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Teacher (K-5)

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Village Leadership Academy - Chicago, IL

Description

Join our Team: K-5 Classroom Teacher 

 

About It Takes A Village Family of Schools (ITAV):

ITAV is a beacon for how to educate and love Black children. We provide a comprehensive, culturally responsive social justice education and life-empowering social services. At ITAV learning is fun and transformative, teaching is innovative, and knowledge is not bound by the walls of the classroom. Students are empowered to be civically engaged and make positive change by addressing local, national, and global issues.  

 

Role:

Village Leadership Academy, ITAV’s K-5 elementary school, is seeking a diverse cadre of educators who possess a strong sociopolitical consciousness and a commitment to utilizing culturally relevant and responsive teaching practices. Applicants should value liberatory education, youth participatory action research, and community-connected praxis.  

 

Who You Are:

  • A passionate advocate for education equity and social justice.

  • A strategic thinker with a proven track record of student success. 

  • A community-centered practitioner with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • A creative problem-solver who thrives in dynamic, collaborative environments.

  • A professional invested in a growth mindset, transformative education, and intellectual rigor. 

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Cultivate a nurturing and inclusive learning environment that supports the academic growth and social-emotional development of students. 

  • Collaborate in designing culturally relevant curriculum that reflects diverse perspectives, ensuring content and teaching strategies resonate with and empower students from all backgrounds.

  • Engage students in real-world problem-solving by collaboratively designing grassroots campaigns that address student-identified community issues.

  • Deliver tailored instruction through various formats including individual, small group, and whole group settings, employing differentiated teaching methods to accommodate diverse learning needs.

  • Conduct ongoing assessment and evaluation of students’ academic performance, while maintaining accurate and up-to-date records to inform instructional decisions. 

  • Foster open and transparent communication with students and parents to ensure holistic support for each child's progress and specific needs.

 

Why Join Us?

  • Impact: Play a pivotal role in the educational journey of hundreds of students and their families.

  • Growth: Be part of an innovative, expanding organization with opportunities for professional development and career advancement.

  • Community: Work with a passionate team committed to holistically supporting students, families, and communities to drive social change.

  • Innovation: Contribute to a cutting-edge model of education that integrates social justice, community engagement, and academic excellence.
     

Location: Village Leadership Academy (South Loop Campus or Bronzeville Campus)


Position Type: Full-Time

Qualifications

Required Education and Experience:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in education or a related field.

  • Professional Educator License (PEL) or Educator License with Stipulations (ELS) are strongly preferred but not required.

  • 3-5 years of teaching experience is strongly preferred. 

 

Who You Are:

  • A passionate advocate for education equity and social justice.

  • A strategic thinker with a proven track record of student success. 

  • A community-centered practitioner with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • A creative problem-solver who thrives in dynamic, collaborative environments.

  • A professional invested in a growth mindset, transformative education, and intellectual rigor. 

 

Ready to Make a Difference?

Inspire, teach, and transform at Village Leadership Academy! Apply by uploading your cover letter and resume.

 

Compensation and Benefits Package:

  • Competitive, transparent payscale aligned with local public schools

  • 80% employer contribution of medical benefits

  • 3% 401(k) company match

  • Up to $10,000 in annual tuition assistance 

  • Targeted, ongoing professional development

  • International travel opportunities with students

  • Opportunities for leadership, growth, and meaningful impact

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