Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy (IJLA) is a small Options school that feels like home for the 150 Latinx youth we serve from Pilsen and the surrounding community. IJLA is a second chance high school designed to serve students between the ages of 16-21 who are seeking a more personalized and individualized program. We provide students with an interdisciplinary, project-based academic program while simultaneously providing strong social emotional supports. Our educational philosophy is rooted in social justice and focuses on rebuilding students’ perspective of learning in order to navigate life in a meaningful and purposeful way. We invigorate hope and restore students’ hearts and minds to reclaim their education, graduate, and transform into agents of change.
POSITION DESCRIPTION SUMMARY
As Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy’s (IJLA) Science Teacher you will be an integral part of a collaborative, hardworking, and close-knit team of teachers dedicated to social justice, culturally responsive pedagogy, project-based learning, restorative practices, trauma informed care, and cross-curricular instruction. At IJLA, we serve 150 Latinx youth between the ages of 16 and 21 years old throughout the school year. Our youth were not successful with a traditional schooling model or had interrupted schooling for a variety of reasons- incarceration, pregnancy, refugee status, mental health, etc. With us, our students not only work towards a second chance at their high school diploma, they work on transforming themselves and their community to inspire hope, change, and resiliency.
Our restorative justice model focuses on developing the whole individual and we measure students’ academic and social-emotional achievement with a competency-based system. All teachers are also advisors for their “Familia,” a small advisory group of around 15 youth who meet daily to engage in talking circles, goal setting, and a school wide SEL curriculum.
The Science Teacher regularly seeks feedback to continue developing their teaching practice to better serve IJLA students, build meaningful relationships with staff and students, and have high expectations for every adult and student in the building.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Design and implement a rigorous, project-based interdisciplinary curriculum
- Develop performance-based assessments through backwards planning; submit unit plans and weekly snapshots
- Track each individual student’s progress and adjust lesson plans accordingly as a result of formative assessment data
- Use a competency-based system to evaluate students’ academic and social emotional progress, providing rich feedback, and descriptive comments on progress reports and report cards
- Implement a clear, positive and consistent behavior management system that aligns to our school wide expectations and Restorative Justice philosophy
- Participate in weekly professional development, team meetings, and school wide events, activities, and initiatives
- Lead an exciting and motivating classroom experience for youth making learning relevant to student lives
- Maintain attendance records for all classes taught
- Meet with parents/guardians regularly to discuss academic and social progress of students
- Inspire students to reach their highest potential
- Serve as monitor for specified areas of the school building as requested
- Other duties as requested
VALUES AND MINDSETS
- In high performance expectations for all students
- Everyone is capable of learning and deserves a second chance
- We must respect each other at all times
- In the richness of diversity: racial, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, etc.
- Each student is an individual who must have ownership of his or her learning