Science Teacher 2019-20 School Year (IJLA)

  • 2520 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description


Interested in Competency Based Education? Consider joining our team!

We are looking for DYNAMIC teachers passionate about re-instilling the love of learning to close skill gaps for all students. If you are interested in being part of a team that is using a personalized learning approach to build student’s competencies in core subject areas, we want to speak with you.


Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy (IJLA) is an alternative high school in Chicago’s Pilsen community serving at risk and underserved youth ages 16-21 years of age. IJLA is a small school serving a maximum of 165 students, of whom are 99% Latino, 99% low income and 90%+ first generation college goers. We are looking for mission-aligned and data-driven teachers to build student’s love for learning, their critical thinking skills and actively prepare them to be college and career ready.


Job Description

The Science Teacher reports to the Principal and is responsible for instructing students in grades 9-12 in core content and leading an advisory group. Teachers are responsible for ensuring that every IJLA student masters the academic and social skills necessary to succeed in college and/or entry-level career pathway while also embodying IJLA’s core values daily. We use a Competency Based educational model to personalize learning and ensure ALL students are closing academic and social emotional gaps. 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 extremely high expectations for every adult and student in the building. The Science Teacher sweats the small stuff promoting excellence in all we do.


  • Implement IJLA curricula and assessments to meet ambitious academic expectations
  • Backward maps curricula, submits weekly lesson plans and unit plans accordingly
  • Designs and implements formal and informal assessments to track each individual student’s progress and learning needs, adjusts lesson plans accordingly and updates gradebook weekly
  • Uses assessment data to refine curriculum and inform instructional practices
  • Participate in collaborative curriculum development, grade level meetings and school wide functions to build staff culture and meet students’ needs
  • Implement a clear, positive and consistent behavior management system that aligns to our school wide expectations and Restorative Discipline philosophy
  • Hold necessary tutoring sessions to meet all students’ needs
  • Participate in weekly professional development, grade level meetings and activities, and school wide functions
  • Lead an exciting and motivating classroom experience for youth making classroom learning relevant to student lives.
  • Maintain attendance records for all classes taught.
  • Meet with parents 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


  • An unwavering belief that a college education is possible for all children
  • A strong work ethic and drive to do whatever it takes to meet student achievement goals
  • A results oriented mindset and record of achievement
  • A data driven approach to teaching and learning
  • A growth mindset and hunger to continuously improve



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field
  • Type 09 certificate in Science; Bilingual and/or ESL preferred
  • Deep understanding and experience with implementing CCSS and/or NGSS standards
  • Experience in a classroom setting, preferably experience working with at risk and low-income students
  • Demonstrated commitment to educational equity for traditionally underserved students
  • Maintain extremely high expectations of oneself, colleagues; able to communicate these expectations in a direct and motivating way
  • Familiar with Restorative Justice practices
  • Demonstrate a passion working with young people
  • Team player and willing to take on multiple tasks at once and independent worker, requires minimal supervision
  • Exceptional organization and time management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines, react to unpredictable events quickly and efficiently, be resourceful, manage conflict and challenges
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the Internet



Additional Information

Interested candidates send a completed employment application with a cover letter, resume, salary history and salary expectations.  All items can be included as attachments as part of your application.

Instituto is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.