The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life?of thought and exploration?infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey?one of the great minds in education?established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today's students still benefit from his vision, and today's Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field.
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The Laboratory Schools' Fine Arts Department is responsible for the visual and theater arts education of students in first through twelfth grades. Courses taught by the Fine Arts Department include a variety of Studio Art courses, Art History, Photography, Drama and Technical Theater. Art teachers report to their respective Principals, as well as the Art Department Chair. The Drama Teacher is expected to establish a safe and secure classroom environment while maintaining appropriate expectations with an understanding of the balance of creativity and middle school student development. Drama teachers continually assess student work and, on a more formal basis, communicate to parents in regular grade reports. Teachers attend regular department, grade level and faculty meetings and, as required, meet with the department chair, administrators, parents, and others in the Laboratory Schools' community. Laboratory Schools' teachers are expected to work creatively with students who have a variety of learning styles and personal needs and are expected to perform and work in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Schools' governing Collective Bargaining Agreement.
This position will start September 1, 2017.
Bachelor's degree in Fine or Performing Arts, or equivalent field required.
Master's of Fine Arts, Performing Arts, or Master of Art Education degree preferred.
Teaching experience in drama or equivalent field required.