Village Leadership Academy (VLA) is looking for highly motivated, hard working, and flexible educators grounded in the praxis of student-centered, community-based curriculum to teach students in the areas of reading, math, writing, technology, and social justice within a framework of experiential learning and project-based curriculum. Candidates should be very passionate about teaching and possess a strong work ethic with the capacity to accommodate a dynamic daily schedule. Additionally, all candidates should be self-directed, reflective practitioners and collaborative team players versed in theories of liberatory education, restorative justice, and the merits of youth participatory action research. Village Leadership Academy seeks innovative, proactive educators who are capable of engaging students in real-world problem solving and planning comprehensive lessons that not only demonstrate knowledge of differentiated instruction, along with alignment to state standards and Common Core Standards, but that also incorporate students’ funds of knowledge.
Qualifications:All candidates must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and must have experience working with students from low socioeconomic communities. Candidates must be able to demonstrate competence necessary to contribute to students’ academic and emotional development and cultural empowerment. Bachelor’s degree. Professional Educator License (PEL) or Educator License with Stipulations (ELS) are preferred but not required.
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Village Leadership Academy (VLA) is a K-8th grade school located in Chicago, IL, that offers an innovative approach to teaching and learning that includes high academic standards, culturally-responsive classrooms, exposure to world history and geography, appreciation for cultural differences, the development of critical thinking and perspective-taking skills, and socially-just decision making. VLA students are engaged in the deep exploration of relevant high interest content in math, science, reading, language arts, social science, physical development, health awareness, fine arts, world languages (Spanish), social emotional development, technology and leadership development. Academic content is clearly explained, illustrated, modeled, reinforced and mastered with structured, guided and independent practice grounded in real world experiences that help our students develop and expand their knowledge, skills, productive habits and critical intellect. The academy guides students in realizing their potential for academic excellence and supports them in gaining the skills necessary to transform and advance their community, nation, and world. Village Leadership Academy’s goal is to prepare tomorrow’s world leaders today.
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