professional Learning 10%

Participate in all informal and formal observations as determined by the school principal or designee
Participate in all required staff meetings, committee meetings, and work sessions
Actively participate in all team planning and data analysis meetings
Engage in ongoing personal professional learning – exploring educational research, enrolling in college courses, participating in both DS-facilitated and external professional development opportunities
Seek out and be receptive to feedback
Meet all other requirements with partnering program
Requirements (minimum)

Education: Associate’s Degree and willing to work towards a Bachelors


Valid Professional Educator License or equivalent in state of employment (IL or MI) – OR – Proof of enrollment in a Teacher Preparation Program
Valid Substitute Permit in state of employment (IL or MI)
Technology demands:
Proficient with cloud based software solutions (such as GoogleSuite)
Ability to learn digital tools and programs as needed for the position
Travel as required for training, professional development, and collaboration
Physical demands: Occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 10% sitting, 50% walking, and 40% standing


25+ Paid holidays & 10 days PTO annually (in addition to summer break for educators/campus positions)
12 weeks family paid leave
Comprehensive Healthcare (Medical, Dental, Vision)
403b match
Fully match up to 3%
50% match up to 5%
Professional development including tuition reimbursement
Gym and wellness discounts
And more

Description Disclaimer: Since no job description can detail all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a job, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a job, reasonably required for its performance, or required due to the changing nature of the job shall also be considered part of the jobholder’s responsibility.

EEO: 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.

Distinctive Schools is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. In keeping with our commitment, Distinctive Schools will take the steps to assure that people with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. Accordingly, if reasonable accommodation is required to fully participate in the job application or interview process, to perform the essential functions of the position, and/or to receive all other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact or call 773.828.4191