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High School Teacher: Mandarin Chicago, IL



Start Date: July 6, 2012
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Reports to: High School Academic Director
Location: Chicago, IL
How to Apply: Apply online at

UNO’s Educational Philosophy
UNO’s educational philosophy is grounded in the principle that the key to student success is the powerful presence of adults in each child’s life. Our organization believes in a call to service and a call for service – the type of service that reflects pride, passion, and respect. Because of this, UNO aims to recruit only the most talented, dedicated, and visionary professionals that are capable of creating and cultivating genuine relationships with our key stakeholders – students, parents, and the community. 

UNO educators believe in not only establishing the highest expectations for our students, but also taking on the critical responsibility to ensure they are met. To reach this end, we employ strategic evaluative techniques to assess student learning and use this data to drive instructional decision-making. Furthermore, we utilize a variety of instructional methods and interventions in order to ensure that all students achieve mastery of both skills and content knowledge across the curriculum. 

UNO educators have urgency for student growth and achievement and rely on our innovation to ensure all students meet the rigorous individual goals set for them. We are results-oriented and regard student learning as the measure of effectiveness of our teaching. Ultimately, we know that we are responsible for the academic and personal growth of our students, and we are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure success.

High School Teacher 
UNO teachers are unique in that they realize success is built on relationships. They focus their work on student learning. Furthermore, they whole-heartedly believe that all students can learn and demonstrate that by engaging principles of distributed leadership and distributed counseling. UNO ensures that all staff understands that it is our shared responsibility to develop our students, both personally and academically.

Classroom teachers in UNO high schools lead the curriculum, instruction, and assessment for students to which they are assigned. They relentlessly pursue student growth and achievement through diligent planning, careful instructional execution, and on-going collaboration with colleagues and the school leadership team. Visionary UNO teachers know that their responsibility in creating project-based studio courses requires a substantial rethinking of traditional high school pedagogy, curriculum, and content knowledge.

Core Responsibilities
Student Achievement and Success: 

• Ensure high academic standards are set for and met by all students

• Develop and execute a rigorous standards-based curriculum

• Differentiate curriculum, instruction, and individualized learning plans to meet individual student needs

• Use student performance data derived from teacher-created and standardized assessments to drive instructional decision-making

Commitment to UNO School and Classroom Culture:

• Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interest of the students

• Develop positive relationships with students

• Develop classroom rules for behavior that are consistent with the school wide rules and UNO Student Code of Conduct

• Develop positive relationships with parents for the purpose of creating a support for students and their education program; execute assigned home visits to facilitate this process

• Assist in promoting the participation of students, parents, and other members of the staff in UNO-initiated activities

Professionalism and Leadership: 

• Collaborate with Master Teacher to develop and execute Professional Growth Plan

• Engage in self-initiated focused, reflective work (action research, critical collaboration, case study, or learning log)

• Clearly and accurately communicate with administration, colleagues, students, parents, and larger academic community to improve academic outcomes for all students

• Exhibit personal responsibility for daily work and attendance, personal appearance, student learning, and school success

• Demonstrate collegial behavior and make professional development contributions to the school community

Key Characteristics
Commitment to Equity: Passionate about ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education.

Leadership: Coaches, mentors, and challenges others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations. Builds positive relationships in and out of the organization.

Focus on Data-Driven Results: Relentlessly pursues increased student growth and achievement; willing to do whatever it takes to make gains

Innovative Problem-Solving: Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem solving; takes initiative to explore issues and find potential innovative solutions.

Teamwork: Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others; sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respects and is committed to learning from others

Dependability: Does whatever it takes to consistently deliver with high quality under tight deadlines

Communication Skills: Communicates clearly and compellingly with diverse stakeholders in both oral and written forms; anticipates and responds to stakeholder needs in a high-quality and courteous manner.

• Bachelor degree in content area or education (required)
• Masters degree in education (preferred) 

• At least one year of teaching experience (preferred) 
• Experience working with children who have been educationally underserved 
• Candidate must be able to demonstrate, through video-taped or sample lesson, academic progress of students under
his/her leadership. Must be able to articulate the methods used to achieve those results.

• Valid Illinois Type 9, Type 25, or equivalent 
• Endorsement(s) in specific content area
• National Board Teaching Certification (optional)